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Hotel with 10 rooms £165-£280 prpnb



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Upper Street,
Upper Layham,


In the heart of Suffolk’s beautiful Brett Valley, an historic inn has been painstakingly restored to create an exquisite hotel and restaurant, offering understated luxury and some of the best food in the county.

The Marquis boasts 10 beautifully designed guest rooms, a superb restaurant with panoramic views, a bar and a cosy, fire-lit lounge. Outside, leading down towards the River Brett, is a terrace where guests can take in the expansive East Anglian sky while enjoying an aperitif or cocktail.

The interior design is beautifully understated, simple and elegant, incorporating original features, such as gnarled beams and original fireplaces, within an uncluttered, timeless scheme. Each guest suite is decorated differently, but linked by the use of soft, restful colours, luxe textiles and classic, uncomplicated furniture. The feeling is surprisingly light and spacious for such a venerable old building, and the capacious bath and shower-rooms have a particular appeal. This is a special and unique place, where guests can feel cosseted and cared for, and where everything is done with an uncompromising commitment to quality. It’s a place that can be enjoyed by everyone, and where all guests can be part of The Marquis’s ongoing story. From a peaceful afternoon tea with friends, to a special family birthday, a business gathering or a wedding reception, the unique Marquis experience can be tailored to suit and is guaranteed to be memorable. There is no better way to relax and recharge, and no finer place from which to explore this lovely corner of England.

Children welcomeTelephoneTelevisionSatellite TVTea/coffee making in bedroomsLicenced (table or bar)Lounge for residents' useNight porterIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesSnacks/afternoon teaPrivate parkingGardenDogs/pets NOT acceptedBuilding of historical interestCentral heatingTelevision availableGolf available (onsite or nearby)Restaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedWiFi or internet accessSingle sex groups NOT acceptedEvening mealsHairdryerHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal firesStaff fluent in SpanishStaff fluent in Portuguese


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Map reference: TM 037404  Lat: 52.02524 Long: 0.96815

By car: The Marquis is located 3.5 miles from the A12 on the B1070. Just 13 miles (22mins) from Colchester Station, 7 miles (15mins) from Manningtree & 10 miles (20 mins) from Ipswich.

By public transport: The Marquis can collect guests from Manningtree station by courtesy bus subject to prior arrangement


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelephoneTelephone
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Licenced (table or bar)Licenced (table or bar)
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Night porterNight porter
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Snacks/afternoon teaSnacks/afternoon tea
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Dogs/pets NOT acceptedDogs/pets NOT accepted
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Single sex groups NOT acceptedSingle sex groups NOT accepted
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires
  • Staff fluent in SpanishStaff fluent in Spanish
  • Staff fluent in PortugueseStaff fluent in Portuguese