The Sun Inn

Colchester, Essex
+44 (0)1206 323351
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£150 - £175
per night

Smart country inn in Constable country with lovely rooms and food - grab a picnic, hire a boat and drift along the river Stour


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£150 - £175 per night

The Experience

You couldn’t hope to wash up in a better spot, an idyllic village in gorgeous countryside with this lovely inn at its centre. Inside, you find an easy elegance. A panelled lounge comes with sofas, armchairs and open fires – a good spot for afternoon tea; the bar, made from a slab of local elm, is usually propped up by locals.

You eat in the beamed dining room. Breakfast is a real treat: the full cooked works, or a buffet table laden with pastries, cured meat, cheeses, yogurt, cereals, homemade jam, and lashings of excellent coffee. Book dinner while you’re here. If you come as a group the ‘feast’ menu has an exciting and inventive choice of sharing plates.

Hire boats, order a picnic from the inn, float down the sleepy Stour, then tie up on the bank for lunch on the grassy banks. Come back to bright and airy bedrooms: those at the back are bigger, but all are lovely with local art and village views.

The Sun Inn - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The food - locally sourced, seasonal and inventive
  • Walking alongside the Stour
  • The pretty village, Constable went to school here and often painted the church
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You should know

  • Some rooms overlook the high street and there might be some light car noise
  • You will hear church bells ringing on Sundays


  • 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
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • 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



Nightly price
from £150
Extra child £15.
6 Doubles
From £150
1 Twin/double
From £150


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Other details
Dinner B&B £100 per person. Singles from £90.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £9.75. Starters form £7.75. Mains from £16. Sides £4.50. Puddings £8.50.


Amazing yet again, lovely food and atmosphere.

Vernon, Wivenhoe

The Sun Inn was like a home from home. For our exploration of Constable country. Elsa, our room, was spacious and comfortable as was our double bed. The young staff were welcoming and helpful. The menu had a range of tempting choices for dinner and breakfast and what a wine list! Yes…we will return if we revisit the Essex / Suffolk borders.

Malcolm, East Grinstead

The perfect short break in an atmospheric hotel in a picturesque village. A comfy sofa in front of a roaring open fire, the aroma of wood smoke and great food - who could ask for anything better?

Duncan, Loughton

Really enjoyed our stay. The rooms were great and very comfortable and clean. Nice friendly team and our dinner was very nice. Great central location too and would definitely recommend.

Penny, Buntingford

We had a really good time. Could not fault anything. Loved our room. The evening meal was superb, and breakfast in the morning offered all that you needed. A perfect stay. Would definitely return and recommend. Thank you.

Stephan, Haddenham

Had a terrific stay in the Elsa room in early January in The Sun. Wonderful atmosphere, relaxing bar area and the food was so fantastic- dinner and breakfast, with really awesome staff too. A memorable stay and very highly recommended!!

Justin, Auckland

Our fourth visit and didn’t disappoint! Food wonderful, staff friendly and knowledgeable, bed linen like sleeping in a marshmallow - fantastic!

Philip, Wilmslow

We absolutely loved everything about The Sun Inn - from the extremely comfortable bed, large room, cozy pub, and excellent dining...we were delighted at every moment!

Penny, Sevenoakes

Lovely stay - beautiful room, great staff, fab food. We are definitely coming back !

Ben, London

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Sun Inn! The staff were polite, efficient & very friendly & helpful. The food was delicious as usual & our bedroom was wonderful & warm!! Thank you!

Polly, Saxmundum

Lovely stay at The Sun Inn! Incredible food and fantastic staff! Will be returning!

Henry, Southend-on-Sea

We visited with a bed, breakfast and dinner package which we had received as a gift. The Sun Inn is a lovely place to eat, drink and relax, with gentle walks nearby. The food and service in the restaurant was excellent, and the beer in the bar was authentic real ale, just as I like it. There was some minor confusion when checking out in relation to the terms of our gifted package, but this was quickly and appropriately resolved, without too much fuss and we departed feeling very positive about our overnight stay.

Geoffrey, Billericay

We so enjoyed our overnight stay at The Sun Inn on Thursday. We had a bar snack on arrival which was amazing & dinner was good too. However the full English breakfast was amazing. One of the best we’ve had in a very long time. Every member of staff has as so happy friendly & helpful. We can’t wait to return there. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable. Can’t wait to return.

Kay, Grays

The hotel was excellent, the staff so friendly and the food at the restaurant was first class. The small details of explaining the various rooms and the products used was fantastic. This hotel was a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend this hotel and would definitely stay again.

Diane, Townsville

First visit was ten years ago, standards have been delightfully sustained ever since.

Derek, London

Great food, & wine, good service and a lovely comfortable room.

Alastair, Folkstone

Super Place, Super Staff, Super food!!! Always made to feel very welcome!

Max, London

Lovely characterful property and friendly staff. Everyone really helpful and food great too. Nothing was too much trouble for staff even when the bar and restaurant were really busy.

Linda, Normanton

Simply amazing. We were not expecting this level of service and quality of dinner. Special thanks to Emily, Beth, and Jack. But especially Emily who took wonderful care of us from start to finish.

Kimberly, Raleigh, North Carolina

Great to return. New menu was great last night. The sardines were superb. Very comfortable room and thoughtful staff. Thank you.

Steve, London

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The neighbourhood

Dedham is a charming village in the Dedham Vale AONB and there are some lovely walks from the door, try the 1.8 mile walk to the National Trust's Flatford Mill, made famous by Constable's painting The Hay Wain, it takes you along the Stour and through Dedham Vale. It's a stroll to The Munnings Art Museum at Sir Alfred Munning’s former home, Castle House. The Beth Chatto Gardens are 7.5 miles.

Local points of interest from Piers Baker

  • The Sir Alfred Munnings Museum & Gardens (0.5 miles)
  • Flatford Mill Field Centre, Flatford (4 miles)
  • St Mary’s Parish Church, Dedham (50 yards)
  • Beth Chatto Gardens (7.5 miles)
  • Colchester, Britain’s Oldest Town (8 miles)
  • Dedham Vale & Stour Valley AONB


Piers Baker

Piers has spent his entire career in catering, and after running some great pubs in London, he now owns three successful ones of his own. He discusses every dish with his head chefs, the bedrooms were decorated to his specification and he is very involved in the day to day management. In both The Sun Inn and The White Hart you're looked after by an attentive and courteous team.