Hartwell House

Wander through the ‘extravagantly and sumptuously furnished’ rooms at this stately mansion – it’s not hard to imagine being a member of the court of Louis XVIII of France, who lived here, in exile, in the 19th century. More

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Hartwell House
Oxford Road
HP17 8NR
01296 747444
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Hotel information


52. 16 in stable block, some on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, 4 drawing rooms, bar, 3 dining rooms, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, spa (swimming pool, 8 by 16 metres), 94-acre grounds (gardens, parkland, tennis).

Background music

pianist most Fri and Sat nights.


not under 6.


allowed by arrangement in dedicated suites, guide dogs in main house, dining areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B from £200, D,B&B from £360. Set dinner £43–£59. 1-night bookings sometimes refused peak weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Wander through the ‘extravagantly and sumptuously furnished’ rooms at this stately mansion – it’s not hard to imagine being a member of the court of Louis XVIII of France, who lived here, in exile, in the 19th century. Today, run by Historic House Hotels for the National Trust, it’s a ‘special’, ‘blissfully quiet’ place to stay. ‘It oozes history – we loved it,’ say guests, including ‘a keen historian’, this year. The ‘spectacular’ building stands in ‘incredible’ grounds with a lake, a church and a Gothic tower; inside, ‘super’ bedrooms are decorated in period style. For a royal experience, book one of the lavish four-poster suites outfitted with antiques and fine paintings. ‘Dine well’ in the formal restaurant (‘elegant in an old-fashioned way’, with candles and floor-length tablecloths), where chef Daniel Richardson’s seasonal menu uses ‘beautifully fresh’ fruit, vegetables and herbs from the garden and orchard. More casual dinners may be taken in the spa café on Friday and Saturday nights. Mornings, breakfast is ‘fine’: grilled Loch Fyne kippers, poached haddock, ‘the best porridge we’ve tasted’. (A and BB, Richard Morgan-Price, and others). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

Three nights for the price of two

Stay three nights for the price of two – Enjoy a complimentary night’s stay from as little as £150.00 per person per night based on two people sharing a classic double or twin bedded room. Upgrades available to Royal superior rooms or Court suites from just £50.00 per night. Subject to availability. Dinner must be taken on at least 2 nights of your stay to validate this offer. The rate includes accommodation, free wifi, cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Hartwell House
Oxford Road
HP17 8NR

Guest comments

'The highlights were the high standard of care from the plentiful and attentive staff. Throughout our visit we were constantly asked if all was well. Dining room staff were equally courteous and efficient, and the cuisine was outstanding. The problem with breakfast was that there was too much choice! The public rooms on the ground floor are sumptuous. Our classic room on the second floor was beautifully light, spacious and comfortable. Plenty of good lighting for reading (hoorah). The bathroom was big but the bath/taps/fixed overhead shower were old fashioned. The lifts we were old and slow. ' - CF - August, 2017
'Wereally appreciated Room 9, a main house bedroom, comfy with great views, and silent. The location and Georgian décor are everything you would expect from a National Trust place The staff are really friendly, and worked well as a family. The food was up to the elegant surroundings ' - Ian & Francine Walsh - June, 2016
'It’s oozing history and we loved it there ! We had a super room and there are many similar elements to both of the other hotels in the group, but such an important house. We dined well there although there were one or two service elements that could do with brushing up. Superb (not huge) spa. ' - Richard Morgan-Price - October, 2015
'Our suite in the Old Rectory was spacious and blissfully quiet; its huge windows looked over the lawn, and it had old-fashioned but elegant furnishings. It was amazing to wander through the sumptuous public rooms in the spectacular main building. Dinner was pretty good: ingredients were fresh, the concepts simple and the seasoning light. The dining room was elegant, and we enjoyed the peace, the lack of background music, and looking through tall windows as the sun went down. The breakfast was fine but not exceptional. The spa is very nice. ' - Anna and Bill Brewer - August, 2014

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