Maison Talbooth reopened on 12th April…

Maison Talbooth – too good to leave.

The thinking behind the Maison Talbooth development was to create an environment which guests really did not want to leave. Now with the treatment rooms, Garden Room, Pool House, swimming pool and tennis court as well as the lovely gardens there are plenty of good reasons to just relax in Dedham.

The Maison’s experienced team of Bridget Stanley (General Manager), Mariann Read and Claire Maund have been boosted by new recruits Tracey Allen, Janine Buitenhofftencate and Nicky Hyland on reception. Rachel Anderson, the hotel’s new chef has joined us from Le Talbooth and is supported by Jo Burr. Some of you may remember Jo from her days at Le Talbooth, Paul was about 6 when she started there! More recently she has been heading up Lay & Wheeler’s kitchen at the Wine Market. The treatment rooms staff are headed by Emma Mallet with full time senior therapists Clare Shaw, Hayley Charles not forgetting Anna Taylor and Lisa Sutton who work part time. If we have not answered all your questions in the column opposite then feel free to call the team! Tel: 01206 322367
12 luxurious bedrooms.

In 1969 Gerald had the highly innovative idea of not using room numbers but naming the rooms after British poets an idea that has subsequently been widely adopted across the country house hotel sector. Each room has at least one of their most recognised poems on display. Three new rooms, means three new names and the selection has been hotly debated including by the Milsom family over their annual Christmas lunch. The results of these very sober and academic deliberations were as follows:

John Betjeman – Trebetherick and Greenaway.

Henry Newbolt- Drake’s Drum and Vitai Lampada (Torch of life)
TS Eliot- McCavity The Mystery Cat and Preludes.

We are taking the opportunity to revisit all the poems currently displayed in the rooms and updating the books on each poet. We’ll be testing guests when they arrive for dinner at Le Talbooth!

With 12 bedrooms in total the hotel will be ideal for our House Parties and we are seeing this as a significant area of growth. There will, we are sure, be some spectacular parties held in the Pool House too!


How many rooms are there?
12 – the three new rooms are on the second floor and have amazing views.

Do I still have to have breakfast in my suite?
With the addition of the new Garden Room we envisage that most guests will have their breakfast in there.

What dining / menus will be available?
We will be extending the menu options in the Garden Room with an emphasis on light healthy eating throughout the day.

How many Treatment Rooms are there?
Three – the largest has 2 treatment beds which will be great for sharing – mother and daughter days for example.

When will the Treatment Rooms open?
Now – we have three fully qualified full time therapists plus 2 part time.

What treatments will be available?
Everything! Dermalogica facials, pedicures, manicures, body treatments, oxyjet and much much more – there is more information on the back cover and you can also phone for a treatment brochure.

Are treatments available to people not staying at the hotel?
Yes – very much so; Just call the hotel and book a session or a Spa package – see below.

Are there Spa packages?
Yes – these will offer a number of treatments, a light lunch and use of the pool / tennis court.

What are the hours of opening?
The Treatment Rooms are open 7 days a week from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm so there’s a time to suit everyone.

Are there any other products that will be used?
Oxyjet, Jessica for nails, Fake Bake for tanning, Jinny lashes… The list goes on.

Will there be a membership system?
No. Although we plan to offer benefits for Talbooth Club members at a later date.

Can I use the pool / tennis court if I am not staying at the hotel?
Yes, if you are on a Day Spa package. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate people wanting to just drop in for a swim.

Can I just go and have lunch in the Garden Room?
Yes you can – it’s a light menu and you need to book.

Is the pool complex available for private parties?
No – but if you book the hotel for a house party you get the use of all the facilities.

What meeting facilities are there?
The Garden Room and the Dining Area in the Pool House can both be used for meetings on either a daily or 24 hour delegate rate.

Are you still offering wedding services?
Yes – we still have a Civil Wedding license and we think with the new facilities that we have even more to offer in this area.

Can I come and see for myself?
Feel free to call in when you’re passing, the team will be delighted to show you around and offer you a glass of Champagne!

Maison Talbooth Hotel in Essex is a Stunning 12 bedroom Luxury hotel with swimming pool. Voted Essex Best hotel of the year and Day Spa in Essex

Sue Bunting

Mon 2 Jun 2008, Sue Bunting