Maison Talbooth is a hidden luxury hotel in the Essex countryside, overlooking the famous Dedham Vale. Feeling less like a hotel, more like a high spec country house, the boutique furnishings and slick decor feel stylish, very us of course…make us feel right at home.
Ideal for a weekend with your partner (or for a special occasion – book up the entire thing for a seriously grown up house party) the hotel boasts a large outdoor swimming pool, crucially heated to the perfect temperature all year round, as well as tennis courts and a luxury hot tub.
As we first enter the hotel, we are greeted by a lovely member of staff who escorts us to our room (Betjeman Deluxe). We drop off our bags to discover the perfect escape! Tucked away on the second floor is our room full of character, with a huge king size bed, Sky HD, Luxurious Sofa, and a twist of modern & old furniture (High spec mirrors with table, mixed with the character of a wooden chest of drawers and chairs). Our bathroom is to die for, with walk in power shower, a bath big enough for two and of course…heated floor!
Once we overcome the beauty of our room, we head down to the Hotel’s very own Spa to have a facial before we head out for the evening. There’s even a section for the guys, offering a deep cleanse facial and scalp/shoulder massage. And if you’re in the mood for romance there’s a couples treatment room…which we just had to see for ourselves!
After the best facials we’ve ever had, we take our new fresh faces down to the ‘Pool House’. An all year round heated pool, with hot tub sounds just perfect to finish off our lovely afternoon, even if it is January. Accompanied with a ‘help yourselves’ bar, log burning fire, TV lounge and changing rooms, the pool house is a dream come true. A quick swim, followed by a lengthy stay in the hot tub we finally drag ourselves away and back to our room to get ourselves ready for whats next.
Now for dinner; the hotel booked us in for 730 and we’re super excited to find out more. Our ‘driver’ collects us from Reception and chauffeurs us off 2 minutes down the road to ‘Le Talbooth’ (The hotels very own restaurant), a rather special little spot right on the river Stour. This is very much a ‘special occasion’ restaurant, the beautiful quirky, old interiors are full of charm.
The dimly lit atmospheric room is matched by some top notch cooking and 5 star service. Here’s what we can especially recommend;
Starter – PAN ROAST HAND DIVED ORKNEY SCALLOP, Caramelised onion, razor clam, Lardo and curry flavours
Main – PAN ROAST FILLET OF SEA BASS, New season ceps, truffle linguine and confit egg yolk
Dessert – MADAGASCAN 64% CHOCOLATE AND BLACK CHERRY MILLIONAIRE, Pistachio and honeycomb
With welcoming staff, amazing food (also including a vegan menu!), relaxing treatments and service that caterers to your every need. Maison Talbooth makes for a great escape from the hectic – check in and chill out.
R & S x
Maison Talbooth, Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN