Nestled in the countryside, just a short 1.5- to two-hour drive from Toronto, Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa in Cambridge, Ontario, beckons guests who are looking for a serene getaway in a well-appointed country home that is reminiscent of simpler, more elegant times.
The grand historic home was originally built in the late 1890s as a summer residence. Designed in the Federal Revival style, the structure boasted 32 rooms with more than 25,000 square feet. The house passed through the family until 1987, when it was sold, redesigned and then reopened as today’s Langdon Hall in 1989.
While we’re enamored with the fluffy feather beds and wood fireplaces in guest rooms, we looked at three other things we love about Langdon Hall, accessible to overnight guests and day visitors alike for optimal enjoyment.
Langdon Hall Spa
Now offering a more luxurious experience, the spa reopened in May 2016 after a complete renovation and major expansion. The spacious 9,000-square-foot, full-service spa, spread over two levels in the property’s newly designed wing, has 12 rooms. The Vichy shower room stands out, blending classic elegance with warm, natural aesthetics to promote comfort and well being.
Partnering with luxury Swiss cosmetics brand Valmont, specialized treatments like the Elixir Facial and Body Treatment or the Moor Mud Body Bask promote relaxation and rejuvenation. You can also enjoy spa amenities like the whirlpool, steam room, sauna, exercise room and lounging patio (in bathrobes, naturally).
Executive chef Jason Bangerter
A long successful chef on Toronto’s fine-dining scene, Jason Bangerter has taken what has always been a stellar dining experience at Langdon and ratcheted it up another notch since filling the post of executive chef in 2013.
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Dining Room at Langdon Hall, known for its regional cuisine, is inspired by its local purveyors as well as its very own kitchen garden — just walk through the English-inspired gardens in the afternoon and you’ll likely see chefs taking a few sprigs of this or that to prepare for dinner service.
From garden to table, ingredients shine on the heritage hen with cabbage, salsify and onion along with other selections, creating a beautiful expression of flavor and art. Make it a point to order the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for the full sampling.
The historic home, with its sophisticated sitting rooms and terraces, makes a fitting, picture-perfect spot for a Brit-inspired afternoon tea experience. Served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in two seating options — 1 and 3:30 p.m. — the menu features fresh, kitchen-baked buttermilk scones, housemade preserves, savory sandwiches and sweets.