It’s all about the experience at Essex and we realise that real hands-on experience is important to succeed in your hospitality or events career. Wivenhoe House is the 4* hotel where our students gain that all-important practical knowledge.
Studying an undergraduate course at Edge Hotel School will allow you to gain the hands-on skills employers are looking for alongside a degree. Wivenhoe House is a 40-bedroom country house hotel with a brasserie restaurant and a busy conference and events function that hosts over 300 events and 50 weddings annually.
As a student at the Edge Hotel School you will gain experience in reception, which includes reservations and room bookings. Students on our two-year Hotel Management and three-year Hospitality Management courses will also gain experience within housekeeping of bedrooms.
The original Wivenhoe House building is an 18th century Grade II listed house with 16 individual suites and bedrooms. The traditional main house is complemented by the modern garden wing which is home to 24 contemporary bedrooms. Among the bedrooms are rooms sponsored by some of our industry supporters – BaxterStorey, Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Hilton, Milsoms, Marriott and Portico. This means that during your rotations in the 4* hotel you will not only gain experience of different room types – from the grand individual suites, to the more uniform rooms in the garden wing – you will also gain experience in rooms that are decorated and hosted by other organisations and hotels, giving you a unique insight and a link with that particular brand.
All Edge Hotel School courses include rotations within the conference and events department.
Wivenhoe House hosts events within the lounges in the main house, in the 3 conference suites in the garden wing and in the brasserie restaurant. The conference and events function at Wivenhoe House hosts over 300 events, including over 50 weddings, annually. As a student at the Edge Hotel School you will work on real-life weddings, corporate functions and meetings and private parties and events in the 4* setting of Wivenhoe House. If you are studying for one of our events management degrees you will also gain experience or organising your own event in the final level of your course, with the expert assistant of the Wivenhoe House conference and events team, which includes an acorn award winner.
As a student at the Edge Hotel School you will gain experience in both the restaurant and kitchen departments at Wivenhoe House. You will gain experience in the brasserie restaurant, work on afternoon teas and be involved with private dining functions.
The brasserie at Wivenhoe House is inspired by the concept of a classic brasserie, bringing a little taste of France to the Essex countryside and offering a winning combination of classic dishes and modern cuisine in an informal setting with attentive service. Lionel Lachasseigne is the popular restaurant manager at Wivenhoe House hotel – he hosts regular Sommelier evenings where he shares his extensive knowledge of wines from around the world and is originally from Montpellier in France.
The brasserie serves an extensive menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. There is also a Sunday lunch menu featuring an award winning ‘Best Roast Dinner’ selection and a sell-out Fish Friday feature on the first Friday of every month. The brasserie was refurbished in 2017 and Edge Hotel School students worked alongside an Edge Hotel School alumni, who is now working in interior design, to create the new design.