Stephen Browning has been appointed as general manager of Dormy House on the Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds, replacing Pim Wolfs who has now left the position.
Browning joins from his role with Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel.
Wolfs had been at the luxury hotel since March 2018, when he was appointed from his position at Pale Hall in Wales.
Prior to this he 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.
Prior to the Exclusive Collection, Browning 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.
Browning will join the 400-acre privately-owned Farncombe Estate on December 9 and will oversee the 38-bedroom hotel, spa and Dormy House’s three restaurants.
A new head chef will also be announced shortly following the departure of Sam Bowser.
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.”
This year Dormy House opened two new restaurants. The Back Garden offers guests seasonally inspired dishes that showcase home-grown and local produce whilst MO is an innovative new 8-course tasting restaurant for up to 12-guests.
Alongside a continued focus on F&B, 2020 will also see the opening of a brand-new mega suite at Dormy House and a more in-depth focus on wellness.
House Spa will offer a series of new wellness talks, classes and events and launch some carefully selected new treatments.
Stephen Browning commented: “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.”