Hartwell House in the heart of Buckinghamshire

Our first post in a new series taking a closer look at the hotels you can discover on WhatIReallyWanted.com.

Hartwell House, set amongst 90 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland (designed by none other than Capability Brown who celebrates his 300th anniversary this year), is one of Buckinghamshire’s top attractions. 

A beautifully restored 17th Century stately home in the Vale of Aylesbury and former residence of Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France, from 1809 to 1814.

The Louis XVIII Library at Hartwell House

Whether it be for fine dining or pampering spa treatments, Hartwell House is  is one of Buckinghamshire’s most celebrated country houses. As a hotel it has several magnificent reception rooms (including the library above) and 47 bedrooms and suites equipped to very high standards. The adjacent coach houses, once shops and businesses, have been restored to provide an indoor swimming pool, health and fitness spa.

Take a dip at Hartwell House Spa


Did you know?

  • Hartwell House dates back a thousand years to the reign of Edward the Confessor
  • During the the days of King Louis XVIII the roof was used as a minature farm to rear birds and rabbits in cages
  • Known celebs to have visited include former US President Bill Clinton, Catharine Zeta Jones and Kylie Minogue


Things to do during your stay

The Vale of Aylesbury is one of the most beautiful parts of Buckinghamshire, endowed with several grand properties owned by the National Trust, including Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild family; Claydon House, renowned for its association with Florence Nightingale the “Lady of the Lamp”; and Stowe Landscape Gardens with its many temples and follies.

London is easily reached by train or car and Heathrow airport is just one hour’s drive. The hotel also lends itself to quick city breaks, or as a base for exploring Oxford, the Cotswolds, and the Chiltern Hills. Bicester Designer Outlet Village is also close at hand offering a relaxed atmosphere for some retail therapy, with a great selection of designer brands offering much reduced prices.

300 years on… the beautiful grounds at Harwell House, designed by Capability Brown

A property steeped in history, today’s guests are in for a grand experience where they can be guaranteed the royal treatment.

Click here to view all available Hartwell House gift vouchers

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