Thursday 9 June 2016

Hartwell House

Our daughters lead busy lives and time spent in their company is precious. This week our elder daughter caught the train out of London and I met her at Aylesbury station to enjoy an overnight stay at Hartwell House, a National Trust property run as a country house hotel. What a treat! Plenty of time for leisurely conversation in beautiful surroundings. If you are a fan of English country house style then this is the place for you!
We were shown to our room up this wonderfully crazy staircase.
You can see why I couldn't stop photographing it!

The figures were taken down and stored during the Second World War whilst the American army was in residence. A good job because some of the statues in the garden have holes in them, having been used for target practise!

we were shown into a lovely bedroom
and a polite notice in the bathroom told us not to allow water to soak on the floor as a rather precious ceiling was beneath us. We bathed with care!

Beautiful drapes at the window.
Although thunder rumbled we went to explore the grounds.

Rain overnight, but in the morning we woke to sunshine
and a wonderful view from the window
 tempted us out to explore some more.


  1. What a fabulous place to go with your daughter Rosemary. Who in the world lived there? I would have been agog the entire time.

  2. What a lovely lovely place. And made even more so since you were there with your family. Quite wise to hide those figures away from the Americans. I think I'd be tempted to pinch one if I had the opportunity!

  3. Exquisite! I cannot imagine how much upkeep this must take!

  4. This is so beautiful and so very English, love it.

  5. What a wonderful treat, so well maintained.

  6. What a great place to spend some time with family.