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Ex royal hunting lodge to officially open new luxury events venue

The Wood Norton Hotel, originally built as a hunting lodge for European Royalty in 1897, will be officially opening its new luxury events venue in early February.
The new venue, called ‘The Orangery’, is a beautifully designed building, that sits opposite the main house of the hotel. It cost £1m to build, and has taken over 4 months to erect. It has a glass frontage providing stunning views over the Malverns, and the Worcestershire countryside.

The Wood Norton, which is situated in the heart of Worcestershire, just a few miles from the Cotswolds, and Shakespeares’s Stratford-Upon-Avon, will be hosting an exclusive complimentary champagne reception to celebrate the opening of the new venue.

Craig Webb, general manager of the hotel, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the results. The new building looks fantastic, and will make a great place for business conferences, weddings, and other private events.”

He continues: “Originally, when built as a hunting lodge for European Royalty, many lavish events were held here. It’s fantastic that we can now do the same again, thanks to the extra space, and I’m hoping for many memorable events to be held in this new space over the coming months/years.”

Over the years The Wood Norton has played host to an array of fantastic and fascinating events, from extravagant parties to the filming of various Dr.Who episodes. In the early 1900’s, when owned by European Royalty, The Wood Norton was the venue for the marriage of Princess Louise of Orleans – the Grandmother of the present King of Spain.

The main house of the hotel re-opened at the end of November 2012 after undergoing a huge £4 million restoration project. The hotel has 50 bedrooms and a restaurant that sits 80 people.

The new Orangery can cater up to 120 during the day and 180 in the evening, allowing couples to create their perfect wedding whatever the party size. Whilst for the corporate world it acts as the perfect conference venue, accommodating 120 people sitting down. It has its own separate kitchen and bar.

The official opening of the Orangery will be taking place on Thursday 6th February. Various VIPs, business professionals and local residents will be in attendance. On the night Craig and his team will be providing tours of the new venue along with the main house itself. Guests will have the opportunity to sample tasters from the latest menu.

Craig comments: “We’ve invited a number of people, of which all have said yes. I think people are keen to see how a once Hunting Lodge is now a luxury hotel, and events venue. It looks set to be a great night. We do still have a few spaces left for the evening, but people will have to be quick!”

Throughout the evening there will be a string quartet, plus head chef Paul Hudson will be talking through the hotel’s food offerings.

Craig concluded: “We’ve got a fantastic team, and now with our new venue, we are the perfect place for any event. We’re looking forward to showing everybody around, and introducing ourselves! Bring on the 6th February!

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