Opening The Woodshed
07 July 2021
The Woodshed at Eastnor Deer Park is officially open!
A walk in Eastnor Deer Park became much more appealing this morning as we opened The Woodshed by the old Woodyard Entrance.
Open daily and serving take-away hot & cold drinks, delicious freshly-baked cakes from Home Farm Kitchen in Eastnor village, ice creams and light snacks, The Woodshed is a great place to stop for refreshments before or after a walk in the Deer Park or the Malvern Hills.
It’s also the perfect spot for meeting friends for coffee and cake or for a pit-stop on a bike ride. There's sheltered seating as well as outdoor picnic tables and logs to sit on.
Eastnor Deer Park
Eastnor Deer Park sits across the road from Eastnor Castle and spans over 300 acres, leading onto the Worcestershire Way and the Malvern Hills beyond. Walkers are very welcome, as are dogs!
We’ve detailed some suggested walks on a sign at the entrance to the Deer Park; these picturesque trails vary in length and lead on to some popular Malvern Hills walks.
A 45 minute walk will lead you to the 90ft high Eastnor obelisk which was put up in 1812 and can be seen for miles around. The obelisk is a memorial for various distinguished members of the Somers Cocks family and is a Grade 2 listed monument.
So keen are we to provide a connection between Eastnor and the Malvern Hills, we've even included the profile of the Malvern Hills on The Woodshed logo!
The Woodshed History
The rustic Woodshed building was constructed over 100 years ago and was used by the Eastnor Estate Forestry Team for sawing and storing firewood; it was also used for making and selling chestnut fencing stakes. The in-house forestry operation ceased about 25 years ago and the building has stood empty ever since.
Aware of a need for this local provision, plans to turn The Woodshed building into a ‘Gateway to the Malvern Hills’ have been in the pipeline for around 15 years so today’s opening is a big day for the Eastnor Estate, not least for the present-day Estate Works Department who have worked hard over the last few months to turn The Woodshed building back into a habitable state.
We’re a dog-friendly estate and love to welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes! As well as a great place for local dog walks, we’ve thought about the needs of our 4-legged friends and have fitted a dog wash to The Woodshed building to ensure muddy paws can be cleaned before a car journey home! We're also selling Waggy Doggy Ice Cream so your dogs can have a post-walk treat!
In a bid to keep our carbon footprint low, we’ve ensured as many materials as possible have been recycled from the estate, especially the wood. We’re using compostable packaging and sourcing our produce from the local area as much as we can, keeping our food miles to a minimum.
Keen to ensure The Woodshed and Eastnor Deer Park is accessible to as many people as possible, we're providing free car parking, free wi-fi and toilets. A bike rack, litter bins and a dog waste bin are also available.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to The Woodshed and hope it continues to serve the local community for many years to come!