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WHAT WE LOVE...

Built as a grand family home in the 1600s, now owned by the National Trust but once the home of exiled King Louis XVIII, this elegant Grade I-listed stately home features both Jacobean and Georgian facades, a magnificent great hall and elegant drawing rooms. It's set in 90 acres of beautifully undulating grounds laid out by a follower of Capability Brown, with a ruined Gothic church and a converted 18th century coach house that houses an excellent spa and gym. There's a host of well-chosen oil paintings and illustrations on the walls, decorative ceilings boasting original plasterwork, palatial fireplaces, an antiquarian library and ornate chandeliers. There are 30 very comfortable bedrooms and suites in the main house, many with four-posters, and there's a separate four-bedroom rectory with a private garden and outdoor pool as well as further accommodation at the coach house.

THE DETAILS

Location

Though feeling like you're deep in the countryside, Oxford is just 20 miles away, Heathrow is 45 minutes' drive, and it's one hour by train or car from central London.

Explore the immaculate grounds at Hartwood or stroll around nearby Wendover Woods. Waddesdon Manor is also a 20-minute drive away.
By car: 40 minutes from Oxford, an hour from London and under 2 hours from Bristol and Birmingham. Free parking on-site.
By train: London Marylebone to Aylesbury takes under an hour. The hotel is a 7-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Discerning people who appreciate a really special stay in impeccable surroundings will love it here. They get everything right here, from the interior design to the exterior and grounds, the public spaces and guest rooms, the restaurant and service.

Service & Facilities

We enjoyed a quintessential afternoon tea in one of the magnificent drawing rooms.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Tennis court
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Dogs are welcome in the Court Suites away from the main house.

Rooms

The Royal Rooms and Suites are extra special. One of the Royal Rooms was once occupied by the daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Spacious, with antique furniture and artworks, it has a luxurious four-poster bed and looks onto the parkland. Rooms have lots of character and elegance.

Classic Room, Classic Court Room, Court Room, Royal Room, Court Suite, Royal Suite, The Old Rectory
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, Nespresso machine, desk, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The elegant restaurant, with tables with crisp starched tablecloths, candlelight and impeccable service under beautiful domed ceilings really helps make this an unforgettable meal. The loin of venison with smoked and braised shoulder of lamb just melts in the mouth, and was servied with red cabbage, buttered swede, crispy cavolo nero and blackcurrant jus - simply divine.

The Soane Room: 2 AA Rosette restaurant, classic British cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Two-course menu, £59.

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