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Our inspiration

The gas lamps of Malvern are famous for their unusual setting in rural locations and being the iconic image marking the gateway to Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s books.

C.S. Lewis once lived and spent time with friends, J.R.R. Tolkien and George Sayer, in Malvern.

The story goes that, after drinking in a Malvern pub one winter evening, they were walking home when it started to snow.

They saw a lamppost shining out through the snow, and Lewis turned to his friends and said 'that would make a very nice opening line to a book’.

And so it did.

Gas lamps are visible on grounds at The Cottage in the Wood and the surrounding area.

Gas Lamp Trail Guides available from reception.

Meet the Team at The Cottage in the Wood

Who we are

Live & Let Live

The Cottage in the Wood is independently owned by Nick and Julia Davies. Find out more.

Set in the magnificent Malvern hills with panoramic Cotswolds views, it is truly a unique and peaceful hotel.

The Cottage in the Wood team work together to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere so that you can simply put up your feet and relax.

We have a passion for people and we truly believe in our moto: Live & Let Live

We invite you to relax at The Cottage in the Wood.

It is our pleasure to serve you.

Where we came from

The Cottage in the Wood Hotel was once part of the Blackmore Park Estate owned by Thomas Charles Hornyold (1791-1859), then John Vincent Gandolphi (1818-1902) until it was sold out of the family estate in May 1919.

It is no coincidence that the name ‘Gandolphi’ so closely resembles the name of Tolkien’s great wizard from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: ‘Gandalf’. J.R.R. Tolkien spent time in Malvern and drew much inspiration from the area. It is believed that the inspiration for Gandalf’s name came from the Blackmore Park Estate owner himself: Gandolphi.

Previously, the Balckmore Park Estate owner Hornyold was known as ‘The Old Squire’ and his moto: ‘Live and Let Live’ earned him the reputation as the most popular man in Worcestershire.

The Cottage in the Wood started off as tea rooms then became a hotel.

We continue the tradition today by following the same moto: Live & Let Live

Refurbishment work planned

Where we are going

The Cottage in the Wood is getting a face lift!

We have an extensive refurbishment planned for all three buildings that make up the hotel. The refurbishment will start with The Main House next January, then progress to The Beech Cottage and The Coach House.

In The Main House the restaurant and bar will be restored back to its Georgian glory with black & white marble flooring, more comfortable furniture and reinstating the original marble fireplace. We will also be building an orangery which will extend out from the bar. The orangery will give The Cottage a lovely open space to walk into and a welcoming bar for live music. The next stage of the refurbishment will be the rooms in The Main House - we will be combining two of our bedrooms to create a super suite with two roll-top baths overlooking the view. We will be converting our conference room into two interconnecting bedrooms to create a family suite, and converting one of our bedrooms into a meeting room and residents lounge. Then we will refurbish the four rooms in the cottage and the 19 rooms in The Coach House. We will always stay a 30-bedroom, independent boutique hotel.

What We Love

What we love

We love local.

It all starts in the kitchen garden. We grow our own vegetables and herbs in the hotel vegetable garden which are used by our chefs in the kitchen.

All our food is prepared with fresh, quality and where possible, locally sourced ingredients.

This means we work with local suppliers and producers to source the highest quality ingredients for your enjoyment.

What other people think

Current awards

  • 1919 restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood
  • Two AA Rosettes consistently since 1996
  • Britain’s Finest 2016
Previously the hotel has been awarded
  • Heart of England Tourism Hotel of the Year – runner up - 2010
  • Condé Naste Johansens Most Excellent Restaurant 2006 (one of three shortlisted)
  • Condé Nast Johansens in conjunction with Taittinger Champagne awards 2010:
    - Most Informative Wine List
    - Best ½ Bottle Wine List of the Year
  • Condé Nast Johansens most informative wine list for 2010
  • Condé Nast Johansens best 1/2 bottle wine list 2009 and 2010
  • Condé Naste Johansens Wine List of the Year in both 2001 and 2006

  • AA Wine List of the Year regularly shortlisted as amongst the finest handful in Britain
  • AA Restaurant Guide 2010 ‘Notable Wine List’

What's happening now?

See our blog to get the latest

Do you prefer meat or fish? Or maybe something vegetarian?! The new summer menu at The Cottage in the Wood has been carefully designed so there is something for everyone. Are you hungry for a good steak? Then the locally sourced single breed and...
It was the welcome party for the new owners Nick and Julia Davies who joined The Cottage in the Wood team last July. Nick and Julia have been working alongside the existing management team to provide the standards of service and quality of food...
Posted by Julia Davies, written by Vivienne Hill.  Malvern Observer’s Vivienne Hill and her sidekick Mr K recently dined at The Cottage in the Wood Restaurant, which is uniquely set high on the Malvern Hills above the Severn...
Posted and written by Julia Davies.  #easter on Instagram for images of chocolate bunnies, eggs and icing sugar daffodils. The colours are pink and yellow and the feelings are of Spring. On Facebook HuffPostReligion references the English...
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Frequently Asked Questions

Any Questions?

If you were planning a trip and didn’t have any questions, we’d be a little concerned. So if you’re wondering about room service (we provide it) or your pets (they’re welcome), seek our FAQs and you will find the answers. If we missed anything, contact us
Call us on: +44 (0) 1684 588 860

The Cottage in the Wood
Hotel & Restaurant
Holywell Road
Malvern Wells
WR14 4LG

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