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
My wife and I had a visit here on some vouchers we had through Virgin Experiences. They catered for us well enough. Their grounds are fab too, and it's also a stones throw away from Gatwick Airport, so always a great place to stay if you have an early flight! Thanks!
Drive down a very narrow road and you get to the Langshott Manor, close to Gatwick airport - but surprisingly no aircraft noise, even in the wonderful gardens.
Friends gave us a Virgin Afternoon Tea voucher. Tea was served either in the garden or the bar, we opted for the bar, due to the heat.
Tea was lukewarm and very strong, asked for more hot water which came eventually. Sandwiches fresh, no smoked salmon, poor ham filling (crumbed rather than sliced) and a nice egg and cress. 2 decent warm scones each with jam and clotted cream. Cakes: a glass of insipid 'mousse', a slice of bread and butter pudding (since when was this a cake?), choux buns and some cake.
The hotel pictures did not reflect the actual offer. Prosecco was extra.
I must say that I had previously taken lunch at the Mulberry restaurant, always a good experience. Afternoon tea, however is not served at the restaurant, its the bar or the terrace...
The room (Ann Boleyn) was lovely but very hot but can't install aircon in a building like that.
I have previously eaten at the restaurant for a family meal a few years ago and had such a good experience. The food and service was great and so we were looking forward to coming back again.
Unfortunately, we had a really bad experience this time. To start with, I said to the waiter we were having the taster menu and that within our package (red letter day) the wine was included and he said that it wasn't. In order to prove my point I went back up to our room, found the voucher and then had to wait for over half an hour before he came back to the table to inspect the voucher. He wanted to check with reception which I said was fine but then said he would honour the voucher. Well his attitude not great to start with then changed. We had a half cup of water (made to last approx. 45 mins until I asked twice for more water), still no wine. The amuse bouche was not introduced to us, the waiter just said 'here you go'! The table next to us were given the same and he politely introduced what it was to them otherwise we wouldn't have known what we had eaten.
Then onto the first course, again no introduction and the wine was put on the table and only introduced because I asked what it was as he was walking away.
Second course, no wine was bought out until we had finished our course so a little pointless to have an accompanying wine with the course, this happened twice. Next course, no wine and so on.
On one occasion, I hadn't finished the wine from the previous course and he asked if we wanted the next one (going from one extreme to another) but said yes in case it didn't arrive!
Cutlery was often not there when the food was served and I had to ask for bread although butter was on the table.
Part of the 7 courses was coffee but by 10.30pm we had had enough and left after waiting for too long.
The whole experience made me feel ill at ease, upset and disappointed that we had such bad service.
We were made to feel inferior for having a red letter day which our friends had paid a lot of money for which is quite frankly disgraceful.
I will not be recommending this hotel to anyone, quite the opposite.
The whole experience was marred by the evening dinner and ruined our weekend away which we had both been looking forward to.
The food as a whole was ok but not the best quality and not anything like it used to be which was a shame.
Breakfast was slow as well.
On arrival we were met by a very pleasant young lady and shown to our room. My wife has mobility problems and would to say the least have struggled with the layout. Within 5 minutes our room was changed with no fuss what so ever. Nothing changed after...the room was lovely, all staff attentive, food very good.
Could not falt anything.
This was our last stay in a 3 week tour of Italy, our last connection was at Gatwick. Ben Myburgh the guest services manager was personable and couldn’t do enough for us .As was Bereta ?, the front desk manager. As part of the SLH we were upgraded to our own luxury cottage.
The service was top notch, better than our stay in Venice which was 3 times the price.
We had a late supper at their classy restaurant. Wow! it was delicious. This establishment could easily hold seminars on customer service. When was the last time that your wake up call was an actual person?