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Wivenhoe House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wivenhoe
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Excellent lunch”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

We recently enjoyed an anniversary lunch at Wivenhoe House Brasserie. The quality of the food from an extensive and tempting menu was wonderful and the service was faultless. Reception staff were most welcoming and helpful. The venue is magnificent having recently been totally refurbished and the value for money was excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant and will certainly be returning soon. We did find the parking to be a bit confusing and it would have been helpful to have been informed when booking that parking permits were available at reception. This in no way detracted from a memorable first experience of Wivenhoe House.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

The rooms in the hotel are really huge and beautiful. We stayed in the Portico room which has excellent view from the windows. Unfortunately, maybe the hotel is too new, some gadgets are not really working including phones not working between guest rooms, wireless keyboard to the TV; still couldn't be fixed at checkout after 2 nights.

Superb but slow serving breakfast in the Brasserie.

A few strange things that extremely small wash basin despite a huge bathroom and the lifts are not allowed to be used by guests.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We recently had afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House whilst visiting staying guests. What a find. Wivenhoe House is a unique concept in as much as it is a four star country house hotel which incorporates a training school for future industry managers. The students train alongside professionals, it has been so cleverly done that you are hard pressed to differentiate between the students and their mentors. The hotel mixes old country house charm with a modern garden wing. It shouldn't work but it does, very well. We had a brief tour of some of the rooms in the old house and the modern wing and they are all very well appointed with quality fittings and furniture including Apple Macs! Our Christmas themed afternoon tea was served in the brasserie. A three tiered stand for each person. The first tier had four dainty sandwiches with a variety of fillings on superb homemade bread. The second tier was devoted to apple and cinnamon scones with Tiptree jam and a zingy homemade lemon curd and clotted cream along with a glass of mulled cider. The top tier was like a plate of jewells. Mini Orange profiteroles, a wonderful mince pie with a meringue peak, quality street mini macaroons and the most beautiful individual iced christmas cake and ginger bread house. The whole tea was visually stunning and almost a shame to eat! A good choice of teas was offered by the friendly and efficient members of staff, the only minor complaint was that no Earl Grey could be located. A nice touch was the executive chef stopping by at our table for a chat on the way through the restaurant. With different seasonal twists, afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House could well become a regular guilty pleasure!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Headcorn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Despite the slightly overly formal and slightly distant welcome from the reception staff (nothing welcomes a guest as much as a nice smile) my partner and I were delighted with the hotel's facilities, cost, location and staff.

We left it too late to try and book a table in the Brasserie and the more formal Signatures restaurants, but front of house staff were incredibly helpful in suggesting and booking a town centre restaurant (and taxi) for us. Couldn't have helped more!

As for the room. In the new wing directly above the Brasserie (on a night when Christmas parties were booked in there), overlooking the University of Essex's sports field and our room was very quiet. The facilities and decor in the room were fantastic and the iMac was very useful indeed. Beautiful coffee maker and a shower to die for. Top top top value!!

Breakfast was good (but not great) and staff were clearly still being trained, but the service we received was excellent. Again, slightly stiff, but very efficient.

We have recommended Wivenhoe to our friends and will continue to do so. Combined with a trip to Mersea and Constable country this could almost be a perfect weekend!

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London
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We spent the weekend there and it was really very good. The room was spotless, bed comfortable, huge bathroom, great service, wonderful food, totally fault free.

We ate in both restaurants but for a culinary experience have a meal in the Signature Restaurant.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is ideal for family and friends visiting students of the university of Essex. It is situated right next to the campus, it is very clean, the rooms are very comfortable and the food is delicious. We found it difficult to navigate around the hotel as there are few signs so we had to ask members of staff several times for directions. We also had awful service at breakfast - the staff were not friendly and forgotten a couple of our orders.

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

We flew down from the Highlands for a one night stay to celebrate a friend's birthday. What an experience! We stayed in the Hotel Exclusive suite - just incredible. One of the nicest rooms I have stayed in; original exposed beams over the (enormous) bed, table and chairs overlooking the lovely gardens and a bathroom to die for. We ate in the cellar, the chef's tasting menu with matched wine. An extraordinary meal. Paul the Head Chef is a truly remarkable chef and an extremely nice man, taking the time to talk to us about his menu, kitchens and passion for food. This hotel is an amazing place and its hard to believe it's a training school for the hospitality industry. The students work alongside professionals creating a fantastic atmosphere of luxury and attention to detail. It's not hard to see why Wivenhoe is rated #1 after just a few months. Truly superb. Thanks to Steven, General Manager, and all the team. We will be back!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Wivenhoe House
Address: Wivenhoe Park | Colchester, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Wivenhoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wivenhoe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wivenhoe House 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Re-opened in June 2012 after a £10 Million refurbishment, Wivenhoe House Hotel is a 17th Century country house, which is also home to the Edge Hotel School. Students at the school work alongside professionals, as they study for their degree in Hotel Management. There are 40 rooms, 16 in the main house and 24 in the more modern garden wing. The brasserie offers breakfast lunch and dinner daily, and afternoon tea is served in the drawing room daily. The panoramic views over the wooded parkland tot he University of Essex, are stunning. ... more   less 
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