Located in Evesham, Worcestershire, The Wood Norton is a 4* boutique hotel operated by the Bespoke Hotel Group.
The hotel is housed within a Grade II Listed manor house and outbuildings and comprises 50 luxurious rooms and conference spaces, all set within 4,000 acres of breathtaking natural landscape. Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1897 for the exiled French Duc d’Aumale, the estate was sold to the BBC during World War II and subsequently used as a monitoring base, broadcasting centre and Doctor Who film set, before being converted into a 45-bedroom hotel in 1995. The BBC sold the site in 2001 where it has since been in private ownership before being bought by the Bespoke Hotel Group.
As a prestigious site, The Wood Norton has accommodated many high profile guests and events over the years, including the wedding of Princess Louise of Orleans and Prince Charles of Bourbon in 1907. More recently – as part of £4 million refurbishment scheme – The Wood Norton underwent an extensive makeover courtesy of Claridge Architects and ISG.
Reopening its doors in October 2012, The Wood Norton benefitted from a number of works, including the restoration of the main hall, Pear Tree Mews and Smith’s House buildings. Meanwhile, the exterior of the property benefitted from a collection of beautiful gardens and lawns designed by English Heritage garden specialist Peter Baldock.
Working in collaboration with interior designer Sean Vassen, Claridge Architects revived the historic interior of the main hall, by carefully balancing the historic interior with elegant modern elements. The oak panelling – originally installed by the French royal family – was respectfully restored, whilst new interiors – such as the pewter-topped bar and glazed bathroom pods – provided the site with contemporary textures and vibrancy.
The main hall comprises reception rooms, a bar, a British fine dining restaurant and an outdoor terrace. In addition, the main hall includes function rooms, with eight luxury suites located on the first floor and 12 double rooms on the second floor.
Meanwhile, during the extensive refurbishment scheme, Pear Tree Mews – formerly a stable block and coach house – was converted into 30 rooms, all surrounding a cobbled courtyard, whilst Smith’s House was transformed to provide the site with business and conference facilities.
Throughout the entirety of the project, all of the work was conducted sensitively, with many of the site’s original Edwardian features being restored. A second phase of work is now planned at the site to increase leisure facilities, including a spa.
Now open to the public and with its wonderful gardens and grounds, The Wood Norton provides the perfect backdrop for wedding day celebrations, with the capacity to cater for up to 80 guests in its restaurant and 250 guests via a marquee. Rooms at The Wood Norton start from £85 per room, per night, which includes breakfast, whilst suites start from £235 per room, per night.
The Wood Norton is situated close to the centre of Evesham and approximately just 11 miles from Junction 6 of the M5. For more information about The Wood Norton or to make a booking, please visit: www.bespokehotels.com/thewoodnorton.
Established in 2004, London-based practice Claridge Architects focuses on designing projects across multiple sectors, working to a principle of ‘modern minimalism’. Claridge Architects has a breadth of experience in the private and public sectors, with expertise in the design and construction of commercial and residential developments, as well as luxury house schemes, hospitality projects, and cultural and urban planning projects, amongst others.
Claridge Architects’ design approach is architecturally rigorous and responsive to the needs of its clients and the users of each development. The practice keeps projects architecturally simple to create design-led, elegant and functional designs.
Claridge Architects tackle every project with a clear understanding of its clients’ ambitions to unlock each site’s potential, purpose and value.
For more information about Claridge Architects please visit: www.claridgearchitects.com.
Bampton Design was chosen by interior designer Sean Vassen of Vassen Designs to supply all the furniture throughout the total refurbishment of The Wood Norton. This project found Bampton supplying furniture for all 52 bedrooms, public areas, dining room and even the staff quarters.
Many of the bedrooms had different designs, shapes, sizes, and specifications. One particular challenge was the introduction of the air conditioning/heating units into the base of the bed. Due to the complexity Bampton made each base specifically to meet the size needed for that room. The end result has provided each room with a unique air conditioning/heating system.
As a leading manufacturer of bespoke classic contemporary furniture the hotel provided the perfect backdrop to provide contemporary and classic furniture with a twist. Bampton have always maintained the idea that should the designer want it, they will try and make it. Bampton were able to take existing pieces from their current range and with small changes by Vassen Designs provide new and exciting pieces.
With some 25 years of manufacturing Bampton always prides itself on creating the look the designer requires.