The Haunted Bedroom at Talliston

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Private room in home hosted by John

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1.5 shared baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
John is a Superhost
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Great location
95% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.

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Master bedroom in “Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home”. Decorated in Scottish Art Nouveau style, this room recreates in nightmarish detail the bed chamber of a seven-year-old Edwardian child complete with books, toys and ephemera.

The Haunted Bedroom is an intimate, low lit in period wall lighting and candles. Heavy drapes and wardrobe space. Sounds of ocean at base of cliffs outside windows.

The space
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 – and now the setting for the fantasy adventure novel The Stranger’s Guide To Talliston by John Tarrow.

Unlike other B&Bs, guests who book The Haunted Bedroom 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.

If you have extra guests they can book one of our two other spaces: The Cabin and The Room of Dreams.

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.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free street parking
Bathtub
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: gas
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer

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Where you’ll be

Great Dunmow, United Kingdom

Great Dunmow is a small town and the area around Talliston is open urban/rural on a quiet cul de sac / green.

Hosted by John

  1. Joined in May 2013
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I'm a writer, author and the creative force behind the house and gardens. I love travelling and the Great Outdoors, ancient cultures, castles and am most at home walking in forests. We cook a lot of world cuisine at Talliston and immerse ourselves in embracing all this planet has to offer by way of people and conversations.

An old dowager once said I was 'a very dangerous man' and when I asked her why she replied simply: "Because people will see this house and it will give them ideas." And watching everyone who visits our hidden house in the woods, I'm starting to see the danger she meant.

A final thought: "Do not ask why is Talliston like this. Ask instead, why isn't the whole world like Talliston."
I'm a writer, author and the creative force behind the house and gardens. I love travelling and the Great Outdoors, ancient cultures, castles and am most at home walking in forests…

During your stay

We will be on hand to give you a short look around the property's unique environments and set you up for your stay.

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House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy