With a break in our busy schedules the boy and I decided to book ourselves a ‘Staycation’.
Back in February my mother and I took ourselves to Dormy House in the Cotswolds as a joint birthday treat for a couple of nights and I loved it so much I vowed to return. An hour and a half drive out of London and nestled in the countryside near an unbelievably quaint village called Broadway, Dormy, part of the Farncombe Estate is a 17th Century transformed farmhouse, oozing sophistication in a tranquil environment with rooms so beautifully designed you’ll be suffering interior envy.
We stayed over a Thursday / Friday on the Spring Retreat deal which includes a complimentary Dinner in the garden room to the value of £45 pp. Prices start from £255.00 per room per night, based on two people sharing an Intimate room. Dormy very kindly upgraded us to a Cosy room and so after a glass or two of Prosecco in the Potting Shed Brasserie bar whilst our room was being prepared we started to unwind.
We stayed in room no.1 – a beautifully bright room at the front of the building with views of the countryside. And so, bags unpacked and champagne on chill (Thank you Sky 1, my ‘welcome back to filming’ present from them) we begin to slip into country life.
Having already stayed at Dormy House I knew my way around but wanted to show the boy some of my favourite spots to relax. At the front of the property is what I call the blue room, a peaceful and beautifully designed room with a fireplace, bay window, plenty of books and boardgames.
To the back of the hotel is the Spa. Though the doors to the spa there’s the reception and another bar / eating area, serving drinks and nibbles by day and cocktails by night.
At 20.15 we make our way to the Garden room for dinner. Last time I stayed here we ate in the Potting Shed, a delightful brasserie style restaurant serving up dishes such as risotto, mussels, salad and fish or meat from the bertha charcoal wood oven. The Garden Room serves a set menu for £45 pp, which was included for free in our Spring deal.
We opted for an additional cheese course for £10 at the end and had a delicious bottle of Gewürztraminer, by recommendation to wash it all down with. restaurant Manager very kindly added a desert and cheese wine to our dinner to make it even more special for us.
The food was simple, fresh and incredibly tasty. I wasn’t there to review the food so no review shall follow, but both of us were very impressed with the quality and would absolutely eat there again. Espresso Martini in the lounge over a board game and then it’s time for bed.
The next morning we wake early to a beautifully sunny day, light pouring through our window and birds singing, something one forgets the sound of living in central London.
We decide to beat the crowds and head down to the Spa before breakfast.
Breakfast is included in the Spring offer and there’s a lot to choose from. The breakfast bar has ample choice of pastries, smoked salmon, fruit, toast, cold meats and cheese and the menu offers anything from a full cooked english, American pancakes with streaky bacon and kippers. I, of course, went for the kippers and washed it down with a DIY bloody mary. All that for a free breakfast? I’ll be back next week.
A final relax in the second sitting room at the front of the building, another game of chess, pot of tea and we decide it’s time to head to Bicester Village, only an hours drive away for some guilt-free retail therapy.
Just go, please, just go. The Spring offer runs until the end of May so get that mini-break booked … you deserve it.
DISCLAIMER: Although Dormy House looked after us very well this trip was paid for by ourselves. All views are my own.