Thursday, December 9, 2010

Hip Getaways - Langdon Hall, Cambridge ON

The main house and entrance
The last time I was at Langdon Hall, I was proposed to.  Sure, I should have seen the signs - romantic getaway in the country, dinner booked for all pointed to if you like it then you should put a ring on it.  So there I was - engaged, ready-to-be-married, gone from girlfriend to fiance in just one crazy weekend.  All this happened at Langdon Hall, so I'm a little bit biased in my love for this sophisticated little country resort just 1.5 hours outside of Toronto in Cambridge, Ontario.  
Our room, with such a pretty headboard
Formally a summer home for Langdon Wilkes whose mother descended from the famously wealthy, Astor Family. The estate is now privately owned by architect, William Bennett and his wife Mary Beaton, who oversaw the recent renovation.  They have converted the former mansion into a gorgeous country house hotel.  We were lucky to stay in one of the 32 rooms in the 'Cloisters' section, just off the main house.  Our room was freshly renovated with a modern, yet classic feel.  The furnishings were timeless with a calming palette that made you relax instantly.  In contrast, 12 guest rooms are available in the Main House with a traditional Victorian look.  Eight larger apartment style suites exist in the 'Stable Wing' and have a more cottage-like feeling.  
Large living area with a real wood-burning fireplace

Hip + urban husband and I were thrilled to re-live our engagement spot.  The first weekend trip was such a blur, that this time I had a chance to take everything in.  The staff were kind enough to send up a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries for the occasion.  The service is meticulous and attentive, our wood-burning fireplace already had a fire built for us.  All we had to do was light a match.  We definitely recommend Langdon Hall for a winter weekend, Christmas present or girls getaway.  The hotel has a full-service spa and attracts bachelorettes, baby and bridal showers.  Langdon Hall is also seeing an upswing in younger couples and the staff are not stuffy at all.  Everyone is incredibly friendly and there is nothing intimidating here.
A surprise treat (left), the huge marble bathroom with a deep-soaker tub and separate shower (right).  They even had the bath salts ready and waiting for you (below).
One of the larger suites - the cozy day bed is perfect for a bachelorette weekend.
One of the common lounge areas in the main house

The back porch of the house (left) is filled with rocking chairs for after dinner tea or to simply lounge with a book.  The patio is great for casual drinks in warmer weather (right).
The five-diamond award restaurant, six years running - has its own fresh vegetable and herb garden.  The menu changes seasonally and Chef Jonathan Gushue tries cook with local ingredients whenever possible.  Langdon Hall also boasts a swimming pool in the summer time and access to Whistle Bear Golf Course.  I really loved the hiking trails (below) the best.  We visited in the fall, when the leaves were just turning.  In the winter, the same trails can be explored on snowshoes!  Complimentary bike rentals, tennis racquets and croquet are also available.
Wilkes' Bar is available as a casual and affordable on-site dining option
Langdon Hall is an incredible place that's easy to get to.  Book yourself into a winter getaway soon and make sure you steam it out in the spa.  They have a great deal for Sunday nights and a bunch of different packages to choose from.
Read more from our visit to Langdon Hall, including our meal and spa visit!
Langdon Hall - Cambridge, ON
A Relais Chateaux Resort

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