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A stay at Dormy House

It isn’t easy to stand out among the best hotels in the Cotswolds, but the award-winning boutique hotel Dormy House more than meets the challenge.

From the moment I arrived to the sight of cosy sofas and roaring fireplaces, friendly welcome at reception and then finally, arrived at The Snug, one of the nicest hotel rooms I’ve stayed in, I knew I was in for a treat for my Cotswolds stay.

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Dormy House Cotswolds lounge

Dormy House has cosy lounges with roaring fires to welcome you the moment you arrive

Getting to Dormy House hotel and spa

Located on the massive Farncombe Estate, which is perched on the hills above Broadway, one of the prettiest towns in the the Cotswolds, Dormy House was originally a 17th century farmhouse and has been owned by the same family since 1977.

While the building is charming, it is certainly not fusty or old-fashioned, and the luxury hotel spa – handily in the main building – could hardly be more modern.

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As a spa hotel in the Cotswolds it ticks all the boxes. The spa contains a sleek 16-metre infinity pool, salt steam room, tropical shower, glass-fronted Finnish sauna and outdoor hot tub, and you can walk straight from your room to the spa in your fluffy robes.

Overall the atmosphere is very much in the Soho Farmhouse/Pig Hotels bracket of smart, chic and professional, but it is also welcoming, friendly and casual rather than snooty.

Dormy House bedrooms

Our bedroom in Dormy House was one of the nicest I’ve stayed in. It was called The Snug and had a separate lounge – with a sofa, TV, mini bar and all the modern conveniences you’d expect, and a wonderful cosy bedroom in calm Scandi colours.

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The bathroom was immaculate, with a massive walk-in shower and the deepest bath I have ever bathed in: a massive tin tub in which I soaked for a good hour, my magazine propped up on the soap dish stand and sipping a pre-dinner G&T while listening to music from the bedside radio.

Dormy House Cotswolds Snug bedroom twin beds

Our bedroom in The Snug – minimalist and very relaxing

Dormy House Cotswolds

Back at The Snug – we had a lounge, hall, bedroom and bathroom to ourselves

room owls at Dormy House

Cute little room owls at Dormy House

Even the in-room iPod, which isn’t usually my type of thing, scored points because you could easily order cocktails through it – and the little room owl (above) was very cute.

Dormy House Cotswolds tin bath

The simply massive tin bath

Dormy House restaurant

We decided to eat in the more informal The Potting Shed restaurant at the front of the hotel as  we would be having breakfast in The Back Garden restaurant (which was called The Garden Room when we were there).

The Potted Shed had a relaxed, low-key atmosphere, with music blaring out from the walls (they did turn it down) and a friendly but casual service.

I started with wild mushrooms on toast with crispy duck egg while my guest had the potted Brixham crab with warm blinis  – the crab was delicious and the wild mushrooms were divine, perfect for a cold wintry evening.

Dormy House Cotswolds wild mushrooms

Delicious wild mushrooms

As the occasion called for something hearty and comforting we decided to push the boat out and share the 20 oz T-bone steak cooked in the new ‘Bertha’ charcoal and wood-fired oven. The seasonal greens were terrific though and after all that we were way too full for dessert.

porterhouse steak at Dormy House

Our porterhouse steak at Dormy House

While the Potting Shed wasn’t the kind of place to linger long after your meal, thankfully there were no shortage of places to sit so we relocated to one of the front rooms by a roaring fire which was being well-looked after by the many staff, and enjoyed coffee and petits fours before turning in.

Dormy House breakfast

We had a perfect night’s sleep at Dormy House as the bed was beautifully comfortable and the sheets top quality. It was with a heavy heart that we headed for breakfast the next morning, knowing it would soon be time to leave our Snug and return to the real world.

Thankfully breakfast, as you’d expect for a luxury boutique hotel, was excellent – you can’t fault a place which offers free Bloody Marys and Bucks Fizz as a matter of course – and came with a whole range of cooked options from dippy eggs to kippers, smoked salmon and ‘the Full Dormy’.

Back Garden restaurant at Dormy House Cotswolds

The Back Garden restaurant serves breakfast as well as a more formal dinner in the evenings

breakfast drinks selection at Dormy House hotel

An expansive boozy breakfast selection

There was just time for a walk around to check out some of the other rooms, some of which, like the Rose Cottage were separate to the main building. However I was delighted to see that none, in my view, were as lovely as my Snug.

Hotel information and to book Dormy House

Dormy House, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcs WR12 9LF
01386 852711

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Dormy House is a member of PoB Hotels group, Small Luxury Hotels and Mr and Mrs Smith. Rooms start at £255 a night for bed and breakfast and there is a two-night minimum stay at weekends

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