Had an unexpected one night stay in one of their excellent (dog-friendly) courtyard suites. This place is an architectural gem - the main house is a Jacobean/ Georgian masterpiece complete with 20 foot high ceilings featuring rococo decoration. Stunning.
The hotel seems a bit of an afterthought by its owners - the National Trust - and is in some ways as antiquated as the location. Guests are welcomed to dinner by the charming 'Mr Critchley' and served by waiters in tailcoats. I really should have worn a tie!
I had a couple of classic dishes for dinner - pan fried foie gras and sole meunière accompanied by an excellent Meursault. I doubt Bertie Wooster himself has eaten better! Breakfast was served in the room by 2 footmen and was similarly excellent.
My only gripe is the reception staff who seem incapable of taking messages and passing them on, but I'll let it pass.
- 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