Langar Hall is Imogen Skirving. Gradually, over the past 26 years, she has transformed her home (a stuccoed, apricot-washed Georgian house, which has been in the family since 1860) into an instantly likeable hotel that mixes character with style (English, with a strong dash of India, with which she has close ties) to perfection. Imogen has a kind word for everyone, her key staff echo her warmth and children are welcome. The 13 bedrooms are all adorable, while the heart of the hotel is the restaurant with its reputation for unpretentious, good food (classic English with a twist). Langar Hall stands in the Vale of Belvoir, next to the village church, surrounded by a mature garden and overlooking medieval carp ponds. ‘When people ask me about having strangers in my house,’ says Imogen, ‘I simply say that I love it.’ When she took over, her aim was to allow this magical place to survive into the 21st century. In doing so, she has created something that is now almost unique. Doubles from £110.
Do: Visit Belvoir Castle, just a short drive away. Don’t miss the art collection, which features Gainsboroughs and Reynolds.
Eat: Delicious, locally sourced food, with plenty of variety. Save room for some of the lovely puddings too.
Buy: Visit Newmarket Square for wonderful antique and vintage shops where you are sure to find some treasures. Or more locally, pick up some Stilton from one of the neighboring dairy farms.
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