Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Dormy House

Rates from (ex tax)$275.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP265.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Reinvented rustic retreat

Setting

Bucolic Broadway Village

RUNNER-UP: BEST SPA HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2015

On the outside, Dormy House hotel – a boutique stay in the Cotswolds’ – is as quintessentially English as the clotted-cream-topped, jam-slathered scones in the genteel afternoon tea it serves. This photogenic farmhouse may be 17th century, but interiors guru Emily Todhunter has adroitly updated the rooms into cosy mid-century modern design dens, with bright geometric prints and Scandinavian-style furnishings; combined with garden-graced views they’re set for cool countryside romance. The hotel even has its own exclusive-use manor; add locally sourced fare in the restaurant and an upper-crust country pub and you have the ideal laid-back yet blue-blooded bolthole.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

38, including 10 suites. A five-minute drive from the main building, Foxhill Manor has eight rooms and can also be booked for exclusive house parties.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Early arrivals can stash their luggage and head to one of three lounges.

Rates

Double rooms from $275.41 (£221), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP265.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

A full English breakfast and a buffet is included in the room rate, with pastries, meats and cheeses and cereal; cooked options include eggs benedict with smoked salmon or kippers.

Also

Need a bucolic breather? Ask reception for the key to the secret Japanese-themed garden, tucked away on the Farncombe Estate. Dormy House also offers a range of luxury hampers for garden jaunts, too.

Please note

All leisure facilities at the spa (including the pool, hydrotherapy hot tub and thermal suite) will be closed from 20 March to 25 March for essential renovations. Treatments will be still available during this time and the Greenhouse spa café will remain open.

At the hotel

Spa, gardens, lounge, two gyms, CD and DVD library and free WiFi. In-room: flatscreen TV, tablet computer, Nespresso machine, kettle and teas, alarm clock, free bottled water and Temple Spa bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The rose-hued Attic sits resplendent in the eaves, secluded in the Farmhouse, with whitewashed beams and plentiful shower space – including two shower seats for very intimate tête-à-têtes with your chosen Smith. Write-home-worthy detailing isn’t skimped on in the smaller rooms either; The Emily Todhunter-designed Comfy Room interiors range from regal mulberry walls with minimalist four-poster beds to calm caramel and taupe tones.

Poolside

The spa has a sleek 16m infinity-edged pool, lit by candles encased in glass to add a touch of romance to your backstroke. Take a dip then recline on one of the taupe day beds poolside.

Spa

The sleek, Scandi-chic House Spa sprawls over several floors. There are two gyms: one for a leisurely work out and the Studio for pre-booked personal-training sessions. The thermal suite comprises of a hot juniper sauna, mild Cotswold lavender sauna, an experience shower and a salt-infusion therapy room, and a rhassoul-mud room and outdoor hot tub are a pampering preamble to the host of Temple Spa treatments on offer in the six serenely styled rooms (including a 'couple's closet'). Try truffle-rich facials and massage oils infused with ginger, bergamot and geranium, then head upstairs for a spot of grooming at the Veuve Clicquot nail bar and a health-packed lunch on the Greenhouse's terrace. Be sure to book your treatments in advance, though.

Packing tips

A pair of Hunter wellies for rustic rambling. Leave your tablet computer at home; all rooms have one and in this sublime spot you’ll want to gaze at the view rather than a screen anyway.

Also

All public areas are wheelchair accessible and there are two disabled-access rooms (both are Comfy rooms).

Pet‐friendly

Dogs over one year old can stay for £25 a night each. The Comfy-category room 32, and 35 in the Danish Court building are pet-friendly, and bowls, baskets, a pet menu, dog sitting and welcome pack are provided. Pets are not allowed in communal areas. See more pet-friendly hotels in Cotswolds.

Children

Kids get goodie bags at check-in, cartoon bedlinen in rooms, and a creative kids’ menu and afternoon tea tailored to under-12s. Plenty of kit is offered and babysitting is £15 an hour.

Best for

Babies, toddlers and juniors. Animal lovers and tractor- or train-enthusiasts will find lots to love in the surrounding countryside.

Recommended rooms

The Den has a lounge and a bathroom with a shower and separate bath tub. There are two sets of interconnecting rooms and extra beds (£40 a night for 4–12 year olds; £60 for 13–16 year olds) or cots can be added to some Comfy and Splendid rooms and suites.

Activities

The sprawling Farncombe Estate gives children a 400-acre playground, with a secret garden to explore. Nearby there are plenty of boredom-beating activities, including Cotswold Farm Park (run by Countryfile’s Adam Henson), where kids can frolic with small animals, drive tractors and learn about kidding and shearing. The Falconry Centre, All Things Wild Nature Centre and Cotswolds’ Riding are all within eight miles of the hotel, allowing for more outdoor exploits, and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a stunning antique steam train that will thrill Thomas the Tank Engine fans.

Meals

Children are allowed in the Garden Room restaurant, but they may feel more comfortable dining in the Potting Shed. A well-considered kids’ menu offers orzo pasta, grilled salmon, a stir-fry and crêpes, and high chairs, booster seats and baby-changing facilities are available. Meals can be customised to your child’s taste and staff are happy to heat milk and baby food. A special afternoon tea is also served in the lounge, with jam fingers, sausage rolls, fruit smoothies and more (for under-12s).

Babysitting

Short-notice babysitting can be booked through reception, charged at £15 an hour.

No need to pack

The hotel may supply plenty of baby kit, including high chairs and booster seats, but be sure to stash a few favoured toys in your suitcase – these can’t be borrowed from reception.

Also

On arrival, children are given a Dormy passport and a goodie bag. Children also get cartoon bedding in their rooms.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

If you only have eyes for each other choose a secluded corner table; otherwise ogle the view from a window seat (or one on the terrace if it’s sunny).

Dress Code

Buffed-up bumpkin: put aside pressed collars and slip into chinos; well-cut Margaret Howell-style corduroys, knits and shift dresses will serve Mrs Smith well.

Hotel restaurant

The Garden Room has a glass wall facing the greenery, for views that would make famed Broadway Village resident John Singer Sargent reach for his easel. It may have the view to compete with, but food here is far from humdrum; dishes such as venison with blackberry and chocolate ravioli, and rhubarb crumble soufflé make the menu a tour de force in wildly inventive West Country cuisine. The Potting Shed menu is more down to earth, with pies, fish and chips and bangers and mash, but it’s equally delicious. Tucked away in the spa, the Greenhouse serves wholesome lunches and tempting cakes; on a sunny day, its tree-circled terrace makes a peaceful spot for afternoon tea.

Hotel bar

The Potting Shed is a country pub that’s been tidied up around the edges – retro flooring, a spectacular conical skylight and architectural chandeliers denote a departure from the average British boozer. However, down-to-earth pub grub – replete with sharing platters – a selection of local Real Ales and a sociable seating plan show it hasn’t forgotten its rustic roots.

Last orders

Breakfast: 7.30am–10am daily; dinner 7pm–9:30pm. Tuesday to Saturday nights and Sunday lunch: 12 noon to 2:30pm. Snacks are served all day in the lounge and afternoon tea 2pm to 6pm. In the Potting Shed pub: lunch, 12 noon to 2:30pm; dinner 6pm-9:30pm.

Room service

Room service can be ordered 24 hours a day. All it takes is the touch of a button on your in-room tablet to send staff scurrying to your door with silver-cloche-covered sharing platters and meals made with fresh local fare.

Location

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Address
Dormy House
Willersey Hill, Broadway
WR12 7LF
Cotswolds
United Kingdom

Planes

The closest international hub is Birmingham Airport (www.birminghamairport.co.uk), an hour’s drive away. Bristol Airport is a 90-minute drive from the hotel and London hubs are further afield: London Heathrow is 82 miles away; Gatwick, 117.

Trains

Moreton-in-Marsh railway station is the closest, a 14-minute drive from the hotel. First Great Western trains (www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk) arrive direct from London Paddington in 90 minutes, Reading in an hour and Oxford in 40 minutes.

Automobiles

If you’re travelling from London, reach the hotel by the M40 and the A44, take the Saintbury turn off and you’ll see signs for the hotel. From Birmingham take the M42 and A46. Birmingham and Bristol airports and London terminals have car-hire kiosks and you’ll be glad of a set of wheels while staying in these eye-candy-filled environs.

Other

To feel like true landed gentry the hotel can arrange for you to swoop in on a helicopter, or you can bring your own; the helipad coordinates are: Longitude W150.32.18/ N522.4.12.

Worth getting out of bed for

It’s a tough call to peel back your designer eiderdown and leave the cosiness of your room while staying at Dormy House hotel, but the call of the Cotswolds will tempt you outside. Even a simple country stroll or bike ride becomes a decadent affair when you take a Dormy House hamper (filled with sandwiches, cakes and champagne), and bike and helmet hire can be arranged at reception; customised maps are also on-hand. If heading further afield, the hotel can hire a classic car for you to zip up and down evergreen lanes and village hop. Broadway’s Gordon Russell design museum (+44 (0)1386 854695) and dinky shops are a five-minute drive away, but it’s easy to see several of these bijou bucolic spots in a day: browse arts and crafts in Chipping Campden, antique hunt in Stow-on-the-Wold, stop at stately Sudeley Castle (+44 (0)1242 602308) in winsome Winchcombe and prop up the bar in one of Burford’s wisteria-clad country inns. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also a haven for historic homes; a 15-minute drive away sits Snowshill Manor (+44 (0)1386 852410), a lavishly decorated house with an impressive collection of conversation starters – the legacy of artist and poet Charles Paget Wade – including stuffed animals, samurai armour and a penny farthing, which you can ride if you wish. A half-hour drive away, you’ll arrive at inescapably Shakespearean Stratford-upon-Avon, which has plenty of attractions honouring its native son – the best of a bard bunch includes Shakespeare’s birthplace (+44 (0)1789 204016), where Charles Dickens and John Keats have paid homage to the playwright. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (+44 (0)1789 292100) is also well worth a visit, it’s here that Shakespeare courted his future missus – try some Tudor-style moves on your fellow Smith, with a stroll through the romantic lavender-scented gardens. Alternatively a half-hour southwesterly drive will bring you to Georgian spa town Cheltenham where horse-racing holds sway in March each year, and cultural festivals pop up as often as historic landmarks. If driving of a different kind floats your boat, Broadway Golf Club (+44 (0)1386 853683) is on Dormy House’s doorstep. Guests can purchase membership for a day – for nine or 18-hole sessions – and competent golfers are preferred; however, lessons are available for greenhorns if needed.

Local restaurants

Childswickham Inn & Brasserie (+44 (0)1386 852461) is an ancient eatery with a touch of cosmopolitan chic. Lavender-coloured slatted-wood walls and exposed beams entice you into one of many cosy cubbyholes to gorge on fine pub grub. The Lygon Arms (+44 (0)1386 852255), a 10-minute drive from the hotel, is a 17th-century restaurant housed in a vaulted minstrel's gallery. Wolf down seasonal platters and pies, and plenty of game, under exposed beams, before digging into the cocktail menu, which is laced with whisky and soused with spiced rum. Locally sourced ingredients are par for the course in this farm-filled area, but none more so than the Seagrave Arms (+44 (0)1386 840192); bring a map of the Cotswolds along and the chef can point out where everything on your plate comes from. Serving Gloucester Old Spot pork, Dexter beef and Cotswolds’ lamb, diners get a true taste of the region; the bar's ales also hail from bijou breweries, just a cobble's throw away. The Horse and Groom (+44 (0)1386 700413) is a honey-hued village pub with a stylish menu of refined rustic fare.

Local cafés

Housed in one of Broadway’s limestone cottages, the Market Pantry's (+44 (0)1386 858318) whitewashed chairs and gingham cloths evoke an Edwardian kitchen. Here tartines, toasties and cream teas are served beside a glass-domed menagerie of cakes and pastries; all portions are generously sized, and it’s just an eight-minute drive from the hotel.

Local bars

Pubs in this area pretty much have one speed – laid-back country local – but this is no bad thing, especially when they're as good as the Swan Broadway (+44 (0)1386 852278) – crumbly stone walls? Check. Roaring fire? Check. A carefully considered menu? Check. This Worcestershire wonder is the kind of stumbled-upon unpretentious pub you came all the way here for.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Driving through Gloucestershire and then Worcestershire’s winding country lanes, we felt the anticipation bubbling. This was a special weekend to celebrate Mr Smith’s birthday and, quietly, I felt pressure, as I wanted everything to be heavenly. In true British style, it rained pretty much the entire journey from London to the Cotswolds, but funnily enough this didn’t dampen spirits in the slightest and only made us more excited for what lay ahead. Once we saw the village of Broadway, we knew that we were close. Fresh air gushed in through the windows along with the promise of a weekend of relaxation. Pulling into the gravelled driveway of Dormy House, we felt shoulders loosening.

If you harbour arriviste ambitions, but are too easy-going to affect Astor-style airs and graces, luxe yet laid-back Dormy House will be right up your tree-lined lane. From the moment you step out of the car, a lovely doorman appears to carry your bags. Everyone who works at Dormy House is smiley and patient – as we discovered when we repeatedly got lost trying to find our room in the main house (not that it was hard, we were just too relaxed to pay attention). There's nothing like feeling like royalty, before you’ve even stepped foot in the hotel.

After check-in, we were given a guided tour on the way to our room. Every space is charming and full of character, with little details that make you feel at home – log fire crackling in reception, and a cute owl hanging heavily off our room key. This 17th-century farmhouse has retained its rustic charm with crumbly limestone walls – in the Cotswolds’ trademark honey hue – and exposed beams, but has been sympathetically updated by Todhunter Earle. They’ve played fast and loose with the past – to great effect – adding bold 1950s-style wallpaper prints and fabrics, and a few well-chosen pieces of mid-century modern furniture.

Jazz music playing softly on the radio welcomed us into our room in the main house. The bed was so comfortable, it’s a wonder we did anything other than sleep. Thankfully a miniature jar of fresh milk in our fridge inspired us to perk up with a cup of tea, while admiring the view from our window over rolling, green fields. We’d barely unpacked before we’d donned our shawl-collared bathrobes from the gleaming ensuite to head down to the oh-so-pretty House Spa.

A beautiful space with a garden-view café and nail bar upstairs, there’s also a world of relaxation below. There’s a bubbly heated hydro pool on an outdoor terrace, and a glowing amethyst-hued indoor infinity pool flanked by huge, supremely soft sand-coloured sofa beds and glossy magazines begging to be lazily flicked through amid the tranquil atmosphere. Pick between the glass-walled lavender-infused pool-view sauna, and a Finnish junipery number; a sea-salty steamy hammam, and the tropical showers are as glamorous as places to sweat or splash can be. We already felt floaty and we hadn’t even had our couples massage yet… Warmly welcomed into a sprawling suite with heated couches, Mr Smith and I agreed this is what heaven must resemble.

After our treatments we glided down to dinner at the Garden Room. The statement on their Modern British menu is to serve the best food around, and after eating there I can confidently say, ‘mission accomplished’. Everything our charming waitress recommended was delicious. Then we planted ourselves on our bed and ordered a movie from the in-room tablet, which even has extra options such as popcorn and ice-cream delivered to your room along with the film. Feeling stuffed and indulged, we drifted off to sleep soundly.

Breakfast the next morning was just as much of a joy: eggs any way you like, freshly squeezed juices, so many cheeses from the surrounding farms. And presented with sweet hand-written tags here and there, in the light-filled dining room. Afternoon tea at the hotel’s own art-directed pub, the Potting Shed, was also a dream. Ingredients felt as though they’d properly travelled straight from field to fork. As loathe as we were to, we did break free from Dormy’s loving clutches to explore Farncombe Estate to admire the perfect country scene, with roaming deer and contented-looking Vale of Evesham lambs. (They obviously have yet to see the Potting Shed menu.)

A cache of chocolate-box villages lie within a half-hour drive of the hotel, and a stroll through the well-tended 400-acre estate offers the kind of Arcadian inspiration that the area’s eminent former residents – which include Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and JRR Tolkien – must have felt while a wandering. Our aim for the perfect weekend away was well and truly achieved, and I have to thank the people, luxuries and atmosphere of Dormy House earning me huge girlfriend points. Quite honestly, it was rather hard to tear ourselves away at the end of our stay. We were made to feel so at home, it was a little bit like the feeling of fleeing the nest: you know you have to do it but it’s just so warm and cosy. Our consolation is knowing that we’ll be sure to return soon for some real ale in the Potting Shed or a meal of artfully prepared local produce in the Garden Room restaurant – at the very least.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Dormy House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

How friendly and helpful every single member of staff was - and the thoughtful extras such as someone meeting you at your car in the car park to help with your bags and a bag with bottles of water and cookies given to you on check out for your journey home. Lovely touches! The Pregnancy Massage in the spa was also absolutely amazing and worth every penny. A perfect spot for a babymoon! Broadway village is perfect for a lazy mooch around, and literally up the road!

Don’t expect

To get a bed in the main spa area easily once you've checked in, there are only 12 beds so 6 couples come in and they're all taken! This wouldn't normally have bothered me too much but, being pregnant and unable to sit in the saunas or steam rooms this was a bit of a shame as I didn't really have anywhere to sit until someone decided to pack up and leave for the day. Things do quieten down after around 6pm but a couple of extra beds somewhere would really help.

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Stayed on 9 Feb 2017

We loved

The welcome, little touches. Food, ambience, staff. The spa. Walks, villages, just the sheer location of the hotel.

Don’t expect

Entertainment, crowds, noise. Except for door slamming that must be addressed.

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Stayed on 7 Feb 2017

We loved

Everything

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Stayed on 24 Jan 2017

We loved

The ambience, the service, the room décor, the views, the location. Chipping Campden, just 2 miles away, is a lovely town with some new shops.

Don’t expect

It is pretty perfect!

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Stayed on 19 Jan 2017

We loved

The relaxed and friendly feel of the hotel, not at all stuffy, and the outdoor hydropool!

Don’t expect

Wild nights out!

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Stayed on 16 Jan 2017

We loved

Everything about this hotel. I have stayed at many 5-star hotels and have been looking for the perfect boutique spa hotel, which I finally found in Dormy House. The service, food, spa treatments, facilities and hotel room are all just wonderful! I would not hesitate to recommend to my family and friends and hope to stay again next year.

Don’t expect

Anything less than 5-star service.

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Stayed on 22 Dec 2016

We loved

Great location for getting away from it all

Don’t expect

Many places to lounge by the pool, they were all always occupied during our visit to the spa

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Stayed on 16 Nov 2016

We loved

The atmosphere of the hotel – smart, luxurious and beautifully decorated, but informal and relaxed enough to feel comfortable walking around in muddy wellies after a long walk or in the robes provided en-route to the spa. There were lots of quiet corners with log fires and settees to relax in, and the hotel never felt too busy or crowded. It was the perfect environment for a relaxing weekend away. The location is fantastic, a half-hour walk across the fields to the picturesque village of Broadway, and lots of other villages and towns nearby to explore. Go to The Ebrington Arms, just down the road, for a great Sunday roast.

Don’t expect

...Phone signal. Or it to be an adults only environment - there were some family groups at the hotel, though the pool and spa area has times of the day when kids are not allowed access.

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Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

We loved

Everything: room, spa, food, sevice, staff – amazing.

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Stayed on 6 Nov 2016

We loved

Amazing property, super clean and very warm and comfy with all the luxury touches you could expect. The staff were so welcoming with our little one... a great example on how you can combine luxury and a family getaway. Costwolds are beautiful as always, but it's really hard to leave the hotel.... I would definitely recommend the walk from the hotel to Broadway, across the fields surrounded by cows and sheep.

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Stayed on 22 Oct 2016

We loved

High quality service and excellent food/wines. Warm welcome and staff couldn't have been more helpful - nothing was too much trouble.

Don’t expect

The number of children around at the Spa swimming pool wasn't great.

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Stayed on 14 Oct 2016

We loved

The main hotel areas, the service from the staff and the food. A trip to Broadway was lovely but Chipping Norton had the edge.

Don’t expect

...Much space in the courtyard rooms. Very small for the cost.

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2016

We loved

The service, the space, the spa! The food in the Potting Shed was fantastic. Being met at our car with umbrellas in the rain was that extra special touch.

Don’t expect

Perfect pillows.

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Stayed on 7 Oct 2016

We loved

The staff who were all very friendly, the service was great without being over the top in terms of attentiveness. The spa and pool areas were a lovely oasis to relax in.

Don’t expect

Too many younger families, perhaps more suited to grown ups or older children who will appreciate the good food and spa

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Stayed on 29 Sep 2016

We loved

The food in the Garden restaurant, the spa, the pool early in the morning. It's a lovely walk down to Broadway.

Don’t expect

...Loud music.

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Stayed on 26 Sep 2016

We loved

The spa, the ambience, location.

Don’t expect

Lively nights. It's a perfect chill out.

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Stayed on 11 Sep 2016

We loved

The whole ambience of the hotel together with the attentive and efficient staff

Don’t expect

No obvious shortcomings

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Stayed on 25 Aug 2016

We loved

The service. Attention to detail. Gorgeous rooms. Broadway and chipping campden definitely worth a walk around. Lovely shops and tea rooms

Don’t expect

To be disappointed. We were impressed with everything!

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Stayed on 14 Aug 2016

We loved

Tea on the spa terrace in bathrobes. Exquisite food, delightful decor, excellent service

Don’t expect

Ostentatiousness or snobbiness. Just good taste and high quality

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Stayed on 20 Jun 2016

We loved

Have just arrived home after having had an amazing overnight stay at Dormy House. My friend and I were celebrating birthdays and felt totally pampered and indulged. All of the staff were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The spa treatment was blissful and the amenities wonderful - we particularly enjoyed the lavender sauna and hot tub. The light champagne lunch was a great start to our break and dinner in the Garden Room was superb - delicious and beautifully presented with attentive service. Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again. Beautiful walks and lots of pretty Cotswold villages. Broadway is the closest and one of the nicest.

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife.

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The luxurious spa and the warm welcome from the staff. Local recommendations: Westonbirt Arboretum and local walks. 10/10

Don’t expect

Live evening entertainment

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Stayed on 30 May 2016

We loved

Our courtyard suite - a bedroom flanked by two bathrooms and a living room. Gorgeous hotel in an idyllic countryside location. Do the hotel's recommended walk to Broadway; an archetypally gorgeous Cotswolds village via plenty of rolling fields and a historic tower. Further afield are the Slaughters and Daylesford organic farm.

Don’t expect

A huge spa. Treatments get booked up way in advance too.

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Stayed on 26 May 2016

We loved

The location, beautiful room, fantastic service, great food and spa. Walk down to their sister hotel and into local towns past the newborn lambs. Beautiful views.

Don’t expect

Lively party atmosphere and restaurants a short walk away

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Stayed on 19 May 2016

We loved

The service and food quality especially. The whole hotel was very relaxing. Hidcote gardens are a must see just 15 minutes away by car

Don’t expect

It gets busy at weekends

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Stayed on 8 May 2016

We loved

Our room - Courtyard Suite 27 - was lovely and quiet with a separate lounge to the bedroom, and the bathroom had the most glorious underfloor heating!! We were lucky with the spa - never more than about 8 people around at the same time and even then it was lovely and quiet. Comfy loungers to snooze on after a wonderfully big breakfast or lengthy time in the sauna. Treatments were exceptional too - would highly reccommend the Mud Rasul, a truly great experience! But I would say the winning ticket for us was the lovely staff - everyone was so friendly and happy to help! Definitely go for walks - there's lots of different ones but we particulary enjoyed walking through the rapeseed fields as they were in full bloom!

Don’t expect

A small bill - it's very easy to spend money at Dormy House! Spa treatments and food are quite pricey but that said, they are well worth every penny!

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Stayed on 6 May 2016

We loved

Fun get away with the girls. Relaxing beyond belief and super food.

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Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

Being pampered, both by the service and in the spa.

Don’t expect

Lively nights. This is a place for relaxing and being spoiled.

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Stayed on 30 Apr 2016

We loved

This gorgeous boutique hotel has the "personal touch" in abundance! Recommend Daylesford Organic farm-about 20 mins drive away. 10/10

Don’t expect

Stiff, unfriendly uncaring staff

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Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

The food in the Garden room and the reception staff--so friendly! We liked visiting Bourton on water and little Slaughter. 9/10

Don’t expect

The cheapest wine. We ordered a 175ml glass of wine and a pint of lager. Wine cost £12.00 and lager £9.00. Shame they gave us what I would consider quite pricey drinks. I hoped my pinot grigio would have been the cheaper one but maybe I should have checked

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Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

The attention to detail and warm welcome. The spa and beauty treatments are also a treat. A stone's throw from the golf course too. We loved the chefs dozen restaurant and Batsford a Arboretum is worth a visit too. 10/10

Don’t expect

A bath, even our splendid room had only a large shower. Cheap beauty treatments - all a bit pricy, but a treat...

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Relaxing

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Stayed on 8 Apr 2016

We loved

Amazing food. Trust the waiters and sommelier in the Garden restaurant for amazing suggestions and fun.

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Stayed on 31 Mar 2016

We loved

Everything about it! Such a gorgeous place with friendly, knowledgable staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Lots of little touches which made it extra special. Had lunch at the Swan in Broadway which was gorgeous - great quality and well presented food. Broadway Tower is 30 minutes brisk walk. Amazing views on a clear day and lovely tea room.

Don’t expect

Can't think of a single thing.

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Stayed on 14 Mar 2016

We loved

We loved it so much last year, we came back again this year. Dormy House is all about rustic luxury and comfort - from the smell of log fires as you are greeted at the door, and the hearty food in the Potting Shed to the vast, sleep-inducing beds, and the candle-lit tranquility of the spa. The staff are friendly, professional and go out of their way to accommodate even the trickiest of requests, ensuring that your stay will be as relaxing as can be. On this visit, I had the best massage of my life before floating off to the hot tub, to sit beneath the stars as snowflakes tumbled down...

Do borrow a pair of wellies and walk across to Broadway Tower for stunning panoramic views, and then tramp down through the fields to the village. Have lunch at the cosy Broadway Deli, and then stop off at the Cotswold Chocolate Company for a little bag of deliciousness.

Don’t expect

To be able to rock up to dinner at the last minute. Booking is essential.

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Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

We loved

Hotel lobby and the bar. The radio and the coffee/tea making were a good addition to the bedroom. I also liked the blankets on the bed. The broadway tower is worth a visit.

Don’t expect

The comfy room to be so clinical.

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The attention to every detail – we were made to feel very special and even in the week no one had to finish eating breakfast had to finish by 9.30pm; breakfast finished at 11am – so civilised. Some lovely touches included a personalised service on arrival, someone to meet you in the car park and take your packs straight up to the room while you check in (so seamless!),  personalised note in our room on arrival wishing us a happy anniversary and a glass of champagne the following evening. We loved the excellently appointed rooms with a sofa in front of the television, an extremely comfortable four poster bed with three pillows each, and a dressing table with a mirror (so many hotels don't have this). The hotel had fabulous food, excellent service and friendly staff who were professional, a wonderful spa treatment, great cocktails, water in the room with more available outside room, and full size shower shampoo and conditioner bottles as well as small tubes. There was also a postcard in the room (with a stamp!), and water and cookies given to us for the journey home.

Don’t expect

A cheap stay – but it is worth every penny!

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Stayed on 18 Jan 2016

We loved

Where to begin? The service levels throughout were excellent, but particularly the welcoming porters who appeared the minute our car pulled into the car park, the Maitre d' in The Garden Room restaurant who was knowledgeable and helpful and the therapists in the spa who made our treatments so relaxing and special. Also cocktails by the fire in the Greenhouse before dinner were a nightly ritual.

Don’t expect

Although our room was wonderful, it did overlook the car park. Be aware that some rooms don't necessarily come with a view or total peace and quiet.

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Stayed on 8 Jan 2016

We loved

Attention to detail was amazing!

Don’t expect

Disco.

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Stayed on 6 Jan 2016

We loved

Location!

Don’t expect

To easily find anywhere to sit near the pool.

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Stayed on 19 Nov 2015

We loved

We loved the service, setting and the atmosphere.

Don’t expect

If you want to use the spa treatments, you need to book them well in advance.

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Stayed on 17 Nov 2015

We loved

Everything about the hotel. Amazing room, wonderful staff and incredible food. The perfect break.

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Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

Great service. Attention to detail. Little extras that made our anniversary so special. The spa and treatments were lush. Gorgeous food.

Don’t expect

To leave stressed! Felt relaxed the moment we arrived and we definitely floated home after a day in the spa...

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Stayed on 4 Sep 2015

We loved

The Potting Shed bar. We didn't expect to be so warmly greeted as we pulled up to the hotel.

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Stayed on 31 Aug 2015

We loved

Relaxed vibe.

Don’t expect

Noisey environment.

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Stayed on 28 Aug 2015

We loved

The superb staff, the decoration and the feel of the place

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Stayed on 24 Aug 2015

We loved

The food. The room in the Danish building was a good size and very well equipped. Nice decor too. Most impressed with our visit to the kitchen to meet the chef.

Don’t expect

To get a reservation at the spa at short notice.

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Stayed on 19 Aug 2015

We loved

Everything! Service was exceptional, the little touches were plentiful, food was incredible (and I review London restaurants!) the spa treatments were the best I've had - go for the Repose Facial. Perfect - I didn't want to leave!!

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Stayed on 11 Aug 2015

We loved

Stunningly decorated rooms with the utmost comfort in mind. Great service and sumptuous food at restaurants. Relaxing spa.

Don’t expect

Pool is sometimes under maintenance. Cannot always go to Spa after check out (I wish they told us this before so as we didn't really get to enjoy the pool in the end). A hidden gem as Dormy House is very popular now.

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Stayed on 10 Aug 2015

We loved

Our beautiful room, the immaculate pool area and cosying up by the fire in the lounge. We also loved the fact they were so accommodating to our dog - in our room we found a dog bed, bowl and a little gift of dog biscuits.

Don’t expect

To turn up and be able to book a spa treatment. Book anything you want before you arrive.

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Stayed on 3 Aug 2015

We loved

Great Spa and fantastic food at the Garden room restaurant.

Don’t expect

The reception at the Spa could be nicer with a smile and the bar staff needs to be improved.

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Stayed on 31 Jul 2015

We loved

The tablet in the room was very handy everything brought to you at the touch of a button.

Don’t expect

Child free, even the spa lets children in 9-10:30 4-5:30 which we did not expect.

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Stayed on 28 Jul 2015

We loved

The great room and fantastic staff. We found everything perfect.

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Stayed on 24 Jul 2015

We loved

The spa

Don’t expect

Disco music

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Stayed on 1 Jul 2015

We loved

The spa, the food, the staff, the atmosphere, the decor.

Don’t expect

Huge value for money, not every room will give you a quiet night's sleep - we moved to a suite which was much better!

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Stayed on 28 Jun 2015

We loved

Everything! From the warm welcome at reception to the plush interior, Dormy House has got it spot on. From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and pampered, right through to check out, where we were given a little gift bag, (with home-baked cookies) for the drive home. Oh and the Spa is divine an absolute must!

Don’t expect

To ever want to leave...

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Stayed on 11 Jun 2015