Langar Hall – Langar, Nottingham
Thirty years ago, when Imogen Skirving opened the doors to her apricot-washed Georgian house, she dreamt that people would feel as if they were in a home from home. Fast forward to today and Imogen’s granddaughter, Lila, who took up the mantle aged 22, is staying true to her grandmother’s vision. Set at the end of a lime tree avenue, this country oasis combines the charm and quiet eccentricity of an English country home with just the right amount of modern. The stylish bedrooms are a fine example – book the super cosy Nursery, once the night nursery, with its rolling views down to the water, or bed down in The Agnews Chalet on the Croquet Lawn with its own veranda. The food (‘classic English with a twist’) is equally cossetting, cooked with love by long-standing executive chef Gary Booth. Local produce is the big thing, with dishes such as Blackberry farm beef, ox cheek, turnip, horseradish and salsa verde. And, to top it off, the staff are fantastic, headed up by brilliant general managers Ben Rivett and Michael Addison.
Doubles from £135
+44 (0)1949 860559; langarhall.com