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 had sentimental reasons for returning to Wood Norton - it was 29 years since I was last there as a BBC trainee. Wonderful to finally stay in the Hall itself - and how amazing it is to stay somewhere so historic and unique. We loved our feature room looking over the gardens (a quiet Sunday so a very special rate). Well worth the additional expense - we indeed felt like royalty. Beautiful room, astonishing bathroom, wonderful service from the moment we arrived. Dinner was delicious - and the breakfast worth staying overnight for. Can’t praise the team highly enough. Can see the attraction for wedding parties - but equally romantic for a short couples break. Would have loved to stay longer - but even one night was enough to transport us to another world. Such unique history it’s fascinating whatever your interests. We will definitely return - quite delightful. Thanks to all the team!
A lovely Hotel, we stay here at least once a year. Very clean, excellent food with very friendly and helpful staff. We usually get a room in the Queens Hall area as the rooms are spacious. This hotel offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and stands in beautiful grounds.
My cousin had his wedding here. It was beautiful. Friendly staff, lots of space, amazing views. Lots of outdoor seating. Bedroom was good size, big comfortable beds, breakfast service was a bit slow and we had to ask for crockery bits (eg. A cup for our tea and milk) but overall lovely place and highly recommend.
My partner and I stayed on a dinner bed and breakfast rate. Upon arriving at the hotel, our room was ready prior to the check-in time, we were advised where breakfast and dinner would served along with timings. Our feature room was beautiful with fantastic views. We had a dinner reservation to which all was beautifully cooked. I'd highly recommend the baked Salmon main and blood orange dessert!
The grounds in which the hotel is set are wonderful and the gardens were very well kept.
I love the fact there were bee hives on-site and the honey was served with breakfast and also, the spring water in the bedrooms served in cans and not plastic bottles.
Was a very lovely stay, all of the staff and service was brill and would highly recommend to family and friends.
Wow. What a beautiful hotel in a lovely tranquil area.
Hotel was out if this world. Lovely rooms with everything you need.
Staff very friendly and professional. The gardens are beaufull too. Games in the garden.
Definitely would stay there again