“A sublime country house set in private parkland where the England of old lives on”
All rooms at Langar are delightful and represent excellent value for money. Expect big beds, pretty fabrics, great views and tons of style. Some are ‘country-house’ (old rugs, brass beds, chaise longues) while others are more contemporary (tongue-and-groove woodwork, faux leopard-skin throws). One looks over a network of medieval fishponds.
Handily, each room comes with a booklet detailing its history and that of person it was named after. Hence Cartland is named after Dame Barbara, and Agnews Chalet, a super-private pavilion in the garden, is named after Jonathan. We particularly liked Edwards, a grand old space with a four-poster bed and, up a small flight of stairs, a bathroom with a lovely roll-top tub. Bohemia also has a lovely bathroom, with a skylight looking onto the neighbouring church.
Prices equate to the size of the room and as none are particularly small, you could take pot luck and be delighted.
One of Langar’s highlights is their food. There’s game from Belvoir Castle (where else?), homemade soups and waist-expanding puddings. Menus change with the seasons; whatever can be is sourced locally and the odd vegetable is plucked from the kitchen garden.
We spent a decadent evening feasting in their atmospheric candlelit dining room, starting with a classic twice-baked cheese soufflé and a rather more creative caramelised savoy cabbage with wild duck, black truffle and egg yolk. The roast wood pigeon and foie gras main course came wrapped in bacon with puy lentils and root vegetables on the side – a truly excellent combination. Though the vegetarian options are somewhat limited, we were able to sample a very tasty nut-roast terrine with rich tomato relish and salad. Just request in advance if you need a veggie or gluten-free option.
Those who usually abstain from puddings should make an exception here; they are out of this world. Our chocolate basque meringue mousse with caramel ice cream was supremely indulgent, perfectly constructed and beautifully presented. Equally, the cheese board features everyone you’d want and more, all alongside delicious chutney.
Come morning, the breakfast is relatively low-key affair with cereals and fruit, plus cooked options such as a traditional full English and kippers with butter and lemon.
Children are welcome and the house is sure to capture imaginations young and old. There are also lovely grounds to play in, and a climbing frame as well (or maybe a swing, can’t remember exactly).
Bill's and Favourites can interconnect for families of 3-4. Brownlow and Edwards have space for an extra bed or baby cot.
Baby listening service available on request.
Baby cots available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking