Dormy House appoints general manager

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UK: The Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds has appointed Stephen Browning as general manager of Dormy House, beginning 9 December 2019.

Browning joins the 38-room hotel and spa from the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel.

His previous positions include nine years at Exclusive Collection where he was general manager of The Manor House in Castle Combe, as well as a number of Hand Picked Hotels including Crathorne Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire and Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Wetherby.

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".

Andrew Grahame, CEO of the Farncombe Estate, added: "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. 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".

This year, Dormy House opened two new restaurants, bringing its total of dining venues to three.

The Back Garden offers guests seasonal dishes of home-grown and local produce, whilst MO is an eight-course tasting restaurant for up to 12 guests.

Grahame mentioned that a new head chef will be announced at Dormy House shortly.

Aside from the focus on F&B, 2020 will also see the opening of a mega-suite at the hotel, as well as a more in-depth focus on wellness. As such, the spa will offer a series of wellness talks, classes and events and will launch selected treatment.

Dormy House is one-of-three boutique hotels in the Farncombe Estate. All three hotels, including the Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel, sit on 400-acres of grounds.

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