The Wood Norton
Worcester Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4YB
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The Wood Norton
Worcester Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4YB
A fine Grade II listed Victorian house located in the Vale of Evesham with easy access to historic Worcester, Regency Cheltenham and Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Wood Norton is a boutique hotel with royal connections, having been built originally as a hunting lodge for European Royalty in 1897. In 2012, following a complete restoration, The Wood Norton will once again be at the center of hospitality in Worcestershire.
The fifty bedrooms will offer everything from stately three roomed suite’s in the hall to beautifully crafted bedrooms in Pear Tree Mews.
In the hall, The original oak parquet, paneled walls and exquisite fireplaces all vie for your attention – enter The Wood Norton Bar though and prepare to be dazzled by the specially commissioned pewter bar and the eclectic mix of old and new. In The Restaurant at The Wood Norton, superlative British cuisine will be on offer – nurturing local producers and ingredients - in a relaxed professional environment; both of these rooms looking out over the dining terrace or formal gardens and the view beyond – a real window on Worcestershire.
The Wood Norton is part of the following Inspirations:
"The Blossom Trail, the Vale of Evesham
As April fades and floral May takes hold, there are few better places to fill the soul and smell the flowers than on this walking or cycling trail. A 40-mile AA sign posted route of natural beauty starts just off the Evesham Road at Church Lench and heads along roadsides ablaze with colour (think the soft pinks of cherry and apple blossom), linking stunning villages and excellent pubs and restaurants to sample along the way. The area, famous for its apples, pears and plums, is a must-see in May.
WHERE TO STAY
Before you set off, treat yourself to a spot of luxury and stay at the Wood Norton (a mere 12 minutes from the trail by car), built originally as a hunting lodge for European royalty and now a boutique splendour."
"This Grade II listed Victorian country house was built for Prince Philippe d'Orléans, great-grandson Louis Philippe, the last King of the French who had abdicated in 1848. Prince Philippe died in 1926 as the last claimant to the French throne. Because it was hidden away within acres of remote woodland on a hill facing south towards the continent, the BBC bought Wood Norton in 1939 and used it as a monitoring station during World War II. Sadly they accidentally burned down much of the Prince’s original upper storey in the process. Later Wood Norton became an alternative broadcasting centre if London were to be destroyed first by V2 rockets and then by nuclear warfare. The BBC also used it as a training centre. When I received my BBC training in 1979 I was shown the bunker in the grounds where, in the event of nuclear armageddon a skeleton staff would play old episodes of The Archers for the benefit of those few survivors out there in post-holocaust Britain. After the BBC sold off Wood Norton in the 1990s it functioned as a hotel for a few years but a lot of renovation was needed. In 2012 it reopened restored to the kind of Orleanist splendour in which Prince Philippe would feel at home."
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Information on The Wood Norton hotel , Worcester Road , Evesham
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 30 x Pear Tree Mews, 10 Hall Doubles, 4 Hall Queens, 4 Feature Bedrooms and 2 Three Room Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome (0-4Yrs Free of Charge - 4Yrs + £20 Supplement per Extra Bed)
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: 3 Room Bridal Suite with Balcony overlooking picturesque Worcestershire
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: 2 x Fully Accessible Bedrooms
Direct dial telephone, Flat screen TV, Wi-Fi / Wireless, Modem point, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Room Service & Food/Drink
Garden, 170 acre grounds, alfresco dining terrace, Bar, Restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions for up to 200 guests, Conference Facilities, Boadroom facilities, For up to 20 delegates, Wi-fi & Wireless, Heli-pad (5 mins away)
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Golf, Regal Cinema - Evesham, Rafting,Canoeing,Kayaking,Rowing,Punting, Surfing, Windsurfing, Diving & Jet Skis, Clay shooting, Falconry, Go-karting, 4 X 4 land rover experience, Hot air ballooning
|Local directions:||FROM THE NORTH: Leave M6 at Junction 8 to join M5 South. Leave M5 at Junction 6, follow signs to Evesham on A44. Wood Norton is on A44 about half a mile past Evesham Golf Club, on the left FROM THE SOUTH: Leave the M40 at Junction 8, picking up the A40 signed Cheltenham. At Burford turn right at the roundabout through village heading to Stow-on-the-Wold. In Stow turn left at the 2nd set of traffic lights on to the A424 signed Evesham and Broadway, then join A44 At the garage. Continue on A44 picking up the signs for A44 Worcester after Broadway, Wood Norton is on A44 just beyond Chadbury on the right hand side. OR Leave M40 at Junction 15 and follow A46 towards Stratford Upon Avon, remain on A46 picking up signs for Evesham. At Evesham pick up signs for Worcester A44, wood Norton is on A44, on the right just beyond Chadbury FROM THE EAST: Exit the M42 on to M5 South. Exit M5 at Junction 6. Follow the signs to Evesham on A44. Wood Norton is on A44 about half a mile past Evesham Golf Club, on the left. FROM THE WEST: Leave M5 at Junction 9, take A46 signed Evesham. At Evesham follow the signs for A44 Worcester on Evesham bypass. Once on A44 towards Worcester, Wood Norton is on A44 just beyond Chadbury, on the right hand side.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Worcester (10 miles) (20 mins)
Birmingham (35 miles) (45 mins) , Bristol (1 hour)
Evesham (2 miles)
Review of The Wood Norton
Posted Stuart FCustomer stayed Sep 2014by
My wife and I recently enjoyed a four day stay at The Wood Norton. It was delightful. We think the name "Wood" describes the interior of this magnificent building. There is hand carved paneling everywhere. Most of the public rooms had beautifully carved wood floors, walls and ceilings, as did our bedroom in the main house. The restaurant served excellent meals and was very well managed.
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