Set in the gorgeously idyllic surroundings of Buckinghamshire, The Langley is a marvel of a country retreat complete with a restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis courts and one of Europe’s largest spas.
Once serving as the Third Duke of Marlborough’s Manor and hunting grounds, this stately-home-come-hotel takes pride of place amongst 150 acres of luscious gardens and parklands and offers the perfect backdrop for a spot of rural downtime.
Having undergone an extensive six-year revamp, The Langley is somewhat of a newcomer to the Home Counties, having only opened in 2019 (before having to close shortly thereafter in light of the pandemic) and is now home to 41 rooms.
Guests staying here have the choice to stay in either the grandeur of the Main House with its old-school splendour or the equally as fabulous yet modestly muted down Brew House (notably with dog-friendly terrace rooms), which feels reminiscent of a woodlands country lodge.
There’s no shortage of things to do around the estate, which makes for a few days well spent; the hotel offers guests the chance to borrow Aigle wellies so you can leave yours at home in the knowledge you can peruse the wonders of the vast grounds without ruining your red-soled shoes.
Take the time to explore the expansive foot trails and discover the incredible nature of the surroundings, along with the oasis of gardens and greenery that makes Langley such a gorgeous destination.
If country walks aren’t quite your thing, then rest assured you’ll find sanctuary relaxing by the hotel’s impressive outdoor pool or taking the time to unwind in its spa, which spans a huge 1600m2.
By far the most enviable spa in the area, The Spa at The Langley is discreetly tucked underground and offers everything from an indoor pool, hydrotherapy, crystal steam room and a Himalayan sauna. Be sure to indulge in one of the hammam rituals – performed in a lavish treatment room; this signature of the spa will leave you feeling revived and refreshed.
Foodwise, the hotel’s Cedar restaurant has you covered for all-day dining and serves modern fare for lunch and dinner, the neighbouring drawing room also serves a very majestic afternoon tea, and for drinks, the hotel has a speakeasy-styled bar, namely The Churchill, which also boasts a rare selection of cigars and terrace to enjoy them.
Open all year; The Langley is somewhat of a gem just a short drive from London; taking a break here means you can make the most of its private screening room, kids offering, and soon-to-be cooking classes, which are rumoured to be launching very soon.
Words by Jaz Grewal.