Relax by the River

Luxury cottage, just a two minute walk from our riverside restaurant

Relax by the Riverside

Set in an idyllic setting beside the river Stour, our luxury riverside cottage (named Idle Waters) is a timber framed 16th century cottage on the north Essex/ Suffolk border.

Located in the heart of the Dedham Vale – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – loved by generations of artists and known affectionately as ‘Constable Country’. The cottage features in John Constable painting entitled ‘The Vale of Dedham’, the original is currently on display in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.

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About the cottage

Idle Waters is a self-catering cottage for a maximum of four people and available for any number of nights.

The accommodation, which has just been completely refurbished by Geraldine Milsom, comprises an open plan fully fitted kitchen and dining area with doors leading out onto the garden, sitting room with bay window overlooking the river Stour, inglenook fireplace and huge leather sofas. Upstairs, the cottage has two delightful bedrooms with views over the river; both rooms have en-suite bathrooms, one with a bath/shower over and the other with a large walk in shower.  The cottage is dog friendly with lots of fabulous walks  just seconds from the front door, so don’t leave them at home!

For those wishing to dine out, Le Talbooth is on the other side of the river Stour, almost in the cottage garden; the award-winning restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. While Milsoms, a contemporary bar and brasserie is just a couple of minutes walk away. The restaurant is open all day and with no need to book. Both restaurants offer outside dining in the summer.

Should you wish to stay ‘at home’ and cook in the fabulous kitchen, then there’s a well-established farm shop in the village which stocks just about everything you will need.

The cottage is also perfect for friends, families and couples getting married at one of the Milsom Hotels or Restaurants (Le Talbooth or Maison Talbooth), either before or after their wedding day.

Idle Water is linked to Le Talbooth and Maison Talbooth, which means that guests staying at the cottage can use the outdoor pool and tennis court when the hotel is not booked for exclusive use.  The Treatment Rooms, the hotel’s day spa is also available for Idle Waters guests to book a range of treatments.

Autumn Offers

Autumn is a great time to visit the Vale; to tempt you we have added a few extras for you to enjoy during September, October and November:

  • Dogs stay free in September, October and November. Three great walks are just seconds from the cottage the Essex Way, St Edmunds Way and the Stour Valley Path
  • Stay at Idle Waters in September, October and November and receive complimentary use of the outdoor pool (heated all year round), pool house and tennis court at Maison Talbooth. Subject to availability
  • October Half Term – 2 adults, 2 children, 2 dogs, stay mid week for four nights for the price of three.
  • And don’t forget Christmas! Idle Waters is available for three nights from 24th December with everything included for £1,500 for two people and £2,250 for four people


Rates range from

Length of stay Price (for four people)
One night – Monday to Thursday £250 per night
One night – Friday to Sunday £400 per night
Two nights – Friday to Sunday £700
Full week £1,500

Two dogs are also welcome at an additional £10 per day

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Call the event team at Le Talbooth on 01206 323150 or complete the form below.

Le Talbooth Restaurant

over the river

The Treatment Rooms

a few minutes away