Hartwell House

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

The French king Louis XVIII set up his court in exile here in the 19th century, signing his accession to the throne in the library, and today, staff do indeed ‘make you feel like royalty’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The French king Louis XVIII set up his court in exile here in the 19th century, signing his accession to the throne in the library, and today, staff do indeed ‘make you feel like royalty’. Approached by a drive through a folly-strewn landscape, the original Jacobean manor house, which has been beautifully restored for the National Trust’s Historic House Hotels (see also Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno, and Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York), overflows with everything that is lavish and ornate. Public rooms have stucco ceilings that drip chandeliers, damask-covered walls, antiques and architectural glories. Bedrooms might feature a four-poster or half-tester. ‘They upgraded us to the tapestry room, with wood-panelled walls.’ There are slightly chintzier rooms in restored stables, some dog-friendly, with outdoor access. No shorts or trainers in the dining rooms, please. ‘We really enjoyed the food, especially the venison, and drinks in the library with a truly special atmosphere.’ In the Great Hall, a ceiling centrepiece depicts Genius Rewriting History – plasterwork allegory by the Artari brothers or a new emblem for a ‘woke’ National Trust? (Charlotte Clark, GB)

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 weekdays.


Great Hall, morning room, drawing room, library, 2 dining rooms, function facilities, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (indoor pool), 94-acre gardens and parkland, tennis, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

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not under 6, no extra beds.


allowed in some annexe bedrooms (max. 2 small/1 large, damages charged for).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £220. Set-price dinner £58–£71.

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Comments about Hartwell House

The staff were most helpful and polite and the food was superb. It was a real treat to stay in such lovely accommodation in this historic yet well appointed hotel. - Ralph Wilson - October 2021
A beautiful country house with personal service at its core. We have been a few times for lunch before and used the spa, but this was the first time we have stayed. It was my 40th birthday, and the upgraded us to a royal room- the tapestry room with wood panelled walls, feeling truly special. They have done their best during the Covid period to provide guests with a relaxing and safe stay. The service is perfect. We enjoyed the food especially the venison...and the pre dinner drinks in the library with a truly special atmosphere. - Charlotte Clark - December 2020
I took my 94-year-old mother and my wife for Saturday night as a treat. We had '"classic" rooms on the second floor, with my mother in a room with disabled facilities. She was unable to use the shower, which was in the bath and so inaccessible for her, but otherwise we were very happy with everything. The bedrooms are sumptuous. Everywhere felt warm. The staff were excellent, serving tea and cake after we arrived around 5.30 pm. The buffet breakfast was superb. An awesome place to stay! - Geoffrey Bignell - December 2019
It would be easy to be to beguiled by Hartwell's history, elegance and proportions and the immaculate presentation of the building and its grounds. None of these makes a good hotel, however, without good management and staff, and Hartwell House has these in abundance. - Matthew & Miriam Caminer - January 2018

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.