I feel so inspired and I never thought that would be possible from being at a hotel for less than an hour, particularly after the hard last few weeks I’ve had. You know when you are ridiculously tired that your eyelids hurt and your head is doing circles from trying to spin so many plates. My shower is leaking, I am suddenly without a car and the day job is super busy (more so than usual if that’s even possible). You must have had one of those days or weeks before, yes?
As soon as I hit the ten mile radius of the Dormy House Hotel the landscape changed to postcard pretty and I felt my hunched shoulders relax. Autumnal trees lined the narrow roads and fluffy sheep dotted the fields. The sun even made an appearance – though I can’t promise that feature for your stay. The last mile up the Cotswold hill followed a tunnel of intertwined trees; a canopy of fading green and burning orange leaves.
Two very kind gentlemen greeted me by name (very swish) at my car door (sadly not so swish) and whisked away my overnight bag and laptop, taking them straight to my room. I felt my cheeks redden a little as I remembered the strewn sandwich wrapper on the floor of my car and my muddy boots on top of my bag. Luckily, their crisp, smart suits didn’t prevent them from being nothing but friendly and welcoming. I felt a wave of relief and crossed my fingers this luxury hotel would be just as unpretentious.
I was escorted to the jaw-droppingly stunning reception desk – a chunky wooden piece of art, let alone a desk. The fireplace roared in the front lounge and a lovely scented aroma filled the air. It seemed the hotel was keen to impress my eyes, ears and smell. I felt my stomach rumble at the hope of being as satisfied as my other senses.
A down to earth, yet professional lady gave me a brief tour of the hotel which made me all the more excited to see my room. From the three lounges to The Garden Room (an impressive glassed area for formal fine dining) and The Potting Shed (stylish, rustic pub dining), I was blown away.
Every corner I turned I was further hooked.
Contemporary styling that wouldn’t look out of place on the front of a glossy interiors magazine; simplistic and homely, yet indulgently classy and impressive. From the mustard armchair (I know, my favourite colour – it was very exciting!), to the arty light features – I wanted every single piece of homeware.
I stayed in a ‘Splendid Room’ (one of four types of rooms, excluding the suites), number 18 to be exact. It is tucked away in the far corner and felt like my own little cottage.
I had my own front door (complete with adorable letterbox), hallway (furnished with a very cute stone owl ‘do not disturb’ sign and a big umbrella – it is England after all) and a separate bedroom and bathroom that were so pretty they made me do a little (okay, big) excited skip. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough there was also a beautiful patio area to capitalize on those rare sunny moments.
It was contemporary, modern and stylish – my favourite combination. Girls and guys, I’m positive that you will absolutely Heart it (yes, heart with a capital ‘h’). A snuggly white duvet, thick wooden beams, a Moroccan style lampshade, a flat screen TV, an aubergine desk, plush armchairs, linen drapes, a tablet to order room service or surf the net….what’s not to love?
At nearly 5’8, I was impressed that even I could completely lay down in the bath tub. I could have happily slept in the bathroom if needed. The Temple Spa products (Good Hair Day shampoo, In Good Condition conditioner, La La Lagoon aromatic bath and shower gel, Peace Be Still face and body balm, and Quietude calming mist) were amazing. Trust me, I spent a long time trying them all.
The blistering winds had given me my usual Rudolph red nose and dry skin, but those delightful goodies soon fixed that. A spa is currently being built on site (it is due to be ready in early 2014). After sampling their everyday toiletries, and experiencing the stylish interiors of Dormy, I am convinced it is going to be The spa to visit.
My dining experiences, breakfast and dinner, need their own spotlights (yes, they are in the same realm as the rest of my stay), so I’ll be sharing separate blog posts with you.
The best way I can describe my experience at Dormy House Hotel is ‘the good life’. It oozes five star luxury, but in a homely, comfortable way that snuggles you like one of their dreamy dressing gowns. I pinky promise that you will feel a million dollars; like the cat has got the cream (the double thick, Cornish cream), but you won’t feel like you can’t relax and you don’t have to pretend to be some fancy aristocrat. It’s really is a refreshing balance. The £10m redevelopment project has been money very well spent. Even with my critical eye, it is faultless and I don’t think I could have imagined a more perfect hotel. With a generous checkout of 12noon, I reluctantly left this escapists dreamy Dormy retreat.
Dormy House Hotel (in the Cotswolds, England) is definitely approved and recommended by Taylor Hearts Travel. Prices start from £240 for a ‘Splendid Room’ on a bed and breakfast basis.
Have you been to this hotel or the nearby area of Broadway? Is it now on your list? Either way, I’d love to hear what you think of this lovely 17th century farmhouse stylish retreat . X
I was a guest of Dormy House Hotel.
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