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Dormy House appoints new general manager

The Farncombe Estate has announced the appointment of Stephen Browning as general manager of Dormy House.

The Cotswolds site, set upon a 400-acre privately owned estate, features a 38-bedroom hotel, a spa, and three Dormy House restaurants.

Browning will commence his role on 9 December. 

He joins from Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, and previously had 9 years of experience with the Exclusive Collection, where he was general manager of The Manor House in Castle Combe and ran the group’s 12-bedroom Castle Inn.

Prior to this, Browning worked for Handpicked Hotel sites including New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield, Crathorne Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire and Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Wetherby. 

Andrew Grahame, CEO of the Farncombe Estate, said: “We are delighted to have Stephen on board.  His appointment comes at a significant time for the estate and in particular for Dormy House. 

“Whilst 2019 has seen Farncombe reach record revenue targets driven by high occupancy levels we want to place more of a focus on the guest experience to ensure continued success in 2020 and beyond.”  

He added: “To achieve this the right leader is vital and I am convinced that Stephen’s experience and charisma makes him the ideal person to lead the team at Dormy House.”

Dormy House also opened two new restaurants this year. The Back Garden features seasonal and local produce, whilst MO provides an eight-course tasting menu for guests.

The hotel will also open a new ‘mega-suite’ in the new year, as well as a new series of wellness talks and classes in its Spa. 

Stephen Browning said: “I am delighted and honoured to be taking over as general manager of such a prestigious and much-loved hotel and spa. 

“It is set to be an exciting year for Dormy House and I am looking forward to working closely with the team and to ensuring we achieve – and exceed – our full potential so that Dormy House continues to set the bar for country house hotels in the UK.”

Dormy House forms part of a trio of hotels, including Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel. All three sites are found on the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds near Broadway.

Dormy House has operated as a hotel since 1977, and later reopened in 2013 following a refurbishment.

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