The Sun Inn

Colchester, Essex
+44 (0)1206 323351
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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

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.

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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
  • This is an inn rather than a hotel so there's no reception desk
  • You will hear church bells ringing on Sundays


  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
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

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 bought the inn in 2003 when it was an unloved pub with rooms which he transformed into a thriving hub in the community. He lives nearby with his family and you're looked after by his friendly team.