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Abberton Manor

  • Colchester
  • 01206 735590
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Astley Hall

  • Stourport-on-Severn
  • 01299 827020
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  • Hereford
  • 01432 263131
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  • Bury St Edmunds
  • 01284 756610
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  • Worcestershire
  • 01299 403260
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The Lawns

  • Worcester
  • 01905 821388
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West Eaton

  • Leominster
  • 01568 610395
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Abberton Manor - Colchester

Abberton Manor is a magnificent Queen Anne Manor House set in attractively landscaped gardens and woodland with beautiful views over the Roman River valley, situated 3 miles south of Colchester.

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Abberton Manor has an enviable reputation for providing professional nursing care in a happy and friendly environment. It is highly rated for both the quality of its care and the warmth of its staff, many of whom have spent a number of years at the home.

The manor provides accommodation for just 26 residents in a comfortable, secure, relaxed, and homely environment in which their care, well being and comfort is of prime importance. The home offers both single and shared accommodation, the majority of which is en-suite, and all refurbished to a high standard.  The home has been furnished with its Queen Anne origins in mind, and residents particularly enjoy the extensive lawns and gardens surrounding the manor.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own furniture and pictures to personalise their accommodation, but furniture can be supplied if preferred.

Two characterful lounges provide a warm, communal area for residents and their visitors to enjoy. Separate dining rooms promote meal times as a sociable activity. Family and friends are encouraged to visit at any time, and join in with the activities or mealtimes.

Elizabeth "Libby" Pearson Home manager

Libby has spent the majority of her career in the care of older people, and believes strongly that residential nursing care should be seen as a positive choice for older persons. As a teenager, Libby started working as a weekend kitchen assistant at Abberton Manor. In 2000, Libby returned as a qualified Registered General Nurse before becoming the manager shortly thereafter. She has just received an award for being the Best Regional Care Assessor at The 2018 Great British Care Awards.

Libby and her management team have all been with the home now for many years, and this has helped create a warm and stable caring environment. As a firm believer in transparency in any care environment, the home is signed up to a community visitors’ programme, and welcomes visitors into the home on a regular basis to act as advocates for residents and staff.

Our Quality Care

We have long-standing and dedicated nursing teams in our homes, with many years of professional experience between them. This has enabled us in a number of our homes to have achieved the highest accreditation for nursing care, the Gold Standard Framework.

Abberton Manor was awarded with the Gold Standards Framework in 2017 and also the Best Community Engagement Award at Essex Care Awards. This year we have been awarded the Best Nursing and Personal Care Home in Essex by Global Health and Pharma. We are also regional winners at The 2018 Great British Care Awards.

  • "It was a huge comfort to all her family knowing that when we left her she was safe and happy. The support you gave us was greatly appreciated as we always felt involved and informed. Abberton Manor will always have a special place in our hearts. Family of PW, November 2017"

  • "Thank you for taking care of my very dear friend at the end of her life. You were all amazing. Friend of VB, May 2017"

  • "Atmosphere is relaxed and homely. Emphasis is placed on residents welfare, activities including bus trips and 'ladder to the moon.' Dependency of residents is constantly increasing yet all are treated as highly intelligent individuals. James C, volunteer January 2018"

  • "A huge thank you from all of us, for the care that has been given to our Nan the last few months, especially towards the end - her palliative and end of life care was 5 star and that goes also to the support and care you gave our family too. There are memories we will always treasure."

    Family of resident, April 2018
  • "Thank you for welcoming me into your team and being so kind. I have learnt so much which will definitely help me with my future career."

    student nurse, March 2018
  • "Thank you for all the support and evidence you have given me on my journey to becoming a Nurse. You have all truly been amazing."

    student nurse, April 2018
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CQC make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage us to make sure we are providing the best care possible.

Our Activities

Like all Heritage Manor homes, Abberton Manor’s dedicated staff do their upmost to ensure that residents get the most they can from life.

A full-time activities programme run by a dedicated activities organiser provides a varied line-up of events catering for both groups and individuals, with activities ranging from beauty treatments and gardening, to trips out and keeping bees. Input from local schools, theatres and churches ensure that there is something for everyone to get involved in.

Activities include: Chair-based exercise classes, Themed supper evenings, Sunday church service, Visits to local attractions, Regular entertainers, Garden parties, Gardening, Art and craft, Cake making and decorating

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you and discuss any questions you have and to help you make the right decision for you or your loved one.

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Phone: 01206 735590   Email:

Layer Road, Colchester CO5 7NL