29 April 2014

Dormy House creates opportunities for talent

Charley Holland 1

Charley Holland was an admin assistant with a long-held ambition. The 35-year-old enjoyed her job as Administrator for Farncombe Courses, the weekend leisure programme offering a wide range of subjects from history and singing to cupcake decoration. But she also dreamed of one day working in a beautiful spa.

The artistic mother-of-two from Sedgeberrow trained in Advanced Nail Techniques 12 years ago, before going on to have her daughters and work at Farncombe Estate near Broadway. So when she heard that Farncombe’s sister hotel, Dormy House, was building a brand new spa, Charley made her interest clear and her employers offered to fund her professional NVQ training in Beauty Therapy.

Today, thanks to that training and the immediate success of House Spa, Charley’s dream has come true. House Spa at Dormy House has only been open for three months, but has already been awarded the top rating of 5 Bubbles by the Good Spa Guide and is employing three extra staff to meet customer demand.

Charley has been recruited as a nail therapist for 20 hours a week, a job she will manage alongside her admin role for now.

“I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity from Farncombe and Dormy House,” says Charley. “I love the Courses programme, but for years I have been dreaming of a career which made the most of my creative side.

“I love to make people feel good about themselves. Hands and feet play a huge part in self-confidence and I just love the transformation that a treatment brings. Everyone at House Spa has been fantastically supportive and it’s great to be part of their professional team.”

Charley’s new “desk” is free of computers, paper filing and telephones ringing. It’s the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Nail Parlour, a calm and beautiful space dedicated to pampering and well-being. Nail colours by butter London are served up alongside glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne: this is one part of House Spa that is completely open to outside guests.

“We are delighted to welcome Charley as part of the House Spa team,” says spa manager Zoe Douglas. “Since we opened in February, we have sometimes had to turn people away for manicures and pedicures because our six therapists have been so busy with massages and other treatments. Having Charley around will make the Nail Parlour really buzz.”

Until the end of May, anyone booking a Sweet Peach Hands Treatment Manicure, Stiletto Foot Protection Pedicure or Gelish for Glossy Nail Strength pays only £45, which includes a free glass of Veuve Clicquot and nibbles. Offer applies Mondays to Friday only and does not include use of other spa facilities. To book, call 01386 859910.