Looking for a country retreat, that still has a home-to-home feel, then look no further than Dormy House. We’re long standing fans of the work from Todhunter Earle so had been planning to visit for quite a while. Thankfully the long awaited anticipation did not disappoint.
Like us, Todhunter Earle typically specialise in the renovation and design of high-end residential properties rather than hotels. We believe that this is one of the main reasons the interiors are so special at Dormy House. Not afraid of colour, the three large lounges instantly welcome guests and centre around three unique schemes, red, blue & yellow. Ikat prints, sit comfortably with traditional panelling, rich leather furniture and luxurious antique mirrors. Plush, luxurious and completely relaxed, Dormy House hotel is the idyllic rural retreat.
Flagstone floors, exposed beams and panelled walls sit alongside sensitively contemporary furniture, patterns and colour schemes. We noticed that particular care had been taken to the lighting; in particular the beautifully lit exposed Cotswold stonewalls create a calm and relaxing feel throughout the public areas.
One of our favourite areas was the House Spa. As soon as you enter you are transported to haven of tranquillity, pretty as an interior-design showroom, ‘The Suite of treats’ even has its own shop window allowing guests to take a peek through or pass through the dimly lit fabric lined anteroom which leads onto the treatment rooms. The ‘Garden Room’ has a touch of Scandinavian influence and organically merges the balcony with the soft furnishings inside.
Comfy and stylish, the bedrooms are full of historic character with exposed beams and high ceilings. Furniture is sourced from Chelsea Textiles, lighting from Richard Taylor and feature walls covered in patterned fabric. Each bedroom is decorated differently yet they share the same attention to detail: a Kilner jar of homemade cookies, Nespresso coffee machine, DAB radio and a cute handmade owl doorstop. You also get an in-room tablet: a great techy idea which gives loads of info on the hotel and what to do, and even lets you order spa treatments, hampers, DVDs and room service with minimum fuss.
We cannot write about ‘Dormy House’, without mentioning the impeccable service we received. Not only did we come away feeling rested and relaxed but also rather special. In need of a glamorous country retreat, then look no further.
Dormy House Hotel, Willersey Hill, Broadway, WR12 7LF
T: 01386 852711