Hartwell House

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Visitors this year were ‘very happy with everything’ at this former stately home set in landscaped gardens and parkland on the edge of the Chilterns. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Visitors this year were ‘very happy with everything’ at this former stately home set in landscaped gardens and parkland on the edge of the Chilterns. The Grade I listed, part Jacobean, part Georgian building, filled with original antiques and paintings, was restored by Historic House Hotels, and given to the National Trust in 2008. Grand but ‘relaxing’ public rooms, with damask-covered walls and ornate stuccoed ceilings, are perfect for ‘tea and cakes’ on arrival. The ‘sumptuous’ bedrooms and suites are mostly in the main house. The first-floor ‘Royal Suites’ (the exiled King Louis XVIII of France lived here from 1809 to 1814) have a spacious bathroom, a sitting room and south-facing views. ‘Royal’ rooms are equally plush; some have a four-poster bed. ‘Classic rooms’ have a sofa, writing desk and king-size bed, but one older reader was ‘unable to use the over-bath shower’. Dinner in the formal but unstuffy dining room might be crab and courgette cannelloni followed by pan-roasted fillet of cod, cooked to perfection by chef Daniel Richardson and his team. ‘An awesome place to stay.’ (Geoffrey Bignell, and others). Hartwell House is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (swimming pool), 94 acres of gardens and parkland, tennis, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music



not under 6.


allowed in some annexe bedrooms with access to grounds.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £210–£250, double £220–£780. À la carte £47–£53, Bill of Fare menu £55–£67.

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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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