Fancy staying in a 17th century farmhouse close to one of the loveliest villages in the Cotswolds? I know I do! Close to Broadway, a village that fulfils even the pickiest anglophile’s wildest dreams, on the beautiful Farncombe Estate, you will find the perfect Cotswold retreat at Dormy House. The surroundings here are truly amazing, you can spend all day rambling around the estate or explore villages nearby. We stayed in the suite named “The Snug”; it was cosy, comfortable, and big enough for us to be able to simply stay there our whole visit, the beautiful roll top bath being my favourite thing about it. Other nifty details were the tablet with in-room dining menus and useful information on it, Nespresso machine, plenty of tea (and cookies), bottled water and all those little luxuries that make staying in a hotel such a treat. The decor is calm, comfy, and neutral but never boring; they have used a lot of perky patterns and textiles to make you smile, and the room hosts a lot of fun amenities – my favourite, a balm to soothe your feet après-rambling. We found pub-grub deluxe at the relaxed and cosy Potting Shed, the food being delicious and it is very nice space to dine in too. There is a more formal restaurant as well but we, however, opted for the least formal option and had room-service burgers in our robes in front of a movie – and it was excellent (and this is a deal-breaker; an otherwise brilliant hotel can miss out on repeat visits from us if their burger fails us, because we are ridiculous/discerning like that).
The Cotswolds are jam-packed with things to do, but if you are here to rest up, a day can easily be spent in the SPA; we moved between loungers, the swimming pool, the jacuzzi outside, napping in a little resting area next to the jacuzzi (I even found myself snoring at one point – too classy for words) and having a drink in the Greenhouse. As if we weren’t relaxed enough, we had a Rasul Mud Bath followed by a side-by-side massage (there may have been more snoozing there too) to top it all off – absolute bliss. I’m pretty sure there’s a gym there too… or actually two of them, next time I will definitely visit those (possibly, maybe). I really can’t recommend this place enough, it’s just so lovely with really friendly staff, scrumptious food, elegant rooms, and spaces that instantly make you want to kick off your wellingtons and get comfortable with a cup of tea in front of the fire (they have few of those in the pubic areas). They have two sister properties, also on the estate, The Fish Hotel, which is their more affordable option or the gorgeous Foxhill Manor (next on my list of places to visit!), which seems more like staying at a private manor with really impressive rooms and a completely personalised stay. I booked my stay through Small Luxury Hotels of the World as they had a really good deal on suites, and it is a good idea to become a member anyway as you get perks like free breakfast and upgrades after only one stay through them – and the membership is free.