Presenter, model and former Made In Chelsea star, Ashley James decided to take an impromptu mini break with her Toy Poodle Snoop and boyfriend Matt to Nottingham’s Langar Hall. Read about about their rural adventure below.
When my boyfriend Matt told me he’d be away on tour for five days up in Nottinghamshire, I decided Snoop and I should come with him for a mini break. The worry was, how on earth would we find somewhere that was affordable and would allow Snoop to stay?
That’s when I came across PetsPyjamas, and thank goodness I did. I got in touch two days before we wanted to go away asking if they could help me find somewhere and they got back to me a few hours later with a selection of places. I had a look at the locations and prices and decided to settle on Langar Hall – a big country house outside of the city and only a half hour drive from each of Matt’s gigs.
As our first experience travelling somewhere with Snoop we couldn’t have asked for anything more. From the moment we arrived at Langar Hall Snoop was welcome everywhere, and the staff fell in love with him and treated him like another guest. In fact the only person unhappy with Snoop’s arrival was Langar Hall’s cat, who made her disapproval very clear through hisses and an arched back when Snoop naively went to go play with her.
Snoop loved exploring the huge grounds, and there were no parts of the house he was not allowed to venture.
Because we booked through PetsPyjamas they posted a pet travel package which was an incredible surprise when it arrived at breakfast on Thursday morning. The parcel contains a bandana, dog treats, a foldable dog bowl (which came in very handy), a toy and a ball amongst other treats. Snoop couldn’t have loved the toys more! It was such a nice touch and something PetsPyjamas do for anyone who books a pet-friendly holiday through them.
We set off on Wednesday afternoon and had to go straight to Matt’s gig in Mansfield. On the way to the hotel at about 8:30pm we received a phone call to ask what time we were expecting to arrive as they were shutting the kitchen at 9pm and would keep food for us if we wanted any later. Having grown up in my parent’s guest house from the age of six years old, I take customer service very seriously, and as far as first impressions go that phone call blew me away.
From the moment we stepped out the car I fell in love with Langar Hall. It’s no surprise that it’s been voted Britain’s Best Rural Hotel.
From the moment we entered Langar Hall the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating, we honestly couldn’t have been made to feel more at home, especially with our puppy. They were warm and helpful and it came across in a very genuine way. The manners of the staff were impeccable, but they still maintained a friendly and chatty tone so nothing felt still or forced. We spent a lot of time with the owner, Imogen, who is an incredible and friendly lady.
There are twelve rooms in Langar Hall and two outside chalets, Agnews and the Pod, which are situated on the croquet lawn at the back of the house. On Wednesday and Thursday we stayed in Brownlow, a large suite in the house. I was shocked when the door opened and we were shown in – the room itself is bigger than our London flat. It boasts a large bedroom, a smaller room (which we used as Snoop’s room!), and an en suite bathroom with a small bathtub.
On the Friday night the house was hired by a wedding party, but Imogen kindly allowed us to stay in Agnews, the larger chalet house (she actually gave us a choice). The chalet is a room with a small bathroom and was lovely, although I’m so glad I got to experience Agnews, it was magical. Not only did Snoop get to play outdoors, there was a veranda where we ate and sipped Prosecco. It was far enough from the main house that the wedding noise was a distant hum, and I could play music on the porch without having to worry about disturbing anyone. It was bliss.
I loved the food Langar provided. Breakfast is included with the room and although not fancy, it was classic and delicious. That said, it finished at 9:30, which was a struggle for Matt who was working late every night, but the moment we stepped downstairs we were greeted by such warm staff it made getting out of bed worthwhile.
The lunch and evening meal was much fancier. The portions are so big that you left feeling satisfied, unlike other fancy establishments. On Friday we decided to venture into the local town for lunch and Imogen recommended we try Picture Cafe in Bingham. We were not disappointed with her recommendation.
I’m genuinely gutted our stay at Langar Hall has come to an end, we couldn’t have asked for more. As I said, I’ve grown up in a five star guest house since the age of six years old so I have incredibly high standards and expectations and Langar Hall and its impressive staff blew us away. If anyone is looking for a venue for a birthday, wedding, or mini break where their furry friend can join in the fun then I couldn’t recommend it more highly. A lovely and beautiful place to stay without any of the pretentiousness. I’d definitely stay here again.