Room for History at National Trust hotels
3 Jul 2014
Sleep surrounded by history in all three National Trust hotels in England and Wales
Hartwell House – Buckinghamshire
Hartwell House is celebrating its silver jubilee this year and 2014 also marks the 200th anniversary of King Louis XVIII departing Hartwell House to claim the throne of France. King Louis XVIII, exiled King of France, lived at Hartwell House for five years with his Court.
Hartwell House features several ‘Royal Four Poster Rooms’. Once resided in by King Louis XVIII and his Queen, they are situated at each corner of the house and have king-size beds, are decorated with antiques, fine paintings and awe-inspiring views over the parklands and lake.
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. 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.
The ‘Royal Four Poster Rooms’ are priced from £390.00 per night on a B&B basis based on two sharing www.hartwell-house.com Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR
Middlethorpe Hall – York
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.
Situated on the first floor of the historic hall and overlooking the beech avenue, this junior suite contains a living room with desk and sofa, a dressing room and a double bedroom with a ‘queen size bed’. 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. 2014 sees the hotel celebrate its 30th anniversary open as a hotel.
The ‘Lady Mary’ suite is priced from £399.00 per night on a B&B basis based on two sharing www.middlethorpe.com York, Yorkshire, YO23 2GB
Bodysgallen Hall – North Wales
The long connection between Bodysgallen Hall and the Mostyn family started in the 16th century. In the early 17th century Margaret Mostyn married Hugh Wynn; and it is their son, Robert Wynn whose initials, with those of his wife Katherine, appear on the datestone with the year 1620 on the south gable.
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.
By the end of the 19th century, Bodysgallen had become something of an architectural jumble, with brick chimneys and Georgian sliding sash windows. It was rescued from this state by the formidable Lady Augusta Mostyn, who restored and enlarged it around the turn of the century for her second son, Colonel Henry. The sensitivity of her work is remarkable in restoring the vernacular architecture of the house, which plays such an important role in creating its atmosphere today.
During the First World War, Colonel Henry Mostyn raised the 17th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, whom he paraded in the park to the north of the house. The oak tree in the centre of the field commemorates this.
The ‘Lady Augusta Suite’ is priced from £425.00 per night on a B&B basis. The suite comprises of one king double/twin, one queen room and a sitting room www.bodysgallen.com Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1RS
In 2008 Historic House Hotels (Hartwell House, Middlethorpe Hall, Bodysgallen Hall) 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.