Horwood House is a beautiful, four-star country house hotel in Buckinghamshire, inviting you to wake to tranquil views of the gardens, enjoy the history of the property, and indulge in all the contemporary luxuries that it has to offer. Want to know more? Here are five reasons we love it...
Heritage style meets modern luxury
Horwood House was built in 1911, on land which was originally home to a 300-year-old farmhouse, said to have been haunted by former resident, Colonel Daucy. Over the years it's been a family home, a prep-school and offices, before becoming the luxury hotel it is today. Today, heritage remains front and centre in the details of the architecture and carefully chosen furnishings, but it is combined with the height of modern sophistication following a £6 million renovation.
Idyllic country house gardens
As the birthplace of the famous gardener, Percy Thrower, it is fitting that the hotel looks out onto an enchanting lily pond and manicured Pytheas Gardens. They're a favourite feature for those who choose to get married at the hotel - whether they include an outside ceremony or simply have gorgeous photos taken amongst the flowers. However, the gardens are also beautiful to simply wake up to and stroll around when the weather permits. Such is their importance to the character of the hotel, that the restaurant is named for the original Head Gardener and father of the aforementioned Percy, Harry Thrower.
An excellent restaurant
Harry’s Bar & Kitchen isn't just named for the former gardener, but also honours the horticulture and history of the property in its style, setting and menu. Imaginative dishes are served at zoned seating areas, including an outdoor terrace and a large country kitchen table for convivial dining. Don't forget to sample their cocktails while you're at it.
Winding down in the hotel spa
The H Spa at Horwood House is a brand new addition to the hotel, and a real jewel in its crown. Very much a destination in its own right, it sits on its own courtyard, drawing inspiration from the surrounding gardens. Decor is chic but understated, with natural hues and organic materials including stone and brass. The facilities are all about making you feel your best, with a gym, a heated pool, sauna and steam room and heated loungers, as well as five treatment rooms.
Vinotherapy spa treatments
Combining indulgence and wellbeing, the spa offers a range of treatments and therapies do enjoy, working in partnership with spa brand Caudalie. They are known as the creator of Vinotherapy (wine therapy, essentially), using active ingredients from the vine in their paraben-free skincare products, whether you're in the mood for a D-Vine Facial or a De Vigne Massage.
Beyond the hotel there are also lots of popular places to go and activities to enjoy. For example, top of the list includes a trip to Bletchley Park, Woburn Safari Park, Blenheim Palace or a day of retail therapy at Bicester Shopping Village.