There is something very beguiling for a city dweller about the phrase: hotel in the Cotswolds. It sums up beautifully the idea of escape to bucolic bliss, black and white cows standing in green rolling fields, pretty mellow gold stone houses, plenty of cake, comfy beds and crisp white linens, long walks, fireside sofas, good bottles of wine, and breakfast in bed.

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Happily Dormy House, just outside Broadway in Worcestershire on the northern reaches of the Cotswolds delivers on every front. There are indeed fireside sofas, in beautiful sitting rooms, filled with flowers and books, delicious things to eat and drink, and plenty of green fields in sight. And, most importantly for me, it’s a dog-friendly establishment.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds england

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds england
Dating back to the 17th century, the original farmhouse was bought in the mid 1940s by Broadway Golf Club next door and given its new name: Dormy House.  (Dormy is a term for an unbeatable round of golf.)

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

Dormy House has been in the same family ownership since 1977, and is part of the Farncombe Estate, 400-acres of land that spans from Broadway to the top of Fish Hill, which is also home to sister venues Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel.

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Lettice and I spent plenty of time holed up in front of the fire in one of the main house’s sitting rooms, (there is an excellent wifi connection), both during the day, and after dinner, with a glass of wine chatting to the other guests.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds england

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds england

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds
Bringing along one’s special furry friend often means a slightly less exciting hotel room – usually ground floor, and away from other guests. Here, whilst our room did indeed meet those two criteria, in an extension to the left of the main building, there was no sense of less exciting about it.

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High beamed, and very spacious, with a dinky seating area in the L of the room, a writing desk, and lovely all white en suite bathroom, it had a door that led directly onto the hotel’s courtyard, perfect for letting the hund out for its regular constitutionals.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds
dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds bedroom

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

The hotel provided a huge bed, water bowl and treats for Lettice, who was suitably appreciative – you do need to warn the hotel in advance if you are bringing your dog (s). If you are dog-free, then I would recommend checking out the rooms in the main house, as these are also very, very pretty.

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I had a delicious breakfast in bed on my last morning, with perfect eggs and home made hash browns.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

On my first night in the hotel I ate in The Potting Shed, the hotel’s more relaxed restaurant, with its large leather-and-oak bar (sadly a dog-free zone – Lettice was deeply unimpressed at having to stay in our room), and I ate well. I’m a sucker for rhubarb in season, and this little cake with its pine nut topping was exemplary.
Cake dormy house hotel spa cotswolds england

There is also a very smart Garden Room restaurant, which serves a three course à la carte menu at £45 per person or a 7-course tasting menu at £65 per person, but I didn’t feel like eating in solitary splendour.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

Do not on any account miss the very impressive spa, with its really lovely lolling and cafe area (above), which must be even more delightful in the summer when the French windows open onto the terraces.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds
Downstairs you will find the most spectacular pool room, with its indoor 16m heated infinity pool –  , thermal suite and exterior hydrotherapy tub.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds swimming pool

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

The Thermal Suite has a series of rooms to explore: a Lavender Infusion Sauna – sourced from Cotswold lavender fields, the dry heat of the Hot Juniper Finnish cabin, a Salt Steam room, cooling Drench Showers, and an Ice Experience, where one can freeze on demand.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

There is also a nail bar masquerading as a Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar (very treat-y).

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

Sadly my spa lunch was a bit wanting, but the staff were consistently charming, and I can’t think of a lovelier place to book a spa day.

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

I think Princess Lettice sums up my feelings at having to leave this excellent hotel pretty well:

dormy house hotel spa cotswolds

Sasha Wilkins was a guest of Dormy House for bed, breakfast & supper in The Potting Shed for two nights in April 2016.

Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire. WR12 7LF
Telephone: 01386 852711.
www.dormyhouse.co.uk

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4 comments

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What a great place! Love the vintage look! Lettice looks so happy. Sweet!

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Love that chunky coffee table x

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While I welcome being able to take doggy friends away to hotels etc, I think it’s really bad form to allow them onto the bed.

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Well, everyone’s entitled to their own way of doing things. I’d personally prefer a very small dog to sit on sheets that will be boiled rather than rolling about on a carpet which will only be hoovered. Besides, she is never allowed on a bed’s counterpanes, or cushions so I really don’t see the problem here. (Nor is she allowed on a room’s other soft furnishings, such as chairs etc.)

Frankly, most humans are filthy beasts – I never, ever touch hotel counterpanes or cushions if I can avoid it, and as for places where children have been…YUCK.

And thank you for saying I am have really bad form. Charming. (If you can’t say anything nice, etc etc.)

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