Stay Here: The Langley Hotel, BuckinghamshireBy Suzi Malin
Looking for a little countryside escape, but don’t want to travel hours from London? It’s about time you visited The Langley in Buckinghamshire, a stone’s throw from the centre of London. We visited to the hotel this week for the grand unveiling – here’s what you need to know:
The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is only 16 minutes from Marylebone station, situated between Denham and Slough. You would never know it’s so close to London through – the hotel is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a really peaceful countryside feel.
The grounds are simply stunning; situated in the former manor home of the third Duke of Marlborough, on 150 acres of gardens and parklands originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the hotel is a welcome retreat in the heart of Iver’s countryside. You’ll fall in love with the hotel’s serenity, natural beauty and sophisticated rooms.
Set like a jewel at the end of a long, winding drive, this hotel is like something out of Downtown Abbey. The hotel makes for a dramatic entrance – you’ll be greeted by a huge roaring fire in the magnificent hall on arrival and a stunning grand double staircase. The warm welcome suits the warmth and grandeur of a visit to The Langley, the hotel has a real country living feel, perfect for a mini break in the winter months.
The accommodation ranges from Classic Rooms to Main House Deluxe Suites – and no detail has been overlooked in this 5* hotel and spa. All the bedrooms and suites at The Langley are beautifully appointed with the most magnificent, Instagram-ready marble bathrooms. We stayed in a Main House Junior Suite, which features the most divine King bed, luxury bathtub and, yes, there’s even Netflix on demand.
From the Hermes toiletries, the pop-up television at the foot of the bed and lighting with 5 different mood settings, the accommodation has really been designed with the hotel guest in mind.
There’s lots on offer at The Langley, but, frankly, we loved just soaking up the hotel’s natural beauty – the rooms overlook tranquil grounds, leading to a winding river at the foot of the gardens. After London life, the peacefulness and silence of the grounds is balm for the nerves and food for the soul. The terraces wrap around the hotel, lead from the private dining room and restaurant and overlook spectacular grounds and also accommodate a large outdoor pool area and tennis courts.
The Langley has the largest underground spa in Europe with a huge selection of luxury treatments, from Sisley expert facials to Margaret Dabbs pedicures. The spa also houses a beautiful indoor pool, steam room and plunge pools, with a special health-focused spa restaurant. The hotel is also offering in-suite massages, perfect for a couples weekend.
The hotel is host to two all-day restaurants, Cedar, which is the main restaurant that overlooks the hotel grounds, and The Churchill Bar, which is a hideaway for light bites, cocktails and cigars. You can also enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s Drawing Room – the perfect spot for some fresh scones with clotted cream and jam, whilst taking in the landscaped gardens. During our stay, we enjoyed a glorious buffet breakfast with an amazing array of cheeses, fruit and meat – and the best mushroom omelette I’ve ever eaten. This was served in the light-flooded dining room overlooking the grounds, and I must say, I never want to eat breakfast any other way.
The Langley has everything you need for a perfect mini break in the countryside. We didn’t want to go home and are sorely tempted to return for Christmas lunch (£105 a head) for a spot of pampering and relaxing – and only 16 minutes by train from London!