“A warm welcome awaits at this Victorian country house” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Warm hospitality and quality service can be expected at this Victorian country-house hotel, situated in a peaceful rural location amid pretty landscaped grounds overlooking the Stour River Valley. Public areas include a comfortable drawing room where guests may take afternoon tea or snacks. Residents are chauffeured to the popular Le Talbooth Restaurant just a mile away for dinner. The spacious bedrooms are individually decorated and tastefully furnished with lovely co-ordinated fabrics and many thoughtful touches.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 12
- Family rooms: 1
- Bedrooms Ground: 5
- Satellite TV available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Babysitting service
- Laundry facilities
- Ironing facilities
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Outdoor Pool
- Hard Tennis Court
- Croquet Available
- Spa Available
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Outdoor parking spaces: 40
- Accessible bedrooms: 1
- Walk-in showers
- Double room, minimum price: £300
- Open all year
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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