Spend The Night In A Former BBC Broadcasting Studio
Looks like England's on a roll with these creatively re-purposed hotels. After news about the Admiralty Arch being turned into a 100-room hotel smack in the center of London, the Daily Mail is reporting that the Wood Norton house in Evesham, Worcestershire is getting another go around as a hotel.
A little background: the property, which was built in 1897, originally functioned as a hunting lodge for European royalty like Prince Philippe, Duke of Orleans. Then, in 1939, it was bought by the BBC, who used it as an emergency broadcasting center (or, we should say, centre) during World War II, and remained there for over 60 years (episodes of "Doctor Who" were filmed here).
But the BBC has finally moved out, and after a £4 million renovation, the Victorian house is set to reopen as a 50-room luxury hotel, complete with five suites, a farm-to-table restaurant, a swanky pewter bar, and sprawling grounds.
Though, unlike another English countryside manor we know, you won't find any treehouses here.
Owners of the 19th century Victorian house hope to turn it into a "fantastic getaway" for business and leisure travelers alike. As the website describes, the property is located "equidistant from Worcester, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Cheltenham" and is "the perfect location for exploring the Cotswolds, Worcestershire and the Malvern Hills."
As for the rooms:
"The fifty bedrooms will offer everything from stately three roomed suite’s in the hall to beautifully crafted bedrooms in Pear Tree Mews."
Not bad, considering rates here start at just £85/night. And who knows, you might even end up spotting an Eastenders cast member or two wandering the property. We're sure even they need to get away from the city once in a while!
[Photo: Daily Mail]