The transformation of Langar Hall from private house to hotel is the achievement of Imogen Skirving who, over 26 years, transformed her apricot-washed Georgian house into an instantly likeable home-from-home, blending personality with country-house charm. Though Imogen died two 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, aged just 22, took over the reins and ensures 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 £110
+44 (0)1949 860559; langarhall.com
The Medieval moat in the grounds.
Our assiette of Langar lamb with miso glazed aubergine, potato gnocchi and hung yoghurt.
Imogen’s book The Reluctant Restaurateur – all about how the hotel began.
CLAIM TO FAME
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.
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