I’ve got sheep on the brain — and for good reason. I’m taking a trip to the UK at the end of the month, and I can’t wait! I’m going to Manchester and then heading to Scotland. I’m still trying to figure out my itinerary to Scotland, but I know that I’m sure to encounter at least some sheep. I took the sheep photo above when I was in Nottinghamshire on a Robin Hood—themed trip last March. These sheep were hanging out in front of Langar Hall, a country-estate-turned-hotel that’s right out of a movie.
Langar Hall’s cheerful reddish-orange facade provided the perfect contrast to the gray sky. Inside is just as cheery, as most of the rooms have whimsical Louise Brody wallpaper.The owner/manager of the hotel, Imogen Skirving, grew up in this house and turned it into a hotel. We had the chance to get to chat with her during tea, and she was the consummate charming host. All told, it was the quintessential English experience I had been hoping for.
As incredible as those scones were, my favorite part was the sheep. A sheep pasture welcomes you as you approach the hotel. Then, behind the hotel is a cordoned off area where the lambs are raised. One highlight was seeing the lambs being fed bottles of milk. (One lowlight was later finding out that these lambs will appear on the menu in the not-so-distant future.)
Bordered by open fields and a landscaped park, Langar Hall has a gorgeous countryside setting that feels very remote even though the city of Nottingham is only 12 miles away. Nottingham is great little city, with a charming historic center and, of course, the famous Nottingham Castle. In the greater Nottingham area is the world-famous Sherwood Forest (complete with the legendary Major Oak). There’s also the less-known Rufford Abbey — be forewarned that these stunning ruins are haunted.
Enjoy the photos below of Langar Hall, the surround grounds and the tea. Revisiting these pictures is making me even more excited for my upcoming UK trip. And looking at the decadent tea we had is just making me hungry…
Comped but never compromised: I went on a complimentary press trip with Visit Britain, but I am free to write whatever I like.