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Historic Worcestershire hotel to open after refurbishment

Following an extensive refurbishment, the Wood Norton, a newly restored Grade II listed boutique hotel in the Vale of Evesham, is set to open this autumn.

Once owned by the BBC, the former Cold War listening post was bought by a private investor earlier in the year and following a £4 million restoration the hotel is once again at the centre of hospitality in Worcestershire.

Consisting of three main buildings – the Hall, Pear Tree Mews and Smith’s House – each has been designed to reflect a mix of traditional and contemporary design and features original 19th-century oak panelling, parquet flooring, exquisite carving and statement fireplaces made for its former European royalty inhabitants.

The Hall is the oldest part of the property, dating back to 1897, and features 20 bedrooms, many of which are now furnished with roll top bath suites, wood panelled walls and views over the landscaped gardens and the Worcestershire countryside.

A further 30 bedrooms have been created in the Pear Tree Mews, formerly the stables and coach house and here more contemporary accommodation is set around a pretty, cobbled courtyard. Smith’s House – once the Estate’s blacksmiths – is part of the Wood Norton’s business area with modern meeting and syndicate rooms.

The property’s exterior comprises garden and lawn areas designed by English Heritage Gardens specialist Peter Baldock. Fusing classic French and Edwardian English styles, the gardens of Wood Norton will feature small beds with paths, hedging and topiary.

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