A TYNEDALE castle has been named the most romantic hotel in the country by a leading magazine.

Readers of Luxury Lifestyle magazine chose Langley Castle as their winner, with the hotel fending off competition from 29 other hotels to take home the coveted prize.

The castle, which has been a hotel since 1986, also came second in the ‘best boutique hotel’ category, against 20 other hotels.

Langley’s general manager Carla Robinson said: “We are ecstatic at having been named most romantic hotel.

“The fact that it was the love of our customers that brought this award to our door, through public votes, is even more special. Coming second in the UK’s ‘best boutique hotel’ category is a further endorsement of the memorable experience we offer to our guests.”

The castle now believes it will attract more couples looking to get married at a castle, with a boon already under way following the royal wedding.

Carla added: “We are finding that couples are shunning weddings in manufactured environments and looking for a venue with authenticity, classic style and sense of place within the landscape.

“They are also wanting to personalise the wedding in unique ways, rather than doing what everyone else has done, setting the trend, rather than following it.”