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Wivenhoe House hotel

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Wivenhoe House hotel

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Surrounded by pretty manicured gardens, woodland and tranquil lakes, this 18th-century manor house hotel is situated in a peaceful setting within acres of historic parkland, yet only minutes from the heart of Colchester. The hotel offers luxurious accommodation, the award winning brasserie restaurant, two bars and a relaxing lounge.

Each en suite bedroom at Wivenhoe House is elegant, stylish, and beautifully furnished with many boasting delightful views of the grounds and wooded parkland. All rooms feature an iMac computer or HD TV with Sky channels, designer toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. Fee WI-Fi is available throughout the hotel and complementary onsite parking is provided.

Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain and the quaint village of Wivenhoe are both less than 10 minutes drive from the hotel. The surrounding Essex countryside is home to numerous rivers, walks, and charming sights, perfect for any length of stay.

Wivenhoe House also has a Wedding Venue and Restaurant:

Wivenhoe House (Wedding Venue Section)

brassserie at Wivenhoe House (Restaurant Section)

Wivenhoe House is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Top 10 Autumn Walks by Adrian Mourby

"Wivenhoe Park was painted by John Constable in 1816. The commission that he secured from the owner, Major General Francis Slater-Rebow, was enough for the 40-year-old Constable to be able to finally marry his fiancee, Mary Bicknell. They wed that same year. Like many nineteenth-century British landowners Major Slater-Rebow wanted a park in the “English” style, which is why today Wivenhoe Park is surrounded by lawns, lakes and trees. The house itself is now a hotel and most of its grounds are part of Essex University (which actually began operations out of Wivenhoe House) but there are still many mature trees, so many in fact that the University has prepared a campus tree walk for visitors to make the best of them. The walk is best done in the autumn because so many of these trees are deciduous. You can start in Square 5 by the Lakeside Theatre or you can come straight out of the hotel and pick up the route at the gracious cedar of Lebanon immediately outside. Following the tree-route you’ll encounter a rare Japanese chestnut oak, a false acacia (introduced into Britain in 1636) a daimyo oak from Southeast Asia, a common walnut and black mulberry. All these, and more more deciduous trees round the campus, make for a delightful stroll of anything between about an hour. Wivenhoe House itself has retained much of the stateliness that Constable captured in his landscape of 1816, although there is a new glass-walled restaurant in the garden block at the back of the hotel. The bedroom to ask for is the one that belonged to the house’s last owner, Charles Edmund Gooch. Its bathroom faces out over the front of the hotel to the autumnal treescape."

Information on Wivenhoe House hotel , Wivenhoe Park , Colchester

No. of bedrooms: Total: 40        
Types of room: 12 standards, 3 deluxe, 4 Suites, 5 Luxury Suites, 14 King Rooms and 2 Executives
Room rates guide: Single:  £95.00-£155.00
Double/Twin:  £95.00-£170.00
Suites:  £225.00-£225.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Solo
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Accreditation: AA 4*
Room facilities: Large flat screen TV/iMac in every room, Free wi-fi throughout, Room Service available
General facilities: Hotel set in acres of Parkland, Brasserie restaurant located in modern Garden Wing, We can host wedding receptions for up to 120 guests, Number of Delegates - up to 250, Number of Rooms 6, Free wi-fi throughout, Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900
Indoor activities: Badminton Courts available in University of Essex Sports Centre, Squash courts available in University of Essex Sports Centre, Lakeside Theatre is a short 5 minute walk from Wivenhoe House, Guests can access facilities at the University of Essex Sports Centre
Outdoor activities on site: All Weather Tennis courts at the University of Essex can be used by guests, Set in Wivenhoe Park, there are many different walks to take during your visit
Activities nearby: Several golf courses are located nearby
Local directions: By car: Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road. Sat Nav: CO4 3SQ. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check before you leave. *** please note from Thursday 20th November - Tuesday 2nd December from 8:00pm until 6:00am (week nights only) some necessary roadworks are being carried out on the A133, please do not follow signs to the University of Essex, when you approach the traffic lights at Knowledge Gateway turn right, continue straight through all barriers and roundabouts until you approach an illuminated bollard, turn left directly after this and the hotel will be located ahead of you *** By train: Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations. By plane: Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.
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Nearest railway stn:
London (50 miles) (1 hour, 60 mins)
Stansted (33 miles) (50 mins) , Gatwick (84 miles) (1 hour, 35 mins)
Wivenhoe or Colchester (2 miles)

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Wed 14 Sep 2016 – Mon 31 Dec 2018

Three course dinner in our brasserie restaurant
relaxing overnight stay in one of our luxurious rooms
full English breakfast

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Tue 01 Aug 2017 – Sun 31 Dec 2017

Book 30 days prior to arrival and receive a 30% discount on our Suites and Luxury Suites

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Sun 01 Oct 2017 – Sat 23 Dec 2017

Set in acres of magnificent parkland, Wivenhoe House is the perfect place to escape this Autumn.

This package includes;

Bottle of chilled Prosecco in your room
Full English breakfast
Overnight stay in one of our fantastic rooms
Upgrade to dinner in the brasserie for only £20

  • Offer Code: WHHAUTUMNOFFER

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Sat 23 Dec 2017 – Fri 05 Jan 2018

Stay with us on selected dates this twixmas period from only £67.50pp including three course dinner, bed and breakfast


If Christmas Day and Boxing Day find you at everyone’s beck and call, a little bit of ‘me’ time is well-deserved.

All our one night breaks on 23, 26, 27, 28, and 29 December are £135 for each couple sharing a room, including breakfast and three course dinner.

  • Offer Code: TWIXMAS4

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Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Kitts FCustomer stayed Jul 2016

Booked a room for our 10th wedding anniversary. The hotel is absolutely amazing, the staff are so well dressed and very friendly. Couldn't do enough for us. Soft fluffy white towels and robes. Our room was lovely, beautiful bed linen and facilities. Our only down side was our room was mega hot, we had the smallest window I'd ever seen on the hottest day. I asked housekeeping for a 2nd fan as I had recently had a head injury (4 days before our stay) and I was very impressed within minutes a 2nd fan was delivered. I would go back but would ask for a room with big windows/balcony. Beautiful breakfast in the morning and was served by a member of the Edge Hotel School, she could see I had an injury and asked if our table was ok or did we want to move somewhere more quiet. This young lady was credit to the hotel.

Room Tip: Stunning hotel, If you get hot easily make sure you get big windows/balcony room.


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Sjh 9Customer stayed Jul 2016

Attended a friend's wedding and found everything delightful. Character filled older part of the building, alongside lovely garden & terrace and modern function room was ideal for an intimate wedding. Food was fab & the service was spot on. I found the staff helpful, polite and non-intrusive. Overall a pretty great place.

Stayed July 2016, travelled with friends


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Happyhippy 3Customer stayed May 2016

I accompanied my husband when he went on a business trip.

Room was a decent size. Large comfy bed with balcony overlooking the park. Fairly private but if people look up they will see you.

Totally relaxed in this place. Restaurant was good too. Lovely food for the price. Special packages for Sundays.

Whilst husband was in his business seminar the staff were very attentive and looked after me very well in the lounge. Felt very much like a lady of leisure.

The bonus with this hotel is the staff are all hospitality students at the next door university and are passionate about what they do. Very refreshing and was lovely talking to them about what they wanted to do and where they wanted to work in the future. Highly recommended to anyone who wants something luxurious and special.

Stayed May 2016, travelled on business


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Gloria LCustomer stayed Aug 2016

Went to this lovely setting for afternoon tea with friends. The house itself is impressive. We waited in a lounge til our friend arrived. We were greeted and told our table was ready when friend arrived. We were shown to a table window with lovely view and our delicious tea arrived we were asked what sort of tea we preferred. Tasty sandwiches presented on seperate plate served by a very attentive young waiter. The cake stand was filled with fruit & plain scones , macaroons, raspberry choux buns , lemon meringue tarts , raspberry bake well sponges & a little pot of lemon posset. A wonderful selection everything very tasty and well presented. Can't praise the young waiters & waitresses enough. A very reasonably priced afternoon tea in a wonderful place.


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Elena DCustomer stayed Aug 2016

Absolutely fantastic location and the service was formidable. The room was much more than we expected and we had an amazing time remembering all those years of study when we used to go to Essex University! Would definitely recommend a visit to anyone!


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by 372 ECustomer stayed Jul 2016

The food is a little expensive but you do get a great meal and service. All staff are exemplary and a few of the larger chains should learn from this hotel. In addition, the upgraded rooms has a great balcony and the view is great. On a nice night, it's great to relax outside and enjoy the view (and and beer). The breakfast is at a high level with everything cooked upon order (none of this dried up food from under a heat lamp). The in room macs are a little different buts works really well. The only negative, room was really hot- but the floor standing fans certainly helps.


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Louise JCustomer stayed Aug 2016

The service was very good, and the staff seemed happy to be working there. The old part of the hotel is lovely with beautiful high ceilings and large windows overlooking the grounds. The new part of the hotel is also lovely, very modern and clean. The gardens are nice to walk around and so are the university sports fields and campus. It was the summer holidays when we visited, and I wonder how busy or noisy it gets during term time. It was super quiet when we stayed though.

Breakfast was good, there was a choice of cereals and fruit, not a huge choice, but it was enough. The hot breakfast options were good, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, eggs benedict, full English etc. We had breakfast in bed one morning which was perfect. We also ate dinner in the restaurant, not a huge choice on the menu, although it was Sunday and they had 3 roasts on offer which I didn’t fancy (although they looked really good), but the food was good – the parsnip soup was very tasty. We had afternoon tea in the old part of the hotel which was very fancy, the servers were superb and the musician playing made the atmosphere great for the occasion. There were so many cakes though, we couldn’t eat them all, but we asked for a box and took the leftovers to our room and ate them the following day – so delicious!!

The ‘garden wing’ room we had was very nice, not massive, but with a good sized balcony overlooking the sports fields. The room was very modern and clean and so was the bathroom. The dressing gowns and slippers were a nice touch. It was advertised as having an Apple Mac and Sky TV, but we just had a TV connected to an Apple TV box with Freeview channels. This wasn’t a problem as we didn’t come away to watch TV, but it wasn’t what we were expecting. The bed was comfy, but the pillows weren’t, it would have been nice to have a couple of options (hard, soft etc) even Travelodge offer that.

There was no air conditioning in the room, even though it was in the new building. Luckily we could cool down the room by opening the balcony door. There was a fan in the room, but not brilliant, but I had read the reviews and took my own fan which helped with the heat.

You can walk into Wivenhoe from the hotel, we went via the train tracks and river, which was really nice, although it took us over an hour. We walked back via the road, which took about 40 minutes. It’s a short drive otherwise.


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Bob FCustomer stayed Sep 2016

The drive into the hotel grounds, is very pleasant with many different species of mature trees to view, the University campus grounds are some way off from the hotel and do not interfere in any way with the pleasantries of our stay, as we thought they would do.
The exterior and appearance of the building, was everything we thought it would be. We were not kept waiting at reception, as soon as we booked in we were shown to our room, the room we had was a double, spotlessly clean very well kept and exceptionally well appointed I thoroughly enjoyed using the Mac computer. The room had everything that you would expect from a hotel of this standard. We had afternoon tea in the lounge which was a wonderful experience the sandwiches and cakes were divine, the staff who served the tea gave a thorough explanation of all the different cakes and the types of sandwiches that were served. The walk around the grounds and over to the lake was thoroughly enjoyable and the many old and different species of trees could be seen now and enjoyed up close.
The evening meal in the brasserie was superb, and no piped music, the restaurant staff attended to our every need, watched over by manager Lionel, a charming host. The breakfast was also served in the brasserie and the choice again was fantastic with hindsight we should have had breakfast on the terrace as it was such a pleasant morning we could have also had breakfast in the room but chose to enjoy the brasserie. Without exception all of the young staff we encountered certainly went the extra mile to make sure our stay was as relaxing and as comfortable as they could possibly make it, they may be young in hotel service but their maturity and the caring attention they showed us, demonstrated a maturity far beyond their years. The manager also took the time to speak with us at some lenght, telling us the history of the building. We both could not think of any way the stay could've been enhanced to improve the quality and the service received we will certainly be returning and look forward to it.

Room Tip: Balcony room are very nice and worth the extra.


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Jennifer TCustomer stayed Mar 2016

We had afternoon tea here at the Wivenhoe house back in March and it was beautiful from start to finish, they even bought out a little happy birthday treat on a plate. Lovely atmosphere and staff


Review of Wivenhoe House

Posted on by Rogier GCustomer stayed Sep 2016

Went here on a Sunday deal, missus treated me! Very nice room, bathroom and view! Had a three course dinner included, (not particularly to my liking, but different strokes for different folks, it's probably more me being a fussy water, so no minus points there) Ordered breakfast in bed which was promptly delivered at the requested time and was very tasty!

Would definitely go again and worth a visit!

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