Marquis Hotel

Layham, Suffolk

Foodies and walkers will be happy here on the slopes of the Brett Valley: perfect for some serious rest and relaxation


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

There are surprises around every corner at this 250-year-old building brought lavishly back to life: an archway leads to a pretty courtyard, huge views are revealed over lawns, terrace and the river Brett beyond; a wine cellar doubles up as an intimate dining space.

All the bedrooms have their own style – the big Cornwallis suite with floor to ceiling windows for that vista and even the smallest has a sumptuous roll top with a view – all have Nespresso machines and fresh milk in the mini fridges. Wander to the TV room, or the upstairs bar or find a bench in the manicured gardens from where you can stroll along the river.

Breakfast on homemade waffles, eggs all ways, avocados and apple juice from the owners’ orchards. Sunday roasts are popular and the dinner menu changes with the seasons. Food is sourced locally and prepared with much care: oysters from Colchester, crab from Cromer, Suffolk cheese. Views from the dining room are mesmerising but you can eat on the terrace in summer.

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We think you'll love

  • Being looked after so well
  • Sipping a cocktail and soaking up the lovely views
  • Walking along the river in pretty countryside
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You should know

  • You can bring your dog but they can’t sleep in your room
  • Breakfast isn’t included in the room price
  • It’s a grown-up sort of place, not particularly geared up for children


  • 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
  • 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
Starters from £9.00. Mains from £19.00. Desserts from £7.00. Sunday Lunch from £18.00


Nightly price
from £165
Damage deposit
Extra beds and children cots are available
9 Twin/doubles
From £165
1 Suite for 2
From £280



The care and discretion involved in the renovation and extension of the building is a credit to both owner and architect. It can be seen in the detail: the design of the windows, the ways in which each view and almost each corner in the hotel has been given detailed thought, to make it a pleasure.

Peter, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

You’re on the Suffolk/Essex border of the Brett Valley. Constable country and the Dedham Vale AONB are a 15-minute drive and offer heaps of good walks. Hadleigh, the nearest town, is a pretty medieval market town and only a five-minute drive. The wool towns of Lavenham and Bury St Edmunds are close.

Local points of interest from Will Hardwick

  • The Marquis is situated on the edge of beautiful Dedham Vale, Constable country, with countless pretty villages and winding country lanes to explore.
  • The ancient market town of Hadleigh is a mile away, where you can find small independent shops and cafes amongst the stunning wooden framed architecture.
  • Britain's historic first city, Colchester, is just a short drive away, where you can discover the 11th century castle and 60-acre zoo.


Will Hardwick

The hotel owner also owns the nearby apple orchards but you will be looked after by General Manager Will and his friendly, enthusiastic team. They are on hand to mix you a drink, change the channels on the TV and generally make your stay super relaxing.