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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Great weekend away! A small group of us, all stayed in Pear Tree rooms. The rooms were nice, plenty of room. Breakfast was very good. Dinner menu seemed a little strange but all of the food was good! Lots of nice spaces to sit and relax to read a book or have a drink. The bar area is attractive and roomy. Receptionists were very friendly. Would stay again!
If you want to pretend you are a Lady or a Lord this place is it! Beautiful, reasonable, and a wonderful view. Lovely restaurant too, with a full english every morning if you like. Gardens are very nice. Close to the Cotswolds area. Quiet too
The main building is very attractive with wonderful wood panelling. Breakfast taken in the main building was good. However our room in the Pear Tree annex was very unappealing. Tired decor, dim and dingy room, chipped furniture, stained carpet, black silicone around bath/tiling. Stark with couple of odd pictures. I asked receptionist if we could change to another room but she advised that all the Pear Tree rooms were similar and moving to the main building would incur a cost.
I would not book to go here again.