Immortalised in an 1816 painting by John Constable, Wivenhoe House has a rich history dating back to 1759. The four-star country house hotel, set amid parkland and manicured lawns, is flanked by
oak trees, two of which started life as cuttings which the first owner brought back in his shoe from the Peninsular War. With the look and feel of an aristocratic family home, the property retains
much of its original charm. A £10m refurbishment, completed in 2012, added an extra 24 bedrooms in the contemporary Garden Wing, as well as 21st-century event facilities for up to 120 delegates.
These include the iLab, an innovative space designed to encourage creative thinking. The venue also works well for weddings, offering striking backdrops for photographs, a civil ceremony licence
and dining for up to120 guests. Wivenhoe House is an hour from London by train and 45 minutes from Stansted Airport.