"The Three Historic House Hotels of the National Trust, luxury hotels, proud of their past and careful of their present" - Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust
In September 2008 Historic House Hotels Ltd and its interests in all its properties were given to the National Trust to ensure their long-term protection.
The company had been founded in 1979 to acquire and rescue run-down country houses, then to restore and convert them to hotels combining historically accurate standards with the provision of contemporary comfort for guests. Each building is at least 300 years old, and there are few hotels of such charm and historic interest as Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall.
In the past, each has been home to remarkable people. At Hartwell House (leasehold until 2111 from the Ernest Cook Trust), the exiled King Louis XVIII of France lived for five years with his Queen and members of his Court. Bodysgallen Hall was the home of the Mostyn family, who have featured prominently in Welsh history, and Middlethorpe Hall was once occupied by the 18th century bluestocking and diarist, Lady mary Wortley Montagu, who declared it a 'very pretty place'.