Market Marvels: Tom Aspey, operations director, Farncombe Estate (Dormy House, Foxhill Manor and The Fish Hotel)

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Tom Aspey started his hospitality career at the age of 16 gaining his experience from his time spent working at The Lygon Arms in Broadway through to opening a small group of restaurants and pubs in North London and Hertfordshire before he got his big break at the Soho House Group.

After five years, he left his role as general manager at Dean Street Townhouse and moved back to Broadway where he originated from, to take up the position of general manager of Dormy House and Foxhill Manor, both on the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds, in March 2015.

He said at the time that it was a ‘refreshing’ move to come to a business that still had the same level of ambition he found in London, and found that Farncombe had a ‘lovely’ way of operating. Aspey’s nurturing style of management and hands-on style meant that in a short space of time after joining, he was promoted to operations direction of the whole Estate, to oversee the day-to-day running of Dormy and Foxhill, plus boutique hotel and the newest addition to the family, The Fish Hotel.

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Under his watch the businesses have continued to grow and have achieved a number of awards and accolades including being awarded five stars at Foxhill Manor, four red stars and winning Best Countryside Hotel 2017 in the Conde Nast Johnsens Awards for Dormy House. Aspey’s drive to create new strategies, concepts and ideas helps to keep Farncombe one step ahead of the competition.

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Farncombe Estate

Properties: 3

Location: Broadway, Cotswolds

Website: farncombeestate.co.uk

Twitter: @farncombeestate

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