It all began in 1903 with

two ladies and one dream

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Built in the Edwardian period and charmingly named Teahouse in the Woods. First operated by two ladies who were daughters of London clergyman and sisters of Dr Williams, Superintendent of the Spa baths, the Misses came each year to manage the Tea House for the season until 1913 when it was reported they had ‘bought it outright’.   

Misses Williams served dainty delicacies to the highest quality dressed in long, lavender coloured gowns with little muslin aprons and picture hats The Williams sisters also sold 

tasteful fancy gifts including their own embroidery and provided a lending library service. Everything about the place was dainty and the delicacies served were of the highest

 

 

Alterations to the sides and enlargements at the rear of the building where undertaken by the next owners ( Mr & Mrs Harriman) this greatly improved the Tea House and enabled teas and refreshments to be served inside. For 80 years the Tea House had a wooden veranda but with the upkeep becoming very costly, this was replaced with the current modern veranda. The stone fireplace was a later addition made in the early 80’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quality. The building also housed a tasteful Fancy Goods shop with some of the Misses Williams embroidery on display.The veranda was edged with attractive, slim wooden arches with rustic tables set out on the lawns.

The Teahouse remained a traditional tea house until the turn of the century when the Teahouse became ‘Macauley’s at teahouse in the Woods’ and then ‘Ristorante ll Parco’ (2011) before returning to Woodhall’s oldest traditional Tea House & restaurant in 2014. Behind the building there is a path, running alongside a stream, which stretches past the Petwood grounds and is a pleasant stroll along the side of the Bracken Golf Course.

 
Tea House In The Woods
Spa Grounds, Coronation Road, Woodhall Spa LN10 6QD     Telephone: 01526 354455
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