24 May 2013

Dormy House Hotel near Broadway is currently undergoing a complete transformation by interior design house, Todhunter Earle Interiors. The exciting new look will be revealed in August 2013, transforming the 17th century farmhouse, part of the family owned Farncombe Estate, into the finest small luxury hotel in the Cotswolds.

The extensive renovations will retain much of the hotel’s original charm – oak panelled beams, flagstone flooring, exposed Cotswold stone, roaring fires, earthy tones and traditional local materials – whilst creating a glamorous new look for the next chapter in the hotel’s story. Todhunter Earle has worked closely with Architect Tony D’ Alton, and introduces a mix of classical touches with contemporary designs combining old antiques with a new look of geometrics patterns, a mix of fabrics including velvets, suede, felts with rustic materials and earthy tones, a hint of retro and a touch of Scandinavian influence. Highlights include one-off pieces and bespoke fabric designs by Emily Todhunter, which have been made exclusively for the hotel.

Three large lounges (The Red, The Blue and The Yellow) set the scene to welcome guests into the Dormy’s ‘home from home’. The rooms combine wood burning stoves, rustic benches, a splash of colour and a mix of antique mirrors and 1950s-inspired lighting. The new Bar will offer the perfect surroundings for a relaxed drink. It features a large rustic oak bar with leather and stud detailing designed specifically for the hotel, exposed timber flooring, antique mirrors and retro wall lighting. Internal courtyards will welcome guests through and the large Restaurant and Terrace with seating for up to 70 covers will ‘bring the garden inside’ as the ultimate country retreat.

In addition, each of the 40 stunning en-suite bedrooms will be individually designed by Todhunter Earle. The Main House will offer six newly-designed bedrooms with a charming, traditional feel – hand painted wallpaper, natural fabrics and linens – and all will feature large ensuite bathrooms. The Emily Wing will offer five additional rooms, newly-built in 1950s style and with a hint of Danish influence. For those preferring the more contemporary look, a glamorous new Suite will offer a separate wing with its own entrance, and five rooms all designed with a ‘New England’ feel. Expect big geometric patterns and bold contrasting colours, with lacquered furniture and pale flooring. The New Spa Rooms will offer calm, spa-like décor, whilst the intimate Rose Cottage will have more traditional, floral interiors. Additional rooms in the Danish Court and Main House will also undergo refurbishment.

Emily Todhunter, heading up the refurbishment comments, ‘I fell in love with Dormy House the first time I went there. I don’t know if it was the way it is nestled into the hill overseeing that extraordinary landscape or because the staff and family were so friendly; perhaps it was the building itself, its warm Cotswold stone and roaring fires. It is a good solid English farmhouse with no airs and pretensions to being anything else. If the building were a person, it would be a wonderful smiling farmer with stories to tell of bygone days…..but young at heart. It is that “young at heart” that we were asked to bring out in its reincarnation whilst respecting its charm and history. The process has been a happy collaboration between all who recognise the potential of this wonderful place and feel a responsibility to bring it into the next chapter of its life, preserving its history but with a new lightness, to give it a new lease of life. Personally, I can’t wait to stay there!’

Todhunter Earle was founded in 1988 by Emily Todhunter and has expanded rapidly both in size and scope. Projects range from English castles to well-known restaurants, ocean-going yachts, nightclubs, other leading hotels including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, ski chalets and beautiful homes throughout Great Britain and Europe.