Dormy House is a beautifully renovated Cotswold farmhouse that aims to be your ‘home-from-home’. The modern spa contrasts clean Scandinavian design with cosy Cotswold stone, while facilities include a 16-metre infinity pool, thermal experiences, a Champagne nail parlour and a fully-equipped gym. A variety of treatments are on offer using Temple Spa and Natura Bissé, with Pure Massage trained therapists. Take lunch afterwards in the stylish glass-walled spa lounge or bask in the sunny outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
- Family swim times
- Six treatment rooms including one double room
- 16m heated infinity pool
- Outdoor hydrotherapy pool
- Lavender infusion sauna
- Hot juniper Finnish cabin
- Salt steam room
- Drench showers
- Ice experience
- Rasul mud room
- Temple Spa
- Natura Bisse
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, modern annexe with Cotswold stone incorporated into its striking clean lines and contemporary design. High ceilings and plenty of glass give the spa a light, airy feel and afford 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. The immaculately dressed receptionist greeted us from a designer desk under a statement ceiling light, and showed us around the small, super-stylish spa before escorting us to the changing room.
Decent-sized lockers surround three walls of the attractive "Dressing Room" -- some cream; some painted duck-egg blue -- each large enough for all your possessions and operated via an easy four-digit code. You'll find a luxuriant robe and a pair of 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. Tucked away around the corner are three smart shower cubicles with rainshower heads for hot, powerful drenches, 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). Here, also, are cotton-wool pads and buds, shower caps, deodorant, hairspray and plenty of Temple Spa skin products, plus an iced water dispenser. Both self-contained toilets were immaculate on our visit.
An attractive, 16-metre indoor infinity pool sits 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 sauna has a gentle scent and temperature, and a large screen print transporting you to a Mediterranean lavender field. The four-seater salt-inhalation room (42-47 degrees) was extremely hot and steamy. The glass-domed eight-seater juniper sauna, meanwhile, looks out to the pool and is deliciously fragrant. Overheated? 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 hydrotherapy hot tub. Artful and modern, the raised, square pool has unusual, attractive green mosaic tiles and is large enough for eight. Bubble away admiring the feature fire built into the Cotswold stone wall. 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 Temple Spa Skin Investment: Need a Miracle (90 minutes, £115)
In the light, relaxing greenhouse spa café, we filled out consultation forms, sipped smoothies, ate chocolate-coated mango and refreshed our faces with scented towels.
My therapist, Maddie, escorted me to one of the warm-toned and cocoon-like treatment rooms and went through my consultation form in detail. Maddie asked what I wanted out of the treatment, what my concerns were, and then spent time talking through what I could expect. She could not have been more attentive; I felt really looked after, setting the tone for the rest of the treatment -- and the day at Dormy.
Everything was personalised, from the warmth of the bed to the music and scent of the room. I chose Temple Spa's Spiritude aromatherapy spritz to begin the treatment. Maddie softly encouraged me to breathe the citrusy scent of the Mediterranean essential oils deeply in and out. She then gently held warm stones to my feet, sending me into a relaxing lull, ready to start the treatment.
Maddie started the facial with a cleanse and a mild fruit acid peel, then massaged gentle electric currents onto my skin; these are said to lift and re-educate the muscles. She massaged Temple Spa Repose Resting Cream into my newly enlivened skin, then used long, relaxing strokes on my arms, kneading oil into my hands and fingers.
Afterwards, I felt as though I had emerged from a dream state. Maddie went through thorough aftercare and my recommended product regime before I checked the impressive results in the mirror. My skin looked noticeably plumper and pinker. Also, the usually dry, flaky skin on my hands felt baby soft. Back in the Greenhouse, a welcome sparkling water and sorbet slowly brought me back to earth.
Spa guests eat in the dedicated Greenhouse café, an airy, modern space with a central bar and several banks of sofas, chairs and tables. A conical fire forms the focal point, while two of the walls are given over to bi-fold doors. On warmer days, relax on the large terrace with its lie-flat loungers, sofas, tables and chairs, and hanging pod.
We thoroughly enjoyed our substantial chicken and bacon club sandwich, which we ate leisurely in our robes in the idyllic suntrap of the terrace, accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The menu mainly consists of salads and sandwiches with a few hot choices. Cream teas give an opportunity to indulge but there were limited free-from options.
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 informal bistro pub setting of the Potting Shed with its outdoor patio (check out the lampshade-style lighting). Our starter masterfully combined the creaminess of burrata cheese with piquant beetroot and balsamic, while crispy parsnips provided interest. The ribeye steak main was accompanied by the crispiest, yet fluffiest thrice-cooked chips. The chocolate parfait with marmalade ice cream and hazelnut biscotti was perfectly rich and tart.
We loved / we didn't love
The setting: Dormy House really shines when it comes to brave, beautiful design. The contemporary spa perfectly complements the original Cotswold building. Every view is a delight.
The customer service: From cleaners to waiters to receptionists to our therapist and the manager, we couldn't have felt more looked after.
The attention to detail: Everything has been chosen with comfort or beauty in mind -- and usually both! Pillows are fat and soft; lampshades, even in little used vestibules, are statement chic; and cotton-lined robes are plush. There are even cute knitted owls to put outside your room in lieu of "do not disturb" signs.
We didn't love
The lack of green thinking: We know spas are meant to feel indulgent but there were times when Dormy House could have reeled back a little on the lighting and heating without guests even noticing. It might have made us feel a little less guilty!
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: Dormy House is undeniably romantic and its idyllic rural setting makes for a perfect couple's break.
City slickers: Dormy House is a perfect getaway for those needing to recharge away from stressful jobs and the hustle and bustle. Just one night in this relaxing haven will make you feel like you've been away for days.
Mums-to-be: With treatments specially designed for mums-to-be, Dormy House is a great way to treat yourself, or significant other, to some much-deserved indulgence.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The House Spa at Dormy House a Good Spa Guide Bubble rating of Five Bubble Luxury. The House is the height of serene-yet-indulgent chic, with great facilities and a stunningly designed building in the heart of the English countryside. Treatments were expertly delivered, and customer service felt truly personal and caring. The level of attentiveness almost felt like we were the only guests there.
There are two restaurants at Dormy House Hotel. The Garden Room is serves modern, local produce and The Potting Shed is a chic gastropub.
38 en-suite rooms available in five different styles, including six suites.
See the hotels entry on Pride of Britain Hotels.
Monday to Saturday: Club, studios and thermal: 7am - 9pm; spa treatments: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: Club, studios and thermal: 8am - 7pm; spa treatments: 10am - 6pm