I have so much to say about this place goodness knows how I’ll fit it all in. All I can say is wonderful things, I’ve been gushing about it for months. It truly was the absolute treat we wanted, and more. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!
I took D there for a surprise for his 30th, and right up until he saw the signpost to the hotel, he had no idea where I was taking him. It was the ultimate surprise, and I was so happy when I saw his face when he realised where I was taking him – for 2 days of total relaxation in the beautiful countryside.
I’m not going to write this in quite the same way as my usual blog, because there’s simply so much to talk about! More like a diary entry, of the wonderful treats we experienced over our 3 days there.
We arrived around 2pm and were warmly greeted by friendly staff and a lovely Gin cocktail! The hotel reception itself is amazing, there’s lots of little rooms off it with cosy sofas and log fires, it immediately makes you feel like you’re at home. They knew it was D’s birthday, so greeted him with wishes, and when we arrived in our gorgeous room, there was a birthday card awaiting. The room was perfect, with a little lounge area, four poster bed and immaculate bathroom, it was everything I could have asked for. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the place, taking walks around the grounds, using the spa (I’ll come to that later) and curling up to play board games in front of the log fire. I could have stayed there forever.
D laughed at me because I was in awe of the fact that we had a turn down service. I’ve never had one before! You can want for nothing when you stay in this hotel, if you’re looking for a little piece of homely luxury, and need a treat, this is the ideal location.
The Potting Shed
On the first evening I’d booked us a table in the Potting Shed, a beautiful gastro-pub in one section of the hotel, and it was absolutely perfect. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling very well – full of cold and in pain from my stupid wisdom teeth, but it wasn’t enough to stop me taking in my surroundings and enjoying just what I loved to eat. We started off sat in a lounge before we were shown to our table, where they brought us drinks and nibbles to start. Once we got into the restaurant, we had camembert to share, which came with freshly cooked tortilla chips, and Spanish sausage. It was dreamy. I then had fish and chips which were crisp and delicious, and D had the duck. We’d stuffed our faces so full we didn’t manage pudding, but all in all it was a fabulous evening. I’d most certainly head back there for dinner, even if I wasn’t staying the night.
Was held in the Garden Shed Restaurant – the other of the 2 restaurants in the hotel. However, we were shocked at the transformation between day and night. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely for both breakfast and dinner, but in comparison you could have been walking into 2 completely different venues! Continental breakfast was there for you to serve yourself, and you could pretty much order anything you can imagine from the hot menu. We both tried the full English, which was fresh and tasty, and on one of the mornings I had the waffles with bacon and maple syrup.. totally spoilt!
I would definitely suggest being picky about what time of day you visit the spa. First thing in the morning, or between 12-3pm are ideal times, as it’s much quieter. There isn’t a huge amount of space, and on a couple of occasions we struggled to get somewhere to sit, something that I wouldn’t have expected to find in a place like this. But the spa was serene and tranquil, we spent a lot of time in the outside hot tub (which is next to a roaring fire) and in the spa restaurant. The spa day which included lunch was fantastic, we both ate a great meal, and I loved that they gave you a cucumber sorbet when you’d finished your treatments. I had a facial whilst D enjoyed a massage, and we both felt incredibly relaxed and looked after. I also had my nails done which was such a treat! The only thing it was lacking was a relaxation room, I do like to head into one after a treatment, and we did find ourselves heading back to the hotel room instead, although it was so luxurious I didn’t mind spending a bit of extra time there.
The Garden Shed Restaurant
What an experience! I booked this as a proper treat, I’m not personally an avid user of Michelin style food, so thought we’d go and give it a try – the restaurant I heard a member of staff say was where the chef had fun. He truly did have fun, and we really enjoyed trying it out. We went for the 5 course menu, with a lovely bottle of wine. I liked the way you were given some dishes as part of it (the amuse-bouche and the pallet cleanser) and then had the choice of a few different dishes for the other 3 courses. I must admit, I was nervous. We all know about my food-phobia of past, and this was a true test of how far I’d come.
The first course was smoked eel, something that terrified me to hear, but I dove in and tried it. I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it. I’ve come a long way! Next up I chose to have the scallops with a chicken wing, and D had the duck, which came out pink, with beetroot and paté. It was lovely, although I have to admit this is the first time I’ve ever tried scallops (told you I was being brave) and I’m not a fan. I just don’t get the fuss, I cannot cope with the texture (we all know my phobia is a texture thing)! For main, we both ordered the venison, it was an intriguing display on the plate, but it was truly delightful. Although all the portions are small, I was amazed at how full I felt after the meal. The pallet cleanser was a beetroot & blackberry jelly, which was surprisingly tasty, and having seen the cheese cart go around the room, there was no way either of us were ordering anything else for dessert. The waitress came over with the cart, and put together a mound of cheese, a little bit of everything (and you could have as many crackers as you wished). Having polished off cheeses from all over, we were stuffed! It was an interesting experienced, one I’m so glad I’ve tried, but I won’t be heading out to posh restaurants in a hurry. The service and experience was impeccable, they really made us feel treated, but Gastropub is definitely more my cup of tea.
Dormy House Overall
A beautiful, piece of luxury hidden away in the Cotswolds, this is somewhere that you should visit, whether it be for a night or 2, afternoon tea, dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants, or a spa day. It made me feel at home, and I will most certainly be heading back there soon, just to steal a little piece of heaven. Next stop – The Fish Hotel & Foxhill Manor!
Whilst you’re over there, there are some beautiful walks around the place, we walked up to Broadway Tower as we were lucky enough to have a crisp, sunny day, and the views were simply stunning!
I can’t wait for our next little treat, time to get something booked in (hands up if you’ve got the January blues!)
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