By BRITTANY HENDRY
ABOUT THIS HOTEL
This beautiful country house is hidden away in Cambridge, Ontario—about 100km from Toronto—and is surrounded by 75 acres of breathtaking gardens, rolling forests and manicured lawns. Named the best hotel in Canada by Conde Nast Traveller two years in a row, prestigious Langdon Hall offers luxury accommodations in quaint quarters. The hotel was originally used as the opulent summer house of the Wilks family, a history that is showcased by the authentic painted portraits that hang on the walls. After joining the internationally renowned Relais & Chateaux family of hotels, Langdon Hall was brought up to date while maintaining its old-world charm.
BY THE NUMBERS
Rooms: 52—including some pet-friendly options
Cost: $289 to $675 per night
Scenic walking trails: 12km
Wood-burning fireplaces: 58
Varieties of massages on offer: 13
Bottles in the wine cellar: 1,000+
Given a five-diamond dining title, the restaurant at Langdon Hall is devoted to local sourcing, giving its meals a real sense of place. Many of the fresh and organic ingredients are plucked from the hotel’s garden, while honey and maple syrup come from the grounds’ apiary and trees. The kitchen is led by award-winning celebrity chef Jonathan Gushue, whose menus change with the seasons to reflect the harvest. To taste the best Langdon Hall has to offer, guests should consider Gushue’s tasting menu and wine pairing, served daily from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dr. Leslie Laking, former director of Hamilton’s Royal Botanical Gardens, and landscape artist Owen Scott, have designed magnificent gardens to stay true to the cultural heritage of Langdon Hall’s property. Guests can explore scenic walking trails, a large lap pool, tennis courts and croquet lawns, as well as take advantage of off-site activities, like canoeing and golfing. Langdon Hall offers a stocked spa with an abundance of treatments, including specialized massages for expecting mothers and a unique Indian head rub that helps guests seek inner peace through chakra holding.
Langdon Hall, 1 Langdon Dr., Cambridge, Ontario, 519-740-2100, langdonhall.ca
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