Hartwell House

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

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Hartwell House
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 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 main house and Hartwell Court, a 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. Today’s guests spend long afternoons in the spa and its swimming pool, then dress up to dine by candlelight, perhaps on Aylesbury duck or line-caught sea bass, truffled gnocchi and 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

British Bank Holidays - 2nd Night 50% off

Book a two-night stay at Hartwell House over one of the Bank Holiday weekends and receive the second nights’ accommodation at 50% off! Stay at historic Hartwell House and explore the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside, visit local attractions such as Bicester Village designer outlet, the wonders of Waddesdon Manor, Blenheim Palace, Stowe Gardens or the many other stately homes located nearby. Classic rooms are priced from £150 per person for the first night with the second night being half price. The price includes free Wi-Fi, complimentary early morning tea, cooked English breakfast and full use of the Hartwell Spa. Make your holiday weekend truly special with an upgrade from a Classic room to a Royal bedroom or a Court Suite from as little as £75 per night. Dinner must be taken on at least one night to validate offer. Available Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday on Easter, May and August Bank Holidays 2018. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.


Hartwell House
Oxford Road
HP17 8NR

Guest comments

'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
'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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