What We Love
- 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
- Free parking
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Poor experience overall. Our suite was dark and dingy plus smelt a little damp! The food was something we looked forward too but was a rushed affair due to the wedding next door. Not a place I would recommend
Not a chain hotel, an actual key for the room, really individual, duvet and pillows were fantastic. Fabulous setting & grounds. A lovely real fire in lounge. Room had a view of the grounds, will stay again
Had an amazing time everything was excellent - very cosy rooms and very clean. Unusual hotel which adds to its charm will be returning. Thank you for the room and service will not forget. Location also very easy and staff very welcoming/warm.
This beautiful manor is Britains finest in every way! Enchanting property, amazing food and second to none service! I didn't want to ever leave! The most romantic getaway in such a beautiful setting! Highly recommend.
Have had afternoon tea at this hotel a couple of times before and been more than impressed, so was really looking forward to my visit. However on this particular occasion, which was with 7 of my work colleagues, I was a little disappointed. Started well, with a nice welcome at reception and was taken through to the table, in a room overlooking the garden, which was lovely. I was early, as was another colleague and the waiter asked if we would like to order our drinks, so I ordered a pot of Early Grey tea, which came in good time but I then had to wait ten minutes for the milk jug to arrive and only then after I had asked twice for it and it was finally brought out with all the other pots of tea/drinks ordered by my other colleagues who had then arrived. The afternoon tea was brought to the table on attractive stands. The sandwiches were very nice, although we all said the stilton one did taste rather strange and the scones, both plain and fruit, were wrapped nicely in a napkin to keep them warm and they were very good. There was plenty of jam and clotted cream. However, the disappointment came with the patisserie selection, which was very un-interesting - normally this tier on the cake stand would be the eye-catcher but all the cakes were just very "brown". There was a mini mince pie, which was good. Then there was a square cinnamon sponge cake, a triangular chocolate brownie and a peanut/treacle slice - as I say, all very brown and not at all appealing. When I have had afternoon tea here previously, there has always been a little lemon posset too but this was missing. I found the cakes so disappointing that I only ate the mince pie and a small piece of the cinnamon - we all left most of the cakes but they did offer to put them into boxes for us to take away. We were not offered extra sandwiches, which at £29.00 (+£.3.25 pp), I thought that 3 finger sandwiches each was a tad stingy. I had also booked a table for 4 for my mother's birthday 4 days later but was so disappointed with the cake selection, I chose to cancel it and book elsewhere at a restaurant we had been to in September, where extra sandwiches are the norm if required, as are extra scones (not that we had room to eat more) and the cakes were all lovely, colourful and deliciously moreish, which unfortunately I am unable to say about Langshott Manor's patisserie selection. So not all bad here but they really do need to improve on the cakes, as this is what most people have an afternoon tea for - something out of the ordinary that they wouldn't normally buy in a shop.