Discover 10 Historic Moments at Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire

February 11, 2020


Grade I listed, award-winning Historic House Hotel, part of the National Trust


Hartwell House is a Grade I listed property standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. In 2008, Historic House Hotels Ltd and all its interest in the three Historic House Hotels (Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall), became the property of the National Trust, by donation, with all profits henceforward benefiting the houses and the charity. 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust and the perfect time to experience Hartwell House. Guests can discover 10 historic moments at this unique hotel including:


  • Experience afternoon tea in The Great Hall which has little changed since it was transformed in 1739 by James Gibbs. The hall is home to open fireplaces, ideal to curl up by with a book or magazine

  • Unwind before and after dinner in The Library which still has Rococo frieze and Chimneypiece and original bookcases. It is the perfect backdrop for a cocktail in a setting that has welcomed presidents and royalty

  • Enjoy award-winning cuisine in The Dining Room designed in the style of Sir John Soane and open daily to non-residents also. The classic British and European menu showcases local produce including from the hotel’s very own kitchen garden

  • Admire the beautiful design and artwork in The Morning Room with a Rococo plasterwork ceiling and a matching chimneypiece. This room is perfect throughout the day and offers wonderful views of the gardens

  • Take time to observe The Stairs showcasing original Jacobean woodwork and some familiar carved historic figures. Two of the balusters are carved to represent Winston Churchill and G K Chesterton

  • 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 prize specimens

  • All arriving at Hartwell House are welcomed by the imposing Statue of Frederick, Prince of Wales which dates to 1757

  • Heading out of Hartwell House to the left, visitors can admire St Mary’s church which was rebuilt in 1753 and a fine example of early Gothic Revival style

  • During a walk around the grounds, guests can walk across The Bridge which comprises the central arch of James Paine’s Kew Bridge in London dating back to 1783-9

  • Walking Lime Avenue; a mile-long double avenue of 234 lime trees running north from the house, is a truly invigorating experience. Turn around at the end of the avenue to admire the house. Further along within the beautiful grounds, guests can view a Statue of Hercules


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.


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. 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.


National Trust’s 125th Anniversary Break 2020 – from £125 per person dinner bed and breakfast

From £125 per person dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes free parking, free access to the spa facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Terms and conditions of 125th anniversary break: Applies Sunday to Thursday / Excludes Bank Holidays / Dinner is taken in the restaurant with a £45 per person allowance towards food / Valid from 1st January – 31st May; 1st September – 23rd December (all subject to availability) / Not in conjunction with any other offer / Must be booked directly with the hotel – via website or by telephone / Based on two people sharing a standard double/twin room, supplement for upgrades will apply / Single occupancy supplement will apply. Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR

B&B priced from £250 per room per night

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