Buckinghamshire boasts some of the south-east’s most desirable towns and immaculate villages especially in the areas around Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Giles, Marlow and Gerrards Cross. The beautiful county borders Greater London and is home to a stretch of the Thames and the Chilterns, as well as many historic buildings.
Hartwell House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
This stunning 17th-century property in Amersham is part of the Relais and Chateaux portfolio, promising high-quality gastronomy. Hartwell House was once the court of Louis XVIII in exile and while the exteriors are from Jacobean times, inside you’ll find elegant Georgian and rococo interiors. Baroque furnishings, antiques and high ceilings are found in the public rooms, whereas the bedrooms (which include everything from singles through to multi-room suites) have a cosy traditional country style. Guests can savour Chef Daniel Richardson’s fine English cuisine in the elegant dining room.
Danesfield House Hotel and Spa
A full-service spa, two dining areas and 75 unique rooms await visitors to Danesfield Hotel in Marlow. The menus are imagined and created by Head Chef, James Bailey. Meals can be taken on the sun-soaked terrace for a convivial alfresco experience with views of the River Thames and Chiltern Hills. The estate was purchased and given its current name back in 1750 and has had an eclectic and illustrious history. It’s now a luxury, riverside country house hotel.
The Langley is part of the Marriott group and is located not far from the famed Pinewood Studios, in Iver. There’s a timeless feel to the Palladian mansion, accompanying Grade-II listed Brew House, lake and gardens, which were re-designed in the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The hotel has a range of rooms and suites – 41 in total – as well as a glitzy spa and luxe fitness suite. Dine with a view at Cedar, take tea in the drawing-room and sip on cognac in The Churchill Bar.