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“An Artistic Paradise!”

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The Fountain House and Dedham Hall
Ranked #2 of 3 Dedham B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here this weekend in order to attend a family wedding in a nearby village. Dedham is a beautiful village and well worth a visit situated in the beautiful Dedham Vale (also known as Constable Country as this is where John Constable painted many of his famous scenes - try to visit Flatford Mill if you come). Dedham Hall is just a few yards outside the village - we turned off the main road and drove down a long private lane into paradise as the Hall is set within beautifully kept and very private grounds. We were warmly met by Jim who immediately took responsibility for all our luggage and suggested we had a pot of tea and home made brownies in the lounge (at no extra cost!). Our rooms were beautifully decorated and our bath was the biggest I have ever come across - bliss! We had a lovely breakast - with lots of fresh fruit, home made jams and marmalades, local honey and a freshly cooked "full English". We immediately felt at home. Also in the grounds is a huge barn where art classes are run and this is what sets this place apart - throughout the Hall every wall is covered in original art - our own bedroom alone had four pictures of the Hall and the local area. I would highly recommend Dedham Hall - even if you don't already paint, I bet you will be inspired to go home and immediately buy some paints and brushes!!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

We had a lovely weekend here in this simply beautiful setting.
Room nicely decorated and very comfortable. Nice to see plenty of toiletries.
Comfy lounges that feel like home and a welcome pot of tea with homade cake.
Restaurant buzzing,good menu.
Plenty of things to do aroung the area, we did National Trust properties.
Would be more than happy to visit again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

I have stayed here three times now because of work commitments in the area, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. The rooms are beautifully clean and comfortable (and I've had a different one each time so can vouch for at least three of them), with power showers and plenty of toiletries, the sitting rooms downstairs are welcoming and the food is great. I can't speak for the cooked breakfast as I've not had it, but home-made bread and marmalade and heaps of delicious fruit are a great start to the day - and when I needed a particularly early start, that was fine. I've only wanted a single course for dinner, so they have charged me just for that course rather than their set price for three courses, and there is a good choice of several beautifully home-cooked meals. Others have commented on the perhaps slightly less than professional waiting staff, but they are clearly local girls who are friendly, helpful and lovely - why would you want or expect high-end, London-type service in a village b&b, albeit one of such high quality? How Wendy and Jim do it all I have no idea - but they do, with friendliness and good humour. And it's excellent value as well.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We had a great weekend stay at Dedham Hall. The food is first class, and the rooms are spotless and have everything you need.Wendy and Jim treat you as if you are personal friends and make you feel really at home with tea and cake when you arrive, and a chat any time they meet you, you will not find a better run B and B in a long way,

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

This far exceeded our expectations. Just a few minutes walk to the village and yet total peace and quiet, surrounded by lovely countrside views.
We were met with tea and cake and made to feel so welcome. The comfy beds were heavenly had such a good night's sleep and the breakfast was lovely, freshly cooked and very hot, most buffet breakfasts in Hotels are not that hot, this was. Very quirky property, spotlessly clean, sloping floors and Olde World charm. Loads of towels and plenty of tea and coffee products. The owner even offered to drive us to the wedding reception we were going to.
We really enjoyed our brief stay here and would definitely recommend it. Would love to go back sometime.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

We had a lovely two night stay at Dedham Hall which is in a lovely spot and the owners Wendy and Jim were very welcoming and helpful as we brought our bikes which they kindly put in their garage overnight. We started the day with a hearty English breakfast and had the pleasant company of an art group in the dining room both mornings.
Location was brilliant as we could walk in to Dedham then on to Flatford Mill and East Bergholt within an hour or two unless you wanted to linger especially at Flatford, along the way. We walked along the path that John Constable took as a boy going to school from East Bergholt to his school in Dedham - it was inspirational. Thank you Wendy and Jim and your staff for a lovely stay in your clean and comfortable home. Martin and Lesley

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Martin P
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

Fountain house. 1st class location. The table service was poor. Starter spicy chicken, chicken very over cooked. Main course, pepper steak, sauce was spoilt by excessive salt, my medium steak' Again was over cooked as were the vegetables and the very soft and stringy mange tout. Desert good. marks out of ten, three. Price £35 PP plus drinks and AGAIN over cooked! 2.7.2011 The above was my opinion, My wif'e's duck, Well thats another story! Gary

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Fountain House and Dedham Hall

Address: Fountain House Dedham Hall Brook Street, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6AD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Dedham
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Dedham
Price Range: $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dedham Hall is a family run Guest House set in 6 acres of fields and gardens in the heart of Constable Country. Set back from the road at the end of Dedham High Street it is a 2 minute walk into the centre of the beautiful and historic village or a 20 minute walk along the river Stour to Flatford Mill immortalised by John Constable. Castle House home of Sir Alfred Munnings, president of the Royal Academy is just a short walk away. Visitors can dine in our restaurant. We have an ever changing table d'hote menu. At Dedham Hall we run painting holidays with a world famous group of tutors. ... more   less 
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The Fountain House And Dedham Hall Hotel Dedham

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