DORMY HOUSE IS AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Top hotel award goes to the Cotswold’s newest refurbished hotel and spa.

Dormy House in Broadway has scooped the top hotel award in England, becoming AA Hotel of the Year 2014-15.

“This award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels recognised as being outstanding examples in their field,” said TV presenter Fiona Bruce. “This much-loved and privately-owned hotel has undergone a complete transformation. Great hospitality and food define the hotel of the year for England.”

The award, sponsored by Temple Spa, was announced on Monday night at the climax to a glittering ceremony in London’s Grosvenor House. Afterwards, Dormy’s CEO Andrew Grahame thanked the teams who contributed to this achievement.

“AA Hotel of the Year is one of the UK’s most prestigious hospitality awards and we were thrilled even to reach the final shortlist, let alone be given the title,” he said. “This award recognises the achievements of everyone from the general manager and head chef to reception, restaurant and bar staff, the duty managers and everyone who works in the spa. Not forgetting the tireless unseen work of the housekeeping, reservations, sales and marketing teams.

“Winning Hotel of the Year for England in the AA Hospitality Awards so soon after opening the new hotel and spa is a dream come true.”

Often referred to as the industry’s Oscars, the AA Hospitality Awards recognise a few of the thousands of British hotels with an AA rating. Only one establishment in England is awarded Hotel of the Year. Previous winners include Lime Wood in the New Forest and Gravetye Manor in Sussex.

Dormy House was bought by the Sorensen family in 1977 and over 36 years gained a loyal reputation for its warm country welcome. In 2013, the family invested in a multi-million pound refurbishment, with a complete interior redesign by London duo Todhunter Earle and a new destination spa by Sparcstudio.

In May, the transformation was completed with the launch of a luxury sister venue, Foxhill Manor, for exclusive-use weddings, house parties and corporate retreats.

“The AA Hotel of the Year award recognizes the huge effort everyone at the hotel has made since it re-opened,” said Andrew Grahame. “We’ve also had unending support from the Sorensen family, who have been involved throughout.

“Our original aim, to be a beacon of modern, relaxed hospitality in the Cotswolds, has struck a note with visitors from all over the world. We have received fantastic reviews in national and international press and we aim to be known as one of the finest hotels in the UK. This award is a wonderful recognition that will help us achieve that goal.”