Langley Castle Hotel
Langham, Northumberland, England
Set within a fortified medieval Northumbrian castle near Hexham, historic Langley Castle Hotel offers charisma, four-poster luxury and fine dining. Langley Castle is ideally located for exploring World Heritage Hadrian’s Wall and the beautiful Pennines.
At a Glance
Beautifully preserved 14th century medieval castle
Superbly positioned for exploring Hadrian's Wall and the northern Pennines
Great option for families as well as couples
Award-winning fine dining in the Restaurant at Langley
Excellent historic tours of the castle offered daily
To start planning your vacation to Langley Castle Hotel
Surrounded by a ten-acre woodland estate near the charming market town of Hexham in Northumberland, Langley Castle dates back to the reign of Edward III in the fourteenth century and was built as a fortification to repel Scottish raiders from across the border. Today, within its seven-foot thick walls, you will find an altogether more peaceful atmosphere, along with nine suitably medieval guestrooms, an excellent restaurant and refined service.
While rooms in the castle, most with four-poster beds, window seats and dripping with character, are the ones to go for, there are a further 18 rooms set within the grounds of Langley Castle, some of which have separate seating areas, complete with sofa beds, making them perfect for families. All are en-suite and well appointed with the trappings of the 21st century. Bathrooms are huge, and some have a sauna and spa bath.
In the castle, the award-winning Restaurant at Langley offers an innovative menu of dishes featuring local seasonal produce under the watchful eye of local rising star chef Daniel Grigg, all accompanied by an excellent wine list. The opulently furnished drawing room with its blazing log fire and stained-glass windows makes the ideal place to unwind with a brandy afterwards. Service is attentive but unobtrusive. Every day after breakfast, a historic tour of the castle and battlements is conducted by a knowledgeable member of staff.
As a base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall, Langley Castle could hardly be bettered, and in fact both were built in order to repel first the Picts and later the Scots. As you wander along the wall, looking out across the desolate moorlands from the fortifications, or visiting one of the excellent museums and exhibits and learning of the lives of the Roman legionaries posted here in the first century AD, it is not hard to sympathise with their lot. It’s also worth popping into nearby Hexham with its seventh-century abbey and wonderful local produce sold in the farmers’ market. All in all, Langley castle makes a fine option not just for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, but also a rather captivating stop if you are traveling from either the Lakes or Dales to Edinburgh.
The 9 sumptuous rooms set within the castle itself are the standout here; regal four-poster beds and luxurious drapes feature alongside historical artwork, plush window seats and antique furniture to complete each to its atmospheric best. Contemporary bathrooms and modern fixtures and fittings are sympathetic to the rooms' original features and round off each and every one just perfectly.
The other 18 rooms can be found within the separate Castle View, a listed building just 80 meters away. Rooms here command spectacular views of the main castle, alongside its picturesque grounds, and are furnished in keeping with the property's traditional style. A selected number of rooms here can be converted to twin bedded rooms making this a great option for families.
All rooms and suites at Langley Castle come equipped with complimentary WiFi, a full Sky TV package (including movies and sports) and air-conditioning.
No specific child care facilities are available, however children are welcome and a children's menu is offered at the on-site restaurant.
The Restaurant at Langley serves up traditional English fare with an imaginative twist, all beautifully presented and locally sourced by head chef Daniel Grigg and his talented team. Expect duck eggs and freshly caught fish, rich venison and succulent steaks.
Alternatively, head to the Drawing Room for a light snack, afternoon tea or refreshments. The sumptuous sofas and roaring fire make for a warm and homely environment in which to relax for a couple of hours, and the choice of snacks and lighter dishes is certainly enough to get your mouth watering.
Langley Castle is perfectly positioned to explore a wealth of historical sights, including Hadrian's Wall and numerous castles which can be found dotted along the Northumberland coastline. Tours are available but the wall and some of its key sights are also easily reached on foot should you prefer a spot of independent exploration.
The local area also holds easy access to a number of popular cycle routes, golf clubs, race courses and nearby towns, and fishing, horse riding and clay pigeon shooting can also be enjoyed.
Location & Directions
Langham, Northumberland, England
Langley Castle Hotel is located outside the village of Langley near Hexham in Northumberland, and around 8 miles from Vindolanda Fort on Hadrian's Wall.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk.