Celebrate Hartwell House’s Silver Jubilee & the 200th Anniversary of the Departure of King Louis XVIII to claim the Throne of France
19 Nov 2013
Twenty-five years ago this coming July, Hartwell House opened its doors as a hotel for the first time. Situated in 90 acres of landscaped parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury, Hartwell House provides a country house setting, adding lustre to every social occasion. It is today, part of the National Trust. Hartwell House is an impressive Grade I listed house, which has both Jacobean and Georgian facades dating from around 1760, contains 52 beautiful bedrooms with rococo ceilings, antique furniture and paintings, yet with every imaginable contemporary comfort.
Its most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, who lived there with his Court for five years between 1809 and 1814. Hartwell’s history stretches back almost a thousand years to the reign of Edward the Confessor. Louis was joined at Hartwell by his Queen, Marie-Josephine de Savoie, his niece the Duchesse D’Angoulême, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, his brother the Comte d’Artois, later Charles X, and Gustavus IV the exiled King of Sweden. During the residence of the French Court the roof was converted into a miniature farm, where birds and rabbits were reared in cages, while vegetables and herbs were cultivated in densely planted tubs. Shops were opened in the outbuildings by émigrés short of money.
Today the hotel lends itself to quick city escape breaks, or as a base for exploring Oxford, the Cotswolds, and the Chiltern Hills. An overnight stay at Hartwell is a good way to overcome jetlag on arrival in Britain, or as a memorable place to stay before leaving the UK. The hotel is a popular venue and recently hosted the G7 Meeting of Finance Ministers. The Spa is housed in a splendid building modelled on an orangery and contains a generous sized swimming pool, treatment rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium.
Throughout 2014, Hartwell House will be offering a selection of celebration packages. To kick off the celebrations Hartwell House are inviting you to raise a glass on their Dom Perignon Champagne experience. Buy a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne for £360.00 and stay for one night with the hotel’s compliments in a double or twin bedded room inclusive of overnight accommodation, full English breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT. If guests book a table for dinner in the restaurant they also receive a complimentary upgrade.
Feel like royalty at Hartwell House and enjoy its remarkable history, location and architecture.
Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR, Tel: +44 (1296) 747444
From £240 per night inclusive of full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT.