Rested and Recharged: Maison Talbooth

Elysium visits the Maison Talbooth


Elysium Magazine continues its search for the finer things in life – suited to the discerning gent. Blistering in the heat, we thought we would search for the best the UK had to offer to unwind. Lucky for us we received an invite to the beautiful Maison Talbooth – having opened around 40 years ago and continuously attractive good publicity we were excited to see what this premium institution had to offer.




The Maison Talbooth is situated in between, Dedham and Higham and spans many acres of greenery. The resort itself includes a delightful converted country Manor with its own extended parkway and can easily hold many cars. In this part of the UK, its not easy to get good public transport so getting in by car is all but essential but the ride was definitely worth it. The drive certainly does bring about a sense of relaxation – you will be glad to know that this continues through your stay.


Upon entering the beautiful property your receive a warm welcome. The customer service staff and the people are absolutely wonderful in their ability to provide the best service that one would not find even in some of the more pricier hotels back in London. All staff live local and gave us a good number of useful pointers about the village and places of interest in the local area. This is extremely handy when looking for suggestions from local attractions to a countryside pub. They even managed to find an iPhone charger when we forgot ours! Anything you need the staff have it covered.


Many of the guests had come for the weekend break and the afternoon tea, which was very fresh and well presented!  While we were told that the room was still being prepared we were invited to look at the pool house which was just adjacent to the Garden room. The pictures we saw in anticipation on the website did not do the room any justice, perfect for our summer trip.


The Room


Upon completing the required formalities at reception , we were shown to our beautiful suite – on the top floor of the property. Our luggage was already there having been set while we were shown around. A magnificent scene was visible from our window – a panoramic marvel which provide a calm, soothing feeling; the exact reason we decide to visit in the first place. We were impressed.


Maison Talbooth @ Elysium


The room itself has a spacious lounge area complete with comfy sofas and a very, very large TV. There is also a desk with Internet connection should you need to get some work done during your stay. The bedroom adjoins the lounge which means you can have your own space if required. The bedroom is large, with ample space for two. Floor space comes at such a premium in London – its nice to be able to spread out when you can.


Having got settled and toured the beautiful surroundings we had worked up an appetite. It was time to visit the highly acclaimed restaurant – Le Talbooth restaurant.


The Food


We were kindly whisked away in a chauffeur driven service to the restaurant and back. We found the restaurant very different to what we are used to. Our first impressions was that it was a country inn conversion that included traditional furniture and a very good choice of wine and food dishes. We were ready to tuck in.


Le Talbooth restaurant’s menu was vast but contemporary. Starters on the a la carte menu include favourites such as smoked salmon tartare and confit duck and liver terrine. We were recommended to go for the pan-fried skate (£11.50) and the Colchester crab mayonnaise (£12.50). The recommendations were spot on – the fresh ingredients were infused with flavor but were not over done. The simplicity of the dishes made them exciting and unique. It was time for the main event.


Maison Talbooth - Elysium Magazine


The rump and cutlet of Suffolk lamb (£29) was beautiful – braised shoulder boulangere, creamed watercress, carrot and cardamom brought the main to life. The portion was generous and the waiter was keen to see the look of delight in our eyes; they were not disappointed.


Despite the generous portion, the dish had been completely devoured; for good reason. It was the best lamb main we had ever come across in our journey’s traveling to get the best food. A quick breather and we were ready for dessert.


The coffee and walnut cheesecake (£9.25) was fresh and prepared ready to tuck into. We were not hungry but the cheesecake disappeared extremely quickly! The mango and coconut parfait (£8.75) was a unique combination – it was presented with a chargrilled pineapple and passion fruit sorbet. Don’t let the chargrilled pineapple put you off – this was an absolute delight.


The discerning gent is highly advised to visit this luxurious restaurant; perfect service and food. What more could one ask for?


The Spa


The next day we visited the spa facilities, eager to continue to get the relaxation we had come accustomed too. The experienced and attentive staff provided a range of options, which were all explained in full. We certainly got our full money’s worth with good impartial advice about the treatments and also the good and enthusiastic people whom took great deal of care with us and explained how to maintain the good side effects of the treatment longer.  Despite the perfect stay at the Maison Talbooth, the spa was the reason we would be returning as quickly as we did.


Pool house - ELysium Magazine




The Maison Talbooth is lucky in that it has the perfect setting to ensure you get the rest and relaxation you crave. The service is second to none as the warmth of the luxury hotel is felt, oozing out of everyone you come across. The spa facilities come at a premium but are outstanding. Having visited Maison Talbooth on two occasions since, it has certainly preformed consistently. If the discerning gent only gets once chance to get a weekend away, the Maisoon Talbooth will not disappoint.


Rooms: 4/5

Location: 4/5

Dining: 5/5

Spa: 5/5




Maison Talbooth, a member of Pride of Britain Hotels – a consortium of 44 privately-owned independent British hotels. Overlooking Dedham Vale in Essex and situated in the heart of Constable country, the family-run luxury country house hotel has 12 bedrooms, all of which are individual in style. The stunning outdoor pool is open year-round, as is the hot tub, and the hotel also has a tennis court. The hotel’s restaurant, Le Talbooth, has an idyllic spot on the River Stour, while light meals are available at The Garden Room. The price for a double room costs from £110 pp (two sharing) including breakfast. Family accommodation is also available. To book call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929, www.prideofbritainhotels.com).


Sam Uppal

Sam Uppal

Sam loves all things style and grooming. He’s passionate about showcasing new technology, helping to tell the story of new businesses and entertainment for the discerning gent.