25th February 2013
Guests, nearby residents and curiosity hunters are being offered a unique slice of hotel history when Dormy House auctions all its furniture next month, in advance of a £10m refurbishment.
More than 500 lots will go up for public auction at the much-loved four-star hotel, near Broadway, on Monday 18 March.
Attendees can bid for everything from cups, curtains and chest-of drawers, to wardrobes, wooden flooring and even the washing-up sink from the two AA-rosette kitchen!
Successful bidders will then have until midday the following day to collect their purchases before the hotel’s general manager David Field hands over the keys to building contractors.
Auctioneer Martin Homer, from Littleton Auctions, said: “I’ve been in this game for many years but I have never held an auction at a hotel to sell off all of its furniture.
“Being able to hold the sale at Dormy itself, rather than in an auction house, is perfect because people will get an idea of the context and history of the items by seeing them all in situ. It’s impossible at this stage to say how much is likely to be raised but it should be great fun!”
David Field added: “Dormy House is a converted 17th Century farmhouse and there is a great sense of history throughout the hotel. Over the past 35 years we’ve attracted many devoted guests who come here time and time again and this is a unique chance for them to own a piece of the venue.
“We hope to see many familiar faces at the auction and we look forward to the redevelopment of the hotel that will begin soon after. We can assure guests that just because the fittings and furniture will be changing, the welcome will be as warm as ever at the new-look Dormy!”
The £5m first phase of the redevelopment will see the hotel’s public areas and 40 bedrooms renovated. Another £5m will be spent during the second phase to create the stylish House Spa.
Dormy House will close in mid-March for the work to begin, reopening after the first phase of bedroom redevelopment this summer. It will remain open while work continues on House Spa, which is due to launch in early 2014.