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Business Leaders: Stephen Browning, general manager, Dormy House

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In December last year, Stephen Browning started his first day as general manager at Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds. He had big shoes to fill, taking over from Pim Wolfs, but was armed with extensive experience of driving excellence at hotels up and down the country.

Prior to his appointment, Stephen worked with the Exclusive Collection, where he was general manager of The Manor House in Castle Combe for nine years, running the group’s 12-bedroom Castle Inn alongside the hotel.

He also previously worked for a number of Handpicked Hotels including New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield, Crathorne Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire and Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in Wetherby. 

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Now at Dormy House, he oversees the 38-bedroom hotel, spa and three restaurants.

Stephen’s appointment came at a ‘significant time’ for the Estate, with 2019 being a record year for revenue targets driven by high occupancy.

Determined to drive this momentum, Browning oversaw the launch of a new ‘mega suite’ and music den in February as Dormy House continues to set the bar for country house hotels in the UK.

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