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 gastro pub (The Potting Shed), three lounges with open fires, and a separate spa. Hotel decor is described as "farmhouse chic”: think original Cotswold stone walls adorned with modern artwork. It is part of the 400-acre Farncombe estate which includes the five-star Foxhill Manor, a lake, nature trail, sports facilities, tennis courts and The Fish hotel.
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. There's a separate car park for spa-goers and bedrooms for overnight spa guests.
What's on offer?
The House Spa is at the end of a topiary lined path, glass doors open to a large, bright reception with a chic desk beneath statement designer lampshades. There’s a sofa, two armchairs with footstalls, and shelves of Temple Spa and Natura Bissé products.
The immaculately dressed receptionist greeted us and led us to the vast and impressive spa lounge, The Greenhouse. Sink into the large comfy sofas here and flick through magazines, or lunch at chic chairs and tables, all arranged around a striking circular modern fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling doors open onto a vast patio with stylish outdoor furniture and a firepit. We sat and filled in consultation forms while sipping a welcome smoothie and refreshing ourselves with a eucalyptus scented warm towel. The receptionist returned to lead us down to the spa.
Decent-sized lockers adorn three walls of the attractive Dressing Room each large enough for all your possessions, operated with an easy four-digit code. You'll find a robe and flip-flops inside. There are two large leather stools in the centre, one small private changing cubicle and three showers with rain-shower heads, each containing Temple Spa shampoo, conditioner and body wash. At the mirrored vanity bar are two armchairs and hairdryers (tucked in the desks). Cotton-wool pads and buds, shower caps, and plenty of Temple Spa skin products ensure you need to bring nothing with you, while an iced water dispenser will keep you refreshed. Both self-contained toilets were immaculate on our visit.
Head through The Thermal Suite to The Bathing Room, where you will find the 16-metre indoor infinity pool, water brimming over its marble plinth onto surrounding white pebbles: it’s the perfect temperature for length swimming. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the outdoor patio. Relax on one of five cushioned loungers or seven rattan seats with foot stools: help yourself to the magazines and fruit-infused water.
The dark lavender sauna has a glowing image of a Mediterranean lavender field. Recline on one of three double, warm granite seats as lavender-infused water steams on the sauna coals. The four-seater salt-inhalation steam room was perfectly hot and steamy on our visit – you can press a button for extra salt. The glass-walled eight-seater juniper sauna, meanwhile, looks out to the pool and was pleasantly fragrant. Overheated? Scoop up handfuls of crushed ice from the copper ice fountain or hit the "Caribbean storm" setting on the multi-sensory experience shower.
Outside, sink into the deep hydrotherapy hot tub. The raised, square pool has metallic green mosaic tiles and can seat 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 stylish Champagne nail bar and a spacious mud room. There is also a separate hotel gym and studio.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Pure Massage (90 minutes, £115).
My therapist, Maddy, met me in The Greenhouse and led me to one of the warm-toned treatment rooms. Maddy asked what my concerns and aims were, and then talked me through the treatment. Pure Massage was created by legendary therapist Beata Aleksandrowicz and is a deep, intuitive and balancing body treatment, the most popular on The House Spa’s menu.
Maddy left me to disrobe and lie face down under the towel on the heated treatment bed, then returned and checked I was comfortable. She started with a foot wash, then attended to my back, stretching the muscles and gently rocking so I felt utterly soothed and safe. She applied Temple Spa’s warmly fragrant Drift Away massage oil with long, deep strokes. Her pressure throughout the massage was perfectly strong without being uncomfortable and the movements intensely slow, as though we had all the time in the world. I began to drift away. As Maddy worked up to my neck and shoulders, I felt utterly blissed out. She then worked her way down my spine to my lower back, then onto my legs, really stretching the muscles and rolling away all my tension.
Maddy then invited me to turn over and placed cold eye patches over my eyes, adjusting the bed so my knees were raised. She massaged my legs, then my hands and arms, and after a while, gently brought the treatment to an end. Maddy raised the bed to seating and handed me some water. We discussed how I could massage my lower back with a tennis ball at home, and how I might improve my posture when driving to ease the tension in my shoulders. I felt as though all my cares had been removed, my body was so relaxed, and my skin was bright and silky. Back in the Greenhouse, a welcome sparkling water and sorbet slowly brought me back to earth.
The House Spa at Dormy House has six treatment rooms offering Temple Spa and Natura Bissé face and body treatments, massage for men and mums-to-be, mud treatments, exfoliating body scrubs and manicures/pedicures. They also offer Therapeutic Touch Pure Massage to support those with cancer.
Spa guests eat in The Greenhouse café: we felt perfectly comfortable dining in our robes. Order hot drinks, smoothies and juices from the central bar and browse the lunch menu. Food is created by the chef at The Potting Shed restaurant, and includes lighter bites, sandwiches, hot meals and desserts. We indulged in a tasty black bean burger with sweet potato fries. There is a separate Vegan menu, gluten free home-made bread and biscuits, and the chef can cater for intolerances.
Staying overnight? The informal bistro Potting Shed is very popular and offers gastro pub style food. We ate in The Back Garden restaurant with glass doors overlooking the delightful kitchen gardens. We loved our nettle risotto with vegetables from the garden – everything was so fresh. The desert of poached peach and lemon verbena cream was divine.
We loved / we didn't love
The customer service: From the doorman to receptionists, our therapist and the lovely lady in The Greenhouse, 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!
Our treatment: the best massage this Spa Spy has experienced.
We didn't love
Having to leave.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: Book a couple’s treatment and the mud room. Babymooners can add a mums-to-be treatment.
Friends: Catch up on a sofa in the lovely Greenhouse, then treat yourself to a mani or pedi in the delightful nail bar.
Wellness fans: Turmeric latte with coconut milk, Kombucha or activated charcoal water anyone? The food is a sensation whether vegan or omnivore, and we applaud the garden-to-fork ethos.
Locals: We’re so jealous, we want to be members
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 Spa is the height of serene-yet-indulgent, with delightful facilities and a stunningly designed building. Treatments were expertly delivered, and customer service was top notch. The level of attentiveness made us feel special.
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