Talliston House & Gardens was once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, but has now been transformed into thirteen distinct locations each set in a different time and place. Called 'Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home' by The Times, it is also the setting for the fantasy adventure novel The Stranger’s Guide To Talliston by John Tarrow.
We offer three rooms for guests:
The Haunted Bedroom
Decorated as Edwardian child’s forgotten bedchamber from Scotland in 1911
Decorated as Canadian cabin in the woods of trapper and Cree wife from Saskatchewan in 1948
The Room Of Dreams
Decorated as Guest room in Moorish Spain from Alhambra Palace in 1977
Unlike other B&Bs, guests who book these rooms also have access to all the rooms in the main house to explore for the duration of their stay. These include a Victorian living and dining room, Japanese teahouse, New Orleans kitchen and Boathouse bathroom. Photographs of the other locations are added to the listing and for a full list or architectural plans of the property, please visit the Talliston website.
WHAT IS TALLISTON HOUSE & GARDENS?
Behind an arched oak door set in a thicket hedge lies Talliston House & Gardens. This once ordinary house hides a magical labyrinth of rooms, each set in a different time and place. Twenty-five years in the making, the project has taken the most ordinary of English dwellings – a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex – and painstakingly transformed it into a wonderland of inspirational locations where time truly has no power.
The finished house and gardens comprises thirteen stunning locations. Each room is infused with a rich story, incorporating almost 2,000 objects sourced from 27 countries around the world – and set in a labyrinth design where guests get to leave behind the outside world and walk between the walls of reality.
Talliston is an exploration of the concept of the extraordinary within the ordinary. It’s about realising how we each have inside us the power to be whatever we want and to live any life we can imagine – and appeals to anyone who yearns an escape from the mundane modern world into a life made magical.
The house is set on a pleasant green in the ancient market town of Great Dunmow. Free on-street, off-road parking is available outside or in nearby parking bays.
Unfortunately due to steps, stairs and the period nature of the property, there is no access for guests with mobility requirements.
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
We are currently open for overnight stays on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights only), though guests booking in on any of these days can extend their stay into the week if required. Just check beforehand to make sure those days are clear with us. We are also open for extended days around Christmas holidays, Halloween and bank holidays.
We will be on hand when you arrive to give you a look around the property and settle you in to what we hope will be the most magical and mysterious night you will ever spend in a B&B.
We offer a unique and handcrafted experience for every guest, but this means it takes a little planning to make that happen. Once your booking is confirmed we will send you full details about your arrival and stay, plus directions, a fact sheet on the story and setting of your room – plus information about some extra special additional experiences to make your stay even more fantastical. These include adding a two- or three-course dinner, served in the splendour of the Victorian Watchtower dining room, or taking a full guided tour by the author and creator of Talliston, John Tarrow.
Experience what it's like to sleep in one of Talliston's extraordinary rooms, and get to explore the house and gardens with a deluxe overnight stay. For selected dates we have availability to stay in “Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home”.
Out three luxury rooms are:
The Haunted Bedroom: £125+ per night
The Room of Dreams: £125+ per night
The Cabin: £100+ per night
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Visa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
- Cooked Breakfast
- Evening meals
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Snacks/afternoon tea
- Special diets available
- Vegetarian diet available
- 24-hour minimum vacancy between guests
- 2m distancing in place
- Advance booking essential
- Capacity limit
- Contactless payment possible
- COVID-19 measures in place
- COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Deep cleaning between visitors
- Face masks required for staff in public areas
- Facilities must be booked
- Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- Meal times must be booked
- One way system
- Online booking possible
- Open now
- Outside seating
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- Central heating
- Free WIFI
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Free broadband internet in bedrooms
- Mobile phone coverage
- Sole use of venue
- Sleeps up to 2
- Free Parking
- On street/public parking
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Guided tours for individuals
- Lounge for residents' use
- Onsite Catering
- Smoking not allowed
- WiFi or internet access
- King-sized bed
- Private facilities
Map & Directions
Talliston is located 9 miles from Bishops Stortford, 4 miles from the M11 and 1 mile northwest from the A120. From the M11, take the A120 and turn off at the Great Dunmow exit (watch for Ancient Flitch Town brown tourist signs). Go over four small roundabouts and at the fifth, turn left into Dunmow. Almost straight away, you will see the Queen Victoria pub on your right. Opposite this is Green Lane, leading to Newton Green.
Public Transport Directions
An hour from London Liverpool Street to Bishops Stortford, then 15 minutes by taxi. 7 miles from London Stansted and 35 miles from London City airport.