book now

Royal opening for Wivenhoe House


Stay in an intriguingly different hotel


From afternoon tea to a 3 course meal


A serene place to plan, think and build


The perfect venue for your wedding day

Royal opening for Wivenhoe House

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG has officially opened Wivenhoe House hotel.

The Duke of Kent toured the magnificently restored 18th Century main house and talked to the team of dedicated professionals and aspiring managers who are passionate about the luxury hotel and offering guests high levels of service.

Leaders from the hospitality industry flocked to the opening, keen to see the intriguingly different hotel for themselves. Wivenhoe House is home to the UK’s first hotel school where experienced staff are supported by students on degree level courses in hotel management and culinary studies.

The Duke of Kent toured the elegant main house and talked with staff and students before having lunch, prepared by Executive Chef Paul Boorman, in the hotel’s Signatures Restaurant. The Duke of Kent was joined by other notable guests including the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, and MP for Harwich and North Essex Bernard Jenkin.


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.