A Stay at a Historic House Hotel Supports the National Trust

May 6, 2020

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. This was the largest gift the National Trust has ever received. The three hotels are helping to celebrate the exceptional 125th anniversary of the National Trust with a special break at all hotels.


Each stay, meal and spa experience support the National Trust. Under the agreement, all annual profits generated from the three hotel operations directly support the Trust’s ongoing work. The hotels operate as a self-sufficient commercial hotel operation under the existing management of Historic House Hotels. No funds from National Trust support the ongoing operation and all profits go to the National Trust Charity.


It is a unique and beneficial relationship, although not part of the standard member offer, which offers much value to both National Trust and Historic House Hotels through raising funds to support ongoing work.


The three Historic House Hotels are ideal for a staycation throughout the year. Each hotel is home to award-winning restaurants, spas and set within beautiful gardens and parkland.


The gardens at the three hotels, as the other National Trust parks and gardens, are managed according to a long-term plan for their conservation, considering all their history, influences, qualities and contents, together with constraints that affect them.


All three properties are accessible to the public as hotels and warmly welcome guests to stay, to dine in the restaurants and to enjoy afternoon tea, also to book health and beauty treatments in the Spas. All paying guests are welcome to walk in the gardens and parks.


Historic House Hotels Ltd had been founded in 1979 to acquire and rescue run-down country houses, then to restore and convert them to hotels combining historically accurate standards with contemporary comfort for guests.  Each building is at least 300 years old, and there are few hotels of such charm and historic interest as Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall.


Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire - “The Hotel with Royal History”

Hartwell House is a Grade I listed property standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland. Guests at Hartwell House will be staying in illustrious company.  The most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France. In 1938 the house and estate were acquired by Ernest Cook, an early hero of the conservation movement.


Forty miles north west of London, in Buckinghamshire, Hartwell House offers 48 unique bedrooms and suites, each individually designed in a traditional country house style, and with antiques and fine paintings. 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. Hartwell Spa in the grounds has a mosaic-lined indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Hartwell Café.


Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno - “O’r Môr I’r Mynydd” "From Mountains to Sea"

Seventeenth century Bodysgallen Hall enjoys a privileged location in North Wales with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Grade I listed, the house now features 31 spacious bedrooms split between the house and cottage suites. Each of the bedrooms has been individually furnished in a traditional style and decorated with antique furniture and works of art. The rooms enjoy glorious views over Bodysgallen’s 220 acres of parkland and gardens. Several cottage suites benefit from their own private gardens.


Beautifully housed within a converted stone farmhouse in the award-winning historic grounds, Bodysgallen Spa includes a large indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym. There is a tranquil relaxation room and sun terrace for warmer days. The restaurant at Bodysgallen Hall overlooks the stunning gardens and has been awarded three AA Rosettes for 19 consecutive years.



Middlethorpe Hall in York - “The only Country House Hotel in York”

Middlethorpe Hall as the only country house hotel in the City of York is the perfect base to combine both a country and city experience.


Standing in 20 acres of its own award-winning gardens, the beautiful William and Mary house was formerly the home of the famous 18th century diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. There are 29 bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant and boutique spa. Each of the bedrooms at Middlethorpe Hall is individually designed and has its own distinct story. The classically panelled dining room provides the perfect setting to enjoy the contemporary take on traditional British food. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes. The boutique spa at Middlethorpe Hall, with its blue-tiled pool and sauna, is the perfect place to relax and recharge with spa treatments by Carita. This summer, Middlethorpe Hall will celebrate the life and work of Fanny Wilkinson with the unveiling of a Blue Plaque in the walled garden. She was the first British female landscape gardener and lived at Middlethorpe Hall.


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.


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