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A COLOURFUL HISTORY

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.

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.

This painting of Wivenhoe House was commissioned by the owner, General Rebow in 1816. ‘Wivenhoe Park, Essex’ by John Constable, Wiedener Collection. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

This was the same General Rebow who returned from the Peninsular Wars with two cork oak cuttings in this boots. Today, those oak trees stand tall and proud in the substantial grounds.

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.

WHERE WE ARE

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, 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.
 

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.