Hartwell House Hotel Wedding Photography
Photographing weddings at Hartwell House Hotel
Hartwell House Hotel have been recommending me as a wedding photographer for the past 15 years, and most years I photograph about six weddings there. You’ll see lots of the pictures I’ve captured of this gorgeous Grade I listed Jacobean and Georgian country house on the hotel’s website and in their various brochures.
This hotel has the absolute wow factor if you’re looking for stunning period features and beautiful gardens! What I love about this charming hotel is its intimacy, stunning interior and exterior architectural features, perfect gardens, lovely atmosphere and really friendly staff. The hotel is packed with the most superb antiques and paintings; sadly these days most historic country house hotels are either over modernised or crammed full of reproduction stuff, not Hartwell House!
The approach to the property is spectacular. The sweeping driveway leads you past the old coach-house (now the spa), and a derelict but enchanting octagonal church, and then on the final approach you’ll see the life size bronze statue of mad King George III’s eldest son Frederick before the main house comes into view.
I love everything about Hartwell House, although I’m probably slightly biased about this gorgeous country house hotel as they’ve been recommending me for so long! The photography opportunities are truly out of this world both inside and out, although my favourite backdrops have to be the grand entrance hall, and the charming 18th century bridge which crosses the lake on the estate. There is another fabulous hidden gem in the hotel that most people never see, it’s the intimate Octagon Room, the room is one of the most spectacular small private dining/wedding ceremony locations you’ll ever see. The high ceilinged room was designed and created in the style of a Georgian tented pavilion, and the huge windows provide visitors with a beautiful vista over the manicured lawns.
Hartwell House opened as a hotel in 1989 after extensive restoration work; for the previous 20 years the House was used as a girls finishing school. In 2008 Hartwell House Hotel and its two historic sister hotels in North Wales and Yorkshire were very generously donated to the National Trust by the owner and successful entrepreneur Mr Richard Broyd of ‘Historic House Hotels’. It was the biggest single donation to the National Trust since World War II.
The most famous resident of Hartwell was the exiled King of France, Louis XVIII, with his court from 1809 to 1814. More recently President Clinton broadcast to the American people from Hartwell’s library. The Emperor and Empress of Japan have also been recent guests to Hartwell House. Its proximity to Chequers means that it’s often used for government summits and meetings.
I just love Hartwell House, whether I’m there on a wedding photography commission, or enjoying a relaxing afternoon tea or meal with friends! If you’d like to discuss your photography requirements for your wedding at Hartwell House I’d love to hear from you, or click here to learn more about hosting your wedding at Hartwell House Hotel.