Maison Talbooth is located in the village of Dedham about 20 minutes from Colchester. The hotel has 12 rooms in total so a small hotel where you are treated like royalty! As there are few guests it means the staff are able to be very attentive and make you feel like the only guest staying there.
On arrival when we were in our taxi in the car park, the hotel looks more like a grand house, we walked up the grand stairs that lead to the main entrance. The 5* treatment began as soon as we entered the door, the staff opened the main door for us and greeted us with a warm smile we were totally wowed by the main lounge area.
The hallway has a grand piano, the most comfiest seats and and warming fire. Afternoon tea is served daily at 2pm in the lounge it was in full swing when we arrived and looked very cosy and inviting. Through the main room you go to the garden room, where there are more tables for afternoon tea and that is also where breakfast is served.
The rooms are spread over two floors, our room (Shelley) was located on the first floor and had windows with the most stunning views. The rooms are named afters famous writers including Shakespeare, Keats & Eliot.
The room we were in was a deluxe room, it had a large and VERY comfy bed with a gorgeous faux fur throw and super squishy pillows. We could have stayed in bed all day!
The mini bar had complimentary soft drinks including coke, apple juice & still or sparkling water. There was also an array of teas and hot chocolate. The room also had an amazing coffee machine with different types of pods to make the perfect coffee for yourself. If you needed milk you just had to call reception and they brought you up some milk (very promptly might we add!)
There were dressing gowns and slippers which we of course took full advantage of. They also had a fabulous hair dryer that dried our hair very quickly we were so impressed.
The bathroom was ginormous with a huge free standing bath in the middle, shower and the other usual facilities.
There was also shampoo, conditioner and body lotion from Aromatherapy Associates, which we have to say smelt incredible!
We couldn’t stop saying how cosy the room was and we really wish we had a couple more nights! We had a perfect nights sleep and loved how dark the room was a night.
The hotel also has in house spa treatments which they had pre-booked for us for 4pm. The spa treatment rooms were on the first floor, so we could literally walk straight out the room and be ready for our massages. The staff at the spa were super friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable. We had the option of having separate treatment rooms or sharing a room which was nice of them to offer! The spa offers many different treatments from, full body massage, facial, manicure or pedicure.
The hotel also has the cutest pool house with an outdoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Of course we made use of the jacuzzi it was so lovely and warm! Even though the swimming pool is heated at Maison Talbooth we were not quite brave enough!
You need a code to enter the gated pool house area and then once you are in you have full access to the facilities including a lovely chill out room, outdoor fire, showers and changing rooms. There was an honesty bar which is a very trusting thing! You can help yourself to any soft drinks or alcohol and then fill in a slip with what you have taken. Tea and coffee however are complimentary.
For dinner the hotel offers a complimentary Maison Talbotth car to take you to Le Talbooth restaurant which is 900m away. As soon as you let the staff know they organise the car right away. The car itself was impressive, a lovely BMW with heated seats and screens too!
The general manager Evan, who was such a nice man and amazing at his job, took us to the restaurant. He also gave us a little history on the restaurant and explained how it was used for the horses who pulled the boat along the canal to stop off for a rest or some food! The building was simply stunning with beams and low ceilings inside. We have written a separate post all about the restaurant but we shall just say here how delicious the food was and how nice the staff were too!
When we returned to our room after dinner we noticed our bed had been turned down! We thought this was super cute and a lovely touch, we did have a chuckle though as we had things all over our room, life of a blogger hey!
Breakfast is served from 7am-9:30am and it is served as we previously mentioned in the garden room. There was plenty to choose from and of course we had to write a separate post all about breakfast (it is our favourite meal of the day after all!)
Maison Talbooth has such beautiful grounds, we woke up extra early on Sunday morning to take some pictures. It was the perfect morning it was so frosty and the sun was still rising!
The Maison Talbooth is the most luscious boutique hotel and would be the perfect getaway for a celebration, romantic weekend away or an escape to the countryside.
We also love the fact that you can hire out the entire Maison Talbooth hotel, if you want a ‘house party’ or for a hen do! The hotel sleeps 24 guests so its perfect for a massive celebration. To hire for the house party costs approx £193 per person which includes, dinner, afternoon tea and breakfast. To hire for a hen do costs £300 per person which includes afternoon tea, 30 min spa treatment, unlimited Prosecco, dinner & breakfast. Both of these options you also get full access to all the facilities; the swimming pool, tennis courts etc.
Mansions Talbooth can be booked via the Britain’s Finest website.
Thank you so much Maison Talbooth for having us stay, we had the dreamiest weekend and loved every minute of it!
We were gifted a one nights stay