Situated just 10 minutes from Colchester centre, this inspirational country house hotel fuses contemporary and traditional influences to offer a deliciously different experience including luxurious accommodation, innovative dining and free Wi-Fi and parking. Whether it’s the magnificent 18th Century architecture, the serenely landscaped gardens or the impeccable service, Wivenhoe House never fails to delight and intrigue in equal measure. Originally built in the 18th Century, and once painted by Constable, the house has since been lovingly restored and renovated whilst still retaining its genteel grace and historical allure. The Hotel is also home to contemporary innovation and cutting-edge ideas as evidenced by the thoroughly unique 2 rosette award wining Brasserie restaurant and the modern garden wing. It is a place where the past and present collide, a seductive synthesis of traditional charm and original thinking that culminates in a truly unforgettable experience.
As one would expect from such a luxurious country house hotel, each of the 40 en-suite rooms are light, spacious, airy and above all irresistibly comfortable. Evoking the ideological spirit that the Hotel is renowned for, each room is as exclusive, traditional and stylish as it is unique. 16 elegant rooms and suites are located in the main house and there are a further 24 rooms and suites in the contemporary garden wing, many with delightful views over the manicured lawns and wooded parkland. Every room comes fully equipped with a fantastic selection of modern conveniences and amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi access, iMac computer, HD TV with Sky channels, designer toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities.
Much like the hotel itself, the restaurants at Wivenhoe House offer two distinct dining options: traditional or contemporary. Those who opt for traditional can look forward to the indulgent pleasures of the Signatures restaurant menu. With a creative selection of dishes donated by some of the country’s leading chefs, it is sure to whet the appetite of even the most discerning diner. Elect for contemporary and enjoy a fusion of great tastes in the informal Brasserie, part of the stunning new garden wing. For an extra special and intimate experience, try private dining in the walk-in wine cellar with its sommelier's table and cookery demonstrations for guests and students.
A world away from today’s homogenised hotels, Wivenhoe House offers a magnificently innovative backdrop to any corporate event. With meeting and conference rooms that work as well for 40 as they do for 120, a dedicated event team and the latest state-of-the-art equipment it is sure to stimulate creativity and original thinking. The Hotel is also a perfect venue for weddings and other special occasions and with its grand veneer, luxurious accommodation and tantalising cuisine it is easy to see why.
The Hotel is located near to the University of Essex and is just a 10 minute drive from the centre of Colchester and 12 minutes from the A12 motorway. Colchester Town station offers excellent transport links to the rest of the country including trains to London every 10-20 minutes. There is also a local station at Hythe just a 7 minute taxi ride from the Hotel. For those flying in, Stansted Airport is approximately a 35 minute drive from the hotel.Wivenhoe House Hotel boasts a privileged location near some fabulous local attractions. Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town is just a short distance away and is a thriving melting pot of world-class eateries, traditional pubs, specialist shops, award-winning museums and art galleries. For a fun family day out, the renowned Colchester Zoo is certainly worth a visit. With over 270 species to see, 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes and over 40 daily displays it has something for everyone to enjoy. Further adventure can be found at Clacton-on-Sea where visitors can look forward to lovely sandy beaches, a beautiful Victorian pier with undercover amusements and a fun fair and plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and activities. Just a five minute drive from the Hotel is the serene beauty of The Beth Chatto Gardens. Transformed from an overgrown wasteland into an informal garden it has been designed to blend harmoniously with the adjoining countryside creating an enchanting haven of peace and tranquillity. The surrounding Essex countryside is affectionately referred to as ‘Constable Country’ after the renowned landscape artist John Constable and it has been captured in many of his most famous paintings. Featuring many a picturesque walking trail the area is awash with wistful rivers, rolling hills, secluded villages and historic sites. It is also home to the spectacular Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.