Once a hard working farmhouse, Dormy House in the Cotswolds is now comprised of 39 bedrooms and suites, restaurants and a world-class spa – not to mention surrounded by quintessential countryside – that has flourished into one of the UK’s most loved hotels.
Set within a 400 acre Farncombe Estate, Dormy house began life as a farmhouse in the 17th century. Since 1977 however this beloved property has been owned and operated by the same family and in 2013 re-opened following a large scale refurbishment.
The hotels foodie offering includes the Potting Shed which has a rustic oak bar and relaxed atmosphere. The menu has a homely, comforting feel with dishes such as slow cooked pork belly and pan-fried cod fillet.
For a more refined dining experience that provides a view, the light-filled Back Garden restaurant showcases the best of the Cotswolds in a particularly enchanting setting. With sustainable, seasonal resources, the philosophy at the Back Garden is slow foods, high-welfare rare-breed meats and responsible cultivated grains and vegetables.
In a nod to the owners’ Danish heritage, the interior design by internationally renowned Todhunter Earle epitomise hygge comfort with panelled beams, flagstone flooring, Cotswold stone touches and open log fires.
Three lounges offer multiple social spaces whilst an elegant array of individually styled rooms span the main farmhouse, adjoining Danish Court and standalone Rose Cottage. These bedrooms range from intimate snugs with contemporary country-cottage décor to spacious suites equipped with roll-top bathtubs, four-poster beds and private hot tubs. All proudly showcase charming farmhouse quirks including vaulted ceilings and exposed oak beams.
The spa has been winning awards since the day it opened and is a place of rejuvenation and relaxation. Home to a serene pool, an outdoor hydrotherapy hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite that has various rooms designed to help soothe, cleanse and invigorate, a mud room (connected to a double treatment room), a Champagne nail bar, gym and personal training studio.
There are six tranquil treatment rooms – including a couples treatment room – where expert therapists work their magic with a variety of treatments from Temple Spa, Natura Bissé and massages by cult beauty expert Beata Aleksandrowicz of Pure Massage.
To wind-down after a treatment (if you aren’t already as relaxed as it gets) there’s a Greenhouse spa cafe with its own sun terrace where guests can relax and enjoy a menu of drinks, snacks and light lunches.
Dormy House offers four different types of rooms to choose from: Intimate rooms that sleep two and are situated in the main farmhouse, Comfy rooms that sleep two and are spread between the courtyard and the lodge, Splendid rooms that sleep two (some offer sofa beds which makes them perfect for families) and are spread between the farmhouse and Emily Wing and last but not least the Top Notch rooms.
Top Notch are the finest and most beautiful rooms at Dormy House with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, four-poster beds and chandeliers as well as huge bathrooms – ideal for spoiling yourself – or someone special! Take a look at the rooms and what they offer in detail here.
For the dog lovers among you, you’ll be delighted to know that Dormy House welcomes four-legged waggy tailed guests! The hotel has a selection of dog-friendly rooms and are welcome to dine with their owners in the Potting shed too. There’s a £30 per dog per stay charge which includes the provision of a dog bed, towel, water bowl and welcome treat. Find out more here.
As well as cosy bedrooms, Dormy house also has 11 suites. The largest and most impressive is the Studio which has its very own lounge, en-suite bathroom and vinyl collection with a turn table, sound system and headphones. The suite sleeps two and has been furnished in a modern Scandi style that makes for a super comforting stay in luxurious surroundings. Book your stay here.
Farncombe is an ideal gateway to the ever stunning Cotswolds, there’s so much to see and do here that a long weekend might not be enough.
Try your hand at a group clay pigeon shoot, discover Daylesford Farm, pop to Blenheim Palace and explore the 2,000 acre gardens, go punting in Oxford or visit the Cotswold motoring museum in Bourton-on-the-water. The list goes on – see what else you can try here.
A mere hour and a half’s journey out of London by car Dormy House is the escape you’ve been looking for this coming Autumn. Visit the Dormy House website here to discover more.
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