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).
How to Get There
WOW, from start to finish our experience with The Wood Norton was amazing.
From the moment we first viewed the hotel and its beautiful grounds we knew it was the place we wanted to get married.
Our wedding planners starting with Amy, Sandie and then Georgie, where all amazing, helping us throughout planning our wedding, nothing was too much trouble.
Georgie was our final wedding planner on the day and she was fantastic, extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole process.
We ate in the resturant the night before our wedding which was fab, Toby was our waiter and he was great with such a large excitable group.
Breakfast the morning of our wedding was beautiful it was lovely and relaxing.
On the morning of our wedding everything ran so smoothly.
Natalie on reception could not do enough to help, she is a real asset to the hotel reception and we found her extremely friendly and welcoming every time we visited the hotel during our wedding planning.
The whole wedding day was just amazing it was so perfect and better than we could ever imagined, the food and drinks where amazing, many guests commented it was the best food, (wedding breakfast and buffet) they had ever had during a wedding!!
The venue is simply stunning.
Josh was amazing he is also a real credit to the hotel, ensuring everything ran smoothly and his team are absolutely amazing, they all work so hard ensuring that we felt relaxed and helped to ease our nerves on the day!!!
We really couldn't of chosen a better venue for our wedding.
All of the staff we met where fabulous and couldn't do enough for us. Even to right at the end of the night helping us carry our wedding gifts to our room, I can't remember names but this is the team working in the orangery the night of the wedding.
We initially planned on the ceremony outdoor, however due to rain throughout the week before the wedding and the morning of the wedding we ended up having the ceremony inside ( which I really worried about before) The ceremony room inside looks simply stunning and it made our ceremony much more intimate on the day we both really didn't mind that we was unable to get married outside, luckily the sun came out for our photos!!
The rooms are so beautiful and luxurious, all of our wedding guests absolutely loved the venue.
My self and my husband want to say a massive thank you to all staff at The Wood Norton, who worked during our wedding weekend, you are all amazing at what you do... we can't thank you enough for helping us create the most perfect day which we will forever hold happy memories in our hearts.
Love Jade & Daz Davenport, Saturday 8th June.
PS. if you are considering having your wedding at The Wood Norton, BOOK this venue, you will not regret it!!!!!!!
My family and I staid at the Wood Norton for one night just before Easter. We loved the property and the perfectly kept grounds, our rooms, the delicious tea and the generous breakfast. But indeed, as other reviewers have pointed out, we felt the service was a letdown for such an elegant place. At best incompetent - having to wait for over 15 minutes at the bar to sign for our five o'clock tea as the kind, but lost waiter was going back and forth in search for instructions. At worst sulky, with receptionists that would not - save one - even return the greetings. Some work to do there. Management, the Wood Norton deserves an effort.
Oh, and the surroundings are an absolute delight!
Stayed for a wedding first Friday in July. We arrived before check in but the friendly and helpful receptionist changed our room so that we could have it earlier and get changed for the wedding. We were in Pear Tree, one the separate buildings. Our room was on the top floor and although compact, it was adequate for our needs. There is no air con so we asked for a fan as the room was very warm on this beautiful summer day.
The hotel grounds and gardens are stunning! There are spectacular views too. The wedding was outside on the lawn under the pergola. It was a lovely ceremony on a perfect day. Drinks and delicious canapes were served in the hotel before moving over to the modern orangery for the meal and reception. It was beautifully laid out and the whole meal was outstanding with excellent service. We had live entertainment and carried on until late.
Breakfast was very good and, although far from perfect, we had decent service.
The only negative for us was the idiotic staff trundling a wheelie bin with some bottles in it past all the accommodation at half past midnight. They proceeded up to the Orangery and started tipping all the empty bottles there in to the wheelie bin! How crass and stupid? Surely this could have waited until morning? This the reason I've given 4 stars and not 5....