Gallery & Testimonials

Gallery & Testimonials



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Lauren & Ross

October 2021

We celebrated our wedding plans with Wivenhoe House with a big party after our micro wedding in 2020. They were absolutely considerate throughout the whole ups and downs of the pandemic, and extremely accommodating with the changes that took place. Before the event, they made sure we had time to sit and discuss everything we needed, and to account for all special requests we had. Pheobe was amazing at organising everything with us! On the day, everything went without a hitch (apart from a bridesmaid stepping on the wedding dress – but even that was taken in their stride!) The food was plentiful and tasty, the staff were lovely to all guests, and the drinks at the bar were served quickly and cheerfully. Our rooms were lovely too. We are so happy we finally got to celebrate at Wivenhoe House and I would recommend then for any events in the future!

Gemma & Pete

July 2021

Wow, what an absolutely amazing day we had, we could not have asked for more! It was so stress free, both Pete and I were at ease, and the day just went exactly how we wanted! Lisa, what can I say you were amazing for sorting out our day, thank you so much! All the staff were fantastic and I had lots of compliments from our guests about their stay, the rooms and the staff who are all so friendly and calm, Wivenhoe House is a fantastic place! Louise I’m so glad you were there for the day, seems so long ago when me and Pete met you and booked our day, it’s lovely you helped make our day so special! Thank you again everyone at Wivenhoe House!

Evette & Wayne

December 2019

Our wedding day was stress free due to the highly professional staff that we placed our trust and dream with.  I cannot fault the service that we had from the very start of the process at the open day to the breakfast the day after the wedding.  The well organised wedding open day impressed us, staff were informative and helpful, and we met Louise who saw us through the whole process. She talked us through each stage, offering suggestions, and guiding us to our wedding day. The setting of the hotel and it grandeur was not lost in the photos and impressed the guests. The hotel staff could not have been more accommodating. Over half of our guests were staying the night and they allowed us to group families together. Customer service could not be faulted – flowers were put into a cool room and the wedding cakes were stored and prepared by the kitchen staff. The food for the whole stay and the wedding BBQ could not be faulted it was exceptional – and we are very foodie families! The whole event went as we had planned, the staff ensured that it ran smoothly but did not rush or become intrusive. It was the small touches – non fluted champagne glasses at the bequest of the bride and groom, one guest asked if they wanted a pair of slippers as she had removed her shoes! Abandoned bouquets recovered safely.  It was a perfect wedding made even more special by attentive staff that ensured the plan of the day was delivered with friendly, helpful and highly efficient staff.

Leah & Scott

December 2017

We got married at Wivenhoe House in December 2017. From the moment of booking, Katie was so helpful to us with all our questions and requests. The day ran so smoothly and we were very impressed with the hotel (having never visited it due to living abroad) and the staff members. The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated, the hotel grounds are lovely (great for photos) and our event room looked fantastic, having been decorated for Christmas with lots of fairy lights. The food was excellent (guests commented that it was the best wedding food they had eaten) and breakfast was delicious. I would definitely go back to stay when in the area and would highly recommend for a wonderful wedding experience.

Kim & Glenn

August 2017

Well where can I start ? You guys were all amazing and made our day the one we’d dreamed of. From the first meeting with you , we felt confident that you could provide the wedding we wanted. Every query and request we sent to you was answered quickly and efficiently. We would like to thank ALL of the staff from housekeeping, waiting staff, bar staff and kitchen staff who all contributed to our perfect day . Every member of staff who ourselves and our guests came into contact with , were polite and eager to engage in conversation , always asking if anything else was needed or if they could be of assistance . All of our guests have and are still commenting on how great you all were.

Jade & Robin

June 2017

My husband and I got married here on the 30th June. We honestly couldn’t have picked a better venue. We first visited this venue on a wedding open evening that they had, and it was incredibly busy. Yet, there was a member of staff on hand that could help and attend any questions/queries that we had. I’d spent a year planning our wedding, mainly with Katie Ballard. Her help and knowledge of wedding planning really was second to none. I’d never planned a wedding before so all of her help and guidance was very much appreciated. I had many visits to WHH throughout the year and each member of staff honestly couldn’t do more for you. We did a menu tasting for our wedding day and was assisted by Ellie in the Brasserie. Her knowledge on all of the food options available was very impressive. The food was outstanding, we had 3 courses and 4 different dishes and each one was cooked and served to perfection. It’s safe to say that Our wedding day was more than I could ever had imagined. It truly was perfect in every way and ran incredibly smoothly. Our guests also found the staff to be incredibly helpful and attentive, as they were helped with luggage, and allowing a few guests into their rooms a little earlier. I honestly couldn’t recommend this venue enough. The house and grounds are breathtaking. And the staff are truly what make it the most wonderful, memorable experience.

Jackie & Terry

June 2017

Thank you so much for all your help in arranging our beautiful wedding reception. Everybody loved the day and we’re very impressed with your staff. They were attentive and approachable. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wivenhoe House to friends and family. We couldn’t be happier. The food was beautiful. We wish you all the best and thank you for all your patience. Hope to see you all again in the future.

Mr & Mrs Turtill

April 2017

Steve and I just wanted to drop you an email to say a big thank you for yesterday. We had an incredible day and the service we received from you and your staff was beyond anything we could have asked for 🙂 Once again, we would like to thank you and all your staff for everything you have done throughout this process to make it a day we will always remember! 🙂

Clare & Allan

November 2016

‘We would like to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff who had helped making our day so special. You all made me (especially) so special from when we arrived on Friday 4th November whilst having lunch got given some lovely chocolate truffles on a plate with congratulation, to when we left Sunday morning. I would definitely recommend anyone who is getting married or planning a wedding to go to Wivenhoe House. You all made our day so special. All the staff were amazing, they joined in throughout the day which we wanted. They joined in with the ‘Conga’ and the guys entertained the little ones with the football. The whole day was flawless and to top it off everyone enjoyed the food which was amazing’

Stephen & Neriza

August 2016

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for providing such excellent service throughout the day at our wedding reception on Monday. The food was excellent so compliments to the chef(s) and we got nothing but positive comments about everything including the venue and how attentive and friendly the staff were to our guests. It was such a brilliant day from start to finish!!! One we will never forget and the fact that it was organised in such a short space of time.

Kelly and Jon

March 2016

Our day was just perfect every member of staff was so polite congratulating me and telling me how lovely my dress was, from the moment I arrived to the moment we left. Katie you had everything under control even the music on my phone I didn’t have to worry, my phone was then kept safe at reception till I remembered I didn’t have it. The chef catered for 70 people and all meals were beautifully presented, hot and lovely and not forgetting an extra scoop of ice cream for me and Jon on our dessert. Our room, breakfast the next day was also beautiful and I cannot stress enough that how polite, helpful and professional everybody was.

Lisa and Patrick

January 2016

We had such an amazing day; the venue looked beautiful, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful and it all just came together so well. The little touches from the congratulations card in our wedding night suite or the Ops Manager taking care of Pats nerves for him – we literally couldn’t have asked for more from anyone.
I understand on the day there were a couple of guests springing dietary requirements out of no where, something I was not aware of previously. We have received such positive feedback about how the waitresses and kitchen staff managed these awkward requests and on behalf of our guests we would like to thank them all! We literally couldn’t have asked for a more special day from you all so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Peter and Madeline Hubble

August 2015

As the parents of the bride we would like to thank Wivenhoe House for making their wedding day such a special occasion.  We found all the staff to be so wonderful, polite and helpful, nothing was too much bother for them.  On arrival the receptionists were so welcoming, the staff on the wedding day worked so hard to make sure everything went smoothly and to time, the waiters in the brassiere and breakfast in the morning were very attentive and also the ladies who cleaned the rooms were very friendly and helpful.  Everyone made us feel welcome and are a credit to Wivenhoe House.   We feel that we would have no hesitation in recommending Wivenhoe House to family and friends as a wedding venue.

Mr and Mrs Mack

August 2014

The staff were very helpful and all the planning and communication was excellent. The ceremony, drinks reception and meal were equally seamless and the food was amazing. Everyone commented on the hotel, saying: “what a great find”.  I would really recommend the venue, it was stunning.

Mr and Mrs Church

August 2014

We felt completely in safe hands by the team who actively listened to what we wanted for our special day and were able to offer us a bespoke package that surpassed even our high expectations of a venue. From organising hotel rooms, creating our own wedding breakfast menu and wine list, the staff couldn’t do enough to accommodate our wishes. Our family and friends were bowled over with the service they received from the staff throughout the entire day. A big thank you to Wivenhoe House and all its fantastic staff for making the best day of my life a reality. I’d recommend the hotel in a heart beat for your special day.

Mr and Mrs Rose

July 2014

Firstly we wish to thank you and your team for making our special day run so perfectly. We found Sophie exceptional on all the bookings, then of course there was Lionel, fantastic lovely man; you have a good team! The lady that served our group breakfast did a fantastic job, keeping us all of us happy with our choices and teas and coffees and freshly cooked fab food. Everyone was so impressed with the venue and the food. We can’t thank you enough and we will pop over to see you once we return from honeymoon.

Mr and Mrs Cresell

May 2014

Wivenhoe House delivered everything that we could have hoped for on our wedding day. The amazing house and grounds with the 5* luxury and dedicated staff worthy of a top London boutique hotel and the food was an absolute delight!  We will definitely be visiting this hotel again.

Mr and Mrs Purkiss

October 2013

The Wivenhoe House events team engaged us from the start seeking to understand exactly what the bride and groom wanted and expected for their big day – and they delivered in all aspects beyond our expectations. Our guests all commented that we must be delighted as the day was faultless and could not have been better in any way – they were right. The levels of service throughout our stay and for the wedding itself were faultless. Furniture was moved and rooms rearranged in such a discrete manner that we never saw it happen. Wivenhoe House have a clearly happy staff and it shows in what they do.

Mr and Mrs Smith

September 2013

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all the staff especially the head waiter for the fantastic day you gave us on our wedding day. It was an absolutely fantastic day. Everybody involved ensured that the day ran perfectly and nothing was too much trouble. Customer service was second to none, and the head waiter was superb. It was a day to remember forever and we cannot thank you enough.

Key features



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.