Talbooth House & Spa

Colchester, Essex
+44 (0)1206 322367
Visit owner's website Icon Created with Sketch.

This small hotel delivers the lap of luxury - chic suites, dreamy views, breakfast in bed and a swimming pool for all seasons


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The outdoor swimming pool is heated to 29ºC every day, a chauffeur is on hand to whisk you down to the hotel’s riverside restaurant, a grand piano waits in the sitting room, where guests gather for a legendary afternoon tea. They don’t do things by halves at Talbooth House & Spa, a small-scale pleasure dome with long views across Constable country. The house, an old rectory, stands in three acres of manicured grounds; the pool house is a big draw with its open fire, honesty bar, beautiful art and treatment rooms. Interiors are equally impressive. There are no bedrooms, only suites, each divine; all pamper you rotten with flawless bathrooms, fabulous beds, cool colours and hi-tech excess. At dinner you’re chauffeured to the family’s restaurants (both within half a mile): Milsoms for bistro food served informally; Talbooth Restaurant on the river Stour for more serious fare, perhaps poached lobster with orange and fennel, saddle of venison with plums and bitter chocolate, pineapple and coconut soufflé with piña colada ice cream. A great escape.


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner at Milsoms £25; at Le Talbooth £35-£50.


Nightly price
from £210
Dinner, B&B £200-£350 per person.
12 Suites for 4
From £210



Have you visited Talbooth House & Spa? Be the first to leave a review.

Read more reviews


The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sue Bunting

  • Visit Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town. for shopping and historical interest.
  • Discover Constable country, on foot along the Essex Way or we can arrange bike or canoe hire which is definitely the best way to see the river Stour and the landscape that inspired artist John Constable in the 1700's
  • Follow in the footsteps Gainsborough, Constable and Munnings, all local artists, and take the Painters' Trail.
  • Antique shopping in the famous wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford.
  • Beth Chatto's Gardens - multi Gold Award winner at Chelsea.
  • When you've done all this come back to the hotel for a champagne afternoon tea.