Reasons to Love the North East Hotel of the Year
Four-star Northumberland hotel gem, Langley Castle Hotel (www.langleycastle.co.uk), has won the coveted North East Hotel of the Year accolade, adding another trophy to the cabinet of an authentic and luxurious castle hotel, with a rich story to tell spanning nearly 669 years.
The exquisite 27-bedroomed 14th century hotel property (built in 1350), has seen its interior razed to the ground during Border conflicts, had two of its owners meet a terrible end for supporting Jacobite uprisings, benefited from Pope Leo XIII’s permission to have a consecrated castle on its 14th century battlements and trained young minds as a 1950s boarding school.
It has inspired J K Rowling for some of her Harry Potter content, has had its medieval garderobes (toilets) declared possibly Europe’s best example, has created Game of Thrones-style weddings to sit alongside its fairytale castle weddings and has seen its call for, and championing of, a Northumberland Day, paint the county of Northumberland yellow and red for the past two years.
Langley Castle visitors give it 9.1/10 on guest review awards, loving its seven-feet thick stone walls that once kept marauding Border Reivers at bay, particularly when this allows them to romantically sit in a window seat, set into the walls of the drawing room or castle bedrooms.
Combining modern luxury with centuries of history has been adeptly managed for almost 33 years by a team that still comprises one of the very first employees. The local flavour of the hotel is injected into the visitor experience by those with local pride and local accents – something that adds to the authenticity of a stay in a hotel that is not a historical façade but a true castle in every sense of the word, located in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country.
Being able to stay in such a property is rare within England, which is why visitors flock to Langley Castle from locations worldwide. Based just a short drive from both the open landscapes around the Roman wall and medieval Hexham Abbey, makes it a major draw for walkers, history lovers, dog-friendly accommodation seekers and faith tourists alike. Now, after its 2017 Green Tourism Silver Award, and 2018 fitting of two TESLA charge points, it is a destination for green tourists and drivers too.
Local gins and ales, local game specialities on the menu, its own herb garden and even its own on-site water purification system, enhance the sense of localness over candlelit dinners, lunch in a glass pavilion that juxtaposes contemporary with ancient, or relaxed dining in the lush drawing room, where sweeping drapes frame a picture window and chandeliers cascade light.
When it’s time for bed, that can be in a feature or deluxe castle bedroom, mostly with four-poster beds, or in the more modern renovated stable block, Castle View, where a range of differently priced accommodation delights. Features within rooms vary from sauna and Jacuzzi bath, to flatscreen TV with full digital channel access and what will soon be 1000MB broadband.
Langley Castle will promote its 2018 status as the North East’s Hotel of the Year and Luxury Lifestyle readers’ ‘Best Hotel for Romance’ as it lures guests for perfect winter escapes spent in front of the fire, new Wall of Ice weekends and, of course, Valentine’s Day 2019.
Those wishing to experience all the little touches that make Langley an irresistible must-return venue for those under its spell can book at www.langleycastle.co.uk or call 01488 688888. Until you visit Langley, you haven’t fallen in love. ENDS
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