Award-winning Langar Hall is “one of a kind”

Langar Hall wins Hotel of the Year Award.
Langar Hall wins Hotel of the Year Award.
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Langar Hall near Bingham has won a Hotels of the Year award in the first Sawday’s British Hotel awards.

Alastair Sawday, founder of Sawday’s said: “We love small, intimate hotels and inns where the art of hospitality is practiced with flair. Our three Hotel of the Year winners have mastered that art in spades.”

Edition 16 of Sawday’s British Hotel guide is out on October 1, It presents the cream of the crop with over 300 entries and 40 new additions.

The guide’s entry for Langar Hall, which is owned by Imogen Skirving, says: “Langar Hall is one of the loveliest places in this book – reason enough to come to Nottinghamshire – and Imogen’s exquisite style and natural joie de vivre make this a mecca for those in search of an informal country house with a touch of bohemian flair. 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. Bedrooms are wonderful, some resplendent with antiques, others with fabrics draped from beams or trompe l’œil panelling. Heavenly food is a big treat, too, perhaps wild garlic soup, local venison, pistachio soufflé with lemon sorbet. There’s a pretty conservatory for afternoon tea that opens onto a terrace, then grounds all around for medieval fishponds, an adventure play area and, once a year, Shakespeare on the lawn. One of a kind.”

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