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  • Colchester
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  • Stourport-on-Severn
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  • Hereford
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  • Bury St Edmunds
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  • Worcestershire
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  • Worcester
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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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About Us

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.

James Foord Home manager

I became Home Manager at Abberton Manor In March 2021 and I feel privileged to work with such an amazing team, who have worked really hard to make the home one of the best within the area. Our home specialises in End of Life Care and has held the Gold Standard Framework Award for End of Life Care since 2017 and also the Best Community Engagement Award at Essex Care Awards.

The support forged by Abberton through the FaNs Network and the local community is invaluable. It enables residents to live their lives to the full and to stay young at heart, with entertainment and the companionship from all generations.

I have over 30 years’ experience within healthcare, after completing my nurse training I spent twenty years with the NHS, before moving to the private sector, ten of which have been working as deputy manager and Home manager.  I am and always will be dedicated to the needs of the people I care for. We have a great team of nurses and care staff here at Abberton, who make sure that all residents are cared for in a holistic manner. The aim is to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy and I am always available to talk to the residents and their families.

I find the job rewarding and at times demanding but I get a sense of pleasure when I know we have achieved what we need to.

I grew up in Essex, where I met my wife Wendy, we have two boys and seven grandchildren and hobbies include fishing (when I can!)

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.

  • "The team at Abberton Manor all do an amazing job caring for Mum. They are all very friendly, caring and work incredibly hard to support Mum and make her comfortable at this difficult time in her life. We are very grateful and have nothing but admiration for what they all do."

    RL, son of resident, October 2020
  • "My father is terminally ill and my elderly mother could no longer cope. He wanted to go into the hospice but they had no space so he agreed to try Abberton Manor. We are so pleased with the level of care he has received and he is very happy. The manager has been excellent and so helpful, she and her team have gone the extra mile to make my dad feel comfortable and at home."

    CK, daughter of resident, February 2021
  • "The staff and management have taken great care of Mum during her 6 months residency and have always shown kindness, compassion, and patience with her as well as to all the family who are supporting Mum."

    GB, son of resident, October 2021
  • "Everyone at Abberton Manor was kind and friendly, professional and caring. Dad's every need was recognised and he was assisted and enabled to maintain as much independence as was possible. He and I viewed all the staff as friends. I thank you all for your love and care of Dad. "

    AE, daughter of resident, July 2021
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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