Dedham Hall & Fountain House Restaurant

Jim and Wendy Sarton’s 15th-century, timber-framed, wisteria-festooned manor house is popular with artists, who come for residential painting courses held from February to November; Dedham Vale, beloved by John Constable, invites exploration all year round. More

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Dedham Hall & Fountain House Restaurant
Brook Street
Dedham
Essex
CO7 6AD
England
01206 323027
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 16 in annexe, some on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas–New Year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, dining room, restaurant, studio, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 6-acre grounds (pond, gardens).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £55–75, D,B&B £85–£105. À la carte £30.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Jim and Wendy Sarton’s 15th-century, timber-framed, wisteria-festooned manor house is popular with artists, who come for residential painting courses held from February to November; Dedham Vale, beloved by John Constable, invites exploration all year round. Informal, unusual and – like great artists – sometimes temperamental, this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Fans like the ‘wonderfully quiet’ situation and the folksy, familiar feel. The atmosphere is that of a large, well-loved and lived-in home, where visitors sink into squishy sofas, and the works of past course students hang on the walls. Plus, it’s ‘excellent value’, says an enthusiastic guest in 2016. The bedrooms, some in converted barns, are spacious and eclectically furnished; each has views of the mature gardens. True to the spirit of the place, dinner is straightforward (‘none of this itsy-bitsy nouvelle cuisine’); tuck in to ‘generous’ portions of roast sea bass or sirloin steak. Breakfast is ‘beautifully cooked’, even in the darkest hour: ‘We had to leave very early in the morning, and they even prepared breakfast for us at 5.30 am!’ (Michael Crick, and others)

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Dedham Hall & Fountain House Restaurant
Brook Street
Dedham
Essex
CO7 6AD

Guest comments

'The whole family (two adults and four children) enjoyed our stay. We arrived when it was pitch black outside even though it was only four o'clock. We were shown to our own parlour with a bright fire and given homemade brownie and tea. It was one of the cosiest places l have been to with squashy sofas and paintings ' - Sybille Raphael - January, 2017
'Dedham Hall is warm, comforting and relaxing. Nothing chi-chi, but big rooms, simply and nicely decorated, private parlours with fires and soft sofas, warm drinks brought after a walk, friendly owners. Few places better for a country retreat with children. ' - Thomas Raphael - December, 2016
'Pleasant, basically furnished first-floor bedroom. Mealtime service prompt and courteous. Cooking simple but good. First-class breakfast. There is a pleasantly rural, overgrown tranquillity to the garden. ' - Robert Gower - June, 2016
'Excellent value. My colleagues and I had to leave very early in the morning, and they even cooked breakfast for us at 5.30am! Yes, 5.30am. Full endorse existing entry. ' - Michael Crick - February, 2016

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