Medieval Grandeur at Langley Castle – A Stunning Four Star Hotel in Northumberland
September 6, 2017
If you’re after a taste of medieval grandeur, then you need look no further than Langley Castle which lies south of Haydon Bridge in beautiful Northumberland. Built in 1350 by Sir Thomas de Lucy, the castle is now a stunning four star hotel and a Two Rosette restaurant set in the most breathtaking six acre grounds.
As you turn into the main driveway you are suddenly amazed at the absolute splendour of Langley Castle – where else would you see peacocks majestically strutting in front of the entrance as you drive up? Just wonderful!
On entering this medieval castle, you’re immediately drawn back in time as you are surrounded by high stone walls (some, seven foot thick) suits of armour, gorgeous ornate furniture, and the most lavish drapes hung across the magnificent windows – this place has the wow factor in abundance.
Langley Castle hotel is steeped in history with the paintings and wall tapestries depicting the people who have had such an influence on the castle. It is also said to be haunted by Maud de Lucy known as the Grey Lady , the widow of Sir Thomas, who killed herself after learning of his death in battle, although we didn’t spot any ghosts during our stay! The Castle’s nine rooms , five feature rooms and four Deluxe rooms are also all named after the people or the places which have shaped its history – the De Lucy room, Cadwallander room and the Derwent water room to name just a few, although there are 27 rooms in total with a further 18 rooms just 100 metres away including the Castle View and Castle Lodge which are dog friendly .
Once checked in and handed the most enormous gold room key, the welcoming receptionist escorted us to our room which was one of the feature rooms – the Josephine Room, named after Josephine D’Echarvines . Josephine was married to a former owner and Sheriff of Northumberland, Cadwallader John Bates who had acquired the Castle in 1880 and restored it after a fire left the castle a ruin in 1364.
Accessed via the drawing room and up an original rather precarious spiral staircase, the Josephine room is lovely. Spacious and decadent with a deep red décor to complement the dark wood furniture, a gorgeous arc shaped window at the far end of the room was to me the main feature of this room, adorned by huge sweeping brocade curtains. The sun streaming through this window the following morning when we were awoken by the sound of peacocks was an absolute delight. With period features but modern touches like the flat screen tv with a full sky package and wifi, the bathroom with spa bath was another treat, while aromatic Keiji Takeuchi bath products added a touch of bath time indulgence .
Before heading to the Restaurant we enjoyed a pre-dinner drink in the drawing room, another grandiose room adorned with paintings, collectors pieces, beautiful wall tapestries and twinkling ornate chandeliers. A lovely window seat and log burning fire (although not lit on the night we visited), added to the shear indulgence and romantic feel of the room.
The restaurant which offers a fine dining experience every evening, is another opulent room, with a deep red colour scheme and dark wood dining furniture. The red walls are again adorned with portraits and tapestries and tall candles burning on each table.
We began our meal with the Veloute – a chilled pea soup with a feta parcel which was a delicious choice, followed by the Lemon Dover Sole which was expertly filleted by the maître d’ at our table and accompanied with heritage potatoes, fresh vegetables and drizzled in caper butter – a really fabulous dish. For dessert, we ordered a beautifully presented vanilla cheesecake with a sweet strawberry sorbet and fresh strawberries, and the chocolate fondant, with peanut ice cream, a peanut brittle and vanilla milk puree. The perfect end to a wonderful meal, ahead of a relaxing glass of wine in the drawing room before bed.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant and although there was a great buffet breakfast selection for self serve, we chose the cooked Northumbrian breakfast and the Langley vegetarian cooked breakfast. The eggs were free range sourced from a local farm as is most of the produce and I’d definitely recommend the vegetarian sausage – delicious!
A walk in the grounds after breakfast and on such a beautiful sunny August morning was a must. The 10 acre grounds are beautiful, tranquil and perfectly maintained, with both rabbits and peacocks to spot, it was an enchanting walk. The castle grounds with such a wonderful woodland area provide the most exquisite backdrop to the most resplendent bewitching castle I’ve ever had the pleasure to stay in!