Our 2 year old is Princess-mad... I saw it as a group on deal late at night, and thought it would be fun, so off we went... It was £99 for the deal, but there was another £25 to upgrade to a bigger room suitable for a child, and another £15 to bring a child. Over all, my assessment would be that £140 for the night, was sort of ok value - it certainly didn't feel like a £280 night hotel at half price!
The castle itself is impressive and I can understand why people fancy it as a wedding venue - very photogenic. The staff are pleasant and helpful, and the Drawing room is grand, if a little faded. We stayed in the stable block - the rooms are modern and comfy, however the third bed is not comfortable - and would only be suitable (IMHO) for a very small child. Unfortunately, as often happens with small kids, we tend to play musical beds, and my husband ended up there - so was most unimpressed. We spent the folllowing night in a Premier Inn where for the princely sum of £29 you get a very comfortable third bed suitable for an adult... so a little unimpressed with this..
We ate in the restaurant. Formal 4 course dinner in a castle, about £40 per head, is a memorable experience, so I would recommend it, and the food was competent, but not great. If you are looking for great food there will be better places. I guess they are catering for people who want a wedding package, rather than people attracted to eating there or return customers. On a positive note, the staff were really good with our 2 year old - presumably because lots of people bring small children to weddings and they are well used to them.
So overall, for the romance or the childish excitement of staying in a proper castle - probably worth a stay. I think I would have been miffed to pay more than £140 for a room though - which was comparable with the Disneyland Paris hotel we stayed in during September, and that included park tickets. If you're really looking for a luxury hotel, this isn't one... expect orange juice from concentrate... expect no newspapers in the drawing room, or any reading material other than wedding magazines... but it is a proper castle...and that is good fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Genuine 14th Century Fortified Castle, In Its Own Woodland Estate. All Rooms In The Castle Have Private Facilities, Four Poster Beds, Window Seats Set Into 7ft Thick Walls. Some Rooms Have Private “Features” Such As A Sauna, Semi-Sunken Bath, Double Air-Bath, Open Fireplaces.Castleview, Within The Grounds, Offers An Additional 18 Rooms, All With Private Facilities, And Wonderfull Views Upto The Castle.The Magnificent Drawing Room With Blazing Log Fire, compliments The Intimate Josephine Restaurant ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Langley Castle
- Castle Langley
- Langley Castle Hexham