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REVIEW | Maison Talbooth in Dedham, Essex – A Dazzling Combination of the Old & New

By Katie Byrne – 30th September 2019

Why I Love Maison Talbooth
Nestled in the heart of gorgeous Dedham (also known as ‘Constable Country’ after the work of the renowned local painter, John Constable), Maison Talbooth is a boutique hotel that combines modern luxury with historic charm. It’s a masterclass in top-class service and exquisite design, with rooms so gorgeous that you really won’t want to check-out.


Worth Getting A Babysitter?
A million times yes. The perfect place to check into for a romantic night away, Maison Talbooth combines a relaxed vibe with a distinct twist of luxury to perfection. From the drool-inducing menu at award-winning restaurant Le Talbooth to the comprehensive list of treatments available at the day spa, it’s the perfect place to disconnect from the hectic blur of day-to-day life, even if just for 24 hours. Bliss.


Value for money:
8/10 – Prices start from £200 per room for a standard room with bed and breakfast included.


What To Expect At The Maison Talbooth?
Say the word ‘Milsoms’ in Essex and people instantly know what you’re talking about. The Milsoms hotel group comprises a handful of luxurious hotels across Essex and Suffolk and is synonymous with luxury. Maison Talbooth is a dazzling combination of the old and new, with centuries-old art sitting in striking juxtaposition with modern interior design.

From the nothing-is-a-problem service of the staff through to the exquisite menus of the restaurants, everything about it is a joy. Whether you choose to treat yourself in the spa (I had my first-ever manicure!) or to lounge by the pool house (which has its very own hot tub, as well as a full-size pool), this is a place designed with customer relaxation in mind. It also nails the foodie side of things, too; whether you want to enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn, sip a glass of bubbly in the library or tuck into a gourmet feast at Le Talbooth, it ticks all the boxes.


Maison Talbooth Overview
Overlooking rolling fields dotted with sheep, this Victorian-built country home was established as a hotel in 1969. With a dozen exquisitely designed rooms and an in-house spa (plus tennis courts and a swimming pool, naturally), it’s the ultimate destination for a spot of relaxation and pampering.

Maison Talbooth is a short distance from the centre of the quintessentially English village Dedham, which offers beautiful countryside walks, boating opportunities and a range of attractions, including the former home of famous painter Sir Alfred Munnings and the Gnome Magic woodland area.


My Room At Maison Talbooth
Literature fans will approve; each of the afore-mentioned 12 bedrooms are named after important literary figures. We stayed in the Shelley suite and it was heaven. Heaven. Overlooking lush green fields on one side and the tennis courts on the other, our bedroom was the epitome of cosy-chic; the king-size bed was ludicrously comfortable and made watching TV apres dinner a truly decadent experience. The en-suite bathroom was just as gorgeous, complete with a huge window, big mirrors and his-n-hers sinks: with both a freestanding bathtub and a super-cool power shower, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to having a soak. Side note: I loved that quirky cow painting on the wall, too.


Dinner At Maison Talbooth
Where to begin! Dinner is served at the nearby Le Talbooth, Milsoms’ award-winning restaurant that’s mere moments up the road. You don’t need to worry about walking there though; you’ll be whipped away by a member of staff in the Milsoms’ Range Rover. Le Talbooth’s menu covers every palette and preference (I would absolutely recommend the beef Rossini, whilst Mike raved about the lamb).

Dine outdoors if you can; the candlelit tables overlook the picturesque River Stour and the atmosphere is effortlessly romantic. Whatever you choose for your courses, make sure you save room for the truffle box; quite literally, a huge box of truffles, from which you are encouraged to pick a post-dessert assortment to round-off your meal in suitably sweet style.


Breakfast At Maison Talbooth

Hotel breakfasts are one of my favourite things. Don’t ask me why – they just are. I opted for a cappuccino and a full English and it was the perfect way to start the day; light yet filling, it comprised of a mouthwatering range of locally sourced products and quite possibly the best hash brown I’ve ever eaten. (And I’ve had my fair share…) Served in the sunlight-speckled Garden Room, the service was flawless and the atmosphere was relaxed. A perfect way to start the day.

With love,

Katie x

To find out more visit the Mason Talbooth’s website: https://www.milsomhotels.com/maison-talbooth/



This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to stay overnight and dine free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

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