went here for my 30th birthday, thought i had booked afternoon tea but by accident booked lunch. should have done my homework a bit better and was completely under dressed! i would say ladies in dresses and gents in suits is a must! oh and also if you happen to go and your exhaust is slightly blowing and hasnt been recently valeted! parking assistants! il leave the rest to your imagination! very embarrassed. we were greeted at the door and shown to the drawing room by the butler who brought us drinks and canapes, its an a la carte menu so not much food but very pretty! and at the time the choice of belly pork or smoked wood pigeon, cant say i was watering at the mouth for either but plumped for the pork. It was delicious and all served silver service so definately felt pampered. desert i chose was cheese board and i have to be honest for no other reason than i was absolutely starving! that too was delicious.
the house is beautiful and the grounds seemed lovely but the day we went it rained so not much for us to see sadly.
to sum up, definately dress up! dont go starving because you will probably leave starving and if you are inclined to feel out of place in places where you arent upper class (like me) then give it a skip.
il admit its fantastic, but pricey and i honestly didnt enjoy it( not through any fault of theirs ) but because of my own social standing so to speak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hartwell House is a beautifully restored 17th century Grade 1 listed stately home. The magnificent rooms are superbly furnished with antiques and hung with fine paintings. Many of the exquisitely designed bedrooms and suites are in the house and some in Hartwell Court, the converted coach houses or the Old Rectory. Royal rooms have high ceilings, fine fabrics and dreamy views over the extensive landscape, it is a truly idyllic setting.There are thirty bedrooms and suites on three floors in the main house each aimed at ensuring your comfort and enjoyment during your stay. In addition there are ten suites and six bedrooms in Hartwell Court, the adjacent 18th century indoor riding school. The Old Rectory Hartwell has a superbly appointed master four poster suite with a sitting room and three other bedrooms with bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hartwell House Hotel Aylesbury
- Hartwell Hotel Aylesbury