Picture a Grade I stately house proudly standing in the Vale of Aylesbury, the last undiscovered Designated Area of Natural Beauty in the country.

Deep in the heart of England, on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. If you can picture this, you’re somewhere close to understanding the brevity of presence, the calm and the peace of Hartwell House and Spa.

A unique location for a unique building. Part Jacobean mansion and part Georgian house; the best of both, one of its kind. Owned by the National Trust, but once the home of Louis XVIII, ‘magisterial’ comes to mind.

Book time in the spa, located in the former orangery. Float in the pool and immerse yourself in a Regency-designed oasis. Journey through the rooms in this special place and note the decorative ceilings, original plasterwork, palatial fireplaces, antiquarian libraries and art. Open the door to the bedrooms and sink into 18th century, four-poster opulence.

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 restaurant. 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: Wednesday – Sunday 12.30pm – 1.45pm

Afternoon tea: Monday & Tuesday 1.30pm – 5.00pm, Wednesday – Sunday 3:30pm-5:00pm

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 £210. 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

What the Experts Say

“A guest at Hartwell House is following in the footsteps of centuries of guests. As we approach for our stay, it’s easy to see why: there’s a real sense of timeless comfort and tranquillity here.”

National Trust Magazine



Hartwell House & Spa

Oxford Road, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP17 8NR.

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Historic House Hotels for The National Trust

General Manager

Kevin Hughes

Offers & Packages

Our Best Deal

Stay four nights for the price of three at Hartwell House

To celebrate their reopening, the three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust have put in place the special offer of four nights for the price of three. As well as comfortable accommodation, friendly service and fine dining experiences, the three country estates feature parkland to explore, offer natural distancing, there are also terraces and crocket lawns – the British break you really need!


Call now to book



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.

Royal Ascot Racing

Ascot Racing makes a spectacular day out for fans of racing, royalty and fashion. With events on throughout the year, the main event, Royal Ascot Racing takes place in the summertime and is well worth booking in advance.

Woburn Abbey

In Bedfordshire is the home of the Dukes of Bedford, set in a 3,000 acre deer park landscaped by Humphrey Repton.  The house contains an impressive collection of furniture, porcelain, silver and paintings by famous craftsmen and artists.

Silverstone Racecoure

The hotel is also situated near the Silverstone racecourse.

Garsington Opera

The Garsington Opera gives performances of great artistic quality in a setting of extraordinary natural beauty. Performances take place in the spectacular Opera Pavilion, which sits within the rolling landscape of the Chiltern Hills.

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.

Need to know

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.


Please call Hartwell House & Spa for more information.

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)