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Be bold, be beautiful

The cheery email has arrived about the office Christmas party and your finger is hovering over the delete button at the thought of shopping for a new outfit, well think again. If you’d rather spend your money on enjoying yourself at the party, be bold and rescue last year’s party dress from the back of […]

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National Theatre Live

Love Theatre? Love Wivenhoe House as the Lakeside Theatre, just five minutes’ walk away, will be showing live National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions from November. Some of the best productions from the best theatre venues in the country will be projected live into the theatre, starting at 7.30 pm, giving you enough time […]

Orange and chocolate Cupcakes

Be a chocolate smartie pants

It might take only seconds to devour a chocolate bar, but it has taken centuries to perfect this much-loved treat. As we approach National Chocolate Week, starting on Monday 10 October, it’s time to unwrap a few choice choccie facts. Cocoa was first cultivated and eaten by the Olmec people, 1500-400 BC.  From the third […]

10 things you need to know about chocolate

We are looking forward to National Chocolate Week here at Wivenhoe House and to celebrate we have put together a list of 10 things you need to know about chocolate   The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocalati” (bitter water) – Not at all surprising, being that they concocted a drink by combining […]

Anniversary painting unveiled

Wivenhoe House hotel has launched its latest art exhibition, celebrating 200 years since John Constable painted ‘Wivenhoe Park’. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a specially commissioned piece called Wivenhoe Water, by artist Kate Bright, who grew up in Suffolk and is now based in London, who was chosen from a field of nearly 40 […]

History in the making

Proud as we are of our Constable connections, we are equally excited about our involvement in Radical Essex an innovative programme of events celebrating the county’s crucial role in the history of British modernism. Led by Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite in Colchester, Radical Essex runs throughout this […]

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It’s a Jolly Holiday with The Hotel Nanny

With the average age for first time mothers now over 30, some parents may not wish to sacrifice their previously enjoyed luxury holiday breaks, just because there is a welcome new addition to the family. If you’re used to spoiling yourself with a spot of fine-dining, a shopping spree or a round of golf while […]

Ready. Set. Go! Waiters Race Arrives in Colchester

Hoteliers and hospitality students across the region are limbering up for the National Waiters Day Race. The setting will be Wivenhoe House, outside Colchester, where the hotel’s staff and students from the Edge Hotel School on site are already in training for the big day on Thursday 20th October 2016. Founded by restaurateur and ‘First […]

Our visit to Washington DC

When we started on our plans to celebrate 200 years of Constable’s Wivenhoe Park, the one frustration was that the ‘real thing’ was hanging some 3,600 miles away in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Having researched and learnt so much about Constable’s time in the Park, gazing at a print, however beautiful, just […]

Wivenhoe house behind tree


With the weather taking a turn for the better – we hope – and the pound weakening, a staycation looks more appealing than ever.   The concept of hassle-free holidays in the UK has been growing in popularity over recent years as long waits in airports become the norm and holiday accommodation in the UK […]


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here 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 our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our will be able to assist you.

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.