Good Hotel Guide Review
In 1952, Gerald Milsom stopped at some Tudor tea rooms beside the River Stour and liked them so much he bought them. Thus began the Talbooth story, with a renowned restaurant and, later, this luxury hotel with fine views. Gerald died in 2005, but the business is still run by the Milsom family, who also own The Pier at Harwich, Harwich (see entry). A Guide insider praised the friendly ambience, ‘eye-catching furniture’, and ‘staff who can’t do enough for you’. Bedrooms, each named after a poet, have fresh milk and Elemis toiletries. Shakespeare has a sunken bath, Kipling a wet room, and Browning a roll-top bath and walk-in shower. ‘Shelley has a sublime view over Dedham Vale that could be straight out of a Constable painting.’ Best of all is ‘the lovely pool house in its own walled garden, with an open fire in winter, honesty bar, lounge, and changing facilities’. The nearby road can get busy, but guests are driven by courtesy car to Le Talbooth for riverside dining on such dishes as Dedham Vale beef Rossini or ricotta and cèpe dumplings. Breakfast and lunch are served back at base in the Garden Room. (JK). Maison Talbooth is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
12. 5 on ground floor with walk-in shower.
lounge, Garden Room, courtesy car to restaurant 1 minute away, 5-acre grounds (tennis), outdoor heated pool (pool house, hot tub, honesty bar), in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), spa, civil wedding licence, parking ramp, some public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms and lounge, on terrace and in lounge area of brasserie, but not in Talbooth restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £295–£375, D,B&B £400–£415. À la carte £65 (Talbooth), £37 (Milsoms).