History

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A COLOURFUL HISTORY

Wivenhoe House’s fascinating history stretches back to 1759 when Isaac Rebow asked Thomas Reynolds to build the mansion house, which is now Grade II listed.
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This painting of Wivenhoe House was commissioned by the owner, General Rebow in 1816. ‘Wivenhoe Park, Essex’ by John Constable, Wiedener Collection. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Set in the grounds of Wivenhoe Park the hotel and surroundings were immortalised in canvas by renowned British artist John Constable, when he was commissioned by the then owner Major-General Francis Slater Rebow in 1816. The resulting painting now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

This was the same General Rebow who returned from the Peninsular Wars with two cork oak cuttings in this boots. Today, those oak trees stand tall and proud in the substantial grounds.

The house survived England’s worst-ever earthquake in 1884, which loosened a few chimney pots. It was requisitioned by the War Department during the two major conflicts of the 20th century and photos exist of Sir Winston Churchill inspecting the troops here in World War Two.

Winston Churchill visiting Wivenhoe Park during World War II

Other famous visitors include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late Nelson Mandela.
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In 1964 the hotel entered a new stage in its life as the original home as the University of Essex. It has now been reborn as the four-star Wivenhoe House hotel, home of the Edge Hotel School, a unique education concept within the UK.

WHERE WE ARE

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 team 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.