National Trust Grade 1 Listed Hartwell House is one of the Stately Homes of England Showcasing a Unique and Vivid Heritage
26 Sep 2016
• Hartwell House has a remarkable history stretching back almost a thousand years
• One of three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust with an award-winning restaurant and spa just an hour from London
• Make the most of the weekend with two offers: Friday night specials in November and December, Sunday late check out
The three Historic House Hotels, part of the National Trust, all combine past and present in a distinctive manner. Celebrating history and open to visitors and guests, the three hotels provide guests with a real taste of the United Kingdom’s unique and vivid heritage. Hartwell House, a Grade 1 listed property stands in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury and is the ideal country house to experience the full National Trust experience.
The Domesday Book makes mention of Hartwell, an earlier house having stood slightly to the south of the present house, which dates from the early seventeenth century. The present house retains a number of its Jacobean features, with the later addition of Georgian facades and garden buildings by architects as eminent as James Gibbs, Henry Keene and James Wyatt.
In 1809, Hartwell House was leased to the exiled King Louis XVIII of France and his court. King Louis remained at Hartwell until 1814 when the constitutional document, confirming his accession to the throne, was signed in the library by the King. More recently Harwell House has been visited by President Clinton, the Emperor and Empress of Japan and many Heads of State. In 2013 the UK assumed the one-year Presidency of the G7, an informal forum of countries representing around half of global economic output. As part of the Presidency, the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Governor of the Bank of England co-chaired a meeting at Hartwell House with G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.
At the front of the house stands the equestrian statue of Frederick Prince of Wales, rescued from an overgrown part of the garden and now restored and re-erected on a rusticated plinth. Guests enter Hartwell House by the Great Hall. Beyond the Great Hall lies an oak-panelled room which served as a Chapel during the stay of Louis XVIII and his court. The Morning Room, Drawing Room and Library – the bookcases of which are fronted by the finest surviving gilt-brass wire-work in the country – were redesigned c.1759 by Henry Keene and richly decorated with Rococo plasterwork by Thomas Roberts of Oxford.
The house has 32 superbly appointed bedrooms and suites, some named after the members of the Court of Louis XVIII. Hartwell Court, original the eighteenth century coach house and situated approximately one hundred yards from the house, has been restored to provide sixteen bedrooms and suites.
Hartwell House is home to a two AA Rosette restaurant open daily serving traditional English dishes from breakfast to dinner. Head Chef Daniel Richardson uses herbs and produce from the extensive kitchen gardens across all menus at the hotel. Afternoon tea is also popular and served daily.
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. Aromatherapy Associates is the house spa brand and an extensive list of spa treatments is offered. 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.
Guests can spend hours discovering the historic interiors but can also enjoy special walks around the grounds with a copy of their own Tree Map, to identify a vast variety of trees.
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
Friday Night Special
Stay at Hartwell House on any Friday throughout November and December and have your pick of one of the following complimentary extras; cream tea for two, chilled bottle of prosecco on arrival, bottle of house wine with dinner or a Hartwell teddy bear. Rates start from just £240.00 per room
to include cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa, Wi-Fi, early morning tea and VAT. Hartwell House will also leave a VIP Bicester Village shopping voucher in each room which entitles you to various discounts throughout the village, an ideal opportunity to treat yourself or search for those all-important Christmas gifts. (Subject to availability every Friday from 1st November to 23rd December 2016)
January and February break
Take advantage of Hartwell House’s January and February 2017 offer and start the New Year as you mean to go on. Enjoy a one night stay at Hartwell House from only £300.00 per room, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin bedded room to include free wifi, dinner to the value of £43.00 each in the dining room, cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT. Make the most of your stay by enjoying a day at the Spa, or sightseeing in Oxford, and of course taking advantage of the sales at Bicester Village. In addition if you do not require dinner Hartwell House are offering standard double or twin bedded rooms from only £220.00 per room inclusive of accommodation, free wifi, cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT. This offer is available daily from 2nd January to 28th February 2017. Subject to availability, must be pre-paid and is non-transferable.
Sunday Late check-out
Any guests staying at Hartwell House on a Saturday and who confirm Sunday lunch for two in the Dining Room the next day, will be able to delay their check-out from 12 noon to 5.00pm, and have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and depart at leisure. Please confirm your luncheon reservation when making room bookings. (Excluding Bank Holidays)