The Sun Inn

Colchester, Essex

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

The Experience

This perennial favourite sits in an idyllic village made rich by mills in the 16th century. You’re also in Constable country – the artist attended school in the village and often returned to paint the church. Best of all is the river – you can hire boats, grab a picnic from the inn, float down the sleepy Stour, then tie up on the bank for lunch al fresco. As for The Sun, you couldn’t hope to wash up in a better spot. Inside, you find open fires, boarded floors, timber frames and an easy elegance. A panelled lounge comes with sofas and armchairs, the bar is made from a slab of local elm and the airy, beamed dining room offers fabulous food inspired by Italy, perhaps crab ravioli, squid with chilli and garlic, monkfish with truffle mash, chocolate mousse with Morello cherries. Bedrooms are gorgeous: those at the back are bigger and come in grand style, but all are lovely with crisp linen, local art and power showers in excellent bathrooms. There’s afternoon tea on arrival if you book in advance and a garden for a pint in summer.


  • 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
  • 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.
Lunch from £6. Dinner from £12.50.


Nightly price
from £150
Dinner B&B £100 per person. Extra child £15. Singles from £90.
6 Doubles
From £150
1 Twin/double
From £150



This pub with rooms excels on the food front with a seasonal, locally sourced menu that changes every six weeks; from my oysters to my steak I was delighted with my meal and I was looked after very well by the young team running the place. Easy to park, easy to sleep and easy to walk the dog!

Val, Sawday's inspector

We loved our stay with you in Dedham. Room was great, and in particular the few staff we interacted with (in particular one young woman, whose name I regretfully didn’t pick up, and a couple of others, including a young man), were delightful. Food was also great. Being from Australia, we won’t be visiting regularly, but I have little doubt we would plan to return (next time for a bit longer) and will certainly recommend you to those friends of ours who are more likely to be interested to come to that part of England.

Victor, Australia

Everything was spot on. Staff helpful & Polite: Food delicious: Room first rate.. Most enjoyable stay. Thank You.

Frances, London

Lovely room, comfortable beds, relaxed friendly service, amazing food - hopefully we'll be back soon!


I have stayed before and once again the staff were all helpful and charming. Food, in the restaurant was excellent for breakfast and dinner. Lunch in the garden was good too. Only using seasonal products works well. Phaeton had a comfortable bed, plenty of space and a good supply of teas and flapjacks. The bathroom worked well and the products available were delightful.

Patricia, Bristol

Delightful hotel - very comfortable rooms, excellent food, including breakfast and kind, considerate and friendly staff.

Graham, Norwich

I stayed at the Sun Inn at the beginning of a three week trip around England and I must say, I could not have picked a better place if I'd tried! When I woke up with a splitting head ache the first morning, a perfect breakfast and quiet, yet so friendly service literally saved my day. I returned for dinner at the end of my journey and had the same warm welcome again - even though the place was very busy. Didn't get to meet the ghost which was I pity so I guess I'll have to return until I do ;o) . All in all, great room, food, service and atmosphere... I will recommend it to anyone!

Gabriele, Zwingenberg

I have just come back from staying at the Sun Inn at Dedham, Essex, recommended by you. As always with a Sawday place, it was fabulous - in this instance even more fabulous that I could have imagined. Gorgeously decorated and furnished bedroom, the Dovecot and wonderful dinner and breakfast. The staff were lovely too (even when I accidentally left with my room key and couldn’t return it for some hours).


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The neighbourhood

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