7th January 2013
One of the Cotswolds’ best-loved hotels is launching a luxury spa in 2014 as part of a £10m plan to position it among the UK’s top hotels.
The Dormy House, near Broadway, will unveil its exclusive House Spa early next year in a move that will see the family-run hotel become a leading spa venue.
Designed by internationally-renowned Sparcstudio, House Spa will include an infinity pool, treatment rooms, fitness gym, dining area and terrace garden. It will be available both to hotel guests and as a luxury day spa and health club for nearby residents.
Award-winning spa consultant Neil Howard has also been appointed to deliver the project. Neil’s previous work has included the spa at The Dorchester and Stanley House Hotel & Spa, as well as all three Armani Spas in Tokyo, Milan and Dubai.
In 2012 Neil’s business, Howard Spa Consulting, was the only design agency to have created two of Architectural Digest’s 11-Best Designed Spas Around The World. In October the consultancy’s Monastero Santa Rosa spa, on the Amalfi coast in Italy, was also named Best Newcomer in the Tatler Spa Awards.
Neil said: “I’m very well aware The Dormy House is a much-loved Cotswold hotel and it’s always a privilege to work with such a brand.
“We’ve been delivering spas around the world for 18 years and I am looking forward to building on the traditional at The Dormy and creating a very special spa experience.”
Dormy House is part of the Farncombe group – which includes award-winning meeting venue Cotswold Conference Centre and Farncombe Courses, offering residential learning and activity breaks – all on the 320-acre Farncombe Estate.
Hotel general manager David Field said: “We aim to position The Dormy among the leading hotels in the UK and we see the creation of a luxury spa as a vital part of that.
“The Dormy is already a household name and is synonymous with a quality dining and hotel experience. However, we believe that adding a truly exquisite spa will place it at the very top of the UK hospitality sector.”
Around £5m will be spent on the design and creation of the House Spa, while the same amount will also be spent on refurbishing and upgrading the hotel’s public areas and its 40 bedrooms.
The Dormy is due to 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 open in early 2014.