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Castle - Northumberland
NESTLING IN THE NORTHUMBRIAN VALLEY OF THE SOUTH TYNE
Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th century castle, nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne. Built in 1350, during the reign of Edward III, the castle has retained its architectural integrity and is regarded as one of the few Medieval fortified castle hotels in England.
Set in its own ten-acre woodland estate, the castle’s seven-foot thick walls provide a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from today’s hustle and bustle to a bygone age. The guest rooms are all unique, with private facilities, some with four-poster beds, sauna and spa bath.
Langley Castle Hotel offers guests an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history, with southern Scotland, including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours’ drive away. The castle provides a perfect venue for wedding receptions, private functions or just a get-away weekend.
BE THE KING AND QUEEN OF LANGLEY CASTLE
A VENUE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
MODERN COMFORT AMIDST GENUINE MEDIEVAL SPLENDOUR
Enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner in the award-winning Josephine’s Restaurant; it is an experience to savour, not just for that special occasion. The menu offers a variety of cuisines to please every palate with a modern English twist. Local produce, seasonal fish and local game are all specialities with fine wines to complement the innovative cuisine.
The attention to detail is second to none with attentive, but discreet service making a relaxing and intimate atmosphere that recaptures a bygone and oft’ forgotten era. The sumptuous drawing room with blazing log fire and stained glass windows, together with rich furnishings, complement the relaxing nature of its surroundings and is the ideal place to unwind with a drink.
Langley Castle's History
BUILT IN 1350, DURING THE REIGN OF EDWARD III Langley Castle has retained its architectural integrity throughout the years and is regarded as one of the few Medieval fortified castle hotels in England. Over the past 600 years, the castle has been owned, together with its estate, by lords and ladies, whose names were frequently associated with the turbulent history of the kingdom. During the 17th century, the Langley estates became the property of the Earls of Derwentwater, Viscounts Langley. James, the third Earl and Charles, his brother, took part in the Jacobite risings of 1715. They were subsequently executed at the Tower of London. A cross stands by the road from the castle to Haydon Bridge commemorating their loyalty to the King of Scotland (their Lawful Sovereign), which reads: In memory of James and Charles Viscounts Langley Beheaded on Tower Hill 24th Feb 1716 and 8th Dec 1746 For Loyalty to their Lawful Sovereign The property was confiscated by the Crown and its administration passed to the Royal Naval Hospital at Greenwich in London. Signs of the Admiralty's influence can still be seen in the area. For example, the anchor motif on the front of a house at Langley and the naming of a pub in Haydon Bridge as The Anchor. In 1882 a local historian, Cadwallader Bates, purchased the property. The restoration of the castle to its original 14th century structure became a life's work, not only for Cadwallader, but also for his wife, Josephine, who continued his work after Cadwallader's death in 1902. Josephine rebuilt the original chapel on the castle roof in memory of her husband and worked tirelessly until her own death in 1933. She was buried alongside her husband in the castle grounds. This tower is a most interesting facet of the castle, as it was totally dedicated to Garderobes (Medieval latrines) on an almost monumental scale. This lavish provision was a rare facility in castles and houses of the period. There are twelve Garderobes, four on each floor, each having a pointed arch to the recess, in which are stone corbels to carry the seats. The shafts discharged into a pit below, through which a stream of water could be diverted to flush it clean. The number of Garderobes suggests that Langley Castle was intended from its inception to be well garrisoned, being more than just a family residence. Langley Castle's history as a hotel and restaurant begins a new chapter in its fascinating history.
Langley Castle's table of pricing
OFFERING 14TH CENTURY SPLENDOUR IN THE 21ST CENTURY
|ROOM||BED & BREAKFAST||DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST|
|Feature Room||From £279||From £368.90|
|Deluxe Room||From £249||From £338.90|
|Castle View Suite||From £204||From £293.90|
|Castle View Superior Room||From £194||From £283.90|
|Castle View Standard Room||From £179||From £268.90|
|Castle View Lodge Room||From £159||From £248.90|
The rates above are based on two people sharing a twin/double room on the indicated basis.
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