New owners of Hobbit-famed hotel in the Malvern Hills to plough on with £2.5m makeover

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The new owners of a hotel in the Malvern Hills that has links to authors C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, have revealed plans to give the property a makeover, with a £2.5m refurb project due to start in 2017.

The Cottage in the Wood was purchased by Nick and Julia Davies in July 2015 and has an extensive history dating back to 1790s and links to literary greats C.S Lewis, who is thought to have found inspiration for The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe leaving a pub in Malvern, and J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Hobbit.

Now the 30-bedroom hotel will embark on an ambitious renovation programme under the Davies’ ownership, with the aim of turning the property into a destination hotel, restaurant and bar.

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The 2 AA Rosette restaurant 1919 will be refurbished in January 2017, with the new look created by Nelson Design. Grey, nature-themed aesthetics, modern chandeliers and mirrors will be used as the basis for the eatery’s new style.

In the kitchen, new head chef Mark Redwood has joined the team after nine years at the Old Passage in Gloucestershire.

In the Main House, the design will create cosy, colourful and eclectic areas, with deep blue bookcases stacked with literary classics, design books and more. Georgian green walls will be adorned with old photographs of the local area.

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