Explore the Inspiring History & Heritage of Hartwell House & its Surroundings in 2016 and Celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown
10 Dec 2015
• Enjoy National Trust Hartwell House and its 90 acres and other National Trust treasures close by including Blenheim Palace and Stowe
• Visit gardens at Hartwell House influenced by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and celebrate his 300th Anniversary
• Relax and revive at Hartwell Spa and enjoy an ‘Indulgence Day Spa’ package
• Enjoy Afternoon Tea by a roaring log fire in one of the many historic rooms at Hartwell House with magnificent views of the gardens
Hartwell House is a country house hotel in the village of Hartwell near Aylesbury in leafy Buckinghamshire. Owned by the National Trust, the beautifully restored 18th century stately home is set amongst 90 acres of estate with guest rooms both in the main house and the 18th century converted coach houses. Magnificent spaces furnished with antiques and paintings reflect the importance of Hartwell’s most famous guest – Louis XVIII, exiled king of France and his court.
Hartwell House is well placed for visiting a host of historic sites and attractions in the area, including fellow National Trust properties with grand gardens, some of which were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a designer who changed the national landscape and created a style, which has shaped the image of the quintessential English countryside.
The garden was 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 an amazing yew tree exedra. The designer was probably James Gibbs, who certainly designed the garden buildings. By the middle of the 18th century most of the formality had been swept away and the garden was landscaped by a contemporary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, one Richard Woods.
Also in Buckinghamshire, Stowe was the inspiration for many a writer, philosopher and artist in Georgian times. Early in his career ‘Capability’ Brown elegantly landscaped and shaped these famous grounds. Once acquired by the National Trust in the late 1980s the gardens have since been restored to preserve the 250 acres of temples and monuments set amongst the lakes and valleys with walks and trails suitable all year round, particularly good for a crisp winter walk.
Blenheim Palace in Oxford was one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most significant landscape projects. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Marlborough – also the birthplace of Winston Churchill – he transformed the stunning stately home’s parkland. Year-long activities to commemorate his importance here include a new temporary exhibition from February 13th until May 2nd sharing his work here through drawings, and never-before-seen elements.
Another Buckinghamshire treasure, Waddesdon Manor is a beautifully restored National Trust property. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to display his outstanding collection of art and to entertain his set, the palatial manor was given to the National Trust by the Rothschild family in 1957. Unsurprisingly given the family wine history, the cellars hold vintage bottles open for tasting and tours. Spectacular Victorian gardens include a parterre, fountains, walks and woodland.
Back at Hartwell House, traditional afternoon tea is always a delight. The large and historic drawing rooms provide an opulent setting for the delicate sandwiches, homemade scones and pastries served with fragrant teas or jazzed up with a Champagne cocktail. From £30 per person (cocktails from £7.50).
Set in the grounds, the Hartwell Spa offers a mosaic-lined indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Spa Café and Bar overlooking the pool. Rejuvenate in the New Year with Aromatherapy Associates’ Ultimate Detox and Reviver, an invigorating 55-minute treatment specially designed as an intensive body detox, priced £64. For the face, the 55-minute Aroma Lift Facial is one of Aromatherapy Associates most advanced and gives noticeable results for those concerned with the first signs of ageing, smoothing fine lines and plumping the complexion, £74. For spa day visits, Hartwell Spa offers ‘Indulgence Day Spa’ packages priced from £120.00 which include use of all the Spa facilities and an 85-minute treatment from the Spa Tariff and a two course lunch in the Spa Café to include a tea or coffee.
Special New Year offer available throughout January and February
Indulge in a one-night stay from £140 per person, based on two sharing a standard double or twin bedded room, including free Wi-Fi, dinner to the value of £36 each, cooked breakfast and use of the Hartwell Spa.
Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR, Tel:01296 747444
B&B priced from £205.00 per night based on two sharing a Court bedroom and £290.00 per night based on two sharing a bedroom in the main house