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Set in the historic grounds of Wivenhoe Park, this 18th-century house is next to the University of Essex campus. It offers a unique brasserie restaurant, luxurious accommodation, free WiFi and free parking on site. The guest rooms overlook the manicured gardens and beautiful Essex parkland. Most rooms feature HD TV with Sky channels, designer toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. Guests can dine at the brasserie restaurant in the garden wing, which offers regionally sourced produce to bring a taste of France to this corner of the county. The small quayside town of Wivenhoe is less than a 5-minute drive or a half-an-hour walk from the hotel. The city centre of Colchester, the oldest recorded town in Britain, is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the building. The surrounding Essex countryside is home to numerous rivers, walks, and charming sights.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

Distance in property description is calculated using © OpenStreetMap

Classic British Hotels
Hotel chain/brand

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.1)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Buffet

Free private parking available at the hotel

Loyal customers

There are more repeat guests here than most other properties.


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Availability

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Room type
Number of guests
 
2 single beds
or
1 double bed
1 large double bed
or
2 single beds
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
and
1 sofa bed
1 large double bed
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Sustainability certification

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Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
9.3
Facilities
9.0
Cleanliness
9.4
Comfort
9.3
Value for money
8.4
Location
9.1
Free WiFi
9.0
High score for Colchester
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Matthew
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Very comfortable Spacious rooms Very clean Great staff
  • Zhanna
    Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
    Beautiful place and sightings. The members of staff are friendly and bringing smile to the face. The salmon in the restaurant was delicious.
  • Clive
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    Fantastic period style with modern fittings. Extremely comfortable and spacious rooms and this hotel has an excellent restaurant / bistro. Highly recommended.

Hotel surroundings

Restaurants
2 restaurants on site

  • PARK BRASSERIE
    • Cuisine
      British • French
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free • Dairy-free
  • Afternoon Tea in Signatures
    • Cuisine
      British
    • Ambiance
      Traditional
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Vegan • Gluten-free

Facilities of Wivenhoe House Hotel
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Room service
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms
  • Bar
Bathroom
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
Bedroom
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Electric kettle
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.
Activities
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Live music/performance
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Happy hour
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinner nights
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid meals
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Internet
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Cleaning services
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
General
  • Pet bowls
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Lift
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Accessibility
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Wivenhoe House Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!

Check-in

From 15:00

Check-out

Until 11:00

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Extra bed upon request
£15 per child, per night
Cot upon request
Free
3 - 12 years
Extra bed upon request
£15 per child, per night

Prices for cots and extra beds are not included in the total price, and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

All cots and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are allowed on request. Charges may be applicable.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Solo American Express Cash is not accepted Wivenhoe House Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

When booking 6 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply.

Please inform Wivenhoe House Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

FAQs about Wivenhoe House Hotel

  • Room options at Wivenhoe House Hotel include:

    • Twin/Double
    • Double
    • Suite

  • Check-in at Wivenhoe House Hotel is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Guests staying at Wivenhoe House Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Buffet

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel is 2.3 miles from the centre of Colchester. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • The prices at Wivenhoe House Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel has 2 restaurants:

    • Afternoon Tea in Signatures
    • PARK BRASSERIE

  • Wivenhoe House Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Themed dinner nights
    • Live sport events (broadcast)
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Happy hour
    • Live music/performance