Celebrate the Nation’s Heritage at National Trust Award-Winning Historic House Hotels
18 Sep 2017
- Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire is a Grade I listed Jacobean and Georgian House and the former home of exiled King of France, Louis XVIII with over 90 acres of gardens
- Middlethorpe Hall in York was built in 1699 and is located near medieval York and is the former home of Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu, the celebrated 18th century diarist
- Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales is a Grade I listed house set in over 200 acres of gardens and parkland with stunning views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle
Hartwell House, Middlethorpe Hall and Bodysgallen Hall make up Historic House Hotels (HHH). HHH was founded in 1979 to acquire and rescue run-down country houses, restore them and convert them into historically accurate, yet comfortable hotels. 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. Today, each of these hotels continues to celebrate history and the nation’s heritage.
The three hotels maintain wins with awards celebrating their quality of service including TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence and The Caterer Magazine’s Hoteliers’ Hotels award. The AA recognises the restaurants with three and two AA Rosettes. The three hotels recently unveiled new websites showcasing every element of life at these unique properties. The informative new websites are easy to navigate, fully responsive and include corporate and leisure offers.
Winter is a wonderful time to escape to one of these country houses and enjoy the award-winning restaurants and spas. All three hotels welcome children over the age of six and each of the hotels is also dog friendly. Each hotel is located close to a railway station and also offers onsite parking.
Hartwell House – Buckinghamshire
On the entrance drive opposite Hartwell House, guests are greeted with the magnificent equestrian statue of Frederick, Prince of Wales dating back to around 1757. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the restoration of Hartwell House. The Great Hall is a masterpiece of English baroque design and most of this room is virtually unchanged since its completion around 1740. The Morning Room and the Library are decorated in the Rococo style, with curvilinear marble chimney pieces. Guests can curl up in front of an open fire place and read a book with this unique backdrop as a setting. Hartwell House’s gardens were landscaped by a contemporary of Capability Brown. There are over 90 acres to explore here.
Middlethorpe Hall – York
Set in 20 acres of gardens, Francis Place’s bird’s-eye view of Middlethorpe shows Thomas Barlow’s garden shortly after he had completed work on the house. In the mid-eighteenth century, Francis Barlow deformalized the garden, following the taste of the time in the style of Capability Brown. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from the medieval city of York with its 13th-century defensive walls (the longest and best preserved in England). Visitors can explore York’s Roman, Viking, and medieval heritage plus a wealth of attractions like the iconic York Minster. Back at Middlethorpe Hall, guests are invited to enjoy traditional afternoon tea. Tea is served in one of the grand historic rooms in the Hall, full of paintings and antiques and with wonderful views of the gardens.
Bodysgallen Hall – Llandudno
Bodysgallen Hall enjoys a privileged location in North Wales with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Snowdon was recently picked as the most picturesque sight in the UK. Guests staying at Bodysgallen Hall wake to a front row location and view and a remarkable backdrop. Bodysgallen Hall is a Grade I listed house which was built mainly in the 17th century. Award-winning restored gardens at Bodysgallen Hall feature several follies, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with colourful sweet herbs. An extensive kitchen garden is also available. In total there are over 200 acres of gardens and parkland to explore. After all that walking guests can enjoy the spa featuring a full length indoor swimming pool.
Every visit to a Historic House Hotel benefits the National Trust.
Hartwell House B&B priced from £230 per room
Middlethorpe Hall B&B priced from £199 per room
Bodysgallen Hall B&B priced from £185 per room