Affiliations and Accolades


AA Rating: Awarded 4 red stars and 3 rosettes 

AA Ratings Explained

In 2006, in collaboration with VisitBritain, VisitScotland and VisitWales, the AA developed Common Quality Standards for inspecting and rating accommodation.  These standards and rating categories are now applied throughout the British Isles.  In addition, out of the many thousands of restaurants in the UK, the AA identify over 2000 as the best by awarding them Rosettes for culinary excellence.  

The Rosette is an award, not a classification, and they are awarded annually on a rising scale of one to five.  AA Rosettes are solely awarded by our hotel and restaurant inspectors, whose visit is a snapshot, whereby the entire meal, including ancillary items (when served) is assessed.

4 Red Stars: The AA's supreme accolade for hotels, regardless of size or type of operation.  A hotel awarded red stars has been selected by the AA as one of the best hotels in the British Isles, offering excellent levels of quality throughout, outstanding levels of hospitality and service.  

3 Rosettes: Outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area.  The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients.  Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will be consistently excellent.  These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list. Around 10% of the restaurants/hotels within the AA Restaurant Guide have three Rosettes and above.

Pride of Britain

Great hospitality is the key to Pride of Britain’s longstanding reputation for excellence in hotel-keeping. The consortium is a not for profit organisation that belongs to its member hotels, a collection of never more than 50 independent, mostly family-owned, luxury hotels in some of the most beautiful locations around the British Isles – Hartwell House being one of them.

Each has its own distinctive style and character but all of them, including Hartwell, are run by people with a passion for great hospitality, verging on the obsessional.

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Good Hotel Guide

Read the Good Hotel Guide review

The Good Hotel Guide is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It is written for the reader seeking impartial advice on finding a good place to stay. Hotels cannot buy their entry as they do in most rival guides. No money changes hands, and the editors and inspectors do not accept free hospitality on their anonymous visits to hotels. 

Please click here to read their review on Bodysgallen Hall.

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Welsh Rarebits

Welsh Rarebits is Wales' leading collection of places to stay - all very different, very individual, from traditional country houses to cutting-edge boutique boltholes, luxury spas to historic inns.  Rarebits are mainly small- to medium-sized and offer high levels of care and service.  Membership to the Rarebits collection is by invitation only.

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Rebecca Recommends

Representation company for service focused, luxury hotels and travel related services. Today Rebecca Recommends is one of the leading luxury travel representation companies in the United States. 

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