Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Dormy House

Rates from (ex tax)$276.62

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

Photos Dormy House facilities

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 $276.62 (£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

div>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

Photos Dormy House food and drink

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.