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Relax by the Riverside

Welcome to Idle Waters, our self-catering luxury cottage set beside the River Stour in the Dedham Vale.

Idle Waters occupies a special place beside the River Stour in the Dedham Vale AONB; recently mentioned in the Telegraph as one of the top six places for a ‘cheeky weekend’. The area offers plenty to do and see, such as walking, cycling, canoeing and paddle boarding from the doorstep or riverbank, we can even arrange day or weekly hire (including safety equipment). While the Suffolk and Essex coasts are waiting to be discovered a short drive away.

On top of this of course there’s no need to cook; there’s every excuse to enjoy lunch and dinner on the riverside terrace at Talbooth Restaurant, or in the covered gardens at milsoms.

The cottage itself has everything you need for a stay with two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen/dining area and superb sitting room with log burner. The gardens are right on the River Stour, and with such beautiful views every season, there’s nowhere better to stay!

Idle Waters is now available to book to enjoy a few days or a week in the Dedham Vale!

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About the cottage

This convenient location is accessed easily from the A12 and provides the perfect bolt-hole from which to base yourself. From here you can simply relax, kick back and watch the river float by, head out for any number of interesting walks or use your cottage as a base whilst enjoying day trips to nearby sights and the beaches on the Suffolk and Essex coast.

The Idle Waters cottage sleeps up to four people and has two bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, a downstairs loo, hallway, lounge and kitchen. There is spacious and safe parking at the rear of the property and the other side faces on to the river and overlooks our Talbooth Restaurant. Everything is quiet at Idle Waters, now more than ever, so it’s a perfect place to escape.

Feel free to bring your dog, paddleboard or fishing rod, but do not worry if you don’t have any of those, just bring yourselves and perhaps a good book or two.

Please speak to our reception if you would like to arrange paddleboard hire.

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  • Self-catering for four people
  • Dog friendly
  • Deep cleaned before every stay
  • Please call 01206 323150 to book
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*full payment is required in advance

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 Talbooth Restaurant.

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, Talbooth Restaurant 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 Talbooth Restaurant 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 Talbooth Restaurant is immediately on the left.


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