Seeking respite from the relentless pace of City life? Hartwell House Hotel in Buckinghamshire combines modern elegance with history for a relaxing spa break that draws in the likes of Kylie Minogue and Bill Clinton
Words Vicky Mayer
Cramped up in London’s tiny houses and flats it’s easy to forget that only a short drive away are acres of country where you can really clear your head of the trials and tribulations of city life.
If it’s space and history you’re after, look no further than Hartwell House hotel and spa near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Almost 1,000 years old, this huge country house will make you feel like the King of the castle for a weekend. The hotel served as the French court for the exiled Louis XVIII during the Napoleonic years, with celebrities like Bill Clinton and Kylie Minogue enjoying the luxury of this 46 bedroom grand hotel more recently.
In fact, the house is so important historically that it was donated to the National Trust in 1989, ensuring all profits now benefit the house and charity.
Guests are encouraged to stroll around the impressive 90 acres of grounds before dinner, which is worth doing as your evening meal in the beautifully appointed dining room will be a big affair. If you like to get dressed up, this is the place to do it as you will be dining in style with an extensive menu that concentrates on expertly cooked seasonal fare.
If you’re a fan of contemporary hotels, this is not the place for you, but if you love the comfort and flamboyancy of a huge bedroom complete with four poster bed then you’ll love Hartwell House. With its huge swimming pool and must-visit spa, not only is it the perfect destination for a relaxing country weekend, but it’s also the perfect place to take someone you love for a surprise weekend.
Hartwell House Hotel is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group. Overnight stays with breakfast at the hotel start from £290 for a double room. Call 0800 344 5087 or see relaischateaux.com/hartwellhousehotel