A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to pay a visit to the Dormy House Hotel & Spa to give their various sleeping/eating/spa facilities a bit of a trial run as they have just re-opened following an extensive re-fit. The hotel is located in the heart of the stunning Cotswolds, close to the village of Broadway. The Cotswolds is one of the many gorgeous places around the UK that I’ve only recently really begun to appreciate after a trip to Pembrokeshire last year where I realised what a breath of fresh air it can be to visit places in the UK as an alternative to travelling abroad. The Cotswolds is about as stunning as the UK gets – rolling green fields and pretty little villages galore. It’s a real shame and quite heartbreaking that vast chunks of it – and many people’s homes – are currently underwater after such a wet winter spell recently.
But the area is still like a picture postcard – absolutely gorgeous. The hotel and spa is pretty, although fairly unassuming from the exterior – it’s when you walk through the doors that you get the real wow factor. Not wow in the sense as you would with a big hotel or a flashy one. But the wow, of ‘ahh’ – the smell of the roaring fire, the cosy sofas and stacks of magazines to calling out to you to curl up and read. The decor in the hotel is gorgeous – modern and unique, but still classic and not the sort of style that will look good for years to come. It’s basically how I would like my dream home to be decorated.
One of the nicest things about the Dormy House Hotel & Spa is that each room is unique, with a different design for each one. They have a mixture of rooms and suites, varying from ‘Cosy’, through ‘Comfy’, ‘Splendid’ and ‘Top Notch’. The room I stayed in was a ‘Comfy’ room – and personally, comfy is under-selling it – the room was beyond lovely. Each room features complimentary wifi (a big thumbs up from this blogger), king sized beds, Nespresso machines, in room tablet (more on this in a moment), fluffy bath robes and slippers, hair driers and flat screen TV’s. Plus I’m sure many other details I’m probably forgetting to mention – basically, every need you can think of has been catered to.
I mentioned the in-room tablet, this was a very nifty little gadget – it has lots of information about the local area, can allow you to access the internet and all that, but the best feature has to be the ‘order fresh milk’ option. So if you fancy a cup of coffee, but like yours white – rather than provide those yucky long-life milk sachets, you just press this button and within moments a lovely member of staff pops to your door with a cute bottle of fresh milk for you. I have to admit, I did test this feature out – despite not really being a tea or coffee drinker – I just really like milk so may have just drunk that…! But a very cute little detail for the hotel to have covered.
But the rooms were not the main event we were there to check out – but the Spa. The Spa at Dormy House Hotel & Spa is a brand new addition following the huge refit – and what an addition it is. The spa is gorgeous and just as a snapshot features: 2 gyms (one personal training, one open 24 hours for all, a nail spa (feat Butter London polishes), a lovely spacious lounge for healthy food, 16m heated pool, spa terrace with ‘bubble bath’ hydro pool (i.e. outdoor jacuzzi) and of course the ‘Suite of Treats’ where there are numerous treatment rooms to cater to your every beauty and pampering related whim.
Whilst at the Hotel I indulged in a gorgeous massage treatment that really was wonderfully relaxing. There are a few things I want when I go in for any massage, firstly – an all over experience – including hands and feet in the massage. Secondly – tailored attention to my particularly knotty bits. I have particularly sore bits around my neck and lower back, so love it when a therapist spends extra time on these ares, making it their mission to break those knots out. Painful at the time, but so relaxing when it’s done! The hotel and spa features products from the brand Temple Spa – in both the rooms and as part of the treatments. In the room there were some lovely products including a balm that I have just fallen in love with – because it smells amazing and leaves skin silky soft. Fabulous stuff. It’s lovely to see the hotel choosing a fellow British brand as well for both treatments, room and for sale in the spa.
The Spa at Dormy House Hotel & Spa is not exclusively for the guests, you can become a member (although spaces are limited) or just book in for a treatment or spa day. The Spa Lunch was a particular highlight for me – and that’s not something I would normally say as I’m not the biggest fan of salads. But the food was delicious and felt very virtuous post-treatment.
In terms of the spa facilities, I didn’t have chance to actually try these out on the day but on the night we arrived we were given a tour of them so got to see what they were all about and they are absolutely gorgeous. The pool is a little tranquil oasis of calm, then there’s the various saunas and spas – including the Lavender Infusion Sauna or the Hot Juniper Finnish Sauna. Then there’s the Salt Steam Room or Ice Experience (eek!) – basically something if you want to sweat or if you want to chill.
I almost forgot to mention the food! It was delicious – we ate in the little private dining room, choosing food from The Potting Shed menu. I had the cauliflower cheese soup to start, then the Steak as my main. Although I did get a bit of food-envy when the fish and chips arrived – it looked amazing. I then went all out and had a cheese plate for dessert (I did share it, I promise!) but overall, it was basically my ideal meal with a heavy focus on meat and cheese. Oh, and the chips – just look at the chips. The fluffy, crispy, goodness was almost too much. SO GOOD. Also, for breakfast the next day I chose dippy eggs, which I haven’t had in years and were perfectly cooked. Definitely inspired me to make more dippy eggs in my life.
Even just spending time in the lounge area and having a little peek at the gorgeous countryside surrounding the hotel (with views to Wales on a clear day) I felt totally refreshed – and am already pestering the fiance to take a trip back there with me soon, or possibly even as a UK-based mini-break post wedding. It really had all the elements I look for in a relaxing break – gorgeous rooms that feel like they have all the comforts of home and then a few added extras, amazing food that feels indulgent yet wholesome, a gorgeous spa where you can spend hours just doing nothing or swim length after length if that floats your boat… oh and there’s a golf course that’s just next door if the boy in your life isn’t quite enthralled by the idea of hours in a spa.
For more information of the Dormy House Hotel & Spa visit the Dormy House website
I was a guest of Dormy House Hotel & Spa