Dormy House Hotel and Spa
Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LF
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
6 treatment rooms
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.
1 person says this spa is a social spa. 1 person says this spa is health focused. 1 person says this spa is solo friendly. 1 person says this spa is romantic.
The quiet, tree-lined road leading to Dormy House is flanked by open fields edged with crumbling stone walls. As you turn a corner, you’ll see the boutique Cotswolds hotel set within a 17th Century stone farmhouse. The outside may look quaint, but inside is a cool mix of rustic and contemporary. As well as the hotel, there’s a foodie pub, a fine dining restaurant, and a well-regarded spa. Head through the main building, past cosy sitting rooms, and you’ll reach the entrance to the spa.
Dormy House Spa is built in a modern extension, which seamlessly leads from hotel to relaxation. Interior walls are exposed Cotswold stone, with floor-to-ceiling windows inviting the outdoors in. To one side of the reception desk is a display with Temple Spa and Natura Bissé products, tempting you to take a little bit of the spa experience home.
The spa is split over two floors; downstairs you’ll find the changing rooms, and thermal and wet facilities. The changing rooms are modestly sized but suit the intimate spa well. The calming colour scheme is all creams, pale blues and warm greys, with soft leather ottoman seating at the centre of the room. Walls are clad in rows of large lockers and there are two bathrooms, lots of showers, a private changing room, and a double vanity unit with well-lit mirrors, hairdryers and moisturiser dispensers. There are lots of towels by the front door.
The Thermal Suite is extensive for such a petit spa. There’s a Lavender Infusion Sauna, a Hot Juniper Finnish Cabin, a Salt Steam Room, an ice station and a nifty misting shower for cooling off. You’ll find the wet facilities in the airy Bathing Room which is dotted with 12 comfortable loungers and rows of faux-candles. The 16-metre infinity pool cascades into ivory-hued pebbles, the floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the sheltered terrace, and two daybeds and an inviting hydrotherapy pool back on to a flickering fireplace.
Upstairs, there’s a glossy nail parlour with glass walls looking across to the very smart spa café. You’ll also find the six treatment rooms, a double treatment room and a rasul.
There are two fully-equipped gyms which are open to hotel guests and health club members respectively.
We had the Really Relaxing Full Body Massage (90 minutes, £110), which executed Dormy’s “Walk in. Float out” motto perfectly.
After a soothing lavender-infused towel and a shot of raspberry juice in the spa café, I was led into the mood-lit treatment room. My gentle therapist Sarah talked me through what I wanted to achieve with the treatment (discouraging my shoulders from my ears) and asked me to pick a massage method – slow and relaxing, deep and intense or reinvigorating – before settling me onto a heated bed.
I left the choice of potions in the capable hands of Sarah, who picked a combination of Temple Spa’s relaxing lavender and frankincensce aromatherapy oils based on the fact that my treatment was taking place late in the afternoon, and that my main aim was unwinding.
Dormy House Spa’s therapists are trained in massage expert Beata Aleksandrowicz’s “Pure Massage” technique, and Sarah tackled my shoulders with bold, methodical strokes. She softly reminded me to breathe deeply, and I descended into that wonderful state somewhere between awake and asleep.
When my treatment came to an end I felt fully rested, but more importantly, my shoulders had returned to where shoulders should be. All too often, you’re ushered out of the treatment room without another word, but Sarah sat down and explained that my hips were slightly out of line – the likely cause of my tense shoulders – and that she’d recommend frequent yoga or Pilates as a remedy. It was a small detail that gave the treatment a thoroughly personalised edge.
As well as Temple Spa massages and facials devoted to de-stressing and re-balancing with natural ingredients, The Spa at Dormy House also uses Natura Bissé for results-driven facials and body treatments. The Mud Room offers a selection of quirkily-named muds, scrubs, wraps and infusions. There are also manicures, pedicures and grooming treatments on offer.
The stunning spa café, The Greenhouse, is a sprawling contemporary space with an enormous terraced deck fitted with wicker furniture and sun loungers. We were lucky enough to hit the weather jackpot and enjoyed lunch outside under the May sunshine, gazing at the panoramic views across the Cotswold countryside. For cooler days, the interior is flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. As with the rest of the spa, The Greenhouse is open until 9pm and is the perfect spot for a cocktail or two.
The food menu is relatively short but offers a good variety of hot and cold options. We mulled over a salmon and avocado sandwich and a healthy quinoa salad, before opting for the soup of the day; creamy mushroom served with crusty bread.
There are two other dining options at Dormy House. First is The Potting Shed, a relaxed foodie pub with a low key vibe and excellent food – we devoured a delectable rib of beef between us, washed down with well-to-do wine. For more formal dining, The Garden Room is a country chic affair.
We vetoed formalities and took our drinks to the spa terrace, before summoning dessert to our gorgeous, cosy room – a retro chic space with original features juxtaposed against Scandinavian-style furnishings and bold printed textiles. Spa stay bliss!
We loved the range of steam and sauna facilities – very comprehensive for a small spa – and the rain shower with a magical cool mist setting.
The lighting throughout the hotel and spa was extraordinarily well designed and really brought the organic surfaces – stone, wood and glass – to life.
Most of all, we loved how personalised our treatment was; Sarah’s caring comments were a lovely end to a blissful massage.
The size of the spa is a blessing and a curse in equal measure. The afternoon we arrived it was busy and all loungers were taken, which made the space feel a little cramped. But the following morning, it was blissfully empty, and the intimate nature of the spa made us feel like it was our own personal wellness zone.
While Dormy House does cater to children (who are welcome in The Greenhouse and pool between 9.00am-10.30am and 4.00pm-5.30pm), this intimate, homely hotel lends itself to couples. It’s also an excellent choice for small groups of friends as our fellow guests – a group of four ladies – happily confirmed.
Solo spa-goers would love the intimate atmosphere and friendly therapists.
It’s also a great place for more active breaks, Dormy House is just next door to Broadway Golf Club and set within easy reach of 30 gardens. There are plenty of Cotswold walks, historic houses and quaint villages to explore nearby.
Dormy House Hotel and Spa retains its Good Spa Guide rating of Five Bubble Luxury. The facilities are excellent and well looked after, the staff were smiley and courteous, and everywhere had a very relaxed air. The hotel is the epitome of stylish countryside bliss that feels more like home than a hotel.
Spirited Spy visited in May 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubble Luxury
Willersey Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LF
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
There are no offers for this spa.