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Who we are

Wivenhoe House is a four star country house hotel on the outskirts of Colchester. The hotel has 40 bedrooms, conference and event facilities for up to 120 guests and a 100 seater brasserie restaurant. The Hotel is also home to the Edge Hotel School. The first hotel school of its kind in the UK, the Edge Hotel School, equips its Hotel Management and Events Management degree students with the professional and managerial skills, as well as the academic theory, to prepare them for their future career as leaders in the industry.

Why work for us?

  • We offer competitive salaries
  • We are committed to providing excellent training and development for all staff
  • Generous holiday allowance of up to 36 days depending on grade
  • Discount of 50% on overnight stays and food and 20% on beverages
  • Free overnight stay for two people including dinner for every year of service
  • Dry cleaning service for staff uniform
  • Monthly employee recognition programme
  • Employee discounts on retail items, sports centre and day nursery through the University of Essex


Housekeeper Vacancy

Wivenhoe House Hotel, a 4 star country house hotel, is currently recruiting a Housekeeper. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced person to join our team in a busy and challenging environment which includes a combination of 40 rooms and luxury suites, 110 cover Brasserie restaurant and 120 cover banqueting and conference facilities.

The successful candidate will be part of a team of Housekeepers working throughout the Hotel and also mentoring students of the Edge Hotel School who work with the Hotel as part of their Hospitality Management Degree. If you are proactive, ambitious, a team player, have an eye for detail and a real passion for the role of Housekeeper then we would like you to join our team.

Duties of the Post

The successful candidate will be required to clean rooms/suites, change bed linen and towels, and to undertake cleaning and portering duties throughout the Hotel to an agreed standard. You will also be required to assist with linen storage and deliveries and carry out any other special cleaning tasks as requested. The role is hands on involving the moving of furniture and equipment in guest rooms and other areas of the Hotel. If you have previous cleaning experience, can work flexibly in a role which could include working some late shifts, have an eye for attention for detail and can deliver excellent customer service this could be the opportunity for you to be part of this unique and exciting operation.


Previous experience of working as a Housekeeper in a hotel, care home or similar industry is preferred. Qualifications in Manual Handling, COSHH training and NVQ Level2 in Customer Care or Hospitality would also be an advantage.

Salary £17,415.76 per annum plus a full range of staff benefits.

Closing Date: 14 February 2020

Application by:  full CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and why you are applying for the role) to note that incomplete applications may not be responded to.

Job Type: Full-time, permanent, shift based including weekend working


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.