I wish I could have arrived at Langdon Hall in a horse drawn carriage. This 25,000 square foot Cambridge, Ontario estate is a well-preserved, and functioning no less, historical gem. This grand property, now a hotel and spa, was once the summer estate of Eugene Langdon Wilks (1855-1934), son of Matthew Wilks and Eliza Astor Langdon, while he and his wife Pauline Wilks (née Kingsmill) spent their winters abroad.
|Greeted in the foyer by a cheery fireplace, one of 63 wood-burning fireplaces throughout the property.|
|One of my favourite features of the house is the octagon balcony above one's head in the foyer.|
After Pauline died in 1914 of cancer, Wilks married Marguerite Briquet and had three children.
|The Red Room, what used to be the Ladies Parlor, hangs a portrait of the last Wilks descendent to reside in Langdon Hall.|
|The distinct feature of the Red Room is the domed ceiling, which was designed for whispers to be heard across the room.|
When the house was bought by in 1987 by the current owners, William Bennett and Mary Beaton, the property was in a state of disarray. William, an architect, and Mary renovated the property over a year and half, and several new additions were added on.
|The newly added Sunroom.|
|Exposed brick in the Sunroom.|
|The Billiards Room, complete with an historical map of the local counties.|
Langdon Hall has hosted movie sets (Conrad Black) and magazine shoots (Style at Home's November issue, all wreath's were shot here).
|Langdon Hall serves traditional tea here every Friday and Saturday afternoon. So classy, I love it.|
Langdon Hall has been a member of the prestigious hotel group, Relais & Châteaux since 1991.
|The very sleek-and-chic bar.|
|On the wall in the bar proudly hangs pictures handed down by the Wilks family.|
Famous guests who have stayed here include the cast of Red (2010), while they were filming next door.
|Guest Suite, one of 52 on the property|
Langdon Hall is also home to fine dining, being awarded the Five Diamond Award from AAA/CAA
|Lovely ceiling details, which were refurbished and brought back to all it's former glory.|
When preparing his menu, Grand Chef Jonathan Gushue and his culinary staff head to the garden.
See more about Langdon Hall here.
I'll be joining in the fun at Type A: Anything Goes and No Minimalist Here: Open House linky parties this week.