Just off a quiet lane named Buckle Street, at the top of Willersey Hill, near the village of Broadway sits Dormy House, a lovely hotel with all the credentials for a perfect stay.
Originally a 17th century Cotswold farmhouse, Dormy House has an intimate, relaxed, and utterly comfortable feel that flows throughout the place. Gorgeous fresh flowers, bowls of red apples, log fires, squashy sofas, and staff that make you feel that all is well in the world. Charming doorman in tailored Cotswold wool jacket and jeans greets at the door and helps with bags. Even Hunter wellies and umbrellas are at the ready for rambles and muddy walks.
Thirty eight rooms with names including The Attic, The Snug, The Den and The Hideaway. All are stylishly individual, some with their own sitting room, some suites with bath and double walk-in showers, and all with a tablet in each room to make it impossibly easy to cater for every whim. Order smoked salmon and scrambled egg on toasted brioche for breakfast, get a delivery of fresh milk to your room, buff up your body with a treatment in the House Spa, check out the equipment in the gym, mull over the lunch and dinner menu in The Garden Room or The Potting Shed, or relax with afternoon tea – room service has never been so much fun.
Self-contained and spacious suites are also set around the courtyard. Milk pails by the front door for sticks and brollies, king-size beds, sofa beds for children, walking maps, and even bed and biscuits ready for canine guests on a mini-break. Some suites have an individual courtyard terrace with table and chairs. Expect to see the sky, the stars and hear the peace and sounds of the countryside.
Eating at Dormy House is a must. The kitchens use the best seasonal ingredients with produce sourced locally as much as possible. Wine cellars are stocked from wine merchants, Corney and Barrow, established in London in 1780.
Dormy House is just a short distance down the lane from the Farncombe Estate where its sister hotels, the lovely Foxhill Manor and The Fish offer an equally memorable stay.
Honestly, you’ll find it hard to leave…..