Don’t stop me now

PUBLISHED: 17:28 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:01 20 February 2013

Geraldine Milsom

Geraldine Milsom

Geraldine Milsom tells Hannah Gray about her fondness for Mersea mud, her newly-found love of cycling and why 2008 looks set to be a busy year

How old are you?

Over 21!

Tell us about your family
I am married to Paul Milsom, managing director of Milsom Hotels Ltd and I have two gorgeous boys, Charlie, who is nearly nine, and Jack, who is four-and-a-half years old.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have two dogs: Toby is a little bit deaf nowadays, which is probably a blessing for him with Charlie and Jack around, and George, who is a completely mad Lab.

Where do you live?
I live right next door to Le Talbooth Restaurant in Dedham.

How long have you lived there?
I have lived in the cottage since 1995.

What do you like about Dedham?
As Dedham is in Constable Country, I am surrounded by fabulous views and obviously, I'm never stuck for a place to have a great meal with Le Talbooth and Milsoms on my doorstep.

What do you do for a living?
I am a director of Milsom Hotels and interior designer for the group. This has included fitting out Milsoms in 2001, plus The Pier at Harwich and Le Talbooth bar and Old Room last year. I am now working on two fantastic projects, a multi-million pound investment at Maison Talbooth and the interior design of Kesgrave Hall, a venture with our great friends Jonathan and Tracy Hills.

Have you ever had any famous people stay at your hotel?
Well at Maison Talbooth we've had Graham Gooch, Allan Lamb, Paul Martin from the TV show Flog It!, Lee Evans, Pam Ayres and Darren Gough. Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street) has stayed at The Pier at Harwich.

What are you hobbies?
I play tennis and my first choice for exercise would be Pilates. During the summer I took up cycling which I love - I just need a little more time for them all.

How do you relax?
I love a pamper...

What is your favourite song or piece of music and why?
Queen's Don't Stop Me Now. It reminds me of a great mate's 40th birthday on a boat - wild.

Which five people would you have as dinner party guests and why?
Well, I don't know about five people, but if my husband wasn't available, I wouldn't mind supper with Hugh Grant.

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
I gave up smoking last year which is a real achievement for me, so now I suppose it's the fitness and slimming thing.

What are your personal hopes for 2008?
With so much happening within the business in 2008, my personal hope is that I meet all the deadlines.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Well if I do they seem to be very well hidden ... maybe they will surface in 2008.

What is your worst habit?
I sulk.

Where are the best Essex views?
Well for me, some of the best must be from Maison Talbooth's first-floor bedrooms across the Stour Valley or from the Harbourside Restaurant in Harwich overlooking the quay. But then I'm biased.

What's your favourite Essex town?
I would have to go with Mersea because my godson lives there and there is nothing like Mersea mud for your complexion.

Describe Essex in one sentence
Essex has too many great aspects to describe in one sentence, but it's a rich combination of rural countryside, seaside, culture and heritage.

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My husband and my boys.

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