Good Hotel Guide Review
‘It felt like staying with friends, albeit very hip ones,’ says a Guide insider, of the Milsom family’s hotel outside Colchester, in a ‘wonderful setting’ where windows frame views of Constable’s Dedham Vale. Bedrooms, each named after a poet, have ‘eye-catching extras such as oversized armchairs, feature wallpaper or a huge headboard’. Shakespeare has a large sunken bath, a king-size/twin bed on which to sleep, perchance to dream. Keats has a second bedroom with bunk beds, a sunken bath and walk-through shower, and private terrace. Tennyson is, bizarrely, Beatles themed. All have complimentary soft drinks and snacks. Guests can play tennis or wander down to ‘the star attraction’, the lovely pool house with a lounge, open fire and honesty bar opening on to the pool, ‘perfect for an atmospheric dip in the early evening’. There is an all-day bar, and brasserie dining at sister hotel Milsoms a stroll away, or they’ll drive you the 650 yards to fine-dining Le Talbooth for dishes such as Dedham Vale beef and glazed short rib; for vegans maybe new-season vegetable millefeuille (see also The Pier at Harwich, Harwich). (David Verney, and others)
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, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), spa, civil wedding licence, parking ramp, some public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £20.
allowed in bedrooms (£15 a night), lounge, on terrace and in area of brasserie, not restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £270. À la carte £70 (Talbooth), £37 (Milsoms). 1-night bookings may be refused weekends.