This scene-stealing resort flies the British flag in John Constable's Dedham Vale, on the Essex-Suffolk border, the inspiration behind his most famous landscape paintings.

Set amid 300 acres of countryside in the Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty made famous by John Constable’s paintings, Stoke by Nayland Hotel is 10 miles from historic Colchester and 16 miles from the county town of Suffolk, Ipswich.

Stylish bedrooms offer free high-speed Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Many have air-conditioning and views of the Gainsborough golf course. High-end self-catering lodges are also available within the hotel grounds. Uniquely, the lodges are built on a hostel site for the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War. Stoke by Nayland Hotel’s on-site Pippin Shop is a treasure trove of quality handmade gifts, food and wine.

Developed from a 120-acre apple farm to a luxury resort offering Two AA Rosette-awarded fine dining in the flagship Lakes Restaurant; two championship golf courses named after famous local-born artists Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable; and the Peake Spa – featuring 11 therapy rooms, including Arabic rhassoul and Turkish hammam suites, a stunning 18-metre indoor pool, a high-tech gym and a bistro.

Gainsborough’s House, in the market town of Sudbury; Colchester’s Zoo and Castle Museum; the medieval village of Lavenham; and the inspiration for John Constable’s famous landscape paintings, Flatford, are at its doorstep. Welcome to ‘Constable Country.’

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (350 cars)
  • Health club
  • Spa
  • 2 Golf courses (18-hole)
  • Squash
  • Fishing
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • Shop
  • 80 Bedrooms
  • 9 Meeting rooms
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Lift(s)
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  • 24-hour front desk
  • Express check-out
  • Room service
  • Concierge
  • Safe deposit
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Accessible public areas
  • Convenience store
  • 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence
  • Best Hotel, Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015
  • Silver Award, Best Business Tourism Venue, VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2016
  • Best Business Tourism Venue, Essex Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner

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Bedrooms & Suites

Club Single Room

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Club Double Twin Room

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Club Triple Room

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access

Golf Double Room

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, and key card access.

Golf Deluxe Double

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water, chocolate, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries (enhanced), hairdryer, and key card access.

Golf Deluxe Twin

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water, chocolate, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries (enhanced), hairdryer, and key card access.

Junior Suite

Contemporary style en suite bedroom offering free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, satellite TV, digital radio, laptop safe, writing desk, direct dial telephone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, mineral water, chocolate, bathrobes, slippers, toiletries (enhanced), hairdryer, and key card access. Junior suites offer plenty of space with a luxurious living room area with a sofa bed and, of course, picturesque views over the championship golf courses.

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Food & Drink

Lakes Restaurant

The Lakes confirms its place as one of the region’s best restaurants, awarded a second AA Rosette for its delicious cuisine. Offering a masterfully crafted à la carte menu, fresh, seasonal ingredients are used to prepare mouth-watering modern British dishes. Meat and vegetables are sourced from local Suffolk farms; plus, in keeping with the family farming business, berries and asparagus are picked from just next door! True to its name, guests can dine in stylish surrounds – smoked oak and shades of chocolate – whilst taking in magnificent panoramic views over the floodlit lake and 18th greens. Adjoining the restaurant, the hotel lounge bar offers a relaxed atmosphere for a pre-dinner drink.

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The Gallery

The Gallery is Stoke by Nayland's new, contemporary first floor restaurant serving up Mediterranean-style meals drenched in 270-degree views of softly rolling Suffolk. This is Constable Country after all. A year-round open-air feel complements the signature gyros, a Greek dish made up of the head chef’s hand-picked meat of the day served wrapped in a deliciously light khobez flatbread.

Clubhouse Restaurant & Gallery Bar

Stunning 270-degree panoramic views over the lake, 1st tee and both 18th tees and greens define your dining experience at the glass-fronted Clubhouse Restaurant. Enjoy traditional hot meals from an open kitchen, served all day and cooked fresh to order, or watch live sports in the Gallery Bar.

Peake Bistro

Situated within the spa, Peake Bistro offers an informal ambience, where spa guests can relax and chat, overlooking the pool, whilst enjoying a freshly prepared meal, snack or beverage. Serving a delicious light lunch, this bijou restaurant provides a perfect complement to your holistic spa journey.

Al Fresco Dining

In the summer, dining at Stoke by Nayland reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. The Lakes Restaurant opens out onto the south terrace, where, as always, the view is spectacular. Or, sitting on the south-facing terraces of the clubhouse, enjoy a meal whilst watching your fellow golfers (try to!) tame the course.

Afternoon Tea

Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in the hotel lounge – sitting comfortably by the roaring open fire, burning sweet-smelling apple wood from the family farm – or on the terrace, overlooking the lake and golf courses. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via classicbritishhotels.com.

Private Dining

The unique surroundings of Stoke by Nayland present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.

Pippin Shop

An Aladdin’s cave of exquisite ‘pick your own’ hampers and boxes, hand-made gifts, jewellery and toys, and food and wine. In season, Pippin also sells taste bud-tantalising fruits which are still grown on the family farm surrounding the hotel – apples, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. For guests staying in one of the hotel’s self-catering, luxury country lodges, Pippin offers quality, choice and convenience.

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Spa & Health

Spa | Health Club

Set amidst 300 acres of glorious ‘Constable Country,’ on the edge of the Dedham Vale, Peake Spa and Fitness offers guests an enviable retreat from the world, where they can unwind and indulge at their own pace, or take full advantage of the state-of-the-art Technogym.

  • Indoor pool
  • Spa pool
  • Steam room
  • Sanarium
  • Concept shower
  • Hammam
  • Rhassoul chamber
  • Treatment suites
  • Gymnasium
  • Personal trainers
  • Aerobics studio
  • Fitness classes
  • Squash

Spa Treatments

A full range of spa treatments, using Decléor products, are available to book.

  • Massages
  • Facials
  • Body wraps & scrubs
  • Hammam & rhassoul
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Manicures & pedicures
  • Eyebrows & lashes
  • Make-up
  • Waxing
  • Tanning
  • For mothers-to-be
  • For men

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Golf Courses

Stoke by Nayland Golf Club

Set in the picturesque Suffolk countryside, with lakes, streams and mature woodland, Stoke by Nayland Golf Club enjoys an international reputation for its championship courses and first rate golfing facilities. Its profile has been further raised by the recent worldwide television coverage of its PGA European Senior Tour events.

  • Driving range
  • Putting green
  • Golf academy
  • PGA qualified tuition
  • Equipment hire
  • Buggies
  • Pro shop
  • Clubhouse

The Gainsborough Course

Gainsborough’s 10th tee has been voted one of the most outstanding holes in East Anglia by the PGA. The 18th hole is played across water – one of four large lakes – to a green nestling in hillside in front of the stunning glass-fronted clubhouse.

  • 18 holes
  • Lake & parkland course
  • 7,000 yards
  • Par 72

The Constable Course

Spectacular wooded fairways and natural water hazards characterise this picturesque course, whose final hole, like the Gainsborough, requires a exacting drive over a large lake to a plateau green where the adjacent clubhouse awaits.

  • 18 holes
  • Lake & parkland course
  • 6,544 yards
  • Par 72

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Location

Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Suffolk CO6 4PZ, Great Britain

A12

  • Colchester Train Station (8 miles)

  • London Stansted Airport (39.5 miles)

  • Harwich/Felixstowe (28 miles)

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Places to Visit

Gainsborough’s House

Gainsborough’s House, in the heart of the market town of Sudbury, is the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough, one of the greatest artists in the history of British art; with a large, permanent collection that spans his entire career. There is also a delightful walled garden.

Meetings & Events

Devora

450

Theatre

250

Cabaret

350

Top-table

250

Dinner-dance

2.80m

High

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Air-conditioned
  • Wheelchair access

Constable Rooms – Cornfield; Dedham Vale; Flatford; Haywain

30

Theatre

20

Banquet

22

Boardroom

18

Classroom

17

U-Shape

2.80m

High

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Air-conditioned
  • Wheelchair access

Gainsborough

80

Banquet

20

Boardroom

40

U-Shape

2.80m

High

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Air-conditioned
  • Wheelchair access

Garden

80

Banquet

20

Boardroom

40

U-Shape

2.80m

High

  • Ground floor
  • Natural daylight
  • Air-conditioned
  • Wheelchair access

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