South African Wines

How do you describe the wines of South Africa?  Are they from the old world or the new? Whatever your view I think we can all agree the taste is vintage.

Wedding couple sunset behind

Wedding Trends 2017

Need some help setting the perfect tone for your big day?  We’ve pulled together some handy tips from some of the key professionals involved in organising weddings at Wivenhoe House.

Garden Party at Wivenhoe House

Summer Garden Parties

Feeling flat after the success of your office Christmas party? You may have booked your party night already for December 2017, but that’s a long way off, now’s the time to think about arranging a garden party to celebrate summer in style.


Essex home for one of Scotland’s greatest golfers

Golf course architect James Braid, who designed Wivenhoe House’s partner golf course at Colchester Golf Club, is one of Scotland’s most famous golfing sons, but has more in common with Essex than you might think.

Wedding couple at Wivenhoe House

Dates to say I do

Whether you are planning a long engagement or can’t wait for your wedding day, it’s worth dedicating some time to picking the ideal date.


How to arrange a celebration of life

Generally there is very little time between the death of a loved one and their funeral and wake, otherwise known as a celebration of life. At Wivenhoe House hotel we hope this short guide will help you choose a suitable path at this difficult time. A celebration of life is an opportunity for friends and […]


Three course Boxing Day lunch £35pp

Christmas Day is generally planned out minute by minute months in advance, often following the same format every year, but Boxing Day can be more of a puzzle after 24 hours of being cooped up together. Some might be envious of the French who head back to work on December 26, but it’s a traditional […]


Essex Wedding Awards Finalist

Wivenhoe House has been shortlisted in the Essex Wedding Awards 2016. Our hotel is among the finalists in the Wedding Venue of the Year Heritage category, highlighting our Grade II listed main house, beautiful grounds and of course our fantastic team. General manager Oliver Brown said: “Congratulations to the team. Every wedding, large or small, […]


Burns’ Night Celebration

Trousers, skirts, ties and even wallpaper – tartan is everywhere.  As you begin the search around the house for the outfit you put on once a year to celebrate Burns’ Night, here’s a brief history of this colourful check clothing, which may help jog your memory… For several centuries tartan was the material used for […]


find us, however you travel
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

Download 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.