Once upon a time, The Langham Nymphenburg Residence had royal neighbours. The 18th-century cavalier’s lodge is one of ten Baroque mansions encircling the Nyphenburg Palace – the Bavarian Royal Family’s favoured summer residence with a façade as wide as Versailles. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the Residence has been transformed into a luxurious, private retreat for up to 12 guests.
Inside, there are four spacious bedrooms (including one for children), seven bathrooms, three separate living areas, and a private spa. Interiors are classic yet modern and showcase the works of another famous neighbour: the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg. Established in 1747, this is the last factory in the world to make porcelain entirely by hand, and the Residence possesses a veritable treasure trove of bespoke pieces created for each of its rooms.
The floral-and-blush Ladies Room, for example, is inspired by birds and so is decorated with porcelain songbirds contained in vintage Parisian birdcage. The Gentlemen’s Room, meanwhile, has a canine inclination, with handcrafted dogs interspersed between olive green armchairs and golden shelves.
Three comfortable lounges offer ample space for relaxation; the best of which has a five-metre ceiling and impeccable views of the Nymphenburg Palace. On the top floor, a huge boardroom is bookended by a plush cinema room and blue-and-white Royal Bavarian Spa.
For entertaining, a monochromatic dining room has seats for 12 guests – 14, if you include the pair of Damien Hirst sculptures poised on either side of the door. A marble-and-azure kitchen can accommodate a further 30 people, with doors opening directly to the majolica terrace. Here, fountains, columns and parrot sculptures create an almost Mediterranean atmosphere – perfect for summer entertaining.
Whilst it may be tempting to stay within the palace grounds, a good selection of hospitality experiences are managed by the Langham London. One could take in the surrounding castles – including the world-famous Neuschwanstein – via a private tour or helicopter flight; have the Langham’s Chef de Cuisine give them a private culinary tour of the colourful Viktualienmarktet; or reserve a hard-to-book table at three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Atelier.
Or, closer to the Residence, guests can attend a private tour of the neighbouring porcelain factory. Here, they can paint their own piece of Bavarian porcelain – the perfect souvenir from a relaxing, royal retreat.