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This beautifully restored 18th-century stately home is set in 90 acres of parkland in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Its magnificent rooms – once lived in by the exiled King of France, Louis XVIII, and his court – are furnished with antiques and hung with paintings. Its elegant drawing and dining rooms provide the ideal setting in which to enjoy the delicious food and fine wines. Hartwell House has 30 bedrooms and suites in the house, air-conditioned where necessary, and a further 16 at Hartwell Court, originally 18th-century coach houses.

This luxury hotel is only 45 minutes by car from London Heathrow and 25 minutes from London Luton airports, and just one hour from central London.

In September 2008, Historic House Hotels Ltd donated all its interests in Hartwell House and its other two properties to The National Trust, with all profits benefiting the house and the charity.

In the gallery overlooking the pool is the Spa Cafe & Bar, where you can enjoy delicious meals and drinks throughout the day.

Summer, winter and spa breaks are popular and excellent value for money from £135 per person.

View the Hartwell House entry in the Good Hotel Guide

Need to Know


Check-in at 2:30pm


Check-out at 11:30am

Also Worth Knowing

Children welcome over the age of 6


Head Chef Daniel Richardson watches over the menu at the awarded 2AA Rosettes reatsurant. Each course used the best of local produce to create a range of unique dishes.

Dress Code

Smart. Trainers, tracksuits and shorts are not allowed.

Opening Times

Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30am-9:30am, weekend 8:00am-10:00am

Lunch: Daily 12:30pm-1:30pm

Afternoon tea: Monday-Friday 3:30pm-5:00pm, weekend 4:00pm-5:30pm

Dinner: Daily 7:30pm-9:00pm

The Spa

The Hartwell Spa

The Hartwell Spa is situated close to the Hartwell Rooms and Hartwell Court. Swimming pool, steam room, sauna and the bubbling waters of the whirlpool bath are all included.

Opening Times

  • 7:30am-7:30pm weekends
  • 7:30am-9:00pm weekdays

Spa Facilities

All weather hydrotherapy Hot Tub located on the spa sun terrace. For the energetic, a gymnasium has all the latest technologically advanced equipment, suitable for all ranges of fitness. There is also the Spa Café and Bar, open to both residents and non-residents for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Spa Treatments

Treatments include Swedish body massage, Clarins Facial Treatments, ESPA Facial Treatments, Massages with essential oils, Waxing, Detoxifying Treatments, Bronzing Treatments, Algae Wraps, Restorative Mud Treatments, Manicures and Pedicures, Brow and Lash Tint.


Children of residents, between the ages of 8 and 16, may use Hartwell Spa between the hours of 10am – 11am and 4pm – 5pm, when accompanied by an adult.

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 88
Cost per night: £21,500
Min cost per person: n/a


Guide price: Classic double room for two persons per night including cooked breakfast, VAT and use of the spa from £200. Leisure breaks and packages available from £150 per person. The Old Rectory, a private hide away for 7 guests from £1800 per night.

For best available rates call 0800 089 3929

Offers & Packages

Inclusive Packages

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Champagne Break

Enjoy a fabulous Champagne Break with Hartwell House & Spa…

Enjoy the seasons at their finest with walks around the gardens and parkland; scattered with follies, monuments and a lake. Or benefit from the VIP invitation from Bicester Village, with a spot of deluxe retail therapy at the luxury shopping outlet.

On arrival you will be greeted with Champagne and chocolates in your room, then perhaps relax in one of the drawing rooms or enjoy the Hartwell Spa before enjoying dinner in the award winning restaurant.

Stay at Hartwell House for £180 per person per night Monday to Thursday, inclusive of overnight accommodation, dinner to the value of £50 per person per night, half a bottle of Champagne and Hartwell chocolates, VIP Bicester invitation, 20% discount on treatments in the Hartwell Spa, a cooked English breakfast, free Wifi and VAT.

Stay on a Friday or Saturday night for £199 per person for all the above. Upgrades to one of our Royal Rooms available from only £35 per person per night.

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Hartwell Spa Break

This spa break is an ideal way to enjoy all that Hartwell House has to offer whilst relaxing and being pampered.

Relax with an 85 minute treatment of your choice in the Spa and indulge with a traditional English afternoon tea in one of the  magnificent drawing rooms. Then perhaps dinner in the dining room before a restful night in one of the superb bedrooms.

Ideal to unwind and leave feeling altogether refreshed. The cost of this break is £420.00 per room based on two people sharing a classic double or twin bedded room inclusive of an 85 minute treatment (per person) of your choice, full traditional English afternoon tea each, accommodation, free wifi, cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell spa and VAT.
Classic: £420
Royal or Gallery Suite: £520
Royal Four Poster: £670
Duc De Berry: £720
Lee Suite: £770

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Hartwell House – Autumn Glory – A break for October and November 2016

Hartwell House and its 92 acres of grounds is perfect for enjoying the turning of the seasons with the Autumn colours in all their glory.  You can enjoy walks in the grounds, visit nearby properties such as Waddesdon Manor or Stowe Landscape Gardens, shop for that early Christmas present at Bicester Village or just relax and make the most of the Hartwell Spa.  This one night break starts from £330.00 and includes an allowance of £100.00 towards food giving you the flexibility of either dining in the restaurant at lunch or dinner, afternoon tea or more informal in the Spa Café.

This break is ideal for those looking to get away before the Christmas rush.


Available daily based on two people sharing a classic double or twin bedded room, food allowance of £100.00 per night on food only, free Wi-Fi, cooked breakfast served in the dining room, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT.  If you prefer to get away at a weekend a stay on Friday or Saturday is from £360.00 per night based on the above. From 1st October to 30th November 2016 inclusive.


Available until 30/11/2016

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Last Minute Getaways

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Last Minute Availability With Breakfast

Enjoy our last minute availability rates, including breakfast…

Double / twin – £180

Royal double / twin, Hartwell Suites – £280

Royal Four Poster – £380

Duc De Berry Suite – £450

Lee Suite – £500

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By Road

Leave the M40 at Junction 7 and follow A329/A418 Thame/Aylesbury roads until you reach the village of Stone. After passing through Stone, watch for the signpost to Hartwell House on the left.

By Train

Trains operate from London Marylebone to Aylesbury (55 minutes); then five minutes by taxi.

By Air

London Luton (LTN): 25 miles.
London Heathrow (LHR): 35 miles.
London Gatwick (LGW): 55 miles.

Helicopter landings by prior arrangement:
OS 165/796124
Lat: N 5148.43.
Lon: W 00050.88.

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Attractions Near Hartwell House & Spa

Oxford’s Local Heritage

Situated in Woodstock, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site and is only 8 miles from Oxford. Surrounded by over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland, it contains the great lake and beautiful formal gardens providing a beautiful day out for all.

Waddesdon Manor is equally as impressive as Blenheim, and is just a short drive away from Hartwell House. Similarly to Blenheim it boasts stunning grounds of regal elegance, and hosts a number of events for its visitors including a ‘Children’s Tour of the House’, craft activity days and workshops for all.

Oxford’s Shopping Scene & Sightseeing

The Historic city of Oxford holds a long-standing reputation for its prestigious university and its historic buildings, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. Several of the colleges are open to the public and lunch can be taken in one of the many quaint cafes and restaurant that the city homes.

For a day of shopping Bicester Village has a range of designer outlets to visit, from Alexander McQueen to Jack Wills and Cath Kidston. The shopping village sits on the outskirts of Bicester town, and can be found a short drive off the m40, junction 9.

If however, you would prefer to see and discover valuable antiques then make sure you visit the Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre that displays one of the largest collections outside of London. Also on site is the Woburn Safari Park that lets you take one step closer to an assortment of wonderful wildlife.

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Weddings at Hartwell House & Spa

Hartwell House provides a magnificent setting for weddings and receptions, standing in 94 acres of parkland with a lake spanned by a stone bridge, a ruined church and many 18th Century statues and garden buildings.
Hartwell House can assist with a number of extras that you shouldn’t have to worry about on your special day, but are of great importance to create the perfect atmosphere for your special day.

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Facilities & Features

Hartwell House

A magnificent setting for weddings and receptions, standing in 90 acres of parkland with a lake spanned by a stone bridge, a Gothic chapel and many 18th Century statues and follies.

Main House – max. 36 guests

Two delightful ground floor rooms in the main house suitable for private luncheon and dinner parties. The Octagon Room, in the style of a tented pavilion, will hold up to 26 people and the Doric Dining Room can take up to 36.

The Dining Room – max. 8 guests

The dining-room in The Old Rectory (at Hartwell) may also be used for private dining.

Hartwell Court – max. 60 guests

For the larger private party we are able to dine up to 60 people in the James Wyatt Room, situated in the Hartwell Court, some 100 yards from the main house.

The Main House South Terrace and Lawns also offer a truly magnificent setting and backdrop for any event, and in particular a wedding. Using the South Terrace the marquee enables you to dine up to 150 guests in absolute style and you will also have Exclusive Use on the day of all the public and dining rooms, plus bedrooms.

Menu Options

Our Head Chef, Daniel Richardson, has produced a variety of wedding Bills of Fare for you to choose from and these can be varied to suit your specific requirements. The excellent selection of wines compliments a high standard of cuisine, and we can particularly recommend our own Historic House Hotels Champagne and House wines.


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Civil Ceremonies

Hartwell House is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Planning Services

Planning services are available.

Meetings at Hartwell House & Spa

Day delegate rate: from £75 + VAT
24-hour delegate rate: from £235 + VAT

Maximum number of delegates:
40 (boardroom style)
90 (theatre style)