Celebrate history at three National Trust hotels in England & Wales
8 May 2014
• Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year & the 200th Anniversary of King Louis XVIII departing Hartwell to claim the throne of France
• Middlethorpe Hall in York was once home to Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu and opened as a hotel 30 years ago. It is the ideal base to enjoy part of the Tour de France Grand Départ
• Bodysgallen Hall was the home of the Mostyn family, who have featured prominently in Welsh history and stands in 200 acres of parkland with views of Snowdonia
In 2008 Historic House Hotels and all its interests in the three hotels, became the property of the National Trust, by donation, to ensure their long-term protection with all profits henceforward benefiting the houses and the charity.
Hartwell House – Buckinghamshire – Louis XVIII
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.
Today Hartwell House is home to a restaurant and spa and is set within 90 acres of gardens and parkland. It is located just over an hour from London.
Throughout 2014, Hartwell House is offering a celebration package. From Monday to Friday stay at Hartwell House for £180 per person per night, to include dinner to the value of £50 per person, half a bottle of Champagne and Hartwell chocolates, VIP Bicester invitation, 20% discount in the Hartwell Spa, full English breakfast, free Wi-Fi and VAT. For Friday or Saturday night the break starts from £199 to include all the above. www.hartwell-house.com
Middlethorpe Hall – York – Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu & Tour de France Grand Départ
Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the celebrated 18th century feminist and pioneer of inoculation moved into Middlethorpe Hall in August 1713. Famous for introducing her knowledge of the Ottoman practice of inoculation against smallpox to the UK, it was in later life that she was finally praised for introducing the practice here. A suite at Middlethorpe Hall is named after her and dedicated to her.
Built in 1699 of mellow red brick with limestone dressings, the hotel today sits within 20 acres of land. It is home to a restaurant and boutique spa along with 29 bedrooms furnished with antiques and fine paintings. This year the hotel is celebrating its 30th anniversary open as a hotel and is the ideal base for the York – Sheffield leg of the Tour de France Grand Départ.
Get on your bike in York with this package. A new Tour de France inspired two-night legacy break has been unveiled and is priced from £149 per person per night and includes: Candlelit three-course dinner in the award winning dining room on both nights; Two night accommodation for two people in a standard double or twin bedded room located in the C18th courtyard; Early morning tea delivered to the room on both mornings; Full Yorkshire breakfast served in the restaurant on both mornings; Full use of the Middlethorpe Spa facilities during the stay; A 25-minute Decléor treatment per person (to be booked in advance) on one day; A cycling map of Yorkshire.
The above rates are for a minimum two night stay, valid Sunday to Thursday until 30th September 2014 and subject to availability – excluding York Race Days and Bank Holidays. www.middlethorpe.com
Bodysgallen Hall – North Wales – 13th century origins with unique views of Snowdonia
Standing in over 200 acres of its own parkland to the south of Llandudno with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, Bodysgallen Hall is home to a total of 31 spacious bedrooms split between a main house and cottages.
The gardens at Bodysgallen Hall have been recognised for their award winning restoration. Featured within the estate’s grounds are a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, naturally occurring limestone outcrops, a rockery with a cascade, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and several follies. The gardens also feature a formal rose gardens and a number of well-established and interesting trees and shrubs including medlar and mulberry.
Garden tours with the head gardener take place each month. Friday 16th May is dedicated to ‘The month of flowering shrubs – laburnum, lilac, malus, viburnum and more. Each garden tour commences with coffee on arrival at 11.00am prompt in the Drawing Room. Following the tour, which begins at 11.15am, a two-course luncheon including coffee, will be served in the South Dining Room, together with a glass of wine. The price per person to include the above is £29.50.
A night at Bodysgallen Hall is priced from £179.00 B&B based on two sharing and includes breakfast and use of the spa facilities. www.bodysgallen.com
For more information on the three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust visit http://historichousehotels.com/