The Dormy House Hotel is a plush Hotel and Spa perched above the village of Broadway, built around a 17th Century farmhouse.
The getaway delivers exceptional views across the Cotswolds and lots of comfortable furniture, providing a peaceful, homely, yet luxurious stay for guests. As a rural retreat, the hotel paints a picture of cosy armchairs, log fires and soothing colour schemes.
Based in a riverside boathouse in Putney, West London, Sparcstudio are a team of award winning specialist spa designers and architects. The establishment created the unique design of the Spa at the Dormy House, with bespoke crafted and eclectic furnishings and fittings, which were provided by RHA furniture. The Spa has been ingeniously designed to reflect the Danish origins of the family that have owned the hotel for many years, with a concept of chic meets comfortable.
Howard Spa consulting was also appointed to set up the operational elements of the spa. The main contractor was Zenith and the Pool and heatcabins were constructed by Edge Leisure.
Premier Hospitality got in touch with Director of Sparcstudio, Beverley Bayes to ask a few questions on the project. Beverley said:
“We very much had the concept of the ‘House’ in mind when designing the House Spa, albeit a very glamorous, well-appointed one!”
Creating an informal and welcoming atmosphere within the Spa was Sparcstudio’s main principle, so that guests would feel at ease and relaxed, an integral part of the Dormy House Hotel experience. With a light, airy and contemporary interior, and the playful tone of voice in signage and graphics such as ‘Beware of the therapist’ instead of ‘private’ door signs; a relaxing ambience is surely present.
Additionally drawing upon elements that are part of the hotel’s charm such as the Danish origins and natural elements such as the Cotswold stone and lavender provide a sense of heritage and pride.
“We were keen to exploit the natural beauty of the Dormy House Hotel’s hill top location so we positioned the new glass-sided pavilion so that it afforded the best views. Known as the ‘Greenhouse’ the spa lounge within the new glass sided pavilion has fold back doors which open onto a beautiful spa terrace, providing for reaching views across the Vale of Evesham towards the Welsh Hills.
“With its central fireplace and Veuve Cliquot Island Champagne Bar, this space forms the relaxing Heart of the spa.”
The treatment area known as ‘The Suite of treats’ has its own shop window allowing guests to take a peek through or pass through the dimly lit fabric lined anteroom which leads onto the treatment rooms. Moving down to the lower ground level guests can see the gleaming infinity edged Pool and Spa garden beyond, complete with Hydropool, Fireplace and Day Beds.
Sparcstudio have actually been shortlisted in the Interior Design Spa and Wellness Awards, as part of the European Hotel Design Awards 2014, for their impressive developments on the House Spa. The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 25th November 2014 in London, showcasing some of the finest and most successful architecture for the interior of hotels and elements of hotels.
“Being given a brief to design a Spa to complement the Dormy House Hotel has been a joy. We have relished the opportunity to create a whole new experience at Dormy that adds another more sensual and relaxing dimension to a stay at the hotel.”