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Vacancies at Wivenhoe House

Working at Wivenhoe House adds a new dimension to a career in hospitality.

In addition to working alongside our talented professionals you will be supporting our undergraduates working towards their degrees in Hotel Management.

Their intensive degree course includes working in every department of the hotel, so everyone has the opportunity to share their skills and mentor aspiring managers.

Wivenhoe House Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Essex.




We are looking to recruit a Kitchen Porter on a full-time basis at this superb 4* Country House Hotel with a  modern 100 seater Brasserie and conference faciities for up to 120 delegates in Colchester. You will be responsible for general kitchen cleaning duties and accepting deliveries. The successful candidate will ideally have previous portering and cleaning experience and must have a flexible approach to work.

Salary £15,016 per annum

Employment type Permanent, Full-time



We now require a professional customer-focused individual to join our friendly front of house team. The main duties will include responding to enquiries, taking reservations and checking guests in and out. Previous experience within the hospitality industry is essential and you will need to be highly organised with a smart and professional demeanour. You will need to be IT literate and have experience of working with booking systems.

Salary £15,643 – £16,595 per annum

Employment type Fixed term, Full-Time


Sous Chef

Wivenhoe House Hotel, a 4 star country house hotel is currently recruiting for a Sous Chef. Following an extensive, GBP 11million refurbishment, this is an exciting opportunity for an aspiring chef to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes a 110 cover modern Brasserie and 120 cover banqueting facilities. The successful candidate will be part of a large brigade of chefs working with students of the Edge Hotel School. If you are proactive, ambitious, have an eye for detail and a real passion for creating fresh, locally sourced dishes then we’d like you to join our team. Candidates will have experience as a Chef at a similar level and hold a relevant NVQ level 3 qualification or equivalent, be a good team leader, be able to coach and develop their team and student practitioners and have a working knowledge of budgets.

Salary £25,102 to £25,856 per annum

Employment type Permanent, Full-time

For more information and to apply please see the University of Essex job vacancy website.

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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, 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

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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.