Grade I listed Hartwell House has a remarkable history and celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019 since opening its stately doors as a hotel
In its varied history, Hartwell has had many different owners and visitors – Kings of England and of France as well as a long line of Buckinghamshire baronets and a shy philanthropist. Over the centuries the ancient house and gardens have evolved to serve many different roles including as an astronomical observatory, museum of Egyptian antiquities, army training ground, girls’ finishing school and now a historic house hotel.
In 2019, Hartwell House celebrates 30 years since it opened as a hotel. It is now one of the most highly acclaimed hotels in the British Isles and the house and its estate have never looked more spectacular. Today, Hartwell 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 100 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.
Since opening as a hotel thousands of guests have experienced the luxury experience in this magnificent setting. Famous visitors have also included President Bill Clinton and the Emperor and Empress of Japan among many celebrities.
Guests can learn all about the hotel’s history over special tours this spring. Tours take place on Friday 12th April and Friday 17th May. The tour costs £35 per person and includes coffee on arrival at 11am, history tour of the house, a two-course lunch and glass of wine.
Hartwell House's gardens were landscaped by a contemporary of Capability Brown. 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. Over the years Garden Tours with the Head Gardener have grown in popularity showcasing the many areas of these stunning grounds.
Hartwell Spa resides in the grounds with a mosaic-lined indoor pool, sauna and steam room, gym and Hartwell Café overlooking the pool and opening out on to a terrace in summertime. All weather tennis courts are also available. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant is open daily and visitors and guests can also enjoy afternoon tea at Hartwell House in the various public rooms.
Just over ten years ago, Hartwell House was given to the National Trust along with its two companion hotels. In 1938, the house and estate were acquired by Ernest Cook, an early hero of the conservation movement. Hartwell House is on a long leasehold from the Ernest Cook Trust. To this day, it and companion hotels are the largest gift the National Trust has received since World War II.
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 should head outside at Hartwell House and explore:
-Statue of Frederick, Prince of Wales which dates to 1757
-St Mary’s church which was rebuilt in 1753 and a fine example of early Gothic Revival style
-The Gothic Tower which is a romantic battlemented turret
-Statue of Hercules within the 94 acres of gardens
-The Bridge which comprises the central arch of James Paine’s Kew Bridge 1783-9
-The Lime Avenue; a mile-long double avenue of limes runs north from the house
-The Rusticated Arch now re-erected to provide a grand entrance to SE corner of the grounds
Inside guests at Hartwell House can discover:
The House dating back to the early 17th century with a Jacobean style and oriel windows
The Great Hall changed little since it was transformed in 1739 by James Gibbs
The Stairs showcase original Jacobean woodwork
The Vestibule; a top-lit, semi-elliptical space in the style of Sir John Soane
The Library which still has Rococo frieze and Chimneypiece and original bookcases
The Morning Room with a Rococo plasterwork ceiling and a matching chimneypiece
The Dining Room designed in the style of Sir John Soane and open daily to non-residents also
Happy birthday Hartwell House.
www.hartwell-house.com Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR
B&B priced from £240 per night based on two sharing a classic room
(30th Anniversary Offer: £196 per room per night for a classic double or twin room and from £296 per night for a Royal room or suite. This offer is valid for overnight stays Sunday to Friday. Includes entry for two into a local National Trust property)