The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, opens its doors in Buckinghamshire
The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire, opened its doors on 1st June 2019, following an extensive six-year renovation. Working alongside the award-winning Dennis Irvine Studio, the multi-million-pound renovation has transformed the historic Grade II-listed Langley Park House from a dilapidated former private home into a majestic countryside icon and. a hotel that encompasses the modern sensibilities and aspirations of the 21st century traveller.
The Bath Stone exterior of the Main House has been impeccably restored, showcasing the honeyed hues and golden striations of the rock. Extensive excavation to the front elevation of the house has allowed for the addition of a fittingly grand staircase leading to the main entrance.
The extensive restoration threw up many quirky and historic design elements throughout the house. Working alongside Oxley Restoration, 20 original Georgian and Victorian fireplaces have been documented and faithfully brought back to life. The marble hearths, decorative frieze details, mantels, cast iron fire baskets and intricate marble figures that adorn the fire surrounds have all been repaired & restored in line with Historic England’s conversion requirements.
A popular fad amongst the English literati during the 18th Century was to line rooms with ornamental miniature books – often with humorous titles – rather than real books, with these ‘Invisible Libraries’ famously installed at Chatsworth House and in Charles Dickens’ private homes. The narrow Regency-era bookcases in the Churchill Bar at The Langley are no exception. Dating back 200 years, these have been fully refurbished and lined with ornamental books supplied by The Original Book Works Company, which also worked on other historic renovations such as Harewood House and The Bodleian Library.
The artwork throughout the building has been curated by the current owner and depicts many of the previous occupants of Langley including the original owners the Duke & Duchess of Marlborough.
The Reception is a treasure trove of historic features, including four Doric columns and an imposing marble fireplace, depicting a relief of a cherub displaying plans for the Palladian temple which once stood in the gardens. A pair of intricately-detailed 19th Century cast bronze Venetian doors – brought to the house by Sir Robert Grenville Harvey in 1903 from Florence – are complemented by contemporary petrified wood coffee tables and a spectacular bespoke chandelier by Dernier & Hamlyn, comprising 221 curved bronze branches ending in glass droplets to bring to life the woodland setting.
The original 18th Century mosaic floor in the Reception was rediscovered during the renovation, and has been painstakingly restored to reveal an ornate design and welcome message: ‘Welcome the Coming, Speed the Parting Guest’.
The mosaic floor extends through into the grand and light-filled staircase hall, where the statement 18th Century open staircase leads up past the first floor towards a vast oval glazed dome at roof level.
Destination restaurant Cedar offers expansive views of the parkland and lake beyond. The verdant scene is reflected in the engraved white marble fireplace dating back to 1775 and the elegant, made to measure, blue and silver trees adorning the Casamance wallpaper. This modern romantic English interior is further complemented with 8 antiqued mirror chandeliers, Vescom petrol blue mohair sofas, pleated velvet upholstery by Bart Halpern and custom Lawton Cole and De’Art furniture.
The blue and grey tones continue into the Drawing Room, linked to Cedar through the private dining room and wrap-around terrace. A statement five-tiered Dernier & Hamlyn chandelier forms the centrepiece of the room and comprises hundreds of metres of hand-knotted crystal beads on a brass frame. The original panelling is lined with hand painted Fromenthal wall covering and the luxurious finishes continue with rich mohairs and velvets being used on the upholstery. Three sets of full height double doors open onto the adjoining terrace, offering glorious views of the landscaped gardens originally designed by Capability Brown.
The first floor of the Main House is home to The Langley’s most luxurious accommodations decorated in seasonal colours such as soft blossom pink and Eau de Nil. The rooms and suites have a luxurious residential ambiance created by sumptuous, layered detailing and finishes. The vast, three-bedroom Duke of Marlborough suite is centred around a unique octagonal room with a large bay window offering panoramic lake views. Original feature panelling is painted shades of pale grey with accents of aubergine. Large crystal chandeliers by Bella Figura feature in both the living room and bedroom of the suite while generous faux fur throws adorn the sofas & bed. The second-floor bedrooms are set within the eaves of the building in shades of cool grey and soft greens and highlight quirky original features such as the large circular windows offering views of the countryside beyond.
The 18th Century Brew House building is set opposite the Main House and has a varied history, having previously been used as a clocktower, stables and brewery. The rustic history has inspired the design of its 21 bedrooms, built around a central courtyard and decorated in warm neutral shades, with textured wall coverings by Phillip Jeffries, blown glass dimpled pendants by Holloways of Ludlow, chestnut leathers, limed oak and antique metals accented by sage green and peachy tan. This modern country aesthetic offers a cosy and intimate alternative to the grand spaces in the Main House.
The vast subterranean spa is a wellness wonderland, with soft whites and gold accents complemented by inlaid brass joinery and vein-cut marble. This sense of elegance is enhanced by lacquered brass screens designed by Dennis Irvine. Concentric rings fanning outward evoke the look of pebbles thrown into water, thus creating an elegant and calming experience for the guests to relax and recuperate. The Langley spa pa boasts a number of strikingly-designed features, including an authentic Turkish Hammam, marble-lined 16m swimming pool designed by Aqua Platinum surrounded by double relaxation wave loungers by Spa Vision – a UK first created for The Langley Spa – and a juniper wood sauna featuring an illuminated pink Himalayan salt brick wall.