Old-fashioned comforts and service, scones for tea and superb gardens … this grand Buckinghamshire hotel makes a wonderful escape
Where is it? Hartwell is a National Trust-owned Grade I-listed Jacobean and Georgian house in Buckinghamshire, two miles from Aylesbury.
What’s the pull? Set in 90 acres of picturesque parkland and grounds designed by a contemporary of Capability Brown, the hotel is just 40 miles northwest from London. Yet it’s so peaceful and secluded, the stresses of city life quickly fall away. The present building dates to the 17th century, but its history stretches back nearly a 1,000 years, to Edward the Confessor. Behind the Jacobean facade, it has fine Georgian interiors, with rococo marble chimney pieces, decorative ceilings and a grand hall in baroque style. The grand stairway features a brilliantly eccentric mix of carved figures.