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 end of terrace 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.

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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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Visit Idle Waters

Idle Waters enjoys a picturesque setting beside the River Stour, nestled away in the heart of Constable Country.

Take in the stunning views of Dedham Vale and the beautiful Essex countryside as you experience great food and great service. Close to Colchester, this fabulous Dedham restaurant is just five miles from the train station at Manningtree.

Collect your key on arrival from Le Talbooth.

Le Talbooth
Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP Tel: 01206 323150
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If travelling from London, turn off M25 at Brentwood onto A12. Continue on A12 towards Ipswich, bypassing Colchester. Take the left exit signposted “Stratford St Mary, Dedham and Higham.” At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend, Le Talbooth is immediately on the left.
If you’re travelling from Ipswich, take the A12 until you pass the sign to East Bergholt, continue down hill and take left exit to Stratford St Mary and Dedham. Then take the next right turn to Stratford St Mary. Continue through village to other side, over the river Stour, and Le Talbooth is on your right next to the river.
If travelling from Colchester High Street, continue onto East Hill and over the mini roundabout to East Street before turning left at the next mini roundabout onto Ipswich Road. At the next roundabout, take the first exit, then the second exit onto the A1232, signposted Harwich A120. Continue along this road until merging onto the A12, signposted Ipswich. After 2.5 miles, branch left then merge onto Ipswich Road. In half a mile, bear right onto Gun Hill. At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend and Le Talbooth is immediately on the left.


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Dine at Le Talbooth

Dine in style at our award-winning riverside restaurant.

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