Four star 40 bedroom country house hotel with conference facilities and brasserie located on the outskirts of Britain's oldest recorded town, Colchester.


Wivenhoe House, Colchester, is a four-star hotel. Surrounded by parkland, yet only minutes from Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Wivenhoe House Hotel combines the romance and charm of an eighteenth century Grade II listed house with all the comforts of contemporary living.

Wivenhoe House continues to play its part in shaping history, as the home of the pioneering Edge Hotel School where dedicated undergraduates work towards a respected degree in hotel management with the University of Essex. In a unique concept for the United Kingdom, future leaders in hospitality have the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled professional staff in a four-star luxury Essex hotel while pursuing the academic side of their intensive course.

Wivenhoe House is committed to ensuring every guest enjoys a memorable experience and to giving the rest of the world hotel management at its very best.

History to the present day

Wivenhoe House’s fascinating history stretches back to 1759 when Isaac Rebow asked Thomas Reynolds to build the mansion house, which is now Grade II listed. 

A painting of Wivenhoe House was commissioned by the owner, General Rebow in 1816. ‘Wivenhoe Park, Essex’ by John Constable, Wiedener Collection. Set in the grounds of Wivenhoe Park the hotel and surroundings were immortalised in canvas by renowned British artist John Constable when he was commissioned by the then owner Major-General Francis Slater Rebow in 1816. The resulting painting now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
The house survived England’s worst-ever earthquake in 1884, which loosened a few chimney pots. It was requisitioned by the War Department during the two major conflicts of the 20th century and photos exist of Sir Winston Churchill inspecting the troops here in World War Two.
Other famous visitors include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late Nelson Mandela.
In 1964 the hotel entered a new stage in its life as the original home as the University of Essex. It has now been reborn as the four-star Wivenhoe House hotel, home of the Edge Hotel School, a unique education concept within the UK.

Food and Drinks

The expert professional team at Wivenhoe House Hotel restaurant concentrates on using the best of British produce to create a fusion of great tastes and innovative culinary delights, whatever the occasion.

The informal brasserie is ideal for family get-togethers as well as for business gatherings. Delivered with attentive service, the extensive menu offers wide-ranging choice.

The luxurious lounges are at the heart of the four-star Essex country house hotel where you can relax and enjoy a freshly made coffee or tea, a delicious light lunch or Wivenhoe House’s renowned English afternoon tea.

Other facilities

  • Free wifi available throughout the hotel.
  • Sports facilities at the University of Essex can be accessed by guests of Wivenhoe House.
  • Luggage can be stored temporarily for guests.


18th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

Children welcome


Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

4 Star Official Rating

Historic Property



Free broadband access (wifi)

Private/enclosed garden

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Tennis court


Children's cots

Children's games

Children's highchairs

Woodland walks


Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Hair dryers



Central heating

Food and Drinks


Tea room

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

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Travel Info

Address: Wivenhoe Park, Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom

Check-In: At 3:00pm. Check Out: By 11:00am.

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, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 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.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

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.