I’ve been obsessed with the Cotswolds since I first moved to England. To me, it was initially the equivalent of escaping to Maine or New Hampshire from New York City. It’s a collection of small beautiful towns and villages that truly look as if they belong in the time of Jane Austen. And just in case you may think that’s a coincidence – it’s not. This is Jane Austen country. It’s a wildly magical and fantastical part of the country that is both rugged and romantic and it captured my heart from the first moment I stepped off a train to go antiquing in Woodstock in 2003. Ever since, I’ve never turned down an opportunity to explore this part of the world, be it at a friend’s house or writing a hotel review. In 2014, I visited Dormy House, a luxury hotel in the Cotwolds, to celebrate the opening of their newly launched spa. We battled through the floods that nearly destroyed this part of the world in that season. It was mass devastation to the countryside and the trip out was one masked by great tragedy and sadness. Upon arriving, however, you would never know that the countryside was in great disrepair. Dormy House welcomed us in and put on quite the show to give us all the best possible stay. We were not left disappointed. In fact, I left wondering how soon it would be before I could get back. The answer came last month. It would be five years and once again I would be pulling up to Dormy House, looking for a slice of the good life. And once again, pulling up, I felt every ounce of stress and tension disappear from my body. That is what the Cotswolds, what Dormy House, does for you. It wipes the London right out of you.
For one night only, my best friend and I settled in for a truly relaxing revisit. We spent hours moving from hot tub to pool and back again. We ate at the newly opened MO restaurant, at the chef’s table, where food is prepared then and there for you in ways you never even imagined. Long walks were had, even longer chats and we both felt it was more like being at home than at a hotel. It was truly the relaxation we needed. It was restorative and heartwarming. The staff were a delight, even the weather cooperated.
So, here’s the skinny. Everyone is welcome here – couples, families, singletons in need of escape. There is no one that will feel awkward or left out in any way. The area is perfect for those of all ages, all abilities. If all you did was stay in the room, it would still be a welcome escape. However, if you can, let the room simply be a place to sleep, change and relax at the end of the day. Dormy House is located in such a beautiful part of the country. It’s perfectly situated for long country walks. It’s also ideally placed for those looking to explore the towns in close proximity to the property. However, know that relaxation is a side effect of Dormy House. You will be stress free when you leave. For how long is up to you, but at least let Dormy take the edge off.
Don’t miss: Dinner at MO, a drink in the garden at sunset and a good soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi with someone you love.
For more information visit Dormy House’s website.
Fashion Foie Gras was quest of Dormy House for one night.