Langdon Court, Devon

Langdon Court, Devon

Icon 21st December 2012
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About

Langdon Court Hotel and Restaurant is a historic 16th Century grade II listed country house hotel nestled in the South Devon countryside near Plymouth. The Hotel is just a short stroll away from the silvery sandy beaches of Wembury and is surrounded by beautiful grounds and Jacobean gardens.

Only a 15 minute derive to Plymouth City Centre, you can enjoy luxury, history and fine hospitality at a magical country house hotel in Devon. There are a range of beautiful and unique rooms, each individually designed and meticulously planned combining the best of contemporary and classic chic. With stylish soft furnishings all rooms are warm and welcoming and boast complimentary luxurious toiletries, digital TV and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms offer spectacular views overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside and majestic Jacobean gardens.

Restaurants

Choose from two beautiful areas in which to dine for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal in either the a la carte restaurant or the Brasserie Bar. The Hotel possesses a reputation for inventive, delicious and flavoursome food with a refined yet relaxed atmosphere with flawless attentive service. All dishes are made using only the freshest local seafood, organically reared meat and game, with fresh fruit and vegetables in their seasonal prime being drawn from locally and from the traditional kitchen garden. The picturesque setting of Langdon Court, its gardens and woodlands make it a perfect location for any function.

Rooms

Langdon Court Hotel and Restaurant has 16 beautiful bedrooms. Each room is individually designed and meticulously planned combining the best of contemporary and classic chic. With stylish soft furnishings all rooms are warm and welcoming.A range of rooms are available, from singles to doubles and family rooms. All are ensuite and boast complimentary luxurious toiletries, digital freeview tv and free Wi-Fi. Most rooms offer spectacular views overlooking the beautiful surrounding countryside and majestic gardens.

History

Langdon Court Hotel and Restaurant is brimming with extraordinary nautical, military, royal and regal history. Such is its beauty and elegance, it is not surprising that Henry VIII, his last wife Catherine Parr, Elizabeth I, Edward VII and society beauty and actress Lillie Langtry have all graced or resided within the walls of this house, each playing their part in its colourful and dramatic history and heritage.

The house has such a distinguished past, records date back to the Domesday Book. Initially first recordings demonstrate that the manor house was granted to a Norman baron called Jodhel for providing crucial support to King William after the Battle of Hastings. Jodhel in turn granted Langdon to a loyal knight named Walden, through the Pipard family until it was discovered by the reputable Courtenay family of Devon, where it flourished for many years.

This highly respected local family nurtured the house, residing within the estate for nearly 200 years. The last member of the Courtenay family to live in the house was the Marquis of Exeter who unfortunately was dramatically beheaded for treason by Henry VIII in 1539. (probably for his opposition to Henry`s aversion to Catholicism and the creation of the Church of England). Later the house passed to Henry VIII`s widow Catherine Parr.

After Catherine Parr, in 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted Langdon Court to a highly noble and courageous gentleman called Vincent Calmady for his services to the Navy. The Calmadys treasured and enhanced Langdon Court, implementing meticulous and incredibly tasteful building and landscape work, much of which can still be admired today. (When you visit the building, be sure to explore the splendid English Renaissance garden which exudes essences of this glorious past). Langdon Court remained with the Calmady family until 1876 when the last daughters in the family line died.The next family to reside in Langdon Court was the Cory family when Richard Cory purchased the house in 1876. Richard was the son of William Cory , the founder of the highly respectable coal shipping and bunkering firm in London known as Wm Cory and Sons Ltd. During this time, extensive repairs and alterations were made to the house and on many occasions Richard Corey played host to his friend the Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII. The latter often visited with his friend, the society beauty and actress Lillie Langtry.

When Richard Cory died in 1904, Mrs. Kenyon-Slaney bought the house and ten acres of land surrounding it. Mrs. Kenyon-Slaney lived there until the beginning of the Second World War after which the house was used in a protective nature as a children’s convalescent home by Plymouth Council.In 1960 the building was again sold and transformed into the elegant hotel and restaurant we know now.

Today, Langdon Court Hotel and Restaurant is lovingly owned and run by Emma and Geoffrey Ede. Through their respect and understanding of the house and its glorious history, and their embracing of the present, they are ensuring the history and future of Langdon Court will prevail for years to come.