Saturday, 1 November 2014
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.
Friday, 24 October 2014
LANGAR HALL IN NOTTINGHAM
WINS SAWDAY’S HOTEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
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.”
Saturday, 11 October 2014
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 - https://www.facebook.com/TheRascels
Friday, 26 September 2014
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Langar Hall wins the Sawday's English Hotels of the Year award in Sawday's Special Places to stay guide
Friday, 12 September 2014
Langar Hall did not win the Best Rural Hotel this year but we won last year and are happy to have been nominated as one of the four best in Britain. Amazing! We had a great night out at the Mandarin Oriental where we made friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.