Visiting Langdon Hall feels like a retreat to the French countryside, from the moment you pull up to the 120-year old mansion to afternoons spent strolling through the delightful gardens. The property was built in 1902 as the home of a wealthy fur trader and real estate magnate. It opened as a luxuriously renovated country hotel in 1989. Today Langdon Hall is one of 14 Canadian properties that are members of the Relais & Châteaux family – a gathering of independently owned and operated upscale boutique hotels and restaurants around the world. The hotel is the epitome of cozy. Sip and snack by the fireplace in Wilk’s Bar or shoot billiards with a glass of scotch. For an escape from the endless racket of urban life in a sumptuous environment, this is it.
Choose to stay on the second or third floors of the Langdon Hall main house and you won't have to leave the building for meals, drinks or a game of pool in the lounge downstairs. Each room has its own distinct and cozy but spacious aesthetic that mixes cottage with modern chic. Or you can stay across from the home, facing the vegetable garden and croquet lawns, in the cloister rooms. Guest rooms here offer various levels of luxury, from full baths to wood burning fireplaces and private patios.
The newly-renovated wellness centre is over 7,500 square feet, replete with a tennis court, a croquet lawn, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and gym. You can spend an entire day escaping the world here with a spa menu that runs from facials and pedicures to full-body hot-stone massages and acupuncture or oil treatments. Finish with a drink on the garden patio.
A luxurious setting like this demands five-star dining, and that’s exactly what exec chef Jason Bangerter’s team delivers. Bangerter's impressive pedigree has seen him cook in some of the top kitchens from Toronto to New York.
The Langdon Hall vegetable garden and Cambridge woodlands are central to his approach. The signature dining experience is his multi-course tasting menu, which is presented as a personal exploration of his surroundings, highlighting hyper seasonal and wild ingredients from the nearby woodlands and farms surrounding the city. Nearly everything you eat has a connection to Cambridge, from local pasture-raised animals to the wild flowers and greens that grow at the edges of the property.
The hotel is situated 90 minutes from Toronto’s downtown centre. Outdoorsy types will love that Langdon Hall has a 12-km network of winding nature trails. Start at the estate gardens where the Langdon Hall team grows their produce year round, then from there, explore Cambridge’s bucolic countryside. Do it by foot, or hop on one of the bicycles available at the main gate. Just make sure you’re back in time for afternoon tea.
Rooms start at $299 per night
1 Langdon Dr, Cambridge, ON, 519-740-2100, langdonhall.ca