As part of my 33 Before 33 I said that I wanted to visit 12 new places in the UK, however, that started on my birthday, so my visit to the beautiful Langar Hall a few days before doesn’t count unfortunately! However, it was a brilliant weekend and regardless of it being absolutely no help to my target, we had a lot of fun!
Situated in a little village in Nottinghamshire, Langar Hall is an absolutely stunning property filled with a multitude of beautiful high-ceilinged rooms full of artwork, board games and comfortable furniture, really making it feel like a home from home.
Ben and I opted to stay in their Agnews room, a little wooden chalet situated on their croquet green. Set away from the house it’s private and so cosy, with a little veranda out the front with chairs and a table so you can make the most of the sunshine, or, like us, sit out and look at the stars in the midnight sky as there’s little-to-no light pollution around.
Outside of the room and the house itself, you have the grounds which are absolutely stunning. The sweeping tree-lined driveway makes the perfect arrival, leading you down towards the house, past the croquet green and Agnews to one side, and past the seemingly endless fields that the house overlooks, the start of which is filled with seating, a climbing frame for children, and various pieces of artwork including a mirror inset into a large tree stump and these metal ostriches.
Across the croquet green from Agnews is a high hedge with an archway cut within it, which leads into the Hall’s very own kitchen garden.
Mid-morning you see the chef walk the few hundred yards from the house to the kitchen garden with their basket and collect the ingredients they need for that evening’s meals. You can’t get much more fresh than that and it really does show in the food that is served. Every single thing I ordered was absolutely stunning, both in terms of flavour and presentation. Portion size was spot on and the staff were absolutely faultless, being friendly and funny whilst providing the kind of top-notch service you would expect from a high quality restaurant. It takes a certain something special to be able to balance the two aspects and we spent most the time we were with the staff laughing and joking with them – I lost Ben at one point and the two head waiters were walking around the ground floor shouting “Boyfriend! Boyfriend where are you!” There were also numerous jokes about each others’ football teams throughout the weekend, always a good topic if you want to give someone a ribbing!
Whilst staying there we were lucky enough to find they were hosting a classic car day and outside our room were a multitude of stunning cars – from Mustangs to Cadillacs, Frog Eye Sprite’s to Fiat 500’s, and even an Aston Martin DB5, it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday for a group of petrol heads like us.
The weekend also marked the very first battle in the annual competition we have decided to hold with our friends. We made use of the opportunity to play croquet and, despite holding a 3-2 lead after the first day, Ben and I couldn’t quite live up to the hype and had to kiss goodbye to the trophy the next day. (Yes there’s a trophy!)
Obviously we were just being charitable and letting the other couple win for the first year…
Overall, we had a brilliant time and will definitely return in the future – in fact, having found out they hold a supercar event every summer, we have already got it in mind to go back for another visit then. A beautiful setting, fresh countryside air and stunning cars – I struggle to think of anything better!
If the 12 new places I have to visit in the UK over the coming year are anywhere near as good as Langar Hall, I’m going to have an absolute blast! Bring. It. On.