Wivenhoe House general manager reports ongoing success
PUBLISHED: 11:11 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 01 March 2018
2012 Sarah Lucy Brown
As the trend for investing in personal experiences over consumer goods continues to grow, general manager of Wivenhoe House hotel Oliver Brown is reporting continued success for the four-star luxury hotel just outside Colchester
Opened five years ago after an extensive £10 million renovation of the Grade II country house, Wivenhoe House has evolved into one of the premier destinations in North Essex. It is also home to The Edge Hotel School, a beacon for hospitality management education, respected by hoteliers and restaurateurs across the UK.
The extensive events calendar at the hotel helps to draw many local people to Wivenhoe House. They can opt to enjoy an overnight stay after enjoying one of the popular wine dinners, with the next dinner exploring the Loire region of France on Friday 27 April, or while away an afternoon in the elegant lounges at our first Pamper and Prosecco lunch on Tuesday 15 May.
General Manager Oliver Brown said: “Before I started at Wivenhoe House I knew very little about this area having worked in London for most of my career in hospitality. I am now an enthusiastic advocate for the region and all it offers, from the art and history on our doorsteps to the beautiful countryside and coastline around us.”
The partnership with the Edge Hotel School continues to reap many benefits for the hotel and the guests. The students undertake the practical side of their degree within the different departments at Wivenhoe House and there is tremendous support from the hospitality industry keen to share its expertise with homegrown hotel managers of the future.
Last year Oliver was shortlisted for UK Hotelier of the Year in the prestigious awards run by The Caterer Magazine and Conference and Events Manager Sarah Bowman was named as one of the 30 under 30 to watch in the hospitality industry’s Acorn Awards.
While building a national profile for Wivenhoe House and the Edge Hotel School Oliver appreciates that key to success is a strong relationship with the local community.
“We provide more than 50 jobs in this area and we have just taken on our first apprentice. Wivenhoe House was home to the SAS in World War II and we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging to support defence personnel as an employer and potential employer.
Looking ahead, Oliver is committed to monitoring and improving the hotel’s impact on the environment. “We are going through the hotel with a fine toothcomb, looking where we can cut down on plastic and we are supporting the #thelaststraw campaign, removing all plastic straws.
“Wivenhoe House has led the way in bringing luxury hotel accommodation to Colchester and we have been delighted to witness the growth in good quality hotels and restaurants within the area. It augurs well for business growth and tourism and means there are plenty of opportunities for our Edge Hotel School graduates should they wish to remain in this attractive part of the country.”