It all began in 1903 with
two ladies and one dream
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.