The Cotswolds is a special place for us, we got married there and spent many years before children having weekend breaks there so we’re always looking for an excuse to go back!
We found a pretty good excuse recently, we discovered Dormy House Hotel and decided that instead of Christmas presents this year we would go away (without children) for a night in bleak January! Dormy House, a renowned four-red-AA-star hotel with 38 rooms, is a winner of many awards including Hotel of the Year 2017 by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is described as ‘very nearly perfect’ after a £10 million refurbishment in 2013.
We arrived around midday on a Monday and although we couldn’t get into our room until 3pm, we weren’t short of things to do and were already beginning to see why Dormy House has won so many awards.
The house is absolutely stunning, think beautifully decorated snugs, complete with roaring fires, a Spa so divine that when you enter time stops and wonderful food and drink on call.
We both said as soon as we walked in the door we relaxed – I’m not sure I’ve ever been anywhere where that has happened before! After a little look around we headed to the restaurant nearest to the Spa for a quick lunch, whilst we planned an afternoon of relaxation.
The Spa area is all beautifully presented, from the relaxation areas, to the treatment rooms, to the changing rooms with lockers filled with fluffy white dressing gowns and flip flops to get you Spa ready.
I was blown away by the pool area; a long infinity pool surrounded by comfortable day beds and steam/sauna facilities – I never wanted to leave! We were there on a Monday so I can’t say what it would be like on a weekend, but the pool never seemed busy and there was always a bed available to relax on.
We both loved the sauna facilities, especially the lavender one which was so relaxing. The outdoor hydro pool was also amazing complete with fireplace above the pool.
After spending a few hours at the Spa I headed to the treatment rooms for a full body massage. I had heard from friends that the treatments at Dormy House were some of the best and I don’t disagree, I left feeling even more relaxed but feeling a little sad that time was going so quickly!
After my massage, we went to see our room. We had booked one of the cheapest rooms, an intimate room which was situated in the main house and was full of character.
The room was beautiful with a comfortable bed, a stunning bathroom complete with Spa products, my favourite a nespresso machine and everything you could need to feel at home.
I’ve seen pictures of the other rooms at the hotel, a pink room in the attic (MY DREAM, which one day we will stay in), rooms with roll top baths, others with dramatic high ceilings and exposed beams and top-notch rooms with four-poster beds or chandeliers. These were a little out of our price range but looked amazing for a special stay.
Once we had got settled it was back to the Spa before getting ready for dinner in one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Dormy House has two restaurants; The Potting Shed and the Garden Room, however, the Garden Room will re-open in February with a new look, menu and a new name, The Back Garden. They are also opening a further restaurant, MO which will offer a unique, interactive 7-course tasting-menu experience to just 12 guests at a time. One for the calendar…
We’d decided to eat in the more informal Potting Shed at the front of the hotel rather than the Garden Room restaurant at the back. There weren’t many people booked in the Garden Room so it was recommended we change and we were happy to try it! The Potting Shed definitely had a more relaxed atmosphere and a friendly but casual service. I’d call the food good pub food, it was delicious but part of me wanted something a bit more special for the one night we had away but we enjoyed it never the less.
We decided to have starters and we both went for the beetroot cured salmon with horseradish. We ordered some nibbles for my husband before these as he was hungry, but these were forgotten which was a shame.
The salmon was delicious, very light and a good start to the meal. For mains, I had a chicken Kiev with mash and greens and Nick had a steak.
While the Potting Shed wasn’t particularly the kind of place to stay once you’d finished your meal as we had discovered earlier there were no shortage of places to sit so we relocated to a sitting room and enjoyed a G&T before heading back to our room.
After a really good nights sleep (and no 6am wake up call thanks to the child-free break) we headed down to breakfast. If I had been a little disappointed at the dinner breakfast certainly made up for it. The buffet table of fresh fruit, homemade yogurts and continental breakfast we were spoilt for choice.
We both decided to have a cooked breakfast from the menu, a Dormy full breakfast and eggs royale, both were yummy!
We really enjoyed the breakfast and the Garden Room was a stunning place to eat, overlooking the gardens.
Unfortunately, after a few hours in the Spa it was time to check out and head back to reality. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Dormy House and I’ve already suggested a trip for my birthday in July!
*This is a review of a trip we paid for ourselves but wanted to share as we loved our stay*