Hartwell House – At the Heart of Buckinghamshire
7 Jul 2015
• Enjoy a day trip to Hartwell House sampling award-winning lunch, afternoon tea or dinner overlooking 90 acres of gardens and parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury
• Raise a glass to Hartwell’s former resident King Louis XVIII, exiled King of France with the King Louis cocktail from the New Cocktail Menu
• Relax at the Hartwell Spa with a selection of treatments by Aromatherapy Associates and enjoy the indoor swimming pool or outdoor tennis courts
Hartwell House is an impressive stately home with both Jacobean and Georgian facades in the Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Once graced by Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, and today owned by the National Trust, the grade-I listed house has ornate interiors rich with rococo ceilings, antiques and paintings. Surrounding the hotel are 90 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland, some of which date back to the 18th century.
With Buckinghamshire within easy reach of the surrounding counties and served by multiple rail services out of London, a visit to this stately home with exquisite menus, peaceful thoughtfully restored gardens and a luxurious spa, provides the perfect day trip.
There’s no need to pack: a day out at Hartwell in the Vale of Aylesbury is within easy reach of both London and Oxford. Tour the gardens, parkland, statues and follies within the hotel grounds or explore the orchard where old varieties of apples and apricot, peach, pear and plum trees grow in the kitchen garden along with flowers and herbs for the hotel. There isn’t a more idyllic spot for a refreshing pre-lunch cocktail such as a classic, fruity Pimm’s No1 Cup or an exotic, minty Mojito before dinner.
Awarded two AA rosettes, the kitchen at Hartwell is headed by chef Daniel Richardson and creates flavoursome, creative dishes using local farm and country produce. Seasonal lunch menus, offer such delights as confit of grey mullet with artichoke and samphire, risotto of pea and mint with crumbled feta and mint-butter sauce and Tonka beam pannacotta with white chocolate and orange ice cream. Three-course Set Seasonal Lunch priced £26.00. The dinner menu is no less sublime with elegant dishes such as Cornish crab with buckthorn jelly, carrot gel, sea purslane and rye-bread crouton; roasted Aylesbury duck breast with fennel flavoured potatoes, citrus soused fennel, English asparagus and orange sauce and peach frangipane tart with marinated raspberries with brandy snap tuille, raspberry peach and vanilla ripple ice cream. Two-course dinner priced £43.00 and three courses £52.00.
Hartwell Spa resides in the grounds with a mosaic-lined indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Spa Café and Bar overlooking the pool and opening out on to a terrace in summertime. The Hartwell Spa Indulgence Day package is priced £115.00 (Monday to Thursday) or £125.00 (Friday to Sunday) and includes full use of the spa facilities, a two-course lunch in the Spa Café and Bar with tea or coffee and one 85-minute treatment of choice from the spa tariff.
Hartwell House have unveiled a new extensive cocktail menu fusing classic cocktails, champagne cocktails, speciality cocktails and mocktails. The Classic Martini (£12.50) is simply the most perfect cocktail to enjoy as one admires the rococo ceilings. The Martini is stirred and not shaken at Hartwell. An exciting champagne cocktail designed to impress is the Chambord Kir Royale (£14.00). This subtle twist on the fruity Kir Royale combines Edouard Brun Champagne and Chambord, rather than the traditional crème de cassis. Whether guests are celebrating a special occasion or just in need of a glass of bubbly, mix it up with this glamorous alternative.
The speciality cocktails will keep guests talking for hours and engaging further with their surroundings. The King Louis (£16.00) is based on the classic French 75, this cocktail has been created to honour Hartwell’s most famous resident. Bourbon, lemon, sugar syrup, and Edouard Brun Champagne act as the gateway to a perfectly integrated combination of bourbon and citrus. The 1989 (£15.00) is a cocktail invented by Hartwell’s very own Sommelier, this cocktail is named after the year which the hotel opened. It combines bumbleberry, amaretto, sugar syrup and prosecco to create a cocktail which is sure to live long in the memory. Hartwell Garden (£14.00) celebrates the stunning 90 acres of parkland at Hartwell House. This incredibly refreshing cocktail matches the Botanist gin with cucumber, apple juice and mint that’s been freshly picked from our gardens. The Aylesbury Duck Martini (£14.00) is a classic Vodka martini made with the finest Aylesbury Duck Canadian Vodka to give it a clean crisp finish with the added twist of an Orange peel to top it off. Shaken or stirred. For those who simply fancy a mocktail Hartwell offer a good selection including the Shirley Temple (£6.00) This refreshing non-alcoholic drink is made with the ginger ale, grenadine and lime juice proving to always be a winner.
Hartwell House, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR, Tel:01296 747444
Summer Getaway Break – One night stay with dinner (allowance of £32 per person), use of spa facilities and breakfast from £270.00 per room (Until 31st August Mon-Sat only excludes bank hol)