Cambridge, Ontario has its own stately home.

Some people may not know that we have our own stately home right here in southwest Ontario. Langdon Hall, Cambridge, was built as a summer home in 1898 by a member of the Astor Family. In 1987 it was purchased by a local family who fulfilled their dream of a creating a Country House Hotel. Now Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa is one of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Group of luxury hotels and the place to indulge for a Weekend getaway, Spa day, Afternoon tea, or just enjoy a cocktail on the lovely terrace or a leisurely walk in the magnificent grounds with several well marked trails.

I recently visited for Afternoon tea which is served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months. In our best bib and tucker for the occasion, as we drove up the long winding drive the elegant home came in to view across a wide expanse of lawn. It looks much as it did when it was a family home, a colonial style home modelled on similar era homes in New England, with antiques and fine paintings throughout. In the dining room overlooking the terrace and lily pond, gleaming white tablecloths and silver awaited our arrival. Soon we were offered a large choice of specialty teas, I chose my favourite Darjeeling, but the highlight was freshly baked warm berry scones dripping with jam and clotted cream. We had to leave room for the next course, fancy mini pastries with interesting fillings, featuring egg salad, salmon and mushroom, followed by an assortment of fancy petit fours and tasty dessert bars. It was a feast for the eyes and taste buds, in lovely surroundings, and is highly recommended for a special summer outing.

Langdon Hall also has excellent Spa facilities, 54 luxury guest rooms and an award winning diningroom, which features home grown produce from the property when possible. It is an oasis of elegance and charm, only one hour from Toronto and well worth the drive.

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