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April 2014 Newsletter

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The latest news and events at Wivenhoe House, four star country house hotel, on the outskirts of Colchester, Essex.

We had such a successful Mother's Day here at Wivenhoe House, ensuring each mother was thoroughly spoilt with a delicious menu and special box of treats. We are now looking forward to offering a fantastic day for all the family this Easter.

We will be offering our renowned Sunday roast, winner of the 'Best Sunday Lunch' award of the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards. Take a look at our sample Sunday menu including rib of beef with all the trimmings, pork belly and dauphinoise potatoes.

To ensure no-one goes home without first having enjoyed some chocolatey fun, we will be putting on an Easter Egg hunt around our delightful grounds. We also have a children’s menu with a picture of Wivenhoe House, great for colouring in. A children’s portion of the full Sunday lunch menu is also available.

We always have a range of daily vegetarian options in addition to being able to cater for all dietary requirements; simply state these when booking your table.

Tables can be booked online using our restaurant booking system or by contacting our reception team.

Our April newsletter includes details of our Robbie Williams tribute night. This will take place on Thursday 15 May with performer David Bradley belting out the hits we know and love over two sets while a mouth-watering three course dinner is served.

Vegetarian options and alternatives to suit any dietary requirements are available and can be catered for at the time of booking. Check out the Robbie Williams Tribute Night event page to see the full three course menu.

Tickets to this event including the three course meal are £35 per person. To really relax in style, an overnight stay, including the tribute evening, with full English breakfast is £150 for two people.

To book please contact our reception team:
01206 863666

We are also now offering tickets to Beth Chatto Gardens as part of a room package, please contact us for more information.

Beth Chatto’s magical gardens, in Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, are  just a short drive from Wivenhoe House. There’s something for everyone here with seven acres dedicated to a varied collection of gardens created to flourish in different conditions and a regular series of workshops for all, from yoga sessions to designing with plants.

The gardens began in 1960 when Beth Chatto, who was awarded an OBE in 2002, started work transforming an overgrown wasteland into a thriving inspirational garden using plants adapted by nature to succeed given the right surroundings. In this one spot you can find, for example, a water garden, gravel garden and shady garden, giving you ideas to make the most of your own space.

Now more than 2000 plants are stocked in the nursery on site, all categorised by different growing conditions.

Open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on Sundays the Beth Chatto gardens make a wonderful outing during your stay at Wivenhoe House.

To book your tickets to Beth Chatto Gardens as part of a room package, please contact our reception team.

In addition to the Beth Chatto Gardens there are many wonderful things to do when staying at Wivenhoe House. 

In the grounds of Wivenhoe Park, less than a five minute stroll from Wivenhoe House, there is the Lakeside Theatre, soon to be staging the world premiere of Omeros, the latest production by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, from Thursday 22 May to Saturday 24 May.

The show stars Joseph Marcell, known for his role as Geoffrey the butler in the hit US sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and his lead in King Lear at the Globe last year.

The hugely anticipated show will then move to London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from Saturday 31 May and Monday 9 June.

With the brasserie open from noon every day there’s a chance to dine in style before being one of the first to enjoy this new production which follows the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan war.

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling 01206 873261.

We also have recently launched a new spring menu in the brasserie using the best of British seasonal produce.

The new selection includes a delicious starter of fresh asparagus, yoghurt, mandarin and truffle. One of the highlights of the main course choices is rump of spring lamb, spring vegetable hotpot, wild garlic pesto and lamb tea. Then, leave room for a pud with a bakewell tart and clotted cream, one of the scrumptious desserts. Take a look at the new menu.

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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.