The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Buckinghamshire, UK


The Langley is a grand country manor hotel sitting in a former royal hunting ground and with landscaping originally designed by England’s greatest gardener, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  Located in the Langley Park estate, a 40-minute drive from the capital, the hotel comprises two buildings – a historic mansion once the former estate of the Duke of Marlborough, and a Grade II-listed 18th century building formerly used as a stables and brew house. The hotel’s boutique selection of 41 exquisite rooms and suites are designed by Dennis Irvine Studio with the height of sophistication and refinement in mind.

dpa were commissioned with designing the lighting for all public front of house and guest areas as well as all external lighting to both the buildings and landscaping. Closely working alongside the interior designers; Dennis Irvine Studio, architects; Gibberd and landscape designers; Colvin and Moggridge to achieve a comprehensive and coherent scheme when moving throughout the property.

The Langley Spa, a state of the art subterranean 2,500sqm world-class wellness centre features an indoor pool, thermal areas, hammams, relaxation lounges and five expansive treatment rooms. A specially designed fitness suite by leading personal trainer and author, Matt Roberts with technologically advanced systems and equipment.

As a brand new facility, the spa did not have the same heritage listing restrictions as the other areas of the property do, and as such a considered approach creates a calming environment that pays homage to the adjacent Palladian mansion with a contemporary twist. As a subterranean space, the artificial lighting is more crucial than ever in creating a suitable environment. The use of concealed light sources, warm colour temperatures and a sophisticated lighting control system ensures the guest experience is second to none.

Owner: City and Country Hotels
Operator: Marriott Luxury Collection
Project Manager: BTP Group
Architect: Gibberd
Interior Designer: Dennis Irvine Studio
Landscape Consultants: Colvin and Moggridge
Photography: James Balston Photography