Monday, 24 November 2014

The Times Travel November 22nd 

30 Great British Winter Weekends

Langar Hall Hotel Nottinghamshire

The twelve rooms are individually and quirkily styled, with old furniture, fine paintings and statement wallpapers plus there's an open fire in the studyand a log burner in the sitting room. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area including visits to Newstead Abbey, once home to Lord Byron & Eastwood the home of DH Lawrence .
Double rooms start from £100 (the Pod on the croquet lawn with automatic upgrade on availability)

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Sawday's 20th Anniversary Awards - Hotel of the Year, Langar Hall

Sawday's Awards 2014 - Sponsored by Naturesave Insurance

Not long after we first started celebrating special B&Bs, we gathered together our collection of hotelsthose that had survived the onslaught of mass tourism. We published our first guide in 1999 and things haven’t changed much since then: we still have no rating system, we still favour people over facilities, we still strive for a rich variety of hotels we genuinely like. Of course, this made choosing just one ‘Hotel of the Year’ quite tricky, but we think we’ve found somewhere unusual in its willingness to bend the rules about how hotels are run. 

How we judged the category

Our judges were looking for somewhere that demonstrates a strong personality of its own, defying the ‘me too’ approach of so many hotels. It should demonstrate that rare, effortless and fun approach to its customers – not contrived, besuited or stiff (not achingly and intentionally hip) but authentic, human and deeply personal. The food, where it is a central part of the experience, should show a commitment to local, seasonal and – where possible – organic, and should demonstrate originality. 

Meet our 2014 winner

Langar, Nottingham, England
A very special family hotel with a strong personality of its own, lovely staff, pretty rooms and heavenly food served in a pillared dining room. The house sits at the top of a hardly noticeable hill in glorious parkland, bang next door to the church. Imo's family came 150 years ago, building on the site of Admiral Lord Howe's burned-down home. Much of what fills the house arrived then and it's easy to feel intoxicated by beautiful things: statues and busts, a pillared dining room, ancient tomes in overflowing bookshelves, an eclectic collection of oil paintings. Heavenly food is a big treat, perhaps wild garlic soup, local venison, pistachio soufflé with lemon sorbet.

“Langar delivers exactly what people want from a country house hotel. You want to feel special, and you want to feel special in beautiful surroundings - with a bit of luxury thrown in for good measure.”
Alastair Sawday

Friday, 24 October 2014

Christmas Comes with Ian Buxton Olympic flower arranger


Sawday’s, champions of independent and special places to stay, has launched its first ever set of awards to coincide with its 20th anniversary.  Langar Hall, Nottingham has been chosen as winner of the Hotel of the Year award.
The awards were presented to winners by Alastair and Toby Sawday at a celebratory event at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol on 27 October 2014.
Each of the 13 Sawday’s award winners have been selected by a panel of judges that included Alastair and Toby Sawday, Ben Ross, Travel Editor at the Daily Telegraph and Columba Colivet from Country Homes and Interiors magazine.

Langar Hall has been a family home for 150 years. Owner Imogen inherited the house and turned it into a traditional English country house hotel.  Each room is filled with beautiful things; statues, a pillared dining room, ancient overflowing books and an eclectic collection of oil paintings.  Bedrooms are wonderful, some resplendent with antiques and others with fabrics draped from beams or trompe l'œil panelling. Far from pretentious, there is a relaxed family atmosphere, where all are encouraged to enjoy the house as their own.
Heavenly food is a treat at Langar Hall too; tuck into a diverse menu, perhaps wild garlic soup, local venison and pistachio soufflé with lemon sorbet. There's a pretty conservatory that opens onto a terrace, perfect for afternoon tea. Outside medieval fishponds and an adventure play area can be found in the grounds, and once a year, visitors can watch Shakespeare on the lawn.
Alastair Sawday says:  “It is high time that we gave an award to Langar Hall.  Imogen's energy and devotion deserve an award in themselves, and the house is perfectly formed - a triumph of good taste and personality rolled together. The superb food, the elegant and surprising rooms, the setting - all deserve an award, as does the gentle sense of fun.”

Imogen Skirving, owner of Langar Hall, says:This is a huge achievement and a great compliment since Sawday’s Special Places to Stay is our favourite hotel guide. It sends us the nicest customers who choose to stay in smaller independent hotels. After struggling away for almost 30 years, knowing nothing about the hospitality industry, I am feeling very proud and delighted.”


For the best Romantic hotel
Best Wedding hotel 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Autumn is Here...

Summer is over, and we are lighting the fires.
 It must be that time of year already...
Come and get cosy at Langar Hall this autumn,
Glass of Red? A nice hot Coffee? And perhaps a stew... couldn't be better.

Music, Music & More Music

We at Langar Hall love anything local, not to mention a bit different, that is why we love local boy band, The Rascels!

We have had the pleasure of having them at Langar Hall a few times, for events such as our very own Carnival, a Fashion Show & even a Charity event. 

They never fail to get us all up dancing, having a good time, and loving the atmosphere, if you would like to book them for your party or event, then please do not hesitate to send them a message via Facebook.

This month is a big one for our boys, we are all looking forward to the release of their first EP
 - This Is. 
It is available for pre-order on iTunes now!
So lets get ordering and support the local talent.

Check out their Facebook page -

Friday, 26 September 2014

Alastair Sawday's special places to stay. Best English Hotel award 2015

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Langar Hall wins the Sawday's English Hotels of the Year award in Sawday's Special Places to stay guide

Langar Hall has been awarded English Hotel of the Year in Sawday’s Special Places to Stay guide In the shops from October 1, It presents the cream of the crop from the super luxurious to the wildly rustic, with over 300 entries and 40 new additions so winning an award is a real achievement.!filter=Britain&display=list&offset=10

Langar Hall - One of the 100 Best British Hotels

 The Sunday Times  Travel. 100 best British hotels 14.9.2014
 Langar Hall
Imogen Skirving’s family has owned this blush-coloured country house since 1860, and she can talk you through every architectural detail. She will also be the person taking your food order and purring approvingly should you choose Langar lamb and cumin gnocchi. Cartland — named after the romantic novelist Barbara — is the most stylish of the 12 bedrooms. Downstairs, the designer, knight of the realm and Langar fan Paul Smith has sprinkled fairy dust across the public rooms.
Doubles from £100, B&B, two courses from £25;