Dormy House

Dormy House

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WINNER: BEST SPA HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2014

Dormy House – a boutique hotel in the Cotswolds, by honey-hued Broadway village – is a 17th-century farmhouse given a 21st-century twist by Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ interior-design talents, Todhunter Earle. Retro-chic rooms reflect the hotel’s cosmopolitan clientele, with cosy and clean-lined rooms in neutral hues and original features, or Emily Todhunter's bold geometric prints alongside bespoke Scandinavian-style furnishings. There's also an exclusive-use manor on site, and the hotel is set near Broadway Golf Club (on the 400-acre Farncombe Estate), offering timeless views from the rooms, the restaurant – where you’ll dine on cleverly composed Cotswolds’ fare – and the locally lauded country pub.

Highlights:

  • Vale of Evesham views

  • Dapper design

  • Creative country fare

Smith extra

A bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne in your room. GoldSmiths receive an extra plate of handmade chocolates

In the know

Also need to know:

All public areas are wheelchair accessible and there are two disabled-access rooms (both are Splendid rooms). 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.

Packing tips:

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.

Dress code:

Buffed-up bumpkin: put aside pressed collars and slip into chinos; well-cut Margaret Howell-style corduroys, knits and shift dresses will serve Mrs Smith well.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Driving through Gloucestershire and then Worcestershire’s winding country lanes, we felt the anticipation bubbling. This was a special weekend to celebrate Mr Smith’s birthday and, quietly, I felt pressure, as I wanted everything to be heavenly. In true British style, it rained pretty much the entire journey from London to the Cotswolds, but funnily enough this didn’t dampen spirits in the slightest and only made us more excited for what lay ahead. Once we saw the village of Broadway, we knew that we were close. Fresh air gushed in through the windows along with the promise of a weekend of r

Accommodation details

Address:

Willersey Hill, Broadway, Cotswolds, Worcestershire WR12 7LF, United Kingdom
Cotswolds
United Kingdom

Location:

14.4 mi / 23.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Golf
  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Aerobics instruction
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • On-Site parking
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The Garden Room has a glass wall facing the greenery, for views that would make famed Broadway Village resident John Singer Sargent reach for his easel. It may have the view to compete with, but food here is far from humdrum; dishes such as venison with blackberry and chocolate ravioli, and rhubarb crumble soufflé make the menu a tour de force in wildly inventive West Country cuisine. The Potting Shed menu is more down to earth, with pies, fish and chips and bangers and mash, but it’s equally delicious. Tucked away in the spa, the Greenhouse serves wholesome lunches and tempting cakes; on a sunny day, its tree-circled terrace makes a peaceful spot for afternoon tea.

Top table:

If you only have eyes for each other choose a secluded corner table; otherwise ogle the view from a window seat (or one on the terrace if it’s sunny).

Last orders:

Breakfast: 7.30am–10am daily; dinner 7pm–9:30pm. Tuesday to Saturday nights and Sunday lunch: 12 noon to 2:30pm. Snacks are served all day in the lounge and afternoon tea 2pm to 6pm. In the Potting Shed pub: lunch, 12 noon to 2:30pm; dinner 6pm-9:30pm.

Room service:

Room service can be ordered 24 hours a day. All it takes is the touch of a button on your in-room tablet to send staff scurrying to your door with silver-cloche-covered sharing platters and meals made with fresh local fare.

Hotel bar:

The Potting Shed is a country pub that’s been tidied up around the edges – retro flooring, a spectacular conical skylight and architectural chandeliers denote a departure from the average British boozer. However, down-to-earth pub grub – replete with sharing platters – a selection of local Real Ales and a sociable seating plan show it hasn’t forgotten its rustic roots.

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