Need to know
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.
12 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 $252.97 (£179), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
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. Take a dip then recline on one of the taupe day beds poolside.
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.
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.
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 £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.
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.
Babies, toddlers and juniors. Animal lovers and tractor- or train-enthusiasts will find lots to love in the surrounding countryside.
The spacious Den has a lounge, 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 (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. A special afternoon tea is also served in the lounge, with jam fingers, sausage rolls, fruit smoothies and more (for under-12s).
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. Children also get cartoon bedding in their rooms.