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The Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham

Situated in the Vale of Evesham, this 4-star hotel has 50 bedrooms, Restaurant and Lounge Bar, meeting facilities and a gardens. Free on-site parking.

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Summary

  • 19th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome
  • Full Board available
  • 4 Star Official Rating
  • Historic Property
  • Lifts

Facilities

  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Gym
  • Children's cots
  • Children's highchairs
  • Television
  • Pool/snooker table
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Sitting room
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hair dryers
  • Elevator
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Open log fire
  • Air Conditioning

Food and Drinks

  • Restaurant
  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (a short drive)
  • Museums (a short drive)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Tennis courts (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (a short drive)
  • Theatre (a short drive)

Introduction

The Wood Norton effortlessly combines an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary design in the heart of Worcestershire’s picturesque countryside.  It features original 19th century oak panelling, parquet flooring, exquisite carving and statement fireplaces crafted for the European royalty that once lived here. 

Consisting of four main buildings, The Hall, Pear Tree Mews, The Orangery and Smith’s House, each room or suite at The Wood Norton is unique in style but all   are well-appointed and beautifully crafted.

The Hall, the oldest part of the property which dates back to 1897, features 20 traditional bedrooms alongside the dining room, bar, snooker room and various lounge and meeting rooms.

Many of the bedrooms in The Hall feature roll top bath suites, wood panelled walls and views over the landscaped gardens and Worcestershire countryside.

A further 30 rooms have been created in Pear Tree Mews.  Formerly the stables and coach house, Pear Tree Mews offers more contemporary rooms set around a pretty cobbled courtyard.  Pear Tree has its own private entrance and also offers accessible rooms.

Dining at The Wood Norton is also an elegant affair with all types of dining experiences on offer.  The Restaurant at The Wood Norton will focus on serving superlative British cuisine and locally sourced produce in a relaxed professional environment. Guests can choose to dine alfresco on the South Terrace overlooking the lawns and The Bar at The Wood Norton will be open all day serving a more informal menu created with the freshest ingredients.

A destination in its own right, The Bar offers a vibrant and colourful contrast to the traditional panelling of the main lounges, where the pewter bar top and overall riot of colour create a distinctly fashionable atmosphere.

History to the present day

 

The exiled French Duc d’Aumale purchased the estate as a hunting lodge in 1872. On his death, the estate was passed to his great nephew – Louise-Phillippe-Robert, Duc d’Orleans. In 1879 Duc d’Orleans converted the hunting lodge into the Hall that stands today to base the Bourbon-d’Orleans family.

In 1907 the royal wedding of Duc d’Orleans’ sister, Princess Louise, and Prince Charles of Bourbon took place, the main ceremony being held at Wood Norton Hall. The Orleans family lived at Wood Norton until they returned to France in 1912 and the Hall was sold to a series of private owners.

Wood Norton was bought by the BBC in 1939 so it could relocate its operations away from London in the event of hostilities. A dozen studios were quickly erected and by 1940 Wood Norton was one of the largest broadcasting centres in Europe with an average output of 1,300 programmes a week.

After the war, Wood Norton became the home of the BBC Engineering and Training Department, now branded the BBC Academy. It was used for a lot of location filming, including many Doctor Who series in the 1970s.

Wood Norton became a listed building in 1994 and the Hall itself was sold off by the BBC in 2000 and converted into a private hotel and conference centre. The hotel finally ceased trading in 2010 due to financial problems. It was bought by a private British investor and opened in October 2012.
The BBC retains its Technical and Operational Training centre in the extensive grounds.

Food and Drinks

Dining is another great reason for visiting The Wood Norton!

The Bar at The Wood Norton is the hub of the hotel. Overlooking the formal garden, The Bar is an eclectic mix of colour and design, complete with a specially commissioned pewter bar. From your first coffee in the morning, perhaps a rustle through the papers or catching up with friends for a light lunch - treating the family to traditional afternoon tea, or enjoying an early evening cocktail before dinner.  

Why not try our Two Rosette Award Winning A La Carte Menu, made using the finest local ingredients and supporting local producers. Alternatively, our Brasserie Menu offers a range of contemporary and classic dishes.

Open throughout the year we would recommend an advance reservation to avoid any disappointment on arrival.

 

Grounds and gardens

Fancy a stroll? English heritage was commissioned to design and build a classic French garden for The Wood Norton to meet our needs as a luxury hotel and wedding venue. They have created a beautiful maturing garden which is sensitive to the existing French architecture and history.

Also, nearby we have our 13-acre activity field which is available for hire. Please enquire about arranging any activities such as Clay Pidgeon Shooting, Hot Air Ballooning, Archery or other activities and we'll be happy to provide additional information

 

Other facilities

There is complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, please enquire at reception for the password.

 

Our Smiths’ Studio Gym is open from 07.00hrs to 22.00hrs daily and comes equipped with multiple cardio and weight machines as well as free weights

 

A fantastic new addition, our Games room is complete with a Pool Table, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Wii and BT Sport

 

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: The Wood Norton Hotel, Worcester Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, Worcester, WR11 4YB, United Kingdom

Check In: by 15:00 pm  Check Out: by 11:00 am

Travelling by Road

FROM THE SOUTH WEST: Exit the M5 from J9 and follow the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and continue on the A46. At the Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE SOUTH EAST: From the M25 exit at J16 and take the M40 West-bound towards Birmingham. At J3a merge into the M42 and leave at J3. Follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 to Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park Roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE NORTH WEST: Follow the M6 and merge into the M5 South at J8. Leave at J6 and follow the A44 towards Evesham. Just after Fladbury, the hotel will be on the left.

Travelling by Road

FROM THE NORTH EAST: From the M1 South, leave at J23a and follow the A42. Merge into the M42 at J11 and leave at J3. Follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 towards Evesham. At the Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Plane

FROM BRISTOL AIRPORT: Follow the A38 towards Bristol then pick up the M32 North. Merge into the M4 towards South Wales/Midlands. At J20 merge into the M5 North and leave at J9 and follow the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit at the roundabout to continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Plane

FROM BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT: Follow the M42 South and merge into the M5 South. At J3 follow the A435 towards Alcester then the A46 towards Evesham. At Evesham Football Club take the 2nd exit on the roundabout and continue on the A46. At Evesham Country Park roundabout follow the A44 towards Worcester. Go straight over 2 roundabouts and the hotel will be on the right.

Travelling by Train

The nearest train station is Evesham. From the station head southeast towards High St/A4184. Turn left at the traffic lights on to Worcester Road. At the roundabout turn left on the A44 towards Worcester. Continue approx 1 mile, the hotel will be on the right.

More photos of The Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham

Exterior Main Hall Bar Terrace Afternoon Tea Fleur De Lys Restaurant
Smith Studio Gym Hall Games Room Orangery