A meeting of minds at Hartwell House chosen by G7 finance ministers
11 May 2013
Just over an hour from London, Hartwell House, part of the National Trust, is one of England’s most spectacular Stately Homes and the ideal destination for all manner of business & leisure activities. 2013 is the year the UK assumed the one-year Presidency of the G7, an informal forum of countries representing around half of global economic output. As part of the Presidency, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Governor of the Bank of England co-chaired a meeting at Hartwell House with G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May.
Hartwell House is no stranger to people of influence: its most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, who lived here with his court for five years. Built from the early 17th century, this Grade I listed building in Buckinghamshire today has 52 bedrooms, all individually furnished with fine pictures and antiques. The house has both Jacobean and Georgian features with outstanding decorative plaster-work and panelling. Everything about Hartwell House creates an ambiance of greatness; from arrival – leading up to the house to the experience within the house; bedrooms, great hall, restaurant and spa.
The 90 acres of gardens and parkland are equally inspiring, laid out, at the start of the 18th century, in the formal style, with allées and garden buildings: temples, columns, an obelisk, garden statuary, canals and. They were later naturalised in the style of Capability Brown.
Dining at Hartwell House is a true Best of British experience which is why the restaurant has won several awards. Using locally sourced and home grown food the restaurant has established Aylesbury Duck as a must try dish at selected times of the year. Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner are all offered here and several menus have been created. All meals are served in the principal dining room which was designed in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect, Sir John Soane.
Guests can recharge by enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the Spa which offers an indoor pool lined with mosaic tiles, a steam room, sauna and a whirlpool bath. An extensive selection of spa treatments is offered using Aromatherapy Associates as the main brand, including a wide variety of body massages, facials, detoxifying treatments, bronzing treatments. A fully equipped gymnasium is also available.
Nearby Hartwell House, an abundance of historic sights await including Waddesdon Manor, Blenheim Palace and Stowe Landscape Gardens. For fans of shopping, Europe’s leading luxury designer outlet destination, Bicester Village, is located close by.
Whether you’re putting the mind to work or simply allowing mind and body to relax, Hartwell House & Spa offers the perfect setting for all.
Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR, Tel: +44 (1296) 747444
Spring Breaks at Hartwell House
Enjoy a Spring mid week break in the country without breaking the bank. For only £125.00 per person per night based on two people sharing a classic double or twin bedded room to include free wifi, Full English breakfast, dinner to the value of £35.00 each per night, full use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT.
This Spring offer is too good to miss and that is why it is only available Monday to Thursday inclusive during May 2013 (excluding Bank Holidays). If you prefer to get away for the weekend you can stay on Fridays and Saturdays in one of the classic double or twin bedded rooms for £150.00 per person to include all of the above.