Tucked away in the beautiful rolling hills of the Cotswolds, close to the village of Broadway, lies the serene Farncombe Estate, and nestled within it, three hotels, one of which is Dormy House Hotel and Spa. Originally Willersey Hill Farm, dating back to the 17th century, it was once home to Frank and Edith Cotterell, and here they brought up their 13 children. The farmhouse was subsequently purchased by the Broadway Golf Club in the 1940s where it changed its name to ‘Dormy House’ (Dormy is the golfing term for ‘unbeatable’). Since then it has seen many incarnations as a hotel, until 1977 when it was bought by Swedish businessman Jørgen Philip-Sørensen. He oversaw a multi-million pound renovation to the property. Classic Scandinavian influenced furnishings giving Dormy a light and fresh atmosphere whilst retaining its cosy and inviting feel.
So what makes Dormy House so special? From the moment of arrival you are greeted to a warm welcome. Bags are quickly lifted off your hands and transported to your room, whilst front of house staff greet you like long lost friends. A smart, unfussy reception area is your gateway to a relaxing stay in tranquil surroundings and the aforementioned exemplary care of the Dormy House team. Checking-in is effortless and you are quickly left to relax with a glass of complimentary fizz in one of many lounges adorned with roaring open fires, leather-lines bookcases, and boxes stacked high with every board game one could think of.
There’s something about the comfort of the lounges at Dormy which make you feel right at home from the off. It’s not long before you’re curled up in a chair with a blanket having completely forgotten about the cares of the outside world.
After a pot of Earl Grey and a plate of deliciously warm homemade scones, we make our way towards our room. Everywhere in this hotel is spotless, from the walkways with cosy corners to sit and relax in, to the corridors leading to the bedroom which are beautifully lit to expose the majestic Cotswolds stone walls and original wooden beam ceilings.
Our room, is like the hotel, a home away from home, but better…just as we were promised when booking. The arched ceilings give a real sense of scale to our new hideaway. Everything has been thought of, from the homemade cookies to the wonderful Temple Spa treats in the bathroom, as well as a plethora of magazine and books to lose yourself in. We especially loved the dried flowers framed on our bedroom wall. Nature is never far from your mind when staying here.
After picking up our bathrobes, it’s a surprisingly short journey down to the award-winning spa and Veuve Clicquot Champagne treatment centre, followed by a dip in the 16m swimming pool, Lavender enthused steam room and a snooze on a sunbed. This is NOT a leisure centre but a dreamy haven away from the hustle and bustle of commuter life in the big smoke. Did I mention the steaming outside jacuzzi illuminated by candles? That’s the icing on the cake. Here you can detox, de-stress and regenerise for your next adventure.
Dinner and our breakfast are served in the relaxed surroundings of The Potting Shed – a gastro-pub that serves up sumptuous, laid-back food.
It starts to rain outside…do we care? No. We’re heading back to the lounge to put our feet up, read the papers and enjoy the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate. We’re supposed to be leaving today, maybe we will stay? Come find out why so many people feel the same way: https://www.thedormyhouse.com