Dormy House Hotel
The Dormy House Hotel is a luxury hotel and spa that sits near the top of Fish Hill in the Cotswolds of England about 2 miles outside of the town of Broadway. We stayed here during our family vacation in late summer 2015.
The Cotswolds are in a beautiful, pastoral section of West England. Charming medieval towns dot the hills and dales of forests and sheep pasture. The Cotswolds offer a snapshot of pre-industrialized England, letting the traveler slow down and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. For more information, click on these links to our prior articles: Why Visit the Cotswolds in England, Walking in Tolkien’s Footsteps, and Stow on the Wold in the English Cotswolds.
The Dormy House Hotel is a boutique hotel made up of several units with guest rooms surrounding the main house. The main house is a 17th century farm house that has been beautifully restored. It houses the lobby, spa, restaurant, bar, community room, and meeting room. Multiple gardens, cottage-style and formal, cover the property around and between the buildings. The Dormy House has been owned and operated by the same family for over 35 years.
The Farm House
The epicenter of the Dormy House Hotel is the farm house with decor that blends both traditional and modern elements into a warm and comfortable blend. As mentioned above, it’s where you go for all indoor activities. The community room has comfortable, overstuffed couches in which to sink, warm by the fireplace, and enjoy a cup of tea or glass of wine. The spa and restaurant are discussed later.
Our room was directly off of the main house in an adjacent building. Our room was large, clean, and tastefully decorated. We loved the vaulted ceilings. Sliding doors opened to a courtyard in the back. The bed was soft, but not too much so. Multiple pillows of varying thickness were provided, allowing us to pick out one that best suited our needs. The room came equipped with an electric kettle and an expresso maker with multiple teas, expressos, and cocoas to choose from. While this seemed commonplace in the UK, this was a definite perk to these Yanks. An I-tablet with internet access was also supplied, which was another nice touch. The towel warmer and heated floors in the bath were appreciated on cool mornings. It was a perfect place to return after a day of exploring the towns and countryside.
There are three options for dining at the Dormy House Hotel: The Garden Room Restaurant, The Potting Shed, and to-go picnic baskets called Dormy Hampers. The Garden Room Restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced, seasonal fare. The Potting Shed is a classic British pub with traditional pub offerings. Our dining at the Dormy House Hotel was limited to the complementary breakfast served in the Garden Room Restaurant. We were out exploring during the rest of the day and ate at restaurants in the towns. A buffet style, continental breakfast was provided, or you could order from the menu. The variety and taste of the food was amazing! Everything was delicious. It was my favorite breakfast in the UK. Warm sunlight flows in through large windows and doors opening into a beautiful garden courtyard.
The House Spa
The House Spa is located in the Farm House. Multiple treatments and options are available. Treatments include massage, mud, thermal, hydrotherapy, and a nail spa. A gym with weights and cardio equipment is open 24 hours to guests.
The Dormy House Staff
We were greeted at the door upon arrival with courtesy and smiles. The Dormy House Hotel staff were always quick with “Good Morning” and “How can I help you?” When asked for help with hiking trails to explore the Cotwolds, we were offered ten detailed maps of varying distances. Our experience with the entire staff, housekeeping, front desk, waiters, gardeners, everyone..was exceptional.
As you can see, with a focus on dining and spa treatments, the Dormy House Hotel is geared towards adults. The Cotswolds and Dormy House Hotel are still great places for kids, though. Children can use the indoor pool from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. There is plenty to explore on property to keep the kids occupied for a while. The Cotswold offer great opportunities for family time. Choose a scenic hike from the maps at the front dest, pre-order a Dormy Hamper (picnic basket), and head out for a day in the lush countryside away from computers, cell phones, texting, and video games. You and your kids will love it.
I can think of nothing negative to say about the Dormy House Hotel. Our stay was wonderful and everything met or exceeded our expectations. When we return to the Cotswolds, we will return to the Dormy House Hotel without question. I whole-heartedly recommend that you give it a try.
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