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Wivenhoe House Hotel
“Grade II-listed hotel closely involved in hotel management education” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A superb building, this 18th-century Grade II listed country house hotel was once painted by Constable and is set in acres of magnificent parkland. Bedrooms, furnished to a very high standard, are split between the main house and the contemporary garden wing which is also home to the brasserie bar and restaurant and modern conference facilities. Public areas include the lounge and drawing room where guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea.
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Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 40
- Family rooms: 6
- Free TV
- Broadband available
- WiFi available
- Children welcome
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Lift available
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 150
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Double room, minimum price: £125
- Open all year
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
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About the area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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