The Wood Norton
What We Love
- A country house near the Cotswolds, including breakfast, optional dinner and moreThis whopping four-million-pound facelift the property underwent in recent years
- The Grade II-listed building's many original features, like beautiful gardens and parquet flooring
- Dining at the chic restaurant, with its elegant, carefully planned British menu and high-end design bar
- Receiving breakfast, tea and Pimms, as well as a five-course dinner, if you choose that option
What To Know
- Afternoon tea overlooks the garden
- Bathrooms have Molton Brown toiletries, heated floors, walk-in showers and freestanding roll top baths
- Guestrooms are larger in the main building
The Wood Norton is a Grade II-listed, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning boutique hotel in the Vale of Evesham, with a tale or two to tell. Once a hunting lodge, then a listening post during the Cold War, it was more recently used by the BBC as a Doctor Who shooting location. Set across 35 acres of grounds, it still boasts a wealth of intriguing original features: beautiful wooden paneling in the main hall, original parquet flooring, immaculate landscaped gardens,even a secret historical surprise that you’ll be encouraged to discover for yourself.
And if the property was already brimming with character and history, it’s even more dazzling after the completion of its four-million-pound refurbishment. Some bedrooms, for instance, have been converted from former stables and are now both spacious and contemporary. The dining room takes a playful twist on British cuisine, along with offering views of the grounds; there’s also an eclectic, colorful bar, serving cocktails and afternoon tea. You’re under an hour away from the bright lights of Birmingham, and equidistant from Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham, but why leave when this sumptuous hotel’s story is still unfolding?
The modern accommodations incorporate a spacious double bed with fresh white linens, stylish furnishings and a fresh color palette.
With a focus on high-end British cuisine, the restaurant offers both indoor and al-fresco dining. The room itself overlooks the south terrace and is speckled with original features, like wooden paneling. The lounge is a real design triumph, with a specially-made pewter bar and a perfect view of the landscaped gardens. Come to the latter for afternoon tea, cocktails and a tempting food menu.
Hiding away up among a thicket of trees, The Wood Norton overlooks the River Avon, close to the historic market town of Evesham in Worcestershire (a famous battle site in the 13th century), and right on the edge of the Cotswolds. You can visit the town’s thriving market, see the eighth-century bell tower, explore the gentle surrounding countryside or simply chill out in the hotel’s serene grounds. Sports-car enthusiasts can take a factory tour at the nearby Morgan Motor Company, while outdoorsy travelers can take advantage of the kayaking, windsurfing, shooting and archery facilities available nearby (please ask the hotel to arrange).
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We stayed here for 3 days at the beginning of our holiday trip to the Cotswolds and it couldn't have been a better start. Our room was nice and quiet with the two seperate beds we had requested. The beds were soft and comfy.
The bathroom was very spacious and provided with all the modern comforts. The only thing missing in the room was a small fridge and AC was not present, so in warm weather that might be a problem.
Staff was very friendly and helpfull. Dinner was a bit pricy but the food was tasty and good. Breakfast was delicious.
The building and grounds and especially the view from the terrace are breathtaking. The gardens are kept immaculately.
Stayed for one night dinner bed and breakfast our room was lovely very comfortable roomy and modern.
The Hotel Gardens are beautiful and very nicely done.
Dinner was a very mixed, we ate in the brassiere, my husband had the Salt and Pepper Squid and the Tuna Nicoise he said the Squid was one of the nicest Squid dishes he’d ever eaten also loved the Tuna but I ordered the Al Dente Pea starter that was a supposed to be a salad with peas, salad leaves, asparagus and Parmesan what arrived could only be described as a bowl of peas I hunted for some lettuce and found a small amount also a little mange tout in thin strips no asparagus or Parmesan just peas lots and lots of peas! this dish could also be a main I dread to think of how many peas would have been in the main equivalent, I actually sent back more than I ate and I did eat a lot. My main was cod in a Asian Broth I love Thai and Chinese food so was looking forward to it but what a disappointment the cod was nicely cooked but the Broth lacked flavour and apart from three pieces of Pak Choi all the vegetables in the broth were English root veg hard pieces of carrot, parsnip and swede not at all enjoyable to eat.
Breakfast was enjoyable although very slow coming out, the table next to us actually left without waiting for theirs but as I was so hungry after the previous night I wasn’t going any where till I’d eaten! when it arrived it was tasty and well cooked.
All the staff were very pleasant and because of my husbands good experience I wouldn’t let my dining experience put me off returning but I would definitely avoid those two dishes.
I stayed here for 1 night in May with work colleagues. We ate in the private dining room to celebrate an anniversary and had a meeting the next day at the hotel. The drinks and food were to a good standard, but the service was slow and inattentive.
The room was to a satisfactory standard for the amount that they cost and star rating of the hotel.
Breakfast the next day took 25 mins from ordering to service. It was not worth the wait.
The meeting room was okay and food served for lunch was good.
Be careful when booking in summer as they have no fans or aircon.
The ceilings are high so pretty cobwebby.
The hotel was overbooked and as such huge snaking queues for breakfast , eventually we asked to sit outside. Only coffee was available for 25mins. The buffet was completely decimated: 1 bottle of natural juice and 3 slices of salami. Eventually ordered and received a cooked english breakfast.
Incredibly bad planning from management. I felt sorry for the servers.
Total cost for one night £170.
But the views of the surrounding fields were nice..... I would give it ‘Good’ .
An absolute treasure in the area. Period features and modern convenience packed into stunning architecture and beautiful grounds. And in this treasure is Chloe..... A true jewel. Truly grateful for her time, expertise, professionalism and dedication to making our stay memorable. To the whole 'The Wood Norton' staff I couldn't praise you more.