Hartwell House

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

‘The three generations were happy with the day. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The three generations were happy with the day. We relaxed over croquet, some played tennis, and we had the library for ourselves.’ Praise this year for this Jacobean-cum-Georgian mansion in an Arcadian landscape, from readers who celebrated a significant anniversary there. Owned by the National Trust, it houses beautiful antiques and paintings. ‘The rooms are grand but also relaxing.’ Hartwell was once home to the exiled Louis XVIII with Queen Marie-Joséphine. She, liking a drink, would surely have admired today’s wine list with good choice by the glass. A staircase adorned with statues leads to spacious bedrooms and opulent suites. ‘We loved the historic items in our large first-floor room, at the front, in this case a tapestry.’ Brunches, lunches and afternoon tea are served in the café bar. Dinner in the restaurant is formal but unstuffy; dress smartly. Daniel Richardson’s creative modern fare includes pan-fried hake fillet, saffron and potato gnocchi, leek flavours, white wine fish and tomato sauce. ‘Dinner was excellent, especially the succulent guineafowl.’ Service is ‘unobtrusive and exceptional’. ‘We were all delighted with our stay.’ (Alice and John Sennett. MC). This hotel is also a member of Pride of Britain.

Hotel details


Oxford Road
HP17 8NR


01296 747444


48. 16 in stable block, some on ground floor, 1 (main house) suitable for disabled.


all year, closed for lunch Mon/Tues.


great hall, morning room, drawing room, library, 2 dining rooms, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (swimming pool), 94 acres of gardens and parkland, tennis, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

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not under 6.


allowed in some annexe bedrooms with access to grounds.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £210, double £340–£780. À la carte £53.

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Special offers

£125 Per Person Per Night Flexible Special Offer

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the National Trust, throughout 2020, stay at the magnificent Hartwell House for a magnificent £125 per person for dinner, bed and breakfast. This exclusive offer includes overnight accommodation in a classic double or twin room (based on two people sharing), a two-course seasonal dinner in the Soane dining room, cooked English breakfast, full use of the Spa and 90 acres of parkland to explore. This offer is valid Sunday to Thursday on selected dates between 1st September – 23rd December 2020.*Subject to availability; based on two people sharing a classic room; non-transferable from an existing booking; cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offer; for individual bookings up to eight people; for dinner upgrades, each guest receives £47 per person towards food (excludes all beverages); we welcome children over six years of age*. Offer has 100% flexibility, subject to availability up to 48 hours prior to the arrival date.To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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