Indulge in luxury and the beauty of nature at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa.

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Upon driving onto the grounds of Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa, I immediately felt like I'd entered another time and place, one in which the beauty of nature influences our daily lives and a time when luxury reigned supreme in everything from daily meals to leisure time. Situated on an estate of 75 acres of woodlands and stunning gardens, Langdon Hall still carries the Old World character that allows guests to fully escape the hustle and bustle of urban life in the nearby town of Cambridge, Ontario.

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The exquisite mix of antiques, historical artifacts and rich traditional decor throughout the main house makes a stay at Langdon Hall something memorable and reminiscent of Victorian novels. Each of the 60 guest rooms in either the main house, cloister building or stable wing of the home features a perfect sitting room, woodburning fireplace, feather top beds and a beautiful bathroom with a walk-in shower and soaker tub. Meals in the main dining room and the Wilks' Bar feature local gourmet cuisine with a farm-to-table feel. There’s simply nothing that the owners haven’t forgotten to include in the overall Langdon retreat.

Langdon Hall History

Learning the human history behind this beautiful 19th-century American-style home makes the visit that much more enjoyable. Here’s how this charming country house hotel was born:
- Cruickston Park was bought by New Yorker Matthew Wilks in 1858 and used as a summer home for him and his wife, Eliza Astor Langdon, and their seven children. Wilks expanded the property until it grew to 1,000 acres.
- At age 37, Eugene Langdon Wilks, the youngest of Matthew’s seven children, returned to the home after working abroad and married.
- Catherine, one of the three Wilks daughters, lived in the home after her mother passed away with her husband until 1980.
- In 1982, the couple sold the home with 32 acres of the land.
- Finally, in 1987, William Bennett and Mary Beaton purchased the property and Langdon Hall and built it into the magnificent country house we see today.

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Fully Turn Off and Relax in the New Spa

For the past year and a half, Langdon Hall has undergone some exciting renovations to add to the already-gorgeous accommodations and grounds. The latest addition to the estate hotel includes a larger event venue space for up to 120 guests, larger meeting rooms, eight luxe guest rooms and the serene new spa (what we’re most excited about!). Now located in the cloister building, the larger and improved spa space features 12 treatment rooms, four pedicure and three manicure stations, allowing spa director Julie Simcox to perform 19 services at one time at full capacity.

Simcox, who has been with Langdon Hall for eight years, says that the new space is much more conducive to an unplugged spa experience. "A lot of thought process went into the flow of the new spa space” to ensure that spa traffic didn’t impact the quiet and peaceful experience that guests want. “Years ago, spa services were seen as a luxury, but now people make it a necessity for any overnight getaway,” says Simcox.

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The new Langdon Hall spa responds to this demand with ease. When guests book a spa treatment, they gain full access to all spa amenities which include the coed eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool and sauna, in addition to the tea room and lounge nestled in a quiet nook upstairs with comfortable sofa loungers and complimentary tea and snacks.

Relish in the Ritualistic Signature Facials

Known for its signature facials, the spa offers ritualistic facial experiences that are either 55 minutes ($135) or 85 minutes ($245) in length. Each facial uses the Valmont skin-care line, which is known for its potent actives and anti-aging benefits. The facials offer a unique experience that incorporates the signature Valmont butterfly massage technique to boost skin circulation and hydration, offer the priceless human touch factor and also help push on the body’s lymph system and round out the beauty benefits with health benefits. If there were one word to describe the facials, it would be heaven! In addition to the facial massage and traditional cleansing, exfoliation and hydrating steps, the facials feature a dreamy shoulder and décolleté massage, melt-worthy hand and arm massages and an out-of-thisworld scalp massage.

Plans for the spa’s offerings will continue to evolve as Simcox and her team settle into the new space. She hopes to include group meditation classes, trail walks and other spa treatments that draw on the strengths and wellness benefits of the natural landscape surrounding Langdon Hall’s gorgeous grounds.

5 Things to Do at Langdon Hall

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If you’re not into the spa, there is plenty to do when visiting Langdon Hall this summer.

1. Explore more than 10 kilometres of walking and biking trails and enjoy the beautiful features of the landscape, such as the lily pond and gardens.

2. Swim in the outdoor heated pool and soak up the sun in the tanning area.

3. Get active on the tennis and basketball courts or play croquet.

4. Enjoy a guided tour through the beautifully manicured gardens and get tips from the head gardener.

5. Forage for wild vegetation in the surrounding Carolinian forest with Chef Jason Bangerter or schedule a wine tasting.