Dormy House – Cotswolds
Hotel Type: A 17th century luxury renovated farmhouse retreat with award winning spa
Location: Perched above the village of Broadway in 400 acres of glorious rolling countryside in the Cotswolds. Dormy House is part of the Farncombe Estate about 2 hours from London.
Style: Stylish rural retreat
Rooms: 39 individually designed rooms & suites (two come with their own hot tub).
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is The Splendid Room, these rooms are just stunning! Love the décor.
Ideal For: Couples or family who want to disconnect from everyday life, enjoy the spa, explore the Cotswolds and wander the countryside.
Swimming: The spa has a sleek 16m infinity-edged pool.
Dining: Three exceptional restaurants with farm to fork produce. Dine at The Potting Shed for a seasonal down to earth affair, head to The Back Garden restaurant to celebrate the best of the back garden with sustainability and seasonality are at the heart, or head to MO a chefs table style experience, offering interactive 8-course tasting-menu experience to just 12 guests at a time. Guests can also head to their sister hotel The Fish to dine in its seafood inspired restaurant The Hook. The Fish is just a short drive away and the hotel can easily organise a lift for you.
Activities: A wealth of experiences and activities on offer both at the estate and the surrounding area. Walking is high on the agenda (pack your wellies), cycling, Golf, horse riding, visit historic site, head to the spa or take part in one of the local activities such as pottery or rowing down the River Avon.
Spa: A heavenly award winning Spa. The spa sprawls several floors. There is a 16m swimming pool, sauna, experience shower, salt-infusion therapy room, outdoor hot tub, two gyms (one to workout in and one for personal training sessions), six tranquil treatment rooms with a range of treatments.
Children: Children are extremely welcome here!
Furry Friends: There are 3 doggy-friendly rooms. There is a charge of £30 per dog to cover housekeeping costs but they are welcomed with a dog bed, towel, water bowl and treat in the room (dogs must be over one years old).
Accessibility: All public areas are wheelchair accessible and there are two disabled-access rooms, both are in the Comfy Rooms.
Low Season Price From: £270 per night for an intimate room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: £299 per night for an intimate room and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round!
In the heart of the Cotswolds on the 400 acre Farncombe Estate, Dormy House is a glorious mix of modern rustic chic and slick old fashioned service. It started out in the 1600s as a farmhouse, and after a bold and beautiful makeover, it is now a sophisticated country retreat. With original beams, flagstone floors and large fireplaces combined with Scandinavian design influences, it has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. It’ll take you just seconds to shake off everyday life. It is intimate for couples and welcoming to families, and you can even bring your dog. The team here could not be more professional – from carrying your bags in from the car park to giving you ideas on how to fill your days.
The individually shaped and styled rooms are split across the main farmhouse and the old farm buildings. Each one has a king size bed, Nespresso machine and its own tablet (from which you can order room service) and wellington boots you can borrow. The Intimate Rooms have country cottage written all over them, and come with a walk in shower or shower over a bath. The Comfy Rooms are more contemporary in style with a bath or walk in shower. Many of the larger Splendid Rooms have a sofa bed, making them ideal for families. The biggest rooms of all are the Top Notch. They are bright and airy with four poster beds, chandeliers and enormous, indulgent bathrooms. No two suites are the same, but they are all magnificently designed with imaginative detail. Music lovers will want to book The Studio, with its own turntable and eclectic record collection. We love the Courtyard Suites, with their Dutch barn ceilings and own terraces. Make sure you ask for one with a hot tub. The Snug is aptly named and has a sofa bed for a family. The Hideaway is ideal for a romantic few days, with views over the Vale of Evesham, whilst The Den is elegant and spacious. Farmhouse touches mixed with bold geometric patterns make The Attic Suite one of our favourites, but then, the tin roll-top bath in The Loft, with its views over the fields makes it a tough choice. If you’re after a bit more privacy, then Rose Cottage is what you need. Set in the grounds, away from the farmhouse, it’s floral and cosy, with its own hot tub. And if you’re bringing your pooch, some of the rooms have dog beds and bowls!
You’re guaranteed a dining experience to remember at Dormy House. From a seriously serious tasting menu at Mo (grown ups only) cooked in an open kitchen, to deliciously local produce in The Back Garden. Sustainability, seasonality and flavour are the mantra here, celebrating Cotswolds fare with organically reared rare breed meats and vegetables from the estate. For more informal eating, and long, lazy lunches, settle into The Potting Shed. You are certainly spoilt for choice, and we haven’t even mentioned the breakfasts. They are lavish! You’ll have no difficulty working up an appetite here, so make sure you try an afternoon tea. Guests can also head to their sister hotel The Fish to dine in its seafood inspired restaurant The Hook. The Fish is just a short drive away and the hotel can easily organise a lift for you.
There’s so much to explore on the Farncombe Estate, and your children will certainly get their fare share of a dose of fresh air. Many of the suites have a sofa bed, or an extra bed can be put in. There are special menus for children and a whole host of activities for the whole family. The segway tours around the estate are always popular.
You don’t actually need to leave the estate to explore the surrounding area, since there’s more than enough to keep you entertained on your doorstep. The Spa is outstanding (and has won a number of awards) – even reading the list of treatments is therapeutic. With a lavender sauna, salt infusion steam room, a juniper laced Finnish cabin and a serene infinity pool, you might be in there for some time. Outside, there are miles of trails for walking, running, cycling, and activities including quad biking for those who like an adrenalin rush. There’s golf on the neighbouring Broadway Club course and clay pigeon shooting can be organised. A little further afield, and you’ll find cookery courses at Daylesford, shopping at Bicester village, antiques and gallery browsing in Broadway or a day at Blenheim Palace or Sudeley Castle.
Location – The Cotswolds
One of the most beautiful corners of Britain, the soft landscape of the Cotswolds sprawls across six counties. With rolling hills, honey coloured market towns and quintessentially English villages, it’s easy to see why it was one of the first places in the country to be declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And it’s one of the largest. Everywhere you turn you’ll find stately homes, Roman villas, Norman churches, gardens and arboreta, water meadows, hundreds of miles of walking and cycling trails, and most importantly, some of the country’s best places to eat and stay. For romance, family adventures and even holidays with your four legged friends, we’ve got everything covered in our Cotswolds portfolio.