This highly respected local family nurtured the house, residing within the estate for nearly 200 years. The last member of the Courtenay family to live in the house was the Marquis of Exeter who unfortunately was dramatically beheaded for treason by Henry VIII in 1539 (most probably for his opposition to Henry`s aversion to Catholicism and the creation of the Church of England). Later the house passed to Henry VIII`s widow Catherine Parr.
After Catherine Parr, in 1564, Queen Elizabeth I granted Langdon Court to a highly noble and courageous gentleman called Vincent Calmady for his services to the Navy. The Calmadys treasured and enhanced Langdon Court, implementing meticulous and incredibly tasteful building and landscape work, much of which can still be admired today. (When you visit the building, be sure to explore the splendid English Renaissance garden which exudes essences of this glorious past). Langdon Court remained with the Calmady family until 1876 when the last daughters in the family line died.
The next family to reside in Langdon Court was the Cory family when Richard Cory purchased the house in 1876. Richard was the son of William Cory , the founder of the highly respectable coal shipping and bunkering firm in London known as Wm Cory and Sons Ltd. During this time, extensive repairs and alterations were made to the house and on many occasions Richard Cory played host to his friend the Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII. The latter often visited with his friend, the society beauty and actress Lillie Langtry.
When Richard Cory died in 1904, Mrs. Kenyon-Slaney bought the house and ten acres of land surrounding it. Mrs. Kenyon-Slaney lived there until the beginning of the Second World War, after which the house was used in a protective nature as a children’s convalescent home by Plymouth Council.
Today, Langdon Court Hotel, Restaurant and Vineyard is proudly owned and run by The Carlauren Group. Through their respect of the house, understanding of the hotel industry and its glorious history, as well as their embracing of the present, they are ensuring the history and future of Langdon Court will prevail for years to come.