The Journal team heads for a weekend of rural pursuits at historic country house hotel, Langrish House, in Hampshire’s Meon Valley.


“The family archives paint a wonderful picture of a jolly bustling life centred around horses, dogs and country pursuits,” says Nigel Talbot-Ponsonby of family life at Langrish in the 1800s. “There were music recitals, plays, croquet games, huge house parties, hunting and great celebrations such as Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, when canons were fired from the lawn!” he adds.

Nigel & Robina Talbot-Ponsonby

The family archives paint a wonderful picture of a jolly bustling life centred around horses, dogs and country pursuits. There were music recitals, plays, croquet games, huge house parties, hunting and great celebrations such as Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, when canons were fired from the lawn!

Nigel Talbot-Ponsonby

The house itself is largely Victorian, although parts of it date back to the early 1600s, and it has been under careful stewardship of the Talbot-Ponsonby family on and off since 1839. In fact, when the house passed out of the family in 1972, it took 25 years for current custodians, Nigel and Robina to buy it back. Since then it has been transformed into the traditional, family-run establishment it is today.

A weekend at Langrish House boasts warm hospitality, first-rate food and an exquisite setting. Pack your Ettinger weekend bag and head to Hampshire for a weekend away from the stresses and strains of city life.

 

Book a visit to this beautiful dog friendly hotel for the Festive Holidays: www.langrishhouse.co.uk