With sweeping views of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley, Talbooth House & Spa 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 Talbooth Restaurant 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 Talbooth House & Spa’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide

View Talbooth House & Spa’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.

Dogs Welcome

We are happy to accept guests and their well behaved dogs in our downstairs room – Kipling, Keats, Shakespeare, Masefield and Browning.

Hotel Facilities


Each of our luxurious bedrooms comes fully equipped with well stocked personal bars.


Talbooth Restaurant

Talbooth Restaurant 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

The Spa

Talbooth House & Spa Day Spa

From the moment you arrive at the 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

Spa Facilities

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.”

Sunday Telegraph



Talbooth House & Spa

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN.

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Offers & Packages

Our Best Deal

Mid-week spa break at Talbooth House & Spa in Dedham

We have combined the best of all worlds at Talbooth House & Spa – staying at a luxury hotel in the heart of the Dedham Vale, delicious dinner and lunch at Milsoms and a treatment in the intimate day spa.


Our Mid-Week Spa Break includes:

1 nights’ accommodation with full breakfast

Lunch at Milsoms

Three course dinner at Talbooth Restaurant

One hour treatment – Elemis Facial, Elemis Massage, Manicure or Pedicure

Arrive at Milsoms in time for lunch and then enjoy a treatment in the new Spa before checking into your room from 3pm.  Another highlight of your stay will be dinner at our award winning Talbooth Restaurant, this is a free choice from the full a la carte menu.  Step back, relax and indulge is our motto at Talbooth House & Spa and you can certainly do that with this fabulous overnight package!


The outdoor pool and hot tub are heated all year round and the all-weather tennis courts are available to hotel guests throughout the year.


£325 per person.


Based on double occupancy, subject to availability Monday to Thursday nights.

Call now to book

40 Winks

Forty Winks at Talbooth House & Spa

At Talbooth House & Spa we know how important a good night’s sleep is to ensure that all our guests are able to ‘step back, relax, indulge’ when staying with us.  With this in mind we’ve put together a special overnight break that we know you’ll enjoy!


Overnight accommodation with Three B’s at Bedtime which is The London Sleep Company (the Sleep Journal, Bath & Shower Elixir, Good Night tea)

Full breakfast

Three course dinner at Talbooth Restaurant (free choice from the full a la carte menu)

30 minute relaxing spa treatment


From £250 per person


This break is available on Monday to Thursday nights, book through Pride of Britain Hotels and receive a complimentary upgrade

Call now to book
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By Road

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.

By Air

40 miles from London Stansted Airport

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Attractions Near Talbooth House & Spa

Suffolk’s Artist’s Haven

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.

Suffolk Coastal Towns

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.

Suffolk’s Oldest British Town

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 Talbooth House & Spa

Talbooth House & Spa 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, Talbooth House & Spa 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 Talbooth House & Spa includes 12 stunning rooms, the Lounge, Garden Room, Tennis Court, Hot Tub, Outdoor Heated Pool and stylish Pool House and the Gardens. Talbooth House & Spa 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, Talbooth House & Spa provides the ultimate intimate wedding venue in Colchester for up to 50 guests and holds a civil wedding licence.


The government’s new guidelines for 15-people-only lockdown weddings have been a real blow to many engaged couples… but our Wedding Event team love to make dream days happen, and we are determined to help you get married, albeit in a more intimate way, with your closest friends and family.

If you were already planning a larger celebration, and have your registrar or celebrant available and wedding license ready we can help you arrange your wedding in a matter of days!

At our Dedham venues we have two wedding packages designed to fit in with the government’s new guidelines: both include your wedding ceremony in the Garden Room at Talbooth House & Spa followed by either an overnight stay at the hotel or a wedding breakfast in our private dining room down the road at Milsoms.

Our Fabulous Fifteen packages are described in more detail below. Do get in touch if you’d like to know more!


This all-inclusive, exclusive, luxury wedding includes:

  • Civil ceremony hire
  • Exclusive use of the hotel, outdoor pool, hot tub and tennis court
  • Overnight accommodation with bedrooms for your wedding guests
  • Canapé and Prosecco reception
  • Three course wedding breakfast with bottled mineral water and wine
  • Prosecco Toast
  • Evening cheese board
  • Evening bar drinks


Why not add on some wedding-day-ready pampering treatments or a post-wedding couples’ massage to your booking and make the most of our onsite day spa?


This short and sweet package makes the most of both brilliant venues, and includes:

  • Civil ceremony in the garden room
  • Private dining in Mr G’s at Milsoms
  • Canapé and Prosecco reception
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • ½ bottle house wine per person
  • Prosecco toast


Need to know


Wedding packages are available at Talbooth House & Spa with the Milsom Weddings team.

Civil ceremonies

Talbooth House & Spa holds a civil wedding licence for 50 guests.


Wedding planning services are available at Talbooth House & Spa.

House Parties at Talbooth House & Spa

A house party at Talbooth House & Spa 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. Talbooth House & Spa 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.

Talbooth House & Spa 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.

What’s included?

  • 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 Talbooth House & Spa

Day delegate rate: from £65
24-hour delegate rate: from £220

Max no. of delegates:
24 (boardroom style)
30 (theatre style)