Dormy House Hotel and Spa is a renovated Cotswold farmhouse which aims to be your "home from home". The modern spa contrasts clean Scandinavian design and cosy Cotswold stone.
There's a 16-metre infinity pool, thermal experiences, a champagne nail parlour, gym, excellent Temple Spa treatments, and dining in the glass-walled spa lounge. Book in for a longer spa break or short spa "bubbles", where you can pack in a lot of spa in a little time. There's a way for everyone to get dreamy at Dormy.
Six treatment rooms including one double room
16m heated infinity pool
Outdoor hydrotherapy pool
Lavender infusion sauna
Hot juniper Finnish cabin
Salt steam room
Rasul mud room
Our Spa Spy review
Dormy House is a handsome rural retreat in The Cotswolds, with 40 rooms and suites, a restaurant (The Garden Room), a pub (The Potting Shed), three lounges with open fires, and a separate spa. Decor is described as "farmhouse chic ": think original Cotswold stone walls adorned with modern artwork.
The House Spa is in a large annexe fashioned in similar Cotswold style but with high ceilings and plenty of glass affording countryside views. There's a separate car park for spa-goers.
What's on offer?
The light, bright reception area has four armchairs, a table laden with magazines and fruit, and shelves of Temple Spa products. An immaculately dressed member of staff greeted us from a trendy desk under a statement ceiling light, and quickly showed us around the small, super stylish spa before leaving us in the changing room.
Decent-sized lockers surround three walls of the attractive "Dressing Room" -- some wooden; some painted duck-egg blue -- each large enough for all your possessions, and operated via a four-digit code. You'll find a robe and a pair of attractive Dormy-branded flip-flops inside.
There are two oversized stools in the centre for dressing and one small private changing area sectioned off with a thick curtain.
Three smart shower cubicles with large rectangular heads for hot, powerful drenches are tucked away around the corner, each containing Temple Spa shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
At the vanity bar, there are arm chairs, large mirrors, hairdryers and plugs for firing up your own straighteners/ tongs (or ask at reception to borrow a pair). You'll also find cotton wool pads/buds, shower caps, moisturiser and an iced water dispenser here. Both of the self-contained toilets were immaculate on our visit.
An attractive, 16-metre heated indoor infinity pool is up on a marble plinth with white pebbles scattered into the "moat". One wall is made up entirely of slate-grey folding doors with floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax on one of five cushioned lie-flat loungers or seven rattan seats with foot stools placed around the edge. Help yourself to the magazines and cucumber-infused water.
The six-seater lavender saunahas a gentle scent and temperature; the four-seater hot and steamy salt inhalation room (42-47 degrees) was extremely hot and, erm, steamy. The glass-domed eight-seater juniper sauna, meanwhile, looks out to the pool and is deliciously fragrant. Overdone it? Scoop up delicious handfuls of crushed ice from the copper ice fountain, or hit the "Caribbean storm" setting on the multi-sensory experience shower and cool down monsoon-style.
Outside, sink into the raised hydrotherapy hot tub with attractive green mosaic tiles that’s large enough for eight. Bubble away admiring the feature fire built into the wall, or sit the other way and watch people do laps in the pool. A fixed daybed and block candles create a lovely atmosphere come evening.
The House Spa also has a small gym with equipment (but no classes), a Champagne nail bar and a mud room.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Pure massage by Beata (60 minutes; £85) and the Revitalising Face Pure Massage (60) minutes; £85).
In the Greenhouse spa café, we filled out a consultation form, sipped strawberry and banana smoothies and dabbed our faces with lavender-scented towels.
My therapist, Megan, led me to a cosy treatment room with beige walls and a warmed bed, and talked me through the next hour-and-a-half.
When asked which oil I would prefer -- invigorating or calming -- I selected the former (Temple Spa's Work it Out). I lay face down on the bed so that Megan could place hot towels on the soles of my feet.
Megan then performed a thoroughly instinctive and utterly relaxing massage on my back, shoulders and neck. She found and worked out knots with ease, while the oil's juniper and thyme scented the air and moisturised my dehydrated skin. When Megan used her forearms on larger areas such as my back, it felt like four hands were at work.
For the Face Pure Massage, Megan using warm, moist cotton pads to remove any make-up before applying an organic cleansing balm made by local beauty guru Jane Scrivnor. Megan massaged the balm into my neck and shoulders then removed it with hot mitts.
Next up: a luxuriously hydrating gold rose and jojoba oil (again by Jane Scrivnor) which my skin gratefully drank in. There followed a 20-minute massage using a combination of long, slow strokes and tapotage (a light drumming motion).
By the time the scalp massage began -- with its delicious hair pulling at the roots -- I was putty in Megan's hands.
If a round of applause were appropriate after a treatment, I would have been clapping. Instead, I thanked Megan for my knot-free shoulders, and admired my rosy complexion in the mirror. My arms felt silky soft, too. Fizzy water and a lemon sorbet perfectly rounded off the treatment.
Spa guests eat in the dedicated Greenhouse cafe, a spacious, modern space with a central bar and several banks of sofas, chairs and tables. A round feature fire rising to a cone shape forms the focal point, while two of the walls are given over to bi-fold doors. Relax on the large terrace with its lie-flat loungers, sofas, tables and chairs and hanging pod.
We thoroughly enjoyed our warm chicken, blue cheese and beetroot salad with Cotswold gold (rapeseed) dressing and glass of chilled Champagne, which we consumed comfortably in our robes. We couldn't resist the egg custard tart with nutmeg ice-cream which was lick-the-plate-clean fantastic.
Soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials are also available, although there is limited choice for free-from guests.
Staying overnight? The Garden Room serves breakfasts, Instagram-worthy afternoon teas, and formal dinners in front of an immaculate lawn. We dined in the more casual Potting Shed with its outdoor patio (check out the lampshade-style lighting). Our starter of scallop with bacon jam, garden peas and Harissa dressing was light and spicy, while our main course of chicken Kiev was hearty and warming.
We loved / we didn't love
The design: From the Cotswold stone walls to the floor-to-ceiling glass, and from the modern artwork to the farmhouse-chic furnishings, The House Spa is simply charming.
The terrace: A great place to relax if the sun is shining.
The food: No matter where you eat, the food at Dormy House won't disappoint.
We didn't love
Little niggles: We were unable to check-in on arrival so had to put our overnight bag in the spa locker. We also asked if we could be informed when our room was ready, but sadly this failed to happen.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: The surrounding countryside and the hydro-pool are made for romance.
Visitors to the Cotswolds: Dormy House gives a real flavour of the Cotswolds, both in the design and (literally) in the food.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The House Spa at Dormy House a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 Bubble Luxury. The House is a chic little spa with great facilities, lovely food and expertly delivered treatments that differ from the norm.