Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Dormy House

Rates per night from$257.03

Price information

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Reinvented rustic retreat


Bucolic Broadway Village


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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Photos Dormy House facilities

Need to know


Thirty-eight, 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.


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


Double rooms from $257.03 (£204), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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.


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.

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.


The spa has a sleek 16m infinity-edged pool, lit by candles encased in glass to add a touch of romance to your backstroke. Children are welcome in the pool and Greenhouse Café from 9am to 10.30am and 4pm to 5.30pm; at other times, it's adults only.


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 Muck boots 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.


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


Dogs over one year old can stay for £30 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.


Kids get goodie bags at check-in, and there's a creative kids’ menu that's 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 spacious Den has a lounge, 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 (ask when booking).


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.


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.


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.


On arrival, children are given a Dormy passport and a goodie bag.

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 hotel's restaurants are helmed by head chef Sam Bowser, whose skills helped whisk him through the ranks in some of the country's most acclaimed kitchens, where he worked alongside industry heavyweights like Raymond Blanc, Philip Howard and Michel Roux Jr. The Garden Room, the more formal of the two, has a glass wall facing the greenery and views that would make famed Broadway Village resident John Singer Sargent reach for his easel. It may have the view to compete with, but the food is far from humdrum; dishes like turbot with cauliflower, curry and lime make the menu a tour de force in wildly inventive West Country cuisine. The Potting Shed menu is more down to earth, but its offerings are no less delicious – expect wholesome, hearty dishes like roast duck, smoked haddock and pork belly. 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 from 7.30am to 10am daily; dinner from 7pm to 9.30pm Wednesday to Sunday nights and Sunday lunch from noon to 2.30pm. Snacks are served all day in the lounge. In the Potting Shed pub, lunch is from noon to 2.30pm, and dinner from 6pm to 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.


Photos Dormy House location
Dormy House
Willersey Hill, Broadway
WR12 7LF
United Kingdom


The closest international hub is Birmingham Airport (, 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.


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


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.


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.


Photos Dormy House reviews
Alice Stone

Anonymous review

By Alice Stone, Scarf stylista

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 or villa, 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

The room was lovely and clean! Amazing bed (so comfortable you wont want to get up); excellent advice from reception re walks in the area. Very nice design ! Spa was comfortable (but a bit busy). Breakfast was good.

Don’t expect

The spa is extremely busy – even people who were not in robes were using up the beds so it was hard to lounge there. A couple of errors on the bill (both at the restaurant at dinner but also on the final check – someone else's dinner also added on our bill)


Stayed on 18 Nov 2018

We loved

The friendly staff, cosy atmosphere, delicious breakfast, beautiful. Spa and many little attentions that make you feel at home and want to come back again soon.


Stayed on 13 Nov 2018

We loved

My wife and I picked Dormy House for a cheeky weekend break. The location is amazing! Located in the middle of the countryside on a quiet country road. The hotel itself looks a quaint farm house and parts of the hotel still are, open fires and low ceilings. But the rest is really modern and well decorated. We stayed in room 3 (The Attic), it was a lovely room with all the facilities you would expect. The bathroom was great with a large bath and a massive shower for two! The spa facilities are great and never seemed overly busy for a weekend, especially loved the outdoor plunge pool! The restaurants were great and the food was very tasty. Overall service was good with attentive staff happy to help. Would definitely return, recommended.

Don’t expect

The hotel is described as having two restaurants, the Potting Shed and the Garden Room – which it does – but there is no mention that both restaurants offer the same menu. Luckily we overheard someone mention this when we arrived as we had booked into both restaurants over the weekend. We opted for the tasting menu in the Garden Room which was made up of the standard menu, which means we could have eaten a lot of the tasting menu on the first night without realising!


Stayed on 5 Oct 2018

We loved

Everything about the hotel, especially the spa. Our room was lush with our four-poster canopy bed (Room 4). Everything was spotless and beautiful and service with a smile.


Stayed on 7 Sep 2018

We loved

The food was a complete surprise. It was outstanding. From the fantastic breakfast to the smoked salmon sandwich we had in our room to the excellent five course tasting menu. The quality of food was superb!

Don’t expect

Formality! The whole hotel had a very relaxed unstuffy atmosphere. The perfect country retreat.


Stayed on 24 Aug 2018

We loved

The rooms were beautiful, very tranquil and relaxing. The breakfasts were fantastic and the location was ideal for the holiday we wanted, rural and peaceful.

Don’t expect

We booked our accommodation late and found the staff very unaccommodating when it came to the spa and restaurant. We were unable to use the spa the entire time as it was fully booked (the pool area is also very small with no space to relax) and we could only eat at the restaurant one night, an issue when the place is so remote. We found out at check-out that there was a sister hotel two minutes down the road we could have stayed at.


Stayed on 20 Aug 2018

We loved

We liked the spa facilities and the friendliness of the staff. Room was pleasant and spacious.


Stayed on 14 Aug 2018

We loved

The welcome and drink as well as a guided tour. Spa never fails to disappoint. Potting shed meal was delicious and room was superb. We will definitely be back!

Don’t expect

To do a lot. This is for relaxing.


Stayed on 12 Aug 2018

We loved

Dormy House is a very friendly and happy hotel. We were so chilled and relaxed there that we stayed an extra night. Spa facilities were perfect. Hook restaurant at The Fish Hotel, on the same estate, is a lovely place to eat and drink.

Don’t expect

It's a peaceful place so don't expect any nightlife.


Stayed on 31 Jul 2018

We loved

The service, it was so personable. Everyone was very accomodating and I came back feeling very relaxed.


Stayed on 27 Jan 2018

We loved

The quiet ambience of the hotel – a real escape away and total pampering! Also loved the quality of the food, especially for breakfast. Staff were extremely helpful and the spa was really lovely. Was really nice to visit Burford and Chipping Camden, which have lovely local shopping and nice little cafés for lunch and tea.

Don’t expect

Lots of night life. It's nice to eat a good meal and then sit in the lounge sipping a digestif!


Stayed on 14 Nov 2017

We loved

Everything...from the moment we arrived to the sad time of leaving. Great service, beautiful spa and little touches from the hotel staff made it the most amazing birthday for my mum. Will 100 per cent recommend to all friends and family and will return ASAP. Broadway, Chipping Camden and Stow on the Wold all lovely to visit.


Stayed on 29 Oct 2017

We loved

The entire experience, from the moment I pulled up and was met in the car park to being helped back to my car with water and cookies to send me on my way. Breakfast was decadent, unrushed and hearty, with friendly service. Dinner in the restaurant was gourmet – we had the tasting menu and it was impressive. The wine list was great too. The spa was exceptional; the massage surpassed anything I have ever experienced and the environment was like a cocoon of relaxation. My room was like a beautiful home from home with snacks, an IPad and a lovely bathroom. Accommodation was made without hesitation to meet our needs for preference on location. Location was tranquil and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and fields. Service was exceptional. Nothing was too much. Ever.

Don’t expect

Excitement or lots to do nearby. This is an isolated retreat – the nearest town is 10 mins' drive. Bar food to be like the restaurant.


Stayed on 28 Aug 2017

We loved

The spa, the friendly staff and the Potting Shed. 

Don’t expect

The spa to be for hotel guests only – there were several spa users, particulary from the other Farnscombe Estate hotels (the Fish and Foxhill Manor).


Stayed on 18 Aug 2017

We loved

Everything: the food, the ambience, our room, the service. Loved the village of chipping Camden.

Don’t expect

A fridge in the room.


Stayed on 3 Aug 2017

We loved

The setting of the hotel. It's in a very peaceful, rural location, great for a total switch off from city life. Great breakfast, very friendly staff.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 17 Apr 2017

We loved

The care and attention of the staff; the spa; the quality of food and level of service in the Garden Room.

Don’t expect

Lots of space in the spa; could do with more loungers, however appreciate it's difficult to fit extras into the available space.


Stayed on 31 Mar 2017

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.


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.


Stayed on 7 Feb 2017

We loved



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!


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!


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.


Stayed on 22 Dec 2016

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