Melanie Sykes - Foxhill Manor Oak Bedroom

The Perfect Short Break: Dormy House and Foxhill Manor

To escape London midweek is an absolute treat and I could feel the tension easing away just driving into the beautiful countryside.

The Cotswolds is stunning with undulating fields as far as the eye can see and great country roads for the drive.

My destination was Dormy House, a 17th century farmhouse in the heart of the Broadway and a part of the 400 acre Farncombe Estate.

Dormy House is extremely elegant without being stuffy. The staff are very helpful, even to the point that when I realised I’d forgotten my makeup bag at home, one of the girls on reception got together a little kit for me for the rest of my stay so that I didn’t scare people at breakfast. Now that’s good service!

I stayed in the beautiful Rose Cottage, perfect country style decor and so cosy. After unpacking I got my bikini on and big white fluffy robe and headed to the indoor pool area which was warm and inviting with luxurious day beds. I read for a bit and had a lovely nap. There were magazines everywhere and a constant supply of iced water.

It’s a mellow environment and children are allowed in the pool for a few hours a day.

My massage at the spa was amazing and my therapist was excellent which is not always guaranteed at spas, in my experience.

Dinner at the ‘Potting Shed’ was delicious, serving a typical range of chicken, meat and fish dishes. I went for the ribeye steak cooked in the ‘Big Bertha’, their charcoal and wood fired oven.

After a good nights sleep I tried out the air-conditioned gym which was small and compact but fully equipped and which got me ready for the delicious breakfast before I headed off to Foxhill Manor, 2 minutes away on the estate and a completely different style of hotel.

Dormy House Gallery

Foxhill Manor is a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts country home, built in 1909, and it is absolutely stunning. The interiors marry the old with the modern beautifully.

I stayed in the Oak room which is mega! I was so excited when I first walked in. It is huge, has two bathtubs in the room and a separate glass open shower room, a four poster bed and two separate chilling areas.

It is up there with the best rooms I have ever stayed in anywhere in the world. Perfect for lovers.

There is an array of activities to chose from such as quad biking, segway safari, pistol shooting and the use of the lovely house spa at Dormy House. I chose clay pigeon shooting and it was quite literally a blast, and the events team is brilliant. There are also lots of beautiful walks through the Broadway which is a really magnificent part of the world. Foxhill Manor is a wonderful exclusive hotel and a fabulous base for all this area has to offer.

Many thanks to the lovely people at Dormy House and Foxhill Manor for inviting me to stay.

Foxhill Manor Gallery

Melanie was a guest of Dormy House and Foxhill Manor for this review.