Hartwell House

In a Georgian Arcadia, this Jacobean mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, was the palatial refuge of the exiled Louis XVIII and his court. More

Contact details

Hartwell House
Oxford Road
Stone
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP17 8NR
England
01296 747444

Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year, closed for lunch 
Mon/Tues.

Facilities

great hall, morning room, drawing room, library, 
2 dining rooms, function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, spa (swimming pool, 8 by 16 metres), 94 acres of gardens and parkland, tennis, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 6.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms in stable block with access to grounds.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B £200–£750. 
A la carte £51.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a Georgian Arcadia, this Jacobean mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, was the palatial refuge of the exiled Louis XVIII and his court. Public rooms are filled with antiques, oil paintings, flowers. A staircase adorned with statues leads up to lavish suites and spacious bedrooms supplied with freshly baked biscuits. A top-floor room was ‘excellent, large and light’, with a shared roof terrace; a room in the stables annexe is ‘perfectly good’, though less grand than those in the main house. ‘Everything hangs together with style, confidence and attention to detail,’ writes a reader this year, praising ‘the relaxed friendliness and a sense that nothing is too much trouble’. Smart dress is expected in the dining rooms, where head chef Daniel Richardson’s cooking is modern and inventive. ‘I particularly liked the venison infused with hibiscus.’ A less happy reader found his meal ‘bland’, while, on an off night, a party of 20 caused kitchen and service to falter. Some other quibbles (‘cold, bendy’ breakfast toast, a mojito with no mojo). However, all agree that Historic House Hotels, on behalf of the National Trust, maintains the house and grounds in high style. (Matthew Caminer, and others).

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Special offers

30th Anniversary Special Offer from £98 per person per night

Thirty years of excellence as a hotel is a major milestone in Hartwell’s history and needs to be celebrated and shared. To commemorate this occasion, here is this excellent value for money break. This exclusive offer starts at £98 per person per night for a classic double or twin room and £148 per person for a Royal room or suite. This offer is valid for overnight stays Sunday to Friday from 2nd January – 30th April 2019. The rates are based on two people sharing a double or twin room and includes accommodation, complimentary early morning tea, cooked English breakfast and full use of the Hartwell Spa. *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; children over six years of age are welcome* To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

Map

Hartwell House
Oxford Road
Stone
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP17 8NR

Guest comments

'We were delighted with the ambience, the unobtrusive and exceptional service, and the cooking and facilities available. The public rooms are grand but relaxing. Our bedroom on the first floor had a historic tapestry. ' - Alice Sennett - August, 2018
'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

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