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Longlands

We say

Bella, Bugsie and the kids left London two years ago to set up their perfect glamping location, and their beautiful site, Longlands, is the result. They had some very specific requirements when searching for their ideal location: they wanted it to be conveniently close to the sea (to be able to sneak in a lunchtime surf), have breathtaking views and plenty of space to create the ultimate rural retreat. And this delightful destination on the western border of Exmoor, five minutes from the coastal village of Combe Martin, pretty much ticks all the boxes. The accommodation here is as picturesque as the surroundings. Five thoughtfully positioned safari tents (each sleeping six) come furnished with vintage leather sofas, luxurious linen and a blanket box filled with family-friendly games. At the heart of each identical lodge is a fully-equipped kitchen with a wood-burning stove, keeping the cosy interior warm in all weathers whilst also providing a means of cooking. Not only that, each country-inspired abode has its very own shower room (and separate en-suite), with flushing loo and basin, plus a wide range of natural aromatherapy products. After spending a memorable day exploring North Devon and its many delights (Exmoor in one direction, and the fabulous beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde in the other), Longlands is a comforting enclave to return to each night. Bella and Bugsie have done their hosting homework, pre-empting every need with the ‘Longlands Larder’, stocked with hard-to-resist, local produce (milk, jam, chutney and cheese) 24 hours a day. Guests can also dine on their private barbecue, overlooking the sheltered valley and rolling hills all the way to the sea. Allow your days to float by effortlessly, whilst enjoying the simplicity of field living – albeit in a luxury canvas lodge. And just in case you don't believe us, you can see it all here

They say

Each of our five luxurious Safari Lodges sleeps 6 people, and up to 2 dogs in a King Bedroom, a Twin Bedroom and a Double Cabin Bed. Each lodge has its own en-suite shower room and separate en-suite wash room, with flushing loo and basin.  We have tried to think of everything that you will need for your stay so you should only have to bring your clothes.  See the Longlands List for details. Or if you prefer order a meal from the Longlands Menu or visit our on site Larder shop for ice cream, snacks, cheeses, chutneys, chocolates and much more.  We also have games and lots of activities for kids big and small!

Unplug, Reconnect, Revive: Glamping at its very best!

The local area

Nestling in a private secluded valley, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the western border of Exmoor, overlooking the North Devon coast, lie our five fully equipped, beautifully furnished luxury safari lodges: Lundy, Lee, Luscombe, Lynton and Lynmouth. 

We have 17 acres of beautiful rolling countryside for you to enjoy at Longlands including a lakeside meadow, perfect for rounders, ancient woods to explore and streamside walks to wander along.  We even have our own boating lake complete with our boats Oxford & Cambridge so you can enjoy your very own boat race.  The lake is also stocked with rainbow trout and you are welcome to borrow one of our rods and try to catch your own supper!  

Why stay with us?

Sit back. Put your feet up. Pour a glass of wine. Watch the sun set over the sea and glint off the lake. Rummage through the Games Trunk. Rediscover the fun of Monopoly, Scrabble and Uno. Enjoy a candlelit dinner as a family. Swap stories and share discoveries from the day. Bask in the warmth of the wood burning stove. Wash away the cares of the day in your own private Shower Cabin within the lodge. Be mesmerised by the flames of your campfire. Spot a shooting star. Snuggle down under a thick duvet. Enjoy the feel of luxurious White Company Egyptian Cotton. Warm your toes on a hot water bottle. Wake up to the sounds of bird song. Enjoy an invigorating cup of freshly ground coffee. Thumb through the Longlands Book of Adventures packed with things to do and places to go. Head off to create lasting memories.

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What to expect?

Blissful tranquillity in 17 acres of beautiful rolling countryside overlooking the North Devon coast.

How much?

Midweek breaks (Mon–Fri) start at £525, weekends (Fri–Mon) £545.

When?

Mid March to the beginning of November.

How do I get there?

From Junction 27 of the M5: follow the A361 (towards Barnstable), continue over next 2 roundabouts, staying on A361. At the fourth roundabout (Aller Dean) take third exit onto the A399 to Combe Martin. Turn right off the A399 (to Trentishoe and Hunters Inn) and continue past this turning and Moorish Farm Shop on the right. Go slowly as Longlands is the very next right, after the large white road sign on the left, around the blind corner, opposite a converted Chapel. If you pass left hand turnings to Barnstaple & Woolacombe, you have just gone past us. If in doubt call Bella (07798 526133) or Pam (07786 413316).

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