The Hotel with Royal History, Restored for the Future. Explore Hartwell House, a National Trust Hotel in the Vale of Aylesbury
27 Mar 2017
- Hartwell House has a remarkable history stretching back almost a thousand years
- 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the restoration of Hartwell House
- Guests and visitors can enjoy unique public rooms and grounds
Hartwell House is the hotel with royal history. This history is felt throughout the hotel and grounds and guests can interact with every aspect of the hotel’s story with a stay here or visitors can book to dine at the hotel or enjoy a spa treatment in the spa. Hartwell House, is a Grade I listed property standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury and is the ideal country house to appreciate the National Trust experience.
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.
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.
Historic House Hotels restored Hartwell House and today the hotel’s long and distinguished history can be felt instantly as guests arrive. Each of the public rooms tells a story. The Great Hall, the Morning Room, the Drawing Room, the Library and three elegant dining rooms including the principal Dining Room can be enjoyed by all guests and visitors who dine.
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. The bookcases in the Library are fitted with some of the finest surviving gilt-brass wirework in the country. The main Dining Room has been designed in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect, Sir John Soane. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes and is open daily for lunch and dinner. Head Chef Daniel Richardson uses herbs and produce from the extensive kitchen gardens across all menus at the hotel. Afternoon tea is served daily in the public rooms where evening cocktails and pre-dinner drinks are also served.
The unique staircase at Hartwell House is decorated with carved Jacobean figures and leads to a selection of suites and bedrooms. The house has 32 superbly appointed bedrooms and suites, some named after the members of the Court of Louis XVIII. Hartwell Court, originally the eighteenth century coach house and situated approximately one hundred yards from the house, has been restored to provide sixteen bedrooms and suites. All feature antique furniture and paintings and all have delightful views of the gardens.
In 2008, Historic House Hotels Ltd and its interest in all three properties (Hartwell House, Middlethorpe Hall and Bodysgallen Hall), were given to the National Trust to ensure their long-term protection.
Hartwell House’s gardens were landscaped by a contemporary of Capability Brown, with a lake spanned by a stone bridge, a ruined church and many 18th century statues and garden buildings. Hartwell House is the ideal base for a garden inspired break. Guests can enjoy special walks around the grounds with a copy of their Tree Map, to identify 10 prize specimens, from a Horse Chestnut and a London Plane tree to a Giant Sequoia (an 87- ft conifer which bears cones all year round).
Hartwell Spa resides in the grounds with a mosaic-lined indoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Spa Café overlooking the pool and opening out on to a terrace in summertime. Hartwell House are the only hotel offering treatments by BIOEFFECT. The Rejuvenating BIOEFFECT Experience package from 9.30am until 4.00pm is priced £150 (Monday to Thursday) or £160 (Friday to Sunday) and includes use of the Health and Fitness spa facilities, a two-course lunch in the Spa Café and Bar with tea or coffee and the 85-minute BIOEFFECT ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE treatment.
The Vale of Aylesbury is one of the most beautiful parts of Buckinghamshire and guests at Hartwell House can also visit several grand properties close by, including Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Landscape Garden.
Hartwell House is open to all and a stay here will reveal the royal, historic and cultural past of this impressive stately home.
Hartwell House, Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR, Tel:01296 747444
B&B priced from £200 per night based on two sharing a Court bedroom and £300 per night based on two sharing a bedroom in the main house
Traditional Stay for the Summer Break at Hartwell House
Guests arrive from 2.30pm for a glass of Pimms each followed by afternoon tea. Guests can then use the facilities including spa facilities, tennis court, croquet lawn or just a walk around the grounds before having dinner and staying overnight. The next day breakfast is also included. Priced from £375 per room per night, based on two guests.