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.

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?

See our blog to get the latest

“It was a cold, winter night and guests at The Cottage in the Wood had just settled down for a night of comfort and serenity, tainted only by the inexorable excitement and anticipation for the morning ahead. With stomachs full and cocktails...
Meet Tom, our revenue & business manager here at The Cottage in the Wood. Tom was named Revenue Manager of the Year at the Boutique Hotelier Personal Service Stars Awards in London on Tuesday 16 October, which we’re absolutely delighted...
Be surprised and delighted by what you can discover in The Malverns in the autumn. Enjoy local produce, visit historical gems and stride the hills, which turn into a vast palette of red, gold and orange hues.
We’ve recently introduced a range of on-demand yoga lessons to guests’ televisions in partnership with the incredible Movement for Modern Life, ensuring your stay at The Cottage in the Wood is as relaxing as possible with just a tap of...
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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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