The Cottage in the Wood Shortlist*

Julia and Nick Davies are bringing a breath of fresh air – and a few ‘tastefully flamboyant touches’ – to their 18th-century dower house high on the east side of the Malvern hills. More

Contact details

The Cottage in the Wood
Holywell Road,
Malvern Wells
Worcestershire
WR14 4LG.
England
Tel 01684 588860,

Hotel information

Bedrooms

30. 4 in Beech Cottage, 19 in Coach House; 10 on ground floor; 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

All year.

Facilities

Bar, restaurant, meeting room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 8-acre grounds, parking.

Background music

‘Quiet, relaxing music’ in restaurant and bar.

Children

All ages welcomed (cot £15, extra bed £25).

Dogs

Allowed in some bedrooms (£10 per night), not in public rooms.

Prices

Per person B&B from £50, D,B&B from £90. À la carte £40.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Julia and Nick Davies are bringing a breath of fresh air – and a few ‘tastefully flamboyant touches’ – to their 18th-century dower house high on the east side of the Malvern hills. The ‘stunning setting’ remains, of course: ‘You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel with a more impressive view.’ The staff, many long-serving, continue to be ‘friendly, helpful and attentive’. The ‘modern makeover’ (‘along the grey-walls-and-hardwood-floors theme’) has introduced a stylish restaurant and bar – a fine background for the ‘excellent food and drink’ at mealtimes. Further refurbishment is planned for the bedrooms, each varying in size, character and aspect. Breakfast is ‘commendable’, with ‘delicious, and novel, dishes’: avocado, poached eggs and bacon; assorted wild mushrooms on toast; home-made baked beans. ‘We enjoyed our stay, and the enthusiasm of the staff.’

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The Cottage in the Wood
Holywell Road,
Malvern Wells
Worcestershire
WR14 4LG.

Guest comments

'A modern makeover which was certainly due on this long-established fine, small country house hotel, including the seemingly inevitable grey walls and hardwood floors theme. Excellent restaurant food, service and wine. Friendly staff including locals and some long-serving. Excellent breakfast but orange juice, though acceptable, not freshly squeezed. The seating in the bar is sparse and fashionably uncomfortable. Muzak - but switched off on request. ' - Pauline & Stephen Glover - March, 2017

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Tourist attractions

  • Malvern

    A spa town with a priory, a museum and a restored railway station.

  • Worcester

    An ancient city with an 11th-century cathedral and several museums.

  • The Hereford Beacon

    An Iron Age hill fort with a 2,000-year history.