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.

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 undergoing transformation!
The first phase of a complete £2.5 million refurbishment project was completed in March 2017.
The complete redesign of the hotel’s Main House including the restaurant, bar, lounges, reception, hallway and kitchen transformed the building interiors back to their Georgian glory, honouring the hotel’s history and heritage while giving it a fresh, modern look. The restaurant interior design now reflects the hotel’s spectacular location, nestled amidst woodland and affording panoramic views over the Severn Valley.
The hotel will be benefiting from further investment in the future including refurbished of all 30 bedrooms as well as the addition of an orangery and  a spa.

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?

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“It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time” – Henry David Thoreau The Malvern Hills provide the perfect place for walkers of all abilities to escape for a stroll in the...
Here at The Cottage in the Wood, we pride ourselves on delivering quality throughout your visit. Whether you’re sipping a cocktail in the in-vogue 1919 Bar, dining in the elegant Georgian style restaurant or a resident for a long weekend, we...
Looking for a quick lunch that wasn’t made in haste? The new S menu at The Cottage in the Wood offers guests the perfect balance between a light, quick bite and punchy flavours, carefully created from locally-sourced ingredients. Why not...
Our very own expert sommelier, Gianluca, who trained with Michel Roux Snr has been on the hunt for the best wines in the area. Gianluca has selected Hay Wines as one of the wine suppliers for 1919 Restaurant & Bar and we find out their top tips...
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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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