The Cottage in the Wood Shortlist*

In a ‘stunning setting’ that inspired CS Lewis, this 18th-century dower house stands high in the Malvern hills. More

Contact details

The Cottage in the Wood
Holywell Road
Malvern Wells
Worcestershire
WR14 4LG
England
01684 588 860

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, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘quiet, relaxing music’ in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per person B&B single £89–£129, double £90–£199, D,B&B double £155. À la carte £40.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a ‘stunning setting’ that inspired CS Lewis, this 18th-century dower house stands high in the Malvern hills. A ‘modern makeover’ has added a few ‘tastefully flamboyant touches’; Wedgwood blues, hardwood floors. Long-serving staff are liked for their ‘friendly attentiveness’. The stylish restaurant and bar have ‘excellent food and drink’. Bedrooms (some snug), each with its own character, might have extensive views. A torch is recommended for those in the grounds; continuing refurbishment is planned. On the ‘delicious, novel breakfast menu’: avocado, poached eggs and bacon; assorted wild mushrooms on toast; home-made baked beans. Minor gripes from readers this year: paper breakfast napkins, bar music. Overall, ‘very good’.

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

Guest comments

'A delightful hotel. Hard to imagine a more pleasant room than No.23 in the Coach House. We arrived on a very hot afternoon, but were pleased to find a large, airy, ground-floor place where we immediately opened the windows to the terrace and our own space with table and two chairs, overlooking the panorama all the way east to the Cotswolds. The room was immaculately furnished with antiques. Fish pie at dinner was delicious; service a delight. Sun streamed in from the east in the mornings, followed by two delicious breakfasts. ' - Michael Bourdeaux - Jul, 2018
'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 - Mar, 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.