20. 16 in annexe, some on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except Christmas–New Year.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, restaurant, studio, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 6-acre grounds (pond, gardens).
all ages welcomed.
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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