Venues Wivenhoe House
Wivenhoe House
  • Luxurious all-inclusive wedding venue
  • Historic 4-star hotel in Essex
  • Handily located just outside Colchester
  • Grade II*-listed 18th-century house
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Receptions with up to 120 guests
  • 40 bedrooms, discount for wedding guests
  • Selection of wedding menus to choose from
  • Helicopter pad available
  • Lovely gardens and grounds for photos

Nestling on the edge of Wivenhoe Park, within the boundaries of the prestigious University of Essex campus, this atmospheric hotel hosts fascinating civil ceremonies and wedding receptions within its history-rich halls. The venerable 18th-century redbrick manor house, with its stunning Victorian-Tudor façade, would make the perfect backdrop to your truly exquisite wedding day.

Licensed for ceremonies and receptions with up to 120 guests, this 4-star establishment can host a range of wedding events of outstanding luxury. Set amidst lovely grounds, sunken gardens and other features, there are over 40 bedrooms either in Main House or in the modern Garden Wing. A variety of sumptuous cuisine is available from a talented in-house catering team too!

History

Wivenhoe House was originally constructed in 1759 for opulent Colchester merchant and active politician Isaac Martin Rebow.

His descendant and successor, General Rebow, returned from the Peninsular Wars with cork oak cuttings hidden in his boots, and these very trees stand tall in the grounds to this very day!

However, having survived 'The Great Colchester Earthquake' of 1884, Wivenhoe House, like many other historic buildings in the area, was requisitioned by the Government during the War.

Notable 20th-century figures, including Queen Elizabeth II and Nelson Mandela, were guests at Wivenhoe House, shortly after the University of Essex acquired the building in 1964. Today the splendid old house enjoys its new lease of life as a 4-star hotel.

Facilities

The Garden Suite

This contemporary room is the largest of Wivenhoe House's function suites, and as a whole can seat up to 120 guests for ceremonies and receptions. It can be partitioned into smaller spaces for more intimate events, or can be arranged so as to use one space for the ceremony, the other for the reception.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 70 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 60 Guests

The Drawing Room

The stunning Drawing Room is the best space for ceremonies, thanks to its historic splendour and views across the parklands. The room, with its three bay windows and impressive fireplace, can seat up to 80 guests. Additionally, The Drawing Room has a terrace which leads out to Wivenhoe House's sunken gardens.

Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests

The Signatures Room

This smaller space is found next to the Garden Suite (and can be hired in conjunction with it), and can seat 60 for a ceremony and 30 for a cosy wedding breakfast and an intimate reception.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 60 Guests
Formal Reception Capacity - 30 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

Wivenhoe's talented in-house catering team whip up a culinary storm of various delights. There is plenty of cuisine to choose from - here's a sample menu from their 'Constable Package':-

  • Butternut squash soup, pine nuts, Parmesan
  • Caesar salad, croutons, shaved Parmesan, pancetta crisp
  • Smoked trout, beetroot, horseradish crème fraîche, dill vinaigrette
  • Goats' cheese mousse, pistachio, compressed melon
  • Free-range breast of chicken, duck-fat fondant potato, root vegetables, smoked bacon and shallot jus
  • Red wine braised beef, mushrooms, shallots, bacon, roasted carrot, potato cake
  • Braised sea-bass, clam and cauliflower chowder
  • Onion tart, Gruyère custard, onion gratin, garlic chives, Thai shallots
  • Ultimate chocolate brownie, orange sorbet
  • Irish coffee crème brulée
  • Lemon meringue pie, yoghurt sorbet
Accommodation

You and your wedding party are welcome to take advantage of Wivenhoe House's 40 amazing bedrooms. Some are located in the Main House and others in the lovely contemporary Garden Wing. Your wedding party will be entitled to a special discount.

Address
Wivenhoe House
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3SQ
  Helicopter Pad Coordinates - 603200/223900

Reviews

  • Kelly and Jon - 03/2016

    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 how polite, helpful and professional everybody was.

  • Stephen & Neriza - 08/2016

    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.

  • Clare & Allan - 11/2016

    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) feel so special from when we arrived on Friday 4th November (whilst having lunch got given some lovely chocolate truffles on a plate with congratulations), 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.

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