Hartwell House & Spa

Swish up the drive through an Arcadian 18th-century landscape to reach this Jacobean mansion. More

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Hartwell House & Spa
Oxford Road
HP17 8NR
01296 747444

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 in dedicated suites, guide dogs in main house, dining areas.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B £190–£720. Set dinner £43–£49.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

Swish up the drive through an Arcadian landscape to reach this Jacobean mansion. Enlarged and remodelled in the 1700s, it has ‘extremely grand’ interiors that have been ‘kept in fine order’. ‘The location and Georgian decor are everything you expect from a National Trust property,’ writes a Guide insider, ‘and the friendly staff work well as a family.’ Bedrooms in the mansion and converted riding school are huge; bathrobes and home-made biscuits come as standard. ‘We really appreciated our room in the main house – silent, comfy, with great views.’ ‘Royal rooms’ with antiques and paintings recall the years when the house was home to the court-in-exile of Louis XVIII of France, who trashed the place. Today’s more appreciative guests spend long afternoons in the spa and its swimming pool, then dress up to dine by candlelight, perhaps on roasted Chiltern Valley partridge or line-caught sea bass, truffled gnocchi, charred leeks. ‘The food is up to the elegance of the surroundings,’ said guests this year, though others wished for more variety. After a ‘fine breakfast’, ‘formally served’, head outside to the ‘marvellous gardens’. (Francine and Ian Walsh, and others). Hartwell House & Spa is also a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

£89.50 Per Person Special Offer

Have you ever wanted to stay in a National Trust house? Well now you can – this special offer is for accommodation for two people in a double or twin room, cooked English breakfast, full use of the spa, PLUS a £15 allowance each towards dinner food in the hotel restaurant and 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments. All this for £89.50 per person per night (a supplement for single occupancy applies). This offer is valid Sunday to Thursday from 1st October 2017 to 31st March 2018. Subject to availability; excludes 23rd December 2017- 2nd January 2018 & 14th February 2018; children welcome over six years. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Hartwell House & Spa
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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