On 24th September 2008, the directors of Historic House Hotels gave the company and all its interests in its three hotels to the National Trust. One of the properties is right here in Buckinghamshire; Hartwell House. To this day it’s the largest gift the National Trust has ever received.
Hartwell House is a Grade I listed property, standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland in Buckinghamshire and is the ideal country house to enjoy the unique National Trust experience. Each room tells its own story and every stay or dining experience benefits the National Trust, helping to support the charity in its work to care for special places for ever, for everyone.
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.
Guests staying at Hartwell House or enjoying a meal will experience several stunning public rooms, filled with history. 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.
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 16 bedrooms and suites. All feature antique furniture and paintings and all have delightful views of the gardens.
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 exploring over 90 acres. Guests can enjoy walks around the grounds with a copy of their Tree Map, to identify 10 prize specimens.
Hartwell Spa resides in the grounds with a mosaic-lined indoor pool, sauna and steam room, 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.
This autumn, Hartwell House is inviting National Trust members to embark on two royal history and two garden talks. The garden comes into its own in autumn when the trees are turning and orchard fruit is ripening. The Hartwell House Royal history talk and tour runs on 3rd and 19th October whilst the Autumn Garden and Trees tour runs on 7th and 14th November. Tours include morning tea in the library, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine and coffee. Tours start at 11am priced £31.
Create and share a story this autumn both indoors and outdoors at one of England's finest stately homes.
www.hartwell-house.com Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR
B&B priced from £240 per night based on two sharing a classic room