52. 16 in stable block, some on ground floor, 2 suitable for disabled.
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).
pianist most Fri and Sat nights.
not under 6.
allowed by arrangement in dedicated suites, guide dogs in main house, dining areas.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 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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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.