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The Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth.

Langtry Manor.

Langtry Manor: Love nest of Edward VII.

Former love nest of Edward VII.

This elegant hotel in Bournemouth was built in 1877 by Edward VII as a love nest for his mistress Lillie Langtry. It is said to be haunted by her, and it is possible to book stays on this basis!

The blue plaque visible in this photograph reads: ‘Langtry Manor Hotel. Built 1877 as the Red House for the Socialite, Beauty and Actress Lillie Langtry “The Jersey Lillie” (1853-1929). Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) provided this residence, to which he was a frequent visitor.

Although it has now been converted into a hotel, the building retains much of the opulence that one would expect of a building of this heritage. The main dining room still sports the Minstrels’ Gallery. The staff will also happily point out treasures of the building’s history.

The building was apparently designed by Lillie herself, and balconied bedrooms, carved fireplaces and other artefacts still remain very much in evidence. It is possible to stay in “heritage bedrooms”, and take yourself back to a byegone era…

Further reading: Langtry Manor Hotel Website.

Photograph Details

  • Taken: 16 Mar 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/5.6
  • 1/60 Sec
  • ISO 100

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