A mansion with velvet swings and rose gardens

The Hundred House Hotel is located in Norton, in the United Kingdom. All the rooms at this hotel have a completely different design. The hotel organizes many events, including conferences, weddings or other celebrations, in its several restaurants and halls.

The hotel used to be a Hundred House, the administrative body of the local Hundred, the name given to a subdivision of a county, that was the headquarters in charge of the law and order. Most of the building dates back from the XIV century, and the annex, which used to be a barn, dates from the XVII century.

Each one of the ten rooms available at this hotel is a double room with a private bathroom and a unique décor. The rooms have canopy beds, and in one corner guests will find a velvet swing hanging from the ceiling. All rooms come with a television set, a landline telephone, Internet access, an alarm clock, an ironing board, climate control and coffee and tea making machines.

The superior rooms are slightly larger and have a distinctive décor reminiscent of an aristocratic mansion centuries ago. These rooms are furnished with hand carved wooden antiques and decorated with taste.

The rooms have canopy beds and special bedlinen with the faint smell of lavender, as well as antique furniture spread around the room. Several bouquets of aromatic herbs plucked from the garden hang from the beams. Each room is painted in a different colour, and all the curtains have a different pattern printed on them.

An individual room costs around 66€ per night, while a double standard room costs 90€ per room per night, and the more spacious superior rooms cost 114€ per night. The family room has a double bed and two individual beds, and is priced at 132€ per night, accommodating up to four people. The Honeymoon suite has a similar price, 132€ per night. There are special offers for those guests who stay at the hotel on a Sunday night.

One of the hotel’s main attractions are its gardens, which boast a collection of more than 100 types of herbs. These aromatic herbs are then used as ingredients for delicious meals at the hotel’s restaurant.

The hotel’s restaurant can cater for all kinds of large events and offers a great variety of menus. Almost all dishes are local dishes, and most of them include herbs and other species grown directly in the hotel’s several gardens.

The Tithe Barn is the old barn structure, dating from the XVII Century. The barn has been recently remodelled and converted into a modern business centre. On the outside, the annex still looks like an old barn, while on the inside it is a large conference hall with air conditioning and plenty of audiovisual equipment for all kinds of meetings. The tables and chairs can be moved around, allowing for each client to choose the most comfortable seating arrangement for their meeting, and the hotel can provide a catering service.

The Sylvia Phillips gardens belong to the hotel. For several decades, both her family and the hotel staff have looked after the gardens, redecorating them in a new fashion every season, creating a different nucleus full of multicoloured plants and rocks. These gardens have many smaller flower gardens where guests will find roses, herbal plants and trees. Several decorative pagodas are strewn around the hotel’s territory, near the small water garden with its own waterfall and aquatic plants. A special area has been designated for picnics.

The hotel organizes several cooking courses. Guests will be able to enjoy cooking lessons that will allow them to learn how to prepare regional dishes that they will then be able to take home.

The hotel can organize all kinds of events, from informal birthday parties to more formal banquets. The hotel’s famed chefs and kitchen service provide catering for all types of dinners, and can prepare everything from a succulent open air barbecue to local dishes made from organic ingredients for a white tie event. There are seven different types of menus which vary depending on the event. The hotel provides guests and visitors with a wide range of teas and coffees accompanied by hand made chocolate and trays of cheese and fruit.

The hotel is located in a region full of small historical towns such as Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Telford. The hotel can organize tours for guests who would like to visit the neighbouring villages and their many cultural landmarks, including Ironbridge’s Gorge Museum and the Severn Valley Railway in Shropshire. Within a distance of several kilometres from the hotel guests will find places such as the XIIIth century Stokesay castle and Much Wenlock, a small town known for it’s central market which dates from the XVth century. Guests will be able to see the unique coral formation of Wenlock Edge, visit the Ole Colehurst Manor that was built in 1580, or take long walks in Weston Park or the old town of Wroxeter.

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