Checking into Dormy House feels like the very definition of Hygge. The charmingly cosy country house dates back to the 17th century but the interiors, designed by Todhunter Earle reflect the hotel’s modern clientele. The designer has focused on the details to create a space that is both refined yet homely. Bold printed fabrics are mixed with muted country tones. Stacks of well-loved board games sit proudly amongst the coffee table books and sunken leather armchairs next to one of the many open fires make the perfect spot for an espresso martini or two. There are living spaces a plenty, with 3 large lounges and fireplaces at every turn.
Bedrooms are all unique: we stayed in the beautifully decorated Attic in the eaves of the Farmhouse, with white washed beams and rose-hued fabric covering the walls. Another eye catching room is the Loft which boasts Farncombe hillside views from the perfectly positioned roll top bath.
The hotel has 3 eateries. Laid back country dining in the form of the aptly named The Potting Shed, where you can make the most of fuss free authentic seasonal food, think steak and ale pies and a chilled pint of Guinness: the Cotswolds at its finest. The Back Garden, which as the name suggests, celebrates the best of locally sourced produce. Responsibly cultivated foods are at the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy and the proof is quite literally in the pudding. And lastly the newly opened Mo, offering a unique, interactive 7-course tasting-menu experience to just 12 guests at a time, promising to offer high quality food with a hint of theatrics.
A Dormy highlight has to be the sleek spa, encompassing a hot juniper sauna, salt infusion therapy room and thassoul-mud room. We preferred early morning and late night spa sessions, making use of the outdoor jacuzzi next to a roaring fire (and also avoiding the people). As the only property from Farncombe Estates to have a spa, it does tend to get quite busy during the day. Residents from Foxhill Manor can pop by to use the facilities although the larger Fish hotel doesn’t have access.
THE CHECK OUT
ACCOMODATION CATEGORY: Boutique country farmhouse with a Scandi twist.
POOL/GYM/SPA: Pool, gym, spa and outdoor hot-tub.
FEEL: How a luxe country home should feel.
RATES: Starting at £269 per night.
LOCATION: Broadway, the Cotswolds.
CHILDREN: Welcome in the pool and Greenhouse Café from 9am to 10.30am and 4pm to 5.30pm; at other times, it’s adults only.
GOOD TO KNOW: Pets welcome at an additional rate. Book spa treatments in advance.