Langar Hall – Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Langar Hall is Imogen Skirving. The stuccoed, apricot-washed Georgian house, reached by an avenue of limes, has been in her family since 1860. Gradually, Imogen transformed her home into an instantly likeable hotel that mixes character with style (English, with a strong dash of India, with which she has close ties) to perfection.

Imogen has a word for everyone, her key staff echo her warmth, and children are welcome. The 13 bedrooms are all different, all adorable, while the heart of the hotel – literally, in the middle of the house, set back from the flagstone hall – is the restaurant with its reputation for unpretentious, good food (classic English with a twist).

Langar Hall stands in the Vale of Belvoir, next to the village church, surrounded by a mature garden and overlooking medieval carp ponds. ‘When people ask me about having strangers in my house,’ says Imogen, ‘I simply say that I love it.’ When she took over, her aim was to allow this magical place to survive into the 21st century. In doing so, she has created something that is now almost unique.

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