The much-loved Farncombe Estate is a bucolic playground of patchwork green fields and rambling woodland overlooking the picturesque Cotswolds village of Broadway, home to the award-winning Dormy House, Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel. This month, the introduction of five luxury Hideaway Huts at The Fish is the final component in a series of extensive renovation projects. Joining the recently refurbished six-bedroom farmhouse, Martin Burge’s seafood-inspired restaurant, Hook, and trio of woodland treehouses, the huts mark the completion of a four-million pound renovation project at The Fish. Elsewhere, soon-to-launch innovative wellness experiences at Foxhill Manor and revitalised culinary offerings at Dormy House ensure this Cotswolds favourite has something for everyone.
Hideaway Huts at The Fish
Double the size of the existing Hilly Huts, the new Hideaway Huts offer comfortable dwellings for guests looking for a cosy and private escape. Designed by Blackdown Shepherd Huts and decorated by set decorator Marina Morris, each hut has its own distinctive feel inspired by the surrounding nature. With underfloor heating throughout, they feature double beds with a stargazing roof, William Holland roll top baths and living areas kitted out with vintage furnishings and a wood burner stove. Outside, panoramic views of the valley can be enjoyed from a private bath for two on the decking. The largest hut, Boaty McBoatface (yes, you read it right) is located right next to the lake and has all the signature Hideaway Hut features but with a strong nautical twist. Boaty comes with its own rowing boat for guests to float into the lake and even enjoy a romantic picnic on their own private island.
Four-legged Friends at The Fish
Guests with furry friends will rejoice to learn that four-legged visitors are also welcome at The Fish. In addition to dog-friendly rooms (including a dog-friendly treehouse) — with dog beds, bowls, towels and treats — there is a dedicated eight-obstacle dog agility course on the grounds to work up an appetite. Once puffed-out, they can refuel with the doggy afternoon tea. A collaborative effort from Woof & Brew, The Barking Bakery and Cotswold Raw, this wholesome canine afternoon includes a bottle of Woof & Brew Pawsecco, Cotswold Raw dog treats, cake from the Barking Bakery and take away toy.
Cosmetic Innovation at Foxhill Manor
Foxhill Manor is for guests seeking seductive seclusion. Recently voted Boutique Hotel of the Year in The Caterer’s prestigious Hotelier’s Hotel Top 100 Awards, Foxhill is an intimate grade II listed manor house with eight characterful bedrooms. Embodying the ‘anti-hotel’ experience, Foxhill forgoes the formality of a reception, official dining room, off-limits kitchen and typical hotel ‘rules’. New this summer, Foxhill Manor has introduced a range of in-room spa treatments in the ultimate privacy of your suite.
From 11-20 November, Foxhill will play host to the latest offering in cosmetic innovation and breath work with the Natura Bissé Bubble Pure Air ritual. A new detoxifying ritual to energise, balance and repair the skin, the treatment is performed in an isolated O2 Bubble to provide a clean environment of 99.995% pure air, completely free from polluting particles and viral, bacterial and allergic agents. For guests with stressed-out complexions in search of a holiday season glow, Foxhill Manor will be offering pre-Christmas retreat programmes that include detoxifying yoga sessions and a design-your-own wellness menu with the chef.
Culinary Excellence at Dormy House
Firmly established as one of the Cotswolds’ favourite boutique hotels, Dormy House is a rural hideaway comprising 38 rooms and suites, an award-winning spa and two acclaimed restaurants under the helm of Culinary Director and Two-Michelin star chef Martin Burge.
Guests in search of a foodie break can enjoy long lazy lunches at The Potting Shed or something slightly more refined in The Garden Room, where the chefs like to get creative. This summer, to complement the existing ‘mix and match’ seven course tasting menu, The Garden Room has launched a new a la carte menu. For the first time, guests can sample their way through Head Chef Sam Bowser’s individual signature dishes including caramelised veal sweetbread with wild garlic and truffled almond pesto and braised cheek of pork with confit fennel and black pudding cream, for a bespoke gastronomic journey.