Set in 65 acres of glorious Buckinghamshire Countryside, Danesfield House Hotel is a sprawling Estate with a colourful history. From the moment you set off down the grand, tree lined driveway, looking ahead towards the imposing archway that is distinctly reminiscent of Kings College Chapel, you feel like you’ve arrived at somewhere rather special. In fact, the rebuilt house which stands today, completed in 1901 by Mr Romaine Walker (FRIBA) was built with such disregard of expense that it became an architectural show piece.
The interior of the House has a touch of the Game of Thrones to it and the Grand Hall with its huge stone fire place and stratospheric wooden beams is mightily impressive. Danesfield was purchased by the Air Ministry in 1948 and during this time the RAF residents formed a club called the Hell Fire Club whose members one night piled up all the tables and chairs in the grand hall and left a footprint on the ceiling!
The Oak Room Restaurant where I dined, has been given a rather more modern make over, it’s wood panelling updated to give it a contemporary feel and has been voted Buckinghamshire Restaurant of the Year by the Good Food Guide as well as gaining three Red Rosettes by the AA for culinary excellence. Highlights included the sashimi of salmon with oriental dressing and the succulent venison with potato fondant and blackberries, as well as the delicious treacle tart with clotted cream ice cream. The Orangery restaurant looks over the garden patio and is a lovely spot for the extensive breakfast on offer. Breakfast finished at 10.00 am which is a little too early for my liking, but the staff were very kind to accommodate me when I turned up at 10.30.
The gym and spa facility, accessible from the main building via a modern glass walkway is fantastic. The gym has a good selection of machines and free weights, as well as rooms to stretch and join in classes. The large swimming pool with its colourful Romanesque frescoes and Doric columns has a glorious, panoramic view of the countryside, and makes for a truly relaxing place to reinvigorate. Pop into the steam room and sauna, before falling asleep on one of the poolside sun loungers. I had a rejuvenating Darphin facial in the excellent spa area, and I left feeling distinctly more sprightly than when I arrived.
I stayed in the Medmenham room, in the annexe, which has a lounge area on the first floor, and a spacious bedroom on the second floor, with a massive free standing bath and cutting edge Kohler shower. The bed was vast, and after a few glasses of Syrah, I slept like a baby on the super comfortable mattress.
It’s not at all surprising that Danesfield has become so popular for wedding receptions. The pretty verdant gardens that surround the house, the expertly manicured topiary framing Italianate fountains dappled in summer sunlight, the tall historic oak trees that have stood for centuries, the undulant rolling hills where majestic red kites gracefully soar high in the sky above it all, the romantic river walks, and the view of the house with it’s multitude of tudor chimneys that cut into the blue skyline. This is the best of Britain.
To book your special stay at Danesfield House Hotel, call +44 (0) 1628 891 010 or visit danesfieldhouse.co.uk.