Hartwell House is located in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire on the edge of the Chilterns, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hartwell House, a Grade I listed building, is one of the most highly acclaimed hotels in the British Isles and winter is the perfect time of year to explore this unique hotel. The impressive house, which has both Jacobean and Georgian facades, has been skilfully restored by Historic House Hotels. The hotel was donated to the National Trust over ten years ago.
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. Over 90 acres of gardens and parkland were originally landscaped by a contemporary of Capability Brown. Today, guests can walk a tree guide and follow a trail 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 domed conifer which bears cones all year round).
Programme of events at Hartwell House:
30th October – Autumn Colours Parkland Tour with Head Gardener Richard Jones, to include a two-course lunch with a glass of wine and coffee - £32 per person
January & February – A 1620 “Afternoon Tea” celebrating the 400th anniversary of when the Lee family inherited Hartwell House from the Hampden’s - £33 per person including a complimentary ‘Mayflower Martini’
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. The spa offers a selection of ENVIRON and Aromatherapy Associates treatments. Environ is a globally recognised skin care brand, new to Hartwell Spa, that is built on science, beauty and care. Environ believe skin has a life and Vitamin A is the 'oxygen' it needs to look healthy and beautiful for life. Guests can have their skin analysed with the Vasia Skin Analysis camera, which shows damage that already exists in the skin to the highest quality so that therapists can address these issues with a selection of treatments suited to individual requirements.
For those looking to further explore, the Chilterns offer a quintessential, uncrowded, rolling green English countryside backdrop. The Chilterns is a walkers delight, with a huge network of footpaths and some iconic National Trails. The next Chilterns Walking Festival takes place 5th - 20th October and will offer over 70 walks and events led by local guides with local knowledge who can show you the best of the area.
Back at Hartwell House, the Gothic Tower is a romantic battlemented turret and a good place to start on any walk. A statue of Hercules can’t be missed whilst the Rusticated Arch now re-erected to provide a grand entrance to the SE corner of the grounds is a wonderful surprise when walking around the grounds. Aside from using the tree guide at Hartwell House to explore, visible from a good distance, guests will admire ‘Lime Avenue’; a mile-long double avenue of limes which runs north from the house with 234 lime trees, planted in 1830.
Since opening as a hotel thousands of guests have experienced the gardens and 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 will be met with a warm welcome around Hartwell House’s public rooms where they can enjoy coffee, afternoon tea, pre and post dinner drinks all in front of open fireplaces.
The Great Hall changed little since it was transformed in 1739 by James Gibbs
The Library 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
Winter Special Break at Hartwell House - 1st October 2019 to 31st March 2020
The ‘Winter Special’ offer includes accommodation for two people in a Classic room, cooked English breakfast, use of the Spa, plus a £15 allowance each towards the dinner menu in the hotel restaurant per night and 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments, available Sunday to Thursday.
From £189 per room per night based on two sharing (single occupancy supplement £50). Call 01296 747444 and quote WINTER19 to book.
www.hartwell-house.com Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR
B&B priced from £250 per room per night