If you’re looking for a Cotswold hotel for either a wedding venue, a romantic break with your other half, or a spa break hen do, then Dormy House is hard to beat.
And if you ever wondered what Farmhouse Chic actually looks like, then Dormy House probably invented the phrase. Think stone floors, a relaxed but rustic atmosphere, stylish decor, along with stunning country surroundings, and you’re pretty much there.
Dorm House offers a hotel and spa, with not only a formal restaurant but also a gastro pub to choose from when it comes to food. And the cocktails are pretty good too.
The spa boasts a gorgeous swimming pool and the outdoor vitality pool is super relaxing. Although quite small, the spa still offers a tranquil space and plenty of facilities.
During our recent stay we found the hotel, the spa and most importantly the service, to be first class.
Top tip – to grab a bargain, look out for Hot Dates when you can save almost £100 on the usual price for selected last minute bookings.
This week’s blog is dedicated to the very talented Lou Gibson who runs Inanna Bespoke Shoes.
Lou creates stunning hand painted wedding shoes which add an instant wow factor to any bride.
“At Inanna I create beutiful pieces of wearable art, hand-painting leather shoes with bespoke and unique designs.
“Inanna was birthed through my life-long love of painting along with my friends’ requests of painting unique designs on all manner of items. This is when I stumbled across the perfect paint for leather and created many pairs of fantastical Dr Martens which featured all manner of things such as lions and superheros.
“I have this year introduced myself into the bridal market, composing bespoke designs to lovely brides ideas and wedding themes. The response has been amazing and I am revelling in the wide range of stunning designs I am working on from pastel pretty flowers featuring the couple’s names and wedding date to bold Disney princesses. I look forward to creating many more perfect shoes for all those perfect days.”
We all know that brides-to-be are looking for new ways to celebrate their hen party. The traditional night on the tiles just doesn’t do it for everyone. However we also know that sometimes things can get a bit out of hand and before you know it your hen party ends up as a week abroad with a myriad of activities that in the end, no one can afford.
My advice is take the stress out of the whole process and consider a spa break.
I recently visited Hoar Cross Hall in Staffordshire and in my opinion it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed hen do. Mainly because they offer a choice of suites which are absolutely perfect. Not only did our suite have a lounge area, a fridge and an actual bar, but it also have a private hot tub on the terrace.
You can also get some great deals either via their website or via Secret Escapes. And of course you can take your own alcohol to drink in your suite which helps with costs.
The spa features two pools, aqua detox, plunge pool, sensory showers, Nordic suite, relaxation rooms and a gym among many other features. The hotel itself is stunning with a gorgeous refurbished bar. The whole building is under going a transformation with most public areas now complete. Bedrooms are next.
You can book just a day, or an overnight break. Over night breaks begin at 3pm, giving you a free afternoon, they include dinner on the night and breakfast the next morning. And you can stay until 6pm on the night so you also get your lunch.
A spa break at Hoar Cross combines a relaxing break, plenty of quality time with your friends, a great meal and a chance to recharge your batteries ahead of the most exciting time of your life.
It’s safe to say that Pippa Middleton’s wedding has been the wedding of the year so far, with everyone agreeing she got most things right.
If she’s inspired you to go for a floral marquee style wedding then take a look at this beautiful themed shoot organised by Boutique Marquees, with photography by Lee Bishop Photography.
Clare from Boutique Marquees explains:
“We planned a greenery and gold themed photo shoot to show case what Boutique Marquees can offer. The photo shoot features our rustic chic decor theme consisting of gorgeous, rustic wooden tables and cross back chairs, chunky brass candlesticks, faux greenery garlands and of course plenty of twinkling lights!
“Flowers were kept simple to reflect the relaxed nature of this decor style. Tables were decorated with the faux garlands and featured white and gold china, along with vintage glassware.
“We worked with suppliers who complemented and shared our take on laid back luxe and we had a blast!”
Marquee and fresh flowers – Boutique Marquees
Photographer – Lee Bishop Photography
Furniture, candlesticks and lighting – Wedhead
Garlands – Friend of Faux
Stationery – Amy Bailey Design
Desserts – The Grazing Table Company
Cake – Deliciously Devine Cake Design
Bow ties – English Gentleman
Tableware – Vintage Gold China
Venue – YHA, Stratford upon Avon
I have to admit, if there is one wedding term that annoys me a little, it’s mini-moon. I think that wherever you choose to go on your hols for the first time as husband and wife then it’s your honeymoon and people shouldn’t feel the need to play it down and call it a mini-moon just because it’s in the UK or it’s just for a few days.
UK honeymoons have so many advantages; cost, time, no airports and of course all that the amazing British countryside, coast or cities have to offer.
If you’re thinking of Devon or Cornwall for your honeymoon then Little Derricott is the perfect choice. The cottage, along with its array of finishing touches, is designed specifically for couples. There’s a fabulous hot tub, large comfy lounge, outside dining area, large bedroom, cute kitchen and a roll top bath.
Located in north Devon it’s close to Bude as well as not too far from Padstow, Bodmin and endless stunning coastlines.
Closer to the cottage there is a great pub in the pretty village of Pyworthy just a 30 minute walk up the road, and there’s a supermarket in the town of Holsworthy just a 5 minute drive away.
There are also endless walks close to the cottage including the Cornish Way cycling and walking route.
This is a beautiful cottage with so many lovely extras added by the owner such as a welcome pack, Mr and Mrs bunting and robes, that it’s a real home from home (with a little bit of extra romance thrown in).
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When is hotel not a hotel? When it’s a private house hotel of course!
This new concept in accommodation is perfect for a hen party because you can take over the whole building an enjoy an exclusive stay.
Last week I lucky enough to enjoy a stay at the new private house hotel in Stratford upon Avon, Arden House Hotel. This beautiful boutique hotel is the little sister of the nearby Arden Hotel, but there is nothing inferior about this amazing place.
Billing itself as a home from home, the idea is that you can treat the place as your own abode, even if you have only booked a room and haven’t taken every bedroom. You can help yourself to free afternoon tea, free gin o clock and a night cap. The hosts will happily serve you in the lounge or dining room, or you can take anything up to your room. Breakfast is included (avocado and poached eggs on rye bread, wow)
I have to say I love the whole idea. It’s small so you don’t feel like just another number and it was super relaxing, not to mention beautifully decorated. There’s no restaurant but in the middle of Stratford who needs one?
Take a look at our video to see why we loved it so much.
The wedding dress is not the only important outfit at a wedding, the groom’s clothing should be just as special.
But as Louise from English Gentleman found out when planning her wedding, boys don’t always get the same treatment as the girls.
“Traditionally grooms and their groomsmen have worn morning suits on their wedding day and it’s still a tradition that many follow today. But what if you fancy a little something different?
“My groom tried on a hired morning suit and it just wasn’t for him. He didn’t do the little skip and a hop I did when I finally found “the dress”. That made me feel a little sad for him, everyone should feel special on their big day. It made me appreciate that things have moved on and if you want to express style and fashion as a groom today, you can. The right suit was easy to find but we really struggled to find the right accessories and settled for an average tie. Five years later I decided it was my calling in life to make sure grooms look dapper and the English Gentleman was born.
“Bow ties were first worn back as early as the 17th century. In recent years, they have made a major comeback along more traditional men’s accessories such as braces, cravats and pockets. Here at English Gentleman we aim to provide our customers all of these accessories to showcase their individual style.”
I love wedding planning and I love stationery (who doesn’t?) so I was super pleased to get my hands on a Busy B wedding planner. This hard back, spiral bound planner has everything you need to get started on making your dream wedding a reality.
Take a look at our video review of the planner. You can get your hands on your own copy at www.busy.co.uk and Vintage Chic Wedding Fair blog readers can get 15% off their first order by quoting BB15 on their order.