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Wivenhoe House


Welcome to Wivenhoe House. Surrounded by stunning parkland, yet only minutes from Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Wivenhoe House is a beautiful four-star luxury hotel, combining the romance and history of an eighteenth century Grade II listed house with all the comforts for the leisure and business traveller.

The brasserie and bar is open every day for lunch and dinner, and an impressive afternoon tea is served in the elegant lounges in the main house, where John Constable stayed as he worked on his landscape painting of ‘Wivenhoe Park’.

Since its earliest days, Wivenhoe House has played its part in shaping history. As the home of the pioneering Edge Hotel School it continues to do so. Dedicated undergraduates looking to make their mark in the world of hospitality, work alongside highly skilled professional team, ensuring a superb level of service for all guests.

The small pretty quayside town of Wivenhoe is less than a 5 minute drive or a half an hour walk from the hotel. Colchester the oldest recorded town in Britain, is less than 10 minutes’ drive or can be reached by the local bus service. The surrounding Essex countryside is home to numerous rivers, walks, and charming sights making the property a great base to explore the local area.

Wivenhoe House are committed to ensuring every guest enjoys a memorable experience from the moment they enter the doors. The difference is in the detail.

Top facilities

Free WiFi


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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 th...

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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...

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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, w...

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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...

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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...

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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 (...

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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...

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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. Over...

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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!

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Facilities & information


Child friendly


Free broadband access (wifi)

Squash court

Tennis court

Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Award Winning

Conference & Meetings


Heli-pads, Private Airfields

Wedding Receptions, Civil Licenses

Room Service & Food/Drink

Spa Offsite


Badminton Courts, Lawn Badminton

Other Entertainment (generally indoor)

Recommended walks


Golf course (walking distance)

Extra info

Closed Times: 24hr

Nearest Airport: Stansted

Nearest Airport Time: 1 hours 0 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 33

Nearest Train Station: Wivenhoe or Colchester

Nearest Railway Time: 15 hours 0 minutes

Nearest Railway Distance: 2

Open Times: 24hr

Dinner Available: Yes

Dinner Price From: £27.50

Star Rating: 4

Vendor Accreditation: AA 4*

Amex: Yes

Delta: Yes

Diners: Yes

Mastercard: Yes

MaestroSwitch: Yes

Solo: Yes

JCB: Yes

Number of rooms: 40

Single room price from: £95.00

Single room price to: £175.00

Double twin room price from: £95.00

Double twin room price to: £175.00

Suite room price from: £165.00

Suite room price to: £265.00

Arrival information and directions

Address: Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, ColchesterCO4 3FA, United Kingdom

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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