Stayed her for one night to celebrate wedding anniversary with my husband. The drive up to the hotel is very impressive, sweeping around to the front of the house. On entering you realise you really are going to be staying in one of those wonderful old houses you normally only get to walk around behind roped off areas.
Our suite was amazing, looking over the driveway in the main house. It had a huge four poster bed and the largest fireplace I've ever seen in a house, let alone in a bedroom. We loved the decor, completely fitted in with the style of the house, bit with the modcons.
We used the spa in the afternoon. Usually when hotels add a spa the pool is small and a bit of an after thought....not here. The pool was a great size and lovely to relax beside, with a great choice of magazines and an outdoor hot tub. Only small comment was that there was no clock to be seen so you were sort of guessing when to get ready for any treatments.
Before dinner we had drinks in the main lounge, with the log fire nearby. We did feel we were guided towards a small table as opposed to sitting next to the fire (made up for this with our after dinner coffees!). Dinner menu was good, I'm pregnant and there was a good range of starters/mains which I could eat, although not desserts which was unusual. Dinner was excellent, good sized portions, and the serving staff were efficient and friendly. There was no sommelier and no-one asked my husband if he needed any advice on wine which I would have expected somewhere this smart. The dining room was lovely, with a pianist playing just outside the room which allowed you to appreciate the music whilst not having to shout over it.
Breakfast next day was a tad shambolic, they really seemed under staffed. Two tables were seated after us and served before us, we had to go up to ask for coffees....not great. I had specifically asked for my eggs to be well cooked as I am pregnant, they arrived not so, but fresh ones were prepared correctly promptly. The choice of fruit/cereal was good, but could have done with few more interesting pastries.
Wifi was excellent throughout the hotel, and free, which made a nice change compared to lots of other top-end hotels.
Overall an excellent stay, would definitely make more time for relaxing in the spa if stayed again, and a stroll round the imoressive looking grounds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hartwell House is a beautifully restored 17th century Grade 1 listed stately home. The magnificent rooms are superbly furnished with antiques and hung with fine paintings. Many of the exquisitely designed bedrooms and suites are in the house and some in Hartwell Court, the converted coach houses or the Old Rectory. Royal rooms have high ceilings, fine fabrics and dreamy views over the extensive landscape, it is a truly idyllic setting.There are thirty bedrooms and suites on three floors in the main house each aimed at ensuring your comfort and enjoyment during your stay. In addition there are ten suites and six bedrooms in Hartwell Court, the adjacent 18th century indoor riding school. The Old Rectory Hartwell has a superbly appointed master four poster suite with a sitting room and three other bedrooms with bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hartwell House Hotel Aylesbury
- Hartwell Hotel Aylesbury