PERFECT for a relaxing night away, Talbooth House and Spa with its Soho farmhouse style outdoor pool, tennis court and recently expanded spa; with treatment rooms are in the beautiful setting of Constable Country. My family and I were greeted by very friendly staff and shown our suite, ‘Keats’ which included a separate room for my two girls and a lovely private terrace area that backed onto the private garden.
Named after poets, the 12 bedrooms are all a comfortable size and each contains a king-size bed, while bathrooms are nearly as big and come stocked with Elemis toiletries in all but two, you’ll find huge baths.
More like a country house than a hotel, Talbooth has a cosy sitting room downstairs, with velvet sofas, where you can enjoy a drink from the bar. Dining happens at Talbooth’s sister restaurant Milsoms or at the pretty river setting at Talbooth Restaurant. No need to worry about having a drink as a courtesy car is provided that will take you to and from the restaurants at your convenience. A continental breakfast can be brought to your room in the morning, but if you prefer something a little more substantial, then the breakfast at Milsoms is excellent.
The Spa reopened on April 22 after a modern extension with additional treatment rooms added and an inside/ outside sitting area with an open fireplace. The pool is heated and a good size, allowing plenty of room for multiple people to joy the amenity. Children can use the pool at certain times of the day, while an added bonus of a complimentary tea, coffee and soft drinks are also provided.
There is an extensive list of Elemis treatments on offer, from anti-ageing facials (which I opted for) massages and body treatments. Nail treatments and spray tans are also available.
I found my facial to be extremely professional, and carried out by an expertly experienced hands, leaving me feeling thoroughly relaxed and a lot less puffy as a result.
Talbooth House and Spa has everything you need for a relaxing mini-break in this lovely part of the country, and although it’s not at all far from London, it feels like you’re secluded deep in the countryside.
by Kim Brown
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