Planning a Staycation in 2019?

There are plenty of reasons you may be thinking of having a UK staycation next year, not least the fantastic weather during the summer of 2018.

We can’t promise another heatwave in 2019 but we can guarantee you will have a great time exploring Essex and East Anglia from your luxury haven at Wivenhoe House.

We can also promise you that, by thinking ahead, you can save quite a bit of cash.  Book directly more than two weeks in advance and we’ll take 10 per cent off your room rate, including breakfast.  Reserve a luxury room more than 30 days ahead and you’ll save a fantastic 25 per cent.

The Charles Gooch Luxury Suite available for a Staycation

One of our Luxury Rooms in the main house

Whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, staying at Wivenhoe House near Colchester gives you plenty of options for things to do during your break.

Let’s start with the beaches. Nostalgia reigns along the Essex coastline, from Clacton’s very traditional seaside entertainments, including penny slots at the pier, to the sedate resort of Frinton where the sands seem to stretch for miles.

Nearby Colchester town has its very own castle dating back to the Romans with an action-packed programme of events year round. It’s also the home to Colchester Zoo, with an impressive collection of more than 260 different species.

The flagship in the High Street is the posh department store Fenwick’s and Braintree’s Freeport Village with a top selection of outlet stores is not far away for some excellent bargains.

You can keep your purse in your pocket and stroll around Constable country. The famous 19th century landscape artist John Constable painted ‘Wivenhoe Park’ in 1816 and is also known throughout the world for his landscapes including ‘The Hay Wain’, depicting a rural scene on the River Stour between Essex and Suffolk.  You could splash out on a punt along the beautiful river or just enjoy a picnic on the riverbank.

Essex and East Anglia are excellent staycation destinations and, if you can plan ahead, you can treat yourself to a luxury break at Wivenhoe House without breaking the bank.


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.