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With a 6 million pound renovation and an incredible transformation, Horwood House on the Buckinghamshire-Milton Keynes border is a beautiful grade II listed building.
Once a girls’ school and then a boys’ prep school, Horwood House has changed hands many times, with numerous additions to the building. Reflecting the botanical heritage of the site in much of its design and décor (the first celebrity TV gardener, Percy Thrower, once resided here), it is now an independent hotel.
Staying at Horwood House
The magnificent building comes into view with a long driveway in all its jaw-dropping glory. It’s a stunning house, and we were so excited to have been invited to stay.
Our suite was the Verney Suite in the Manor House, one of the best we’ve seen – and we’ve definitely seen our fair share! Neutral in colour with blue accents and so calming, it fused contemporary elements with original features. A peek out of the original windows let us spot cows, pheasants and rabbits, and I just had the biggest smile. It was such a lovely view.
Brass fixtures and marble fittings made for an elegant bathroom with double basins and a large shower. Thirty-five acres stretch out around Horwood House, gorgeous, idyllic grounds where 18 gardeners work to maintain the gardens designed by one of the original architects of the house. With a botanical heritage, the house was once home to head gardener Harry Thrower, and his son, Percy Thrower, was born here. Percy is hailed as the first ‘celebrity’ TV gardener, increasing the popularity of gardening throughout the 1950s.
With beautiful attention to detail throughout the hotel, the manor is spacious, calming, and
affords you a stunning view out of every window.
H Spa at Horwood House
Nature is once again celebrated in the spa, with natural tones and greenery. A quiet room with calming music and places to relax, it’s a gorgeous place to enjoy afternoon tea.
A selection of sandwiches and lovely cakes to enjoy whilst reclining sounded wonderful.
There is an extensive menu of treatments, including day packages, overnight stays at H Spa, and express treatments for a bit of pampering when the time is tight! A full body massage awaited me with the lovely Claire, and it was superb, so relaxing, the perfect antidote to the busyness of every day.
Eating at Horwood House
We dined in Harry’s Bar and Kitchen, a contemporary restaurant with an eclectic mix on the menu, informal seating, hanging greenery and a lovely bar. We enjoyed salmon fish cakes and a charcuterie sharing stunning platter, followed by a grilled tiger prawn skewer with harissa mayo and a gorgeous steak.
All were generously sized, and the delicious desserts were also exceptional. Cocktails from the well-stocked bar were a must before we returned to our beautiful suite for bed. Breakfast the following day was in the 1911 Restaurant, with a lovely buffet in the light and bright space. An excellent start to the day!
Weddings at Horwood House
Accommodating up to 270 guests, the whole manor house can be hired exclusively to celebrate your big day. The venue is incredible, with grand chandeliers, a garden area perfect for a drinks reception and the original lily-pond just round the corner in a secluded garden where birds sing, and waterfalls flow. Hold your ceremony inside the Drawing Room or outdoors amongst rose blooms. They even have a romantic winding staircase for a dramatic entrance.
There are so many gorgeous spots for photos – take your pick around the 35 acres!
We had a delightful stay at Horwood House; the service was fantastic, the history is delightful, embedded within the heart of the property, and it truly does have everything you’d desire for a country house wedding. Oh, and dogs are well and truly welcome here too!
My five 5 Star highlights:
- Our suite – is a fusion of botanical heritage and Scandi chic with relaxing natural tones.
- Dinner – stunning prawn skewers in Harry’s Bar and Kitchen.
- H Spa – the wellness area is such a relaxing spot.
- Wedding facilities – you can’t beat the romantic gardens and all the wildlife.
- The house has such a lot of history and a beautiful place to escape.
Mursley Rd, Little Horwood, Milton Keynes MK17 0PH