Written by Katina Hristova
Tucked away in the Vale of Aylesbury in the rural part of Buckinghamshire and just one hour from central London, Heathrow and Luton Airports is the stunning Hartwell House & Spa. The building, whose history is as rich as its beauty, stretching back almost a thousand years to the reign of Edward the Confessor, has been the seat of William Peveral, the natural son of William the Conqueror; of John Earl of Mortaign; and of Louis XVIII, the exiled King of France who held court there from 1809 to 1814. For a weekend away from the city, which promises fresh air, relaxing SPA treatments, delicious fine dining experiences-all in magnificent setting, a visit at the Hartwell House & Spa is all you’d need and more!
As soon as you step into the impressive Grade I listed building, the welcoming and helpful staff lead you to an entrance hall, which immediately sets the tone for your stay: Jacobean and Georgian facades, antique furnishings, original artworks, magnificent Rococo ceilings in some of the rooms and opulent elegance in every little detail. Once lived in by Louis XVIII and his court, the stunning hotel still looks as authentic as it was hundreds of years ago and provides the perfect setting for a weekend of luxury seclusion.
Boasting beautiful views across the estate’s 90 acres of landscaped parkland, the 46 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, furnished with magnificent antiques, promise to not only bring you back in time, but also simultaneously provide you with unimaginable contemporary comfort.
The opulent atmosphere of this historic hotel could also be felt in the Dining Room, which was designed in 1988 in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect Sir John Soane. The 2 AA rosette restaurant offers an extensive choice of delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, while all food is prepared with seasonal produce from local farms, along with the hotel’s own Hartwell orchards and garden fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs.
Guests of the hotel can also dive into a complete relaxation by enjoying Hartwell House’s exquisite spa facilities, which include a large pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, outdoor hot tub, tennis courts, and a gymnasium. The Spa also boasts beauty salons where qualified therapists offer a wide range of beauty treatments using Aromatherapy Associates, and exclusively for the UK spa market – BIOEFFECT products. BIOEFFECT is a multi-award-winning Icelandic skincare brand whose only UK-based partner is Hartwell House & Spa. Famous for its best-selling EGF Serum, BIOEFFECT uses plant-derived growth factors to dramatically improve the skin’s texture, density and radiance. A BIOEFFECT facial treatment at the Hartwell Spa is undoubtedly going to leave your skin feeling revitalised and rejuvenated.
There’s something so romantic about the English countryside and the idyllic, yet sumptuous Hartwell House & Spa could only enhance your experience among the broad fields of the Vale of Aylesbury, providing you with memories to treasure forever.