The Handbook
The Handbook

Buckinghamshire. Home to quaint market towns, rolling landscapes, and the UK’s first two Michelin-starred pub! Even the world famous children’s author, Roald Dahl, wrote and lived in ol’ Bucks for 36 years. So if you’re looking for a quick countryside getaway (it’s only 30 minutes from the big city!), we’ve clubbed together a few of Buckinghamshire’s very best hotels, happy travels!

Stoke Park

Can you believe this beauty is only half an hour from London? Well I certainly know where we’re headed this weekend! Nuzzled in the heart of Buckinghamshire you’ll find luxury five star Stoke Park serving up all of your staycation needs. The bedrooms and suites are spilt across the mansion and the pavilion. The Mansion is home to more traditional in style rooms, individualised with fine art, antiques, and some with gorgeous four poster beds, while The Pavilion is more contemporary with your adjustable mood lighting (fancy!)

If you’re in need of a little TLC, head over to The Pavilion for a luxury spa experience and let things get steamy in the outdoor Scandinavian sauna, or relax with a face and scalp massage. Um, can we join?!

Where: Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG

The Langley

When there’s a will, there’s a way, and we’ll always find a way to nab up a room at one of the Marriott’s Luxury Collection. Another one to add to our Buckinghamshire bucket list has to be The Langley. Surrounded by 150 acres of formal gardens and parkland, The Langley is home to traditional interiors with a chic modern twist. Escape the everyday stress and indulge in a relaxing facial in the hotel’s luscious spa before heading over to the Drawing Room for a quintessentially British afternoon tea treat.

Where: Avenue Drive, Uxbridge Road, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6DU

Hartwell House

Escaping the big ol’ smoke every once in a while is essential and where better to escape the hustle and bustle of city life than immersing yourself in 90 acres of gardens and parkland at Hartwell House and Spa. Tucked within the Vale of Aylesbury and on the edge of the Chilterns, you’ll find one of the country’s finest stately homes with 48 award-winning bedrooms and suites. From the Lee suite, the largest and grandest suite in Hartwell House, you can enjoy sweeping views of the landscapes, a glorious grandeur bedroom and your very own separate drawing room (it’s certainly bigger than my box apartment).

Where: Vale of Aylesbury, Buckinghamsire, HP17 8NR

Danesfield House

Originally the family home for Robert William Hudson, Danesfield House has since evolved into the hotel and spa us Handbooker’s have certainly grown to love! Nuzzled amidst 65 acres of formal gardens and beautiful views of the River Thames and Chiltern Hills, Danesfield House is home to 75 immaculate rooms and luxury suites. All styles are catered for here, whether you’re looking for a more contemporary style room, a country-style fit equipped with  your very own four-poster bed, or you’re just a sucker for a breathtaking view. And, if you’re looking for a luxury Christmas excursion, Danesfield House offer lavish getaways, perfect for loved ones or families.

Where: Henley Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2EY

Long Crendon Manor

This one is for the history heads because Long Crendon Manor is steeped in history with direct links to the Battle of Hastings and to the Magna Carta. I mean, William the Conqueror awarded his right-hand man, Sir Walter Giffard, the manor for his role in helping to defeat King Harold. Which is a pretty big deal! Nowadays, it’s a cosy bed and breakfast, which you might recognise from The Woman in Black, so you could be telling your pals you’ve slept in the same bed as Daniel Radcliffe…

The rooms are finished with antique furniture with a few modern touches thrown in for good measure of course. And, you’ll likely wake up to a faint scent of baked goods coming from the old stables. Oooh, you’re in for a treat!

Where: Frogmore Lane, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 9DZ

The Hand and Flowers

You’ve probably heard of The Hand & Flowers for two reasons. It’s owned and operated by celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, and it’s the first pub in the UK to hold two Michelin stars! So it’s a pretty big deal, and guess what, there’s accommodation too! Nestled in the Georgian town of Marlow lies The Hand and Flowers, known for its proper pub grub (Michelin-starred obvs), welcoming atmosphere and cosy cottages with 11 bedrooms available to book. Propped just a short walk from the pub, the cottages have rustic and charming country interiors, with many of the rooms equipped with their own outdoor hot tub. If this isn’t enough of a reason so stay, then I don’t know what is!

Where: 126 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 2BP

Crazy Bear Beaconsfield

Oh Crazy Bear, you’ve won us over with your flamboyance and eccentricity!

When you’re named one of the best new hotels in the world  by Conde Nast after immediately opening, you know you’re onto a winner. And rightly so, the Crazy Bear Beaconsfield is home to 45 individually designed bedrooms and darling, they’re fabulous! We’re talking velvet clad walls, royal-esque beds and copper roll-top baths. In terms of dining, they’ve got two restaurants; one serving up exquisite British cuisine and the second is a Thai restaurant serving up an array of modern oriental dishes. There’s even the option for a Thai-inspired afternoon tea, delish!

Where: Old Town, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1LX

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