Period features aplenty; parts of the hotel date from 1580
The gorgeous grounds are home to an ancient moat, duck pond, croquet lawn and vegetable garden
What To Know
Surprisingly secluded despite being just eight miles from Gatwick Airport
The surrounding country trails are great for walking, but you'll need a car to explore nearby attractions
The last sitting at the Mulberry restaurant is 9:30 p.m.; sandwiches are available 24 hours
Parking on site
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Elizabethan manor house an hour's drive from London, with a fancy eatery, three-acre garden and croquet lawn
Set in a three-acre garden (complete with croquet lawn, duck pond and ancient moat), Langshott Manor is very much the quintessential English country retreat. Clad in rich red brick, supported by timber beams and topped with fishscale tiles, this 16th-century property is crammed full of character; it has been home, at various points in its history, to barons, lords and noblemen. Entry is through a Tudor-style door (with a hefty brass knocker), and inside it's all wood paneling, beam ceilings and stained glass, with plenty of old-school styling by way of iron chandeliers, floral wallpaper and family crests.
Bed and Bath
The 22 guestrooms are named after Henry VIII and his wives or local gardens, race courses and castles, and they're stuffed with plush chairs, dark, glossy furniture and period features (exposed beams, alcoves, creaky floors, leaded windows). The regal color scheme runs from rich red to deep purple, and several rooms feature flock wallpaper or contemporary artwork. Luxury Rooms overlook the grounds, and some come with private patio gardens. Bathrooms have Victorian-style sinks and rain showers and are stocked with Temple Spa products.
Wander the leafy grounds and stop to feed the waddling ducks by the pond, play a spot of croquet on the lawn or perch at one of the ornate wrought iron tables for an alfresco drink. If the weather turns sour, huddle up in one of the cozy lounges in front of a crackling fire and tuck into a traditional afternoon tea (the dainty cakes are crafted by an in-house pastry chef). The Mulberry restaurant is a fancy fine dining spot where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Located in a newer part of the hotel, it lacks the period charm of the rest of the property, but it's a light-flooded room with cute leaded windows overlooking the grounds; grab a spot in the corner for the best view. Local produce and herbs from the garden are used in the innovative dishes (Sussex pork with rhubarb and caramelized chicory, pigeon with foie gras and blackcurrant), and the breakfast menu features an impressive full English option alongside smoked haddock and poached eggs served with a Bloody Mary or a mimosa.
In the Area
The property feels surprisingly secluded despite being just eight miles from Gatwick Airport. It's a great pre- or post-flight alternative to a big brand airport hotel. There are country walks in the immediate vicinity (maps are available from reception), or you can reach Denbies Wine Estate (for tastings and tours), Hever Castle (the childhood home of Anne Boleyn) and Chislehurst Caves (for a lamplit guided tour), within an hour's drive. Head south to Brighton to have fish and chips on the beach, browse cute boutiques and bar-hop, and London is a 30-minute train ride away via the Gatwick Express.
Horley, United Kingdom
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Small Luxury Hotel Langshott Manor is London (LGW-Gatwick) - 3 km / 1.8 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.