Situated in the Langley Park area of Buckinghamshire, not far from London, is a stunning hotel with royal roots. The Langley is a luxury resort with a spa and every modern amenity you could want, and it’s no wonder. The estate once belonged to Charles Spencer, the third Duke of Marlborough, who acquired it in 1738. Seventeen years later, he commissioned an architect to build a grand home on the site to replace the humbler one he initially used.
In addition to its regal background, much has happened on the site since the 1700’s, and the Marriott Group first reopened it as a hotel in 2018. The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire underwent a six-year- multi-million-dollar renovation that was completed shortly before the pandemic. Visitors are now reaping the rewards of the modern luxuries within the historic, beautiful buildings.
Since the scenic retreat is only 40 minutes from London, it is also a popular staycation destination for city dwellers, and it’s a lovely, lavish add-on weekend escape for royal watchers who are visiting London Town. It’s also a haven for film stars and other celebrities who appreciate the resort for its privacy, splendor, and the natural beauty that surrounds it.
Here are some of the special things about this resort that you shouldn’t miss when you visit.
Plan for a Spa Day
To get the most luxurious experience from your stay, take time to schedule a spa treatment. Better yet, plan a spa day or half-day as part of your vacation. That’s because, once you see the spa at The Langley, you’ll want to make your appointment last all day. Happily, once you are done with your scheduled treatment, there is a relaxation lounge, vitality pools, a swimming pool, and a thermal area for you to enjoy. You don’t even have to leave for lunch because a three-course lunch is served in the Spa Lounge.
Some of the spa treatments that you might choose from are body scrubs, eye treatments, facials, fitness counseling sessions, foot baths, waxing, and massages. Manicures and pedicures are available. You may even schedule makeup services or a hair and scalp treatment.
Enjoy the Wildlife of the British Countryside
The friendly staff at The Langley will offer to loan you a bike or Aigle wellington boots to explore the breathtaking sights in Langley Park and observe its abundant wildlife. Linger in the iconic gardens that were designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. If you just want to relax, you can take in the sunset in the outdoor heated pool that has a picture-perfect, panoramic view of Langley Lake.
Indulge in Vegan Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room
The tradition of afternoon tea is especially appealing at this quintessential British resort, and The Langley serves an elaborate, delectable vegan afternoon tea for guests upon request in its historic drawing room. While sitting in the room and waiting to pick your tea, it’s impossible not to notice the artworks. During the warmer months, you can also enjoy afternoon tea in The Langley’s wrap-around terrace.
Some of the sweets that might be served during the vegan afternoon tea include a roasted apple cremeux, dark chocolate brownie with hazelnut mousse, a carrot cake with lemon curd, and sweet pastry dough, pineapple compote in addition to scones and jams. Some of the savory delights at vegan afternoon tea might include an avocado and tomato sandwich on white bread, a spinach and roaster pepper sauce sandwich on brown bread, a pickled cucumber sandwich with cashew nut cheese, and a Sicilian veg caponata on roasted bread.
Exercise in the Onsite Gym
With the comfortable climate control and easy access to showers and bathrooms whenever you want them, who can deny the appeal of exercising in hotel gyms while traveling? Even when there are a lot of outdoor sports to enjoy, many travelers still want a good, easily accessible gym, and The Langley offers just that with its in-resort gym where you can schedule personal training to help you get the most out of your workout.
Relax In Your Room
You also want to plan for some downtime to enjoy your room each day. Rest and relaxation are easy in the rooms in both the main building and the adjacent 18th century Brew House. All 41 rooms and suites at the retreat were designed by Dennis Irvine studio. Think fireplaces, ornate doorways, lovely artwork, and stunning views.