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

Address

Oxford Road
Stone
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP17 8NR
England

Telephone

01296 747444

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, closed for lunch weekdays.

Facilities

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.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 6, no extra beds.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

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

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Special offers

Complimentary Fourth Night Special Offer

Your perfect safe staycation. Escape to Hartwell House for your long-awaited break and explore ninety acres of landscaped parkland with lake and follies. Stay in beautiful surroundings with all measures put in place for your well-being and safety. Relax and enjoy four nights to include the fourth night with complimentary accommodation. Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability, excluding Bank Holidays and weekends. Complimentary Accommodation only on the fourth night, which excludes breakfast on this day. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Not valid for The Old Rectory. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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