It came as no surprise to us that mere minutes after we left this rural retreat, it was voted Best Spa Hotel  at the Mr & Mrs Smith Awards in 2014. From the outside, though, Dormy House doesn't give anything away - there's no in-your-face wow factor here.


This is understated luxury, from its unassuming position on a quiet country lane to the incredibly laidback staff, the charm creeps up on you in a spectacularly subtle way. The spa itself is a conundrum; yes, it is large and sprawled over several floors, but it still cunningly manages to retain a cocoon-like feeling.

Dunk yourselves in the outdoor hot tub after completing lengthy laps in the 16-metre indoor pool, then get hysterical in the Rasul Mud Room (you will both get covered in the stuff) before hunkering down to some pretty awesome treatment time.


Each therapist who joins the Dormy House clan undergoes a 10-day residential course to get them whipped into shape, and boy, do they know their stuff. The Temple Spa facials in particular are excellent, catering to all skin types, worries and woes.

To round off all that delicious pampering, enjoy a mani in the Veuve Clicquot Nail Parlour (champagne obligatory, obvs), grabbing a health-packed meal at the spatisserie - called The Greenhouse - before ruining it all with a gourmet burger in the pub-like Potting Shed later on. In case you couldn't tell, we're besotted.     

WOW FACTOR: The sauna in the thermal suite, infused with real lavender sourced from the nearby, pretty-as-a-picture Cotswold fields. Glorious.

GO: Mr & Mrs Smith ( offers one-night stays from £190.