The surrounding areas of Maison Talbooth have inspired artists for many years, notably encouraging the wonderful works of famous local artists Constable, Gainsborough and Munnings. Walks can be taken through the picturesque countryside, and along the stunning Suffolk coastline, where wonderers can familiarise themselves with the magnificent landscapes imitated in these artists’ paintings.
With sweeping views of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley, Maison Talbooth shares the very same views that inspired Constable’s bucolic masterpieces.
Step in through the front door of this iconic 19th century country house and cast your gaze out from the terrace, across the lawns and tennis court to ‘Constable’s Country’. That source of inspiration will be abundantly clear. Dine at Le Talbooth on the riverside, just a minute away by courtesy car. Book some ‘me-time’ in the spa or a plunge in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub, yes, even in the winter. Don a robe and curl up afterwards on a sofa in the pool house with the crackle of the open log fire for company. From Betjeman to Shelley, Keats to Kipling, 12 luxury bedrooms, named after Britain’s greatest poets await. Beautifully appointed and decorated, each room as individual as the hotel itself.
View Maison Talbooth’s entry in the Good Spa Guide
Need to Know
Check-in at 3:00pm
Check-out at 11:00am
Also Worth Knowing
Incorporated in Pool House complex is the swimming pool, complete with outdoor hot tub, decking, covered stoop with log burning fire. Inside the pool house there is a dining area (complete with kitchen) which can be used for meetings, exclusive use and house parties, showers, changing areas plus a fully stocked bar. The tennis court on the upper lawn must surely have one of the best views in East Anglia, right across the Dedham Vale to Stratford St Mary.
We are happy to accept guests and their well behaved dogs in our downstairs room – Kipling, Keats, Shakespeare, Masefield and Browning.
Each of our luxurious bedrooms comes fully equipped with well stocked personal bars.
Le Talbooth Restaurant
Le Talbooth is the hotel’s award winning restaurant. The restaurant has an idyllic setting beside the River Stour and the terrace is covered by a large sail allowing guests to dine ‘al fresco’ during the summer.
Restaurant Opening Times
- Lunch: Monday to Saturday, 12:00-2:15pm
- Sunday: 12:00-2:15pm
- Dinner: 7:00-9:30pm
Maison Day Spa
From the moment you arrive at the Maison Day Spa for your appointment, be prepared to be pampered. We encourage guests to turn up a good 20 minutes before their treatment to unwind and relax in the sitting room. Settle down into a gorgeous deep sofa, leaf through a magazine or two while enjoying a fruit juice.
Spa Opening Times
8:30am to 8:30pm
Guests who are on spa packages get to use the hotel facilities (outdoor pool – heated to 85° all year, pool house, hot tub and tennis court) for the rest of their visit
Guide price: Double room for two persons per night including full breakfast and VAT from £210-£420. Exclusive use rates from £220 per person per night. Family accommodation available.
For best available rates call 0800 089 3929
What the Experts Say
“A perfect place to escape all your cares and enjoy the best of Constable Country, this relaxed hotel in Dedham Vale provides great food, excellent service and beautiful countryside on the doorstep.”
Offers & Packages
Fabulous opening offer at Maison Talbooth in Dedham – 3 nights for 2
With only 12 bedrooms, we have the opportunity to make Maison Talbooth a physically distanced hotel when we re-open our doors on Monday 13th July; by offering a minimum of three nights it means we significantly cut down on the number of different guests coming to our hotel.
Maison Talbooth offers the perfect solution in a safe environment, offering seclusion with an outdoor pool and tennis court. The hotel is situated in the heart of the Dedham Vale AONB; an area recently mentioned by the Telegraph as one of the top places for a ‘cheeky weekend’ post lockdown.
In July and August, we’re offering a three-night stay at Maison Talbooth for a ’lock down’ rate starting at £600 for bed and continental breakfast, which can be taken in your room or alternatively pop down to sister hotel Milsoms for a full breakfast at no extra cost.
The area offers plenty of things to do and see, such as walking, cycling, canoeing and paddle boarding from the doorstep or riverbank – we can arrange day hire (including safety equipment) or even three-day-hire so you can try all three pursuits! The Suffolk and Essex coasts are also just a short drive away, waiting to be discovered.
And of course, the best part of staying at Maison Talbooth is the restaurants, with Le Talbooth, our three-rosette riverside restaurant, and Milsoms, a relaxed brasserie, just one minute away. Both offer great dining experiences, have brilliant spaces for outside dining and, of course, strictly adhere to the safety guidelines.
The three nights can be taken on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday OR Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will not be taking any one or two night bookings during July and August.
Alternatively, you might like to think about a six-night break which starts £1,400, with breakfast included on each night.
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From London, turn off the M25 on to the A12. Continue towards Ipswich, bypassing Colchester. Take the left exit signposted Stratford St Mary, Dedham and Higham. For the hotel, turn right at the bottom of the hill to Dedham and continue over the bridge for 300 yards. For the restaurant, continue around a sharp left bend.
40 miles from London Stansted Airport
Attractions Near Maison Talbooth
Several towns along the coast of Suffolk offer the perfect opportunity to escape to the seaside, most notably the towns of Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Walberswick and the charming town of Southwold; each with their own unique characteristics, and not too far out of reach from Maison Talbooth.
Only a fifteen minute drive and you can be in the heart of the oldest recorded town in Britain. Colchester holds all the historic features that you can expect of a long-established community, said to be standing prior to the Roman conquest of Britain. The town houses several museums and an Art Exchange that hosts temporary exhibitions and associated events throughout the year. Colchester is a busy town that boasts more than just its heritage and history, but also a wealth of attractions and activities to keep its 4.5 million visitors entertained every year.
Weddings at Maison Talbooth
Maison Talbooth is a beautiful, stylish and intimate country house hotel offering the most picturesque and peaceful of wedding venues in Colchester. With incredible views across the Dedham Vale, including Constable’s Countryside, Maison Talbooth has room for up to 50 wedding guests with the hotel and landscaped gardens making the perfect backdrop for your special day.
Ideal for smaller weddings, exclusive use of Maison Talbooth includes 12 stunning rooms, the Lounge, Garden Room, Tennis Court, Hot Tub, Outdoor Heated Pool and stylish Pool House and the Gardens. Maison Talbooth’s in-house spa is perfect for pampering yourself with lavish treatments as you relax and indulge before your big day.
A luxurious home away from home, Maison Talbooth provides the ultimate intimate wedding venue in Colchester for up to 50 guests and holds a civil wedding licence.
Need to know
Wedding packages are available at Maison Talbooth with the Milsom Weddings team.
Maison Talbooth holds a civil wedding licence for 50 guests.
Wedding planning services are available at Maison Talbooth.
House Parties at Maison Talbooth
A house party at Maison Talbooth gives you the chance to take over this fabulous Essex hotel with 12 bedrooms (up to 24 guests), the pool house, gardens and grounds.
Whether it’s one, two or more nights, our entire staff and facilities will be dedicated to you and your guests. Maison Talbooth is a relaxing country house hotel with Spa, 85° heated swimming pool, tennis court, outdoor hot tub and pool house with open fire, the perfect Essex party venue. If you’d like even more to do, we can organise games and events within the gardens or take advantage of everything happening in the local area.
Maison Talbooth house parties are great for birthdays, celebrations, anniversaries, team building and corporate events and even weddings.
Everything is included and prices start from £210 per person based on a Monday check in.
- Afternoon tea on arrival for all guests
- Champagne evening reception
- Three-course dinner with accompanying wines
- Lounge drinks service
- Pool house honesty bar
- Overnight luxury accommodation
- Complimentary soft drinks, treats and snacks in the bedrooms
- Sky In-Room (all channels, Sky HD)
- Full breakfast menu
- 85° heated pool – all year!
- Outdoor hot tub and open log fire
- Treatment Rooms not included but can be booked exclusively
- Outstanding views from your own private country house residence
Need to know
What does it cost?
Prices begin from £210 per person based on 24 people checking in on a Monday during low season. View all prices.
Are there additional costs?
Everything is included. The only additional costs would be alcoholic drinks from the mini bar, any spa treatments or special requests.
Can I pay over a longer period?
By all means. If you have a date in mind we can arrange a payment plan to suit you, subject to a minimum deposit.
Meetings at Maison Talbooth
Day delegate rate: from £65
24-hour delegate rate: from £220
Max no. of delegates:
24 (boardroom style)
30 (theatre style)