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. They've recently won their sixth Gold award at the SouthWest Tourism Awards for 'Best Glamping site in the SouthWest'!
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. They also have a beautiful hot tub on its own terrace, with its own changing room and outdoor shower, and with views out across the valley and towards the sea and setting sun. 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.
The Owner Says
Best glamping in Devon, the Southwest and one of the top 3 in the country!
Five luxurious safari lodges
Nestling is a secret valley, overlooking the North Devon coast, on the western border of Exmoor National Park and only 20 minutes from the ‘Best Beach in Britain’!
Every detail considered, nothing overlooked, everything included! Each lodge sleeps up to 6 people and we are happy to welcome up to 2 dogs.
From firewood to fizz, coffee to conditioner, lemons to loo paper: we have tried to think of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. You should only have to bring clothes and a toothbrush.
Glamping with hot tub
Enjoy a soak in our cedar wood hot tub. Situated on its own deck with private changing room, overlooking the lake and out towards the setting sun.
Our favourite spot
Uno! Check Mate! Triple Word Score! World Domination!
Put away the gadgets and enjoy a game of Monopoly, Scrabble or Uno! The blanket box, filled with our favourite games, and the three-seater leather vintage chesterfield sofa provide entertainment and comfort, whilst you bask in the warmth of the wood burner.
Wash away the cares of the day
Each lodge has its own en-suite shower room and separate en-suite wash room. Hot water for the shower, sink and basin is provided by a wood-burning boiler, that also ensures the shower room is warm as toast! We provide all your bath linen, plus a gorgeous range of natural aromatherapy bathroom products.
A great night’s sleep
Snuggle into a warm bed and under a thick duvet. Enjoy the feel of luxurious White Company Egyptian Cotton bed linen. Be lulled to sleep by the babble of the stream, the wind in the trees. Breathe in that fresh air and sleep soundly. Sweet dreams!
The local area
We have 17 acres of beautiful countryside for you to enjoy at Longlands, including meadows, ancient woods and streamside walks to discover and explore. We even have our own boating lake, complete with our boats Oxford and Cambridge, so you can enjoy your very own boat race. There is also a football goal, cricket net, table tennis, giant chess, a netball hoop and a basket ball hoop. So score a goal, hit a run, shoot a hoop or check mate!
So many adventures to be had
Meet the Beast of Exmoor. Swim with Sea Lions. Spot red deer. Meet Exmoor ponies. Walk on golden sands. Surf some waves. Leap into the sea. Go rock pooling. Count the wild goats in the Valley of the Rocks. Climb the coastal paths.
The Longlands Large Book of Adventures in each lodge is filled with enough ideas to fill a month, never mind a weekend!
Best local places to eat and drink
Take time out from cooking
Let us cook for you: freshly baked bread and pastries, pies and pasties, scrumptious suppers and delicious desserts. Just place your order by 8pm the night before and collect from the Larder Shop the next day.
Simply delicious made deliciously simple!
Eat at the best in the southwest: the Coach House by Michael Caines at the Kentisbury Grange won best restaurant in the southwest and is just 2 miles away!
Thomas Carr has a Michelin star for his restaurant, The OIive Room in Ilfracombe and & Noel Corston's tasting menus are sublime! We have a long list of favourites that we will share with you when you come and stay!
Why stay with us?
We think our guests say it best: "Absolute perfection – beautiful, comfortable – extraordinary mix of luxury and simplicity all in a setting of incomparable beauty. An inspiration."
The perfect romantic escape for couples
An opportunity to reconnect with family & friends
Perfect for parties of up to 30
5 fully equipped luxury Safari lodges (sleeping 6)
Midweek breaks (Mon–Fri) start at £525, weekends (Fri–Mon) £545.
Mid-March to the beginning of November.
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 and Woolacombe, you have just gone past. If in doubt call Bella (07798 526133) or Pam (07786 413316).
The nearest train station is Barnstaple (12 miles), however train routes and connections often make Tiverton Parkway a more convenient station, even though its 40 miles away. If coming from Barnstaple, the Filers 309 Bus stops at Easter Close Cross, practically at the end of the drive. If coming from Tiverton, Andy's Cabs (07920 032293), based in Combe Martin can take you. For parties of more than 10, you’re best booking a mini bus from Mark Booker (01271 883711).
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