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



Hartwell House & Spa

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

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Historic House Hotels for The National Trust

Director & General Manager

Matthew Johnson

Offers & Packages

Our Best Deal

Winter Special Break

Have you ever wanted to stay in a National Trust house?

Well now you can – our special offer is for accommodation for two people in a double or twin room, cooked English breakfast, full use of the spa, PLUS a £15 allowance each towards dinner food in the hotel restaurant and 15% discount on pre-booked spa treatments.

All this for £94.50 per person per night (a supplement for single occupancy applies). This offer is valid for bookings Sunday to Thursday.

Please quote WINTER19 when booking

*Subject to availability; excludes 23 December – 2nd January 2020 & 14 February; we welcome children over six years*

Available until 31/03/2020

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Inclusive Packages

Hartwell House Hotel

Quintessentially English Break

Somethings are just quintessentially English just like this summer break at Hartwell House. Relax and enjoy a night in a classic double or twin room from just £375 per night. Arrive from 2.30pm and enjoy a chilled glass of Pimms with a traditional English Afternoon Tea served in one of the magnificent drawing rooms, or perhaps pre-order a Hartwell picnic to relax in the grounds subject to the weather of course! Enjoy a game of croquet, tennis or explore the park before dinner in our elegant dining room, with cooked breakfast before departure.

The offer includes glass of Pimms, afternoon tea or picnic, allowance of £43 per person towards dinner, accommodation, free wifi, cooked breakfast, use of the Hartwell Spa and VAT.

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Christmas & NYE

The festive season at Hartwell

A memorable location for your Christmas or New Year celebrations


Christmas and New Year is a splendid time to visit Hartwell House. Whatever you choose to do during your time here, we are sure that you will find Hartwell a relaxing and memorable location for your celebrations.

Christmas three-night break from only £1,100 pp (based on two people sharing a double or twin room)

As well as three night’s accommodation (24th, 25th & 26th December 2019), cooked English breakfast every morning, use of the Hartwell Spa and over 90 acres of parkland and gardens, this festive break includes:


Cream tea on arrival

Champagne reception

Three-course dinner with wine pairings


Cooked English breakfast

Bucks Fizz reception

Four-course Christmas lunch with wine

Queen’s speech in the Library with tea and Christmas cake

Evening buffet


Cooked English breakfast

Farewell black tie casino evening with prosecco reception, three-course dinner and wine pairings



New Year two-night break from £765 pp (based on two people sharing a double or twin room)

New Year celebrations begin on Monday 30th December and continue at Hartwell until New Year’s Day! This New Year two night celebration includes cooked English breakfast both mornings, use of the Hartwell Spa and over 90 acres of parkland and gardens, and includes:

30th DECEMBER 2019

Cream tea

Welcome dinner


Cooked English breakfast

Champagne reception

Four-course black tie dinner with wine pairings

DJ and dancing


Brunch buffet

Available until 29/12/2019

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Seasonal Offers

30th Anniversary Offer

Thirty years of excellence as a hotel is a major milestone in Hartwell’s history and needs to be celebrated and shared. To commemorate this occasion, we are delighted to offer this excellent value for money break.

This exclusive offer starts at £98 per person per night for a classic double or twin room and £148 per person for a Royal room or suite.   This offer is valid for overnight stays Sunday to Friday.

The rates are based on two people sharing a double or twin room and includes accommodation, complimentary early morning tea, cooked English breakfast and full use of the Hartwell Spa.

Please quote 30ANNIVERSARY when booking

*Subject to availability; based on two people sharing a classic room; non-transferable from an existing booking; cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offer; we welcome children over six years of age*

Available until 23/12/2019

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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.

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)