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

Special Garden Offer

Our Capability Brown break is from £310 per room and is inclusive of a £43.00 dinner allowance each, accommodation, English breakfast and use of the Spa. Explore Hartwell”s 92 acres of grounds as landscaped by Richard Woods, a contemporary of Capability Brown or perhaps visit the grounds at nearby Stowe or Blenheim Palace and view two of Brown”s lasting legacies.
To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Hartwell House
Oxford Road
HP17 8NR

Guest comments

'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
'Four of us stayed at this hotel and experienced a memorable occasion. The service was excellent. The setting with 90 acres meant one could walk from the hotel easily through beautiful scenery. We cannot praise the staff, the building with its historical interiors, too highly, especially for a special occasion as this was. We agree with the the 2014 Good Hotel Guide, except for the slight criticism of the food. The canapés given free with pre-dinner drinks were innovative. The menus were attractive. We enjoyed the crisp quail eggs with spinach as a starter, venison, the rolled sole and the pear Helene in particular. At breakfast there were wide choices, with the best porridge we have tasted. Sliced and peeled grapefruit showed the sort of trouble the chefs took. We recommend the hotel without reservation. ' - Alice Sennett - November, 2014

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