PRESTIGIOUS new offices have been snapped up within hours of going on the market, in a vote of confidence for Colchester town centre.

The historic Rebow House, in Head Street, is a Grade II listed building which has been carefully restored by TJ Evers Ltd on behalf of Tollgate Partnership Limited, based in Stanway.

Now the works are complete, the building consists of three offices and a shop, with parking and a rear courtyard.

Once the home of former Colchester MP and mayor Sir Isaac Rebow, the building dates back to 1690 and stands on the site of a medieval building.

It was once one of the most prominent mansions in the town, and was visited by King William III at least three times.

Jayne Gee and Daniel Watts, directors of Tollgate Partnership Limited, said: “Within hours of these offices being marketed we had several viewings and have already agreed terms with two local companies, subject to contract.

"We believe this is due to the quality of the restoration and the space we have created at this historic gateway location.

“The potential tenants are young businesses which have grown and want to move to more prestigious, higher-profile premises, but stay in the town centre, which is a vote of confidence.


Historic - former Colchester MP and mayor Sir Isaac Rebow

"This restoration has been a labour of love for us and we are confident the remaining two spaces will be taken up quickly.”

As many of the original features have been kept, including an oriel window with its carved underside and intricate interior panelling.

One of the offices has a viewing panel which displays a fragment of ancient flock wallpaper.

A blue plaque on the front of the building records the royal visits, including one on March 27 1693 when the king knighted Sir Isaac Rebow.