The first hotel we stayed at on the tour was the Langshott Manor in Horley, which is close to Gatwick airport. I took the Gatwick Express from London, and then took a cab to the hotel. Easy to get there!
Langshott Manor was built in 1580 and is a typical Elizabethan country manor house. It has been owned by many people over the years, and was shelter for evacuees during World War II. After the war, until the 1980s the manor house remained empty. In 1987 the Noble family bought the property and restored some of the older features. In October 1997, Langshott was purchased by the Alexander Hotels family, and they have spent the last 20 years restoring it to its former glory.
It is amazing because so much of the original house remains! The windows are original, the doors are original, the woodwork is original, and there are fireplaces everywhere. I was totally in awe when I walked in the door and realized I would be staying there for 3 nights. There were many small rooms throughout the bottom floor which were the original public rooms. My room was on the second floor, at the top of the main staircase, and overlooked the garden. By the second day I had decided I really had to return to England for the All England Tour Pt II.