The temperature has dropped and so this week sees me lying on the sofa with a cuddly blanket over me as I write this blog and I am drinking copious amounts of cups of tea to stay warm… the joys of the winter. Just a quick update on my back as so many of you have been so lovely and asking how I am… I am still waiting to talk to my GP about the results so hopefully will know more the end of this week and the beginning of next. I will let you know how I get on as progress is slower than I would have hoped.
However, I was well enough though to be able to go on the most amazing trip overnight to the Cotswolds with my daughters Becky and Holly. Part of this was my Christmas present from them both so I was so pleased to be spending some time with them and also having a relax at the same time. We arrived at the beautiful Dormy House, near Broadway in the Cotswolds and as we walked up to the reception you immediately felt you had walked through the doors of relaxation. Right through from the beautiful décor, through to the highly trained and super friendly staff, to the award winning food, sourced locally as much as possible and then to the award winning spa too … Dormy House is a boutique hotel and spa that’s out of this world. Real fires burn in the cosy lounges,
wellington boots are available to wear if you have forgotten yours, the game Scrabble is set out in one of the rooms for you to settle down and play in the evening and you really feel like you are staying in your own absolutely amazing country farmhouse! (I wish!)
The girls and I had some super fish and chips for supper and they also had an apple crumble that was to die for (we weren’t calorie counting on this trip!)– all beautifully presented and so tasty.
Their breakfast was a delight with either a Bloody Mary or a Bucks Fizz to start your day off and then gorgeous home made yoghurts, fresh fruit and delicious cooked alternatives as well. Cute little touches everywhere (such as the toast coming in this little drawstring bag which kept it so lovely and warm) and I have popped some photos in for you to look at.
The bedrooms were luxurious with underfloor heating in the bathroom and gorgeous bathrobes, slippers, beautiful Temple Spa beauty products and home baked cookies fresh in a jar for you. Modern touches as well such as pressing an icon on an Ipad which ordered fresh milk to be sent up to your room for that delicious cup of tea or coffee that you were going to have, keeps Dormy House right up there with technology.
Their spa treatments though, are truly amazing …. Even at the beginning of a treatment you are given a little smoothie – ours was a delicious raspberry and apple and also a fragranced flannel to cleanse your face or hands… or both
…then after what was probably the best facial I have EVER had .. in fact I actually felt myself falling asleep on several occasions and tried to stay awake throughout it… you were taken back into a relaxing area with a log fire and served up with a post treatment sorbet and glass of water ….beautiful touch. I have genuinely never felt as relaxed or at home as I did. The following morning I had a pedicure in what has to the most glamorous Champagne Nail Parlour I have seen – take a look at the photos.
Ciate is their brand of choice for nail polish and I went for a cute baby pink colour to brighten up my winter toes… We truly pampered ourselves and came back so relaxed.
Life is so chaotic and stressful for so many people, isn’t it, and spas have grown so much over the past years in answer to what we all want nowadays – the opportunity to take yourself away somewhere completely different, with family or friends, where people aren’t on their mobile phones all day, and where you actually get the chance to sit down and chat … about things that you normally don’t have time for. I truly cherish these times and tell Becky and Holly frequently that there is nothing better.
To continue the good work which the spa had done on my skin I actually found an amazing bargain for Elemis anti ageing range on the shopping channel QVC! I have never used QVC before – I think my husband has tried to keep me away from it as he thinks it might be dangerous … but I found 5 products which included the Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser, the Gentle Rose Exfoliator, Pro Intense Eye and Lip Cream, a brand new Pro Intense Lift Effect Day Cream and a Pro Intense Lift Effect Night Cream on there and instead of them being nearly £200, I got all 5 for just over £60!
They also came in a beautiful dusky pink cosmetic bag to keep them all in one place and this range particularly is so good for firming and lifting the skin in the cheeks and jowls area. These will last me for months so to me that is incredibly good value. I might even be venturing back on to QVC if you can get bargains like that! I love Elemis!
Spring has not sprung yet but it didn’t stop the magpie in me spying a gorgeous necklace that I saw online from the company Stella and Dot.
This adorable necklace is called Birdie and is made of leather and chiffon petals and you can either wear it as a statement necklace
or it is so versatile that you can actually detach the petals off the back and wear the vintage gold necklace alone with sparkle or reverse it for a solid gold shimmer – that’s a lot of ways to wear one necklace. It arrived the other day in their beautiful packaging and I was so excited and not disappointed either from the photograph. It looks great in the winter over black but it also will look good over the spring colours of blush, pale coral or a pale grey colour. I am going to enjoy wearing this piece.
That’s it for this week – let me know if any of you have been to Dormy House and what you thought of it? How about any experiences with QVC? I would love to hear from you all as always and thank you again to everyone who has been contacting me supporting me through my back problem. It means a lot to me to know that you have been thinking of me.
Love Gill xx