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“Afternoon tea and overnight stay”
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Wivenhoe House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wivenhoe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 March 2013

I stayed in the Rebow Suite with my mother to celebrate her 50th birthday. The room and bathroom were perfect in every way with stunning views over the Wivenhoe Park gardens.

We had afternoon tea in one of the elegant drawing rooms, again with superb views. The best thing about the afternoon tea was that it was different; whilst remaining true to the tradition of afternoon tea, the menu was composed of a range of new and unique combinations of flavours for a more interesting experience.

The breakfast in the brasserie restaurant consisted of an impressive range of continental and cooked selection; all of the highest quality.

The staff were helpful and professional throughout our stay and were quick to accommodate our every need.

I would highly recommend a peaceful stay at the Wivenhoe House hotel, and the afternoon tea in particular.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear April,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with your mother. We hope to welcome you back to Wivenhoe House, perhaps for your birthday next time?

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

We went as a family ages from 3 - 67 for lunch on Mothers Day, and what a wonderful day we had. From the moment we arrived we were so impressed. The receptionist was very helpful and led us to the restaurant, the sommelier and staff were second to none, and no request was too small. The food was excellent and it was great to see it being prepared in the open plan kitchen which seemed to run like clockwork. I was very impressed when we were told that children under 5 were not charged.
We went to one of the lounges to have coffee, and whilst there a member of staff Francois I believe his name was spoke to my son-in-law and when he said my husband used to work there before his retirement he offered to show us some of the suites and the new extension. Two other couples joined us and what a revelation. It was a great way to end the day, and one day I am determined that I am going to stay in one of those suites!!!
Thanks Wivenhoe House

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank MrsL337
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear Mrs L337,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. Mother’s day Sunday lunch was a resounding success with some fantastic feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Wivenhoe House, hopefully to stay in one of our fantastic suites!!

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I had a lovely afternoon tea here - I couldn't believe we had a cake stand each. That was a real treat for a girl who loves her cake! Just knowing that everything on it was yours and you didn't have to share and be polite was brilliant! It was all gorgeous and beautifully presented and I won't spoil some of the little surprises by saying what was on there. Extremely friendly staff, beautiful and elegant surroundings. Try it - you won't be disappointed!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Holly W
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear Holly,

We take real pride in our afternoon teas, so we are pleased you enjoyed them and our service. The petit fours change on a regular basis, we welcome you to return for more surprises!

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

Had a superb birthday weekend in the splendid and elegent wivenhoe house and accomodated in the lavish Charles Gooch suite.We dined in the more contempory brasserie which was a faultless experience the pave steak was exceptional and the chocolate brownie on another planet.From checkin to checkout the staff were faultless making the atmosphere very freindly and relaxed in such a formal house.Our only regret was not dining in the signatures restaurant after sitting in the adjacent drawing room having coffee the manager took time out to reassure us it was an experience and opportunity not to be missed it looked very relaxed from where we were.My sister has recently moved to the area and we will come back to wivenhoe house when we visit .Thanks again thoroughly reccomended.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jan S
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear Jan,

Thank you for your time and positive words. Our steaks are sourced from local suppliers who provide a truly quality product. If you want the next level of dining experience then Signatures restaurant is a must! We look forward to welcoming you again, perhaps for our famous afternoon tea?

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

As a four star hotel and two rosette restaurant the tasting menu in the Signatures restaurant held great promise and these two diners were not disappointed!
As a bit of background I knew the hotel well in its previous life as an hotel and conference centre owned and operated by the University of Essex. Now operated by an independent commercial organisation with whom I have no connection, the hotel has been completely renovated, I believe, at a cost of £10 million, and is run as a training school for hotel managers. This in no way detracts from the hotel's ability to provide food and service of the very highest standard as my wife and I experienced.
Although the only guests in the restaurant we were well looked after by the restaurant manager and two aspiring hotel managers. We enjoyed the hotels own blend of gin and tonic as an aperitif together with a selection of very light nibbles.
The tasting menu offered a selection of starters, main courses and desserts to choose from, all deceptively simple in description but complicated their make-up
We enjoyed:
Home-made bread with four different flavoured butters, including a smoked one.
A Mis en Bouche of chicken boudin with a confit clove of garlic and boned chicken wing served in a broth of chicken and earl grey tea- beautifully presented and delicious

The starters and main courses were beautiful constructions both in terms of the presentation, balance of flavours and taste, almost too complicated to describe but no serious diner would be disappointed.

Between the first and second course we were served a zingy lemon and gin (?) refresher with a warm foam.

An unexpected cheese course of warm Camembert or Brie with a dressed green salad and warm, very light, potato bread made a perfect ending before....

The desserts, for someone with an established sweet tooth, were to die for. To try and describe them would not do justice to the time and effort put into their preparation.

The dishes in the main were simple in their description but the food on the plate was a clever deconstruction with shades of Heston B and others.

I doubt whether there is a restaurant in the area or, dare I say it, this side of London, that for the price could offer what, for us, was nigh on perfection. I don't think this is a restaurant where you would go for a lively social evening out with friends; but for a gastronomical experience this must be the place to go. The meal for the two of us including pre-dinner drinks, a reasonable bottle of wine and coffee was £150
Were there any negatives? We would have preferred more diners to add to the atmosphere, and perhaps a slightly less expensive G&T! There were some issues initially at reception when my wife booked the meal, however for an hotel that has only been open for less than a year the standard of food and service is exceptional.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank ColchesterDavid
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear David,
Thank you so much for your detailed review, we are overjoyed that you enjoyed your meal and hope to welcome you back to Wivenhoe House soon.

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We were gratefully upgraded to the Charles Gooch Suite - very spacious room, tastefully decorated with a giant bathroom. The wife was very impressed.

Chose to eat that evening at Signatures, very quiet - we saw only two other groups of diners the whole evening. This only meant we got spoilt for attention :) The service was excellent and the food matched up to this very high standard. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable about the well crafted dishes. Excellent wine recommendations from an extensive but surprisingly reasonably priced wine list. Look out for the "secret" complementary courses on the three course menu, we counted 8 in total so pace yourself!

Highly recommned the Mosaic of game or duck parfait and the beef cheeks. Would like to try the duck If we go again.

Fantastic hotel, would revisit in a shot.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ged N
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear Ged,

We are pleased you enjoyed the décor of one of our prized suites, each are styled individually and sympathetically to the historic main house.
The Signatures dining experience continues to be a highlight of our guests’ stays and we are delighted you wish to revisit us soon to explore more of our innovative dishes. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Jennie Hirst
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

I admit I was a sceptic. Top quality hotel and two-rosette restaurant in the heart of Essex - really? But here it is at Wivenhoe House and at Signatures restaurant. The menu created by Paul Boorman and his team is truly a match for those of much better-known establishments in London. From the delightful amuse bouches, prepared with great originality, to the top quality ingredients used for entrees and main courses, this restaurant will just astound you. Whether the lightest brill dish or a beautiful duck in orange sauce, this kitchen team gets it just right. And some neat small touches such as an unusual selection of butters, and palate-cleansing sorbees would not go amiss in some of France's top eateries. If you have the chance to stay overnight, make sure you do. Fantastic, individually-designed suites the size of an mini-apartment make the average hotel room look sooo drab, and as a summer destination, this should be an absolute wow. Well done Wivenhoe! And now I'll try the brasserie.

Room Tip: The suites cost a little more, but their designs really make it worth the extra.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Wivenhoe H, Front Office Manager at Wivenhoe House, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Dear Arteur,

Thank you for your wonderful comment, we look forward to you trying the brasserie.

Jennie Hirst
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Address: Wivenhoe Park | Colchester, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Colchester > Wivenhoe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Wivenhoe
Price Range: £81 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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