Langar Hall – Nottingham
There’s always been a strong female line at Langar Hall: Imogen Skirving’s great-grandmother bought the house in 1860, and her grandmother started the local WI. Its transformation from private house to hotel, though, is the achievement of Imogen who, over 26 years, remoulded her apricot-washed Georgian house into an instantly likeable home-from-home, blending personality with country house charm. Though Imogen died four years ago, aged 78, all is not lost: she lives on in the terrific portrait that graces the pillared hall and in her granddaughter Lila, who took over the reins aged 22, and continues to ensure that nothing – including the vibrant atmosphere – has changed. The food (‘classic English with a twist’), from long-standing executive chef Gary Booth, is better than ever, and Michael, the maître d’, remains an integral part of Langar’s appeal. With 13 adorable bedrooms, the house stands next to the village church, surrounded by a mature garden and overlooking medieval carp ponds. Imogen’s aim was to allow her magical house to survive into the 21st century, and it continues to do so.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1949 860559; langarhall.com
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