The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel


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 hotel’s interior design carefully balances the history of the estate with contemporary luxury, with imposing doorways and Baroque fireplaces found throughout the property. Guestrooms and suites also feature elegant roll-top baths as a centrepiece, with expansive windows framing views of the surrounding greenery and open lake.

Additional facilities include a signature restaurant Cedar, The Churchill bar offering cocktails, cognac and cigars, as well as a Lounge serving afternoon tea. The property’s original winter garden has also been refurbished and reconfigured to create a backdrop for weddings.

The lighting principles were set out early in the project due to the historic listing of the property the use of FF&E lighting played a key part of the scheme, coupled with low level lighting integrated into furniture. The intention was to highlight the carefully restored architectural features, create focal points of interest as well as providing a functional level of light.

Elsewhere, 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 International
Project Manager: BTP Group
Architect: Gibberd
Interior Designer: Dennis Irvine Studio
Landscape Consultants: Colvin and Moggridge
Photography: James Balston Photography
dpa Project Team: Nick Hoggett, Ian Clarke and Stephanie Harris