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Longlands Glamping

UK England South West England Devon Ilfracombe

  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury safari tent glamping in a class all of its own, set in a North Devon valley with breathtaking views all the way to the coast

Armed with little more than a collection of Cool Camping guidebooks and their cherished 1965 Splittie, Bella, Bugsie and the kids hit the open road with a view to permanently escaping the hustle and bustle of London. Over the course of three years, the family travelled up to the Outer Hebrides (twice!), down to Devon, took weekend trips to the New Forest, and enjoyed a wonderful summer travelling through France, all the while making notes describing what made each site special and contemplating the idea of opening their very own glamping getaway.

When the family decided to leave London in November 2010, they began looking for a location with some very specific requirements: conveniently close to the sea (to be able to sneak in a lunchtime surf!), breathtaking views and plenty of space to create the ultimate rural retreat. Months passed before Bella and Bugsie locked eyes on a delightful destination on the western border of Exmoor, and only five minutes from the picturesque coastal village of Combe Martin. In July 2012, that destination became Longlands – and we think you’ll love it...

The accommodation at Longlands is as equally picturesque as its natural surroundings. Five thoughtfully positioned safari tents (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 finished there, 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. Skip down the path to the luxury hot tub area, too, and you'll truly learn the meaning of relaxation.

After spending a memorable day exploring North Devon and its many delights, Longlands is a comforting enclave to return to each night. Bella and Bugsie have done their hosting homework, pre-empting every need. The ‘Longlands Larder’ is testimony to that, with hard-to-resist, local produce (milk, jam, chutney and cheese) stocked 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.

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Facilities

Safari lodges each house a king bedroom, twin bedroom and a double cabin bed (all bedding and towels provided). There's a wood burning stove, small gas ring, sink, cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and all kitchen essentials provided, including fresh herbs and condiments. Vintage leather Chesterfield sofa and blanket box, filled with games. En-suite shower rooms and separate en-suite wash room with flushing loo and basin. Hot water for the shower, sink and basin is provided by a wood-burning boiler. A range of natural aromatherapy bathroom products, including: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and all the basic essentials are provided. Large deck area at the front of the lodge with sofa, table and chairs (fabulous views over the lake and valley), private BBQ with fire bowl and a bench. Charcoal and marshmallows are available from the larder shop and a BBQ hamper can be ordered from the menu. Separate hot tub (£60 per hour) for 6 people just away form the lodges with its own changing room and outdoor shower, complete with natural aromatherapy shower gel and shampoo.

Suitable For

Glampers, families, couples, groups (of up to 30) and dogs (max 2 per lodge) – yes. Tents, caravans, motorhomes – no.

Nearby

There’s no better way to experience Exmoor than, well, Experience Exmoor (01271 889316). Discover the region's wildlife, stunning scenery and learn the history of the area. Meet the real 'Beast of Exmoor’, be a keeper for the day, or feed the lemurs, meerkats and penguins at Exmoor Zoo (01598 763352). Discover a house full of treasures and secrets, spy on rare horseshoe bats and enjoy a carriage ride, all at the Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum (01271 850296). The Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Combe Martin (01271 882486) is only 2 miles from Longlands. Visitors can swim with sea lions, feed the lions, shadow a keeper, or fly a bird of prey. Take a short trip (5 miles) to Watermouth Castle Theme Park (01271 867474) and descend into the dungeons, get lost in a maze and marvel at the Watershow Extravaganza. For all you budding artists, indulge your creative side at Paint a Pot Studios in Braunton (01271 813999). Take some time out to create a ceramic masterpiece; they will even post your creation home to you once it has been glazed and fired. Dulverton and Dunster are very pretty villages within Exmoor. Their charming boutiques, pubs and coffee shops, make both well worth a visit.

Food & Drink

The 'Longlands Larder' is a 24 hour onsite shop. It has all the essentials such as butter, milk, jam, chutney, cheese and many not so essentials (crisps, nuts, olives, and chocolates). Longlands can also cater for every meal of your stay, should you wish to try their freshly baked bread and pastries, pies and pasties, suppers and desserts. The site also has a licence and can provide local ciders, beers and wines. The Fox & Goose in Parracombe (01598 763239) is the nearest pub to Longlands (4 miles). It serves great food, has a wonderful atmosphere and is a favourite with locals. Enjoy lunch with a view at the new Exmoor Pavilion (01598 751064) on the sea front at Lynmouth, next to the Cliff Railway. Combe Martin (3 miles) has some excellent places to eat, including The George & Dragon (01271 882282), a 400 year old tavern that now houses the family friendly Quackers Restaurant. The Pack O' Cards (01271 882300) is another top choice, with good food and tasty cream teas. The Focsle (01271 883354) and The Castle Inn (01271 883706) should be high on the list for ale lovers. For something a bit special head over to Ilfracombe and dine alongside original artworks by British artist Damien Hirst at The Quay (01271 868090). Renowned for its fresh, locally-sourced produce, dishes are simply presented from a menu that takes inspiration from classic British & European cuisine.

Opening Times

Mid March–early November.

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Accommodation

5 fully equipped luxury Safari lodges (sleeping 6)

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Location

Contact Longlands Glamping, Longlands Farm, Coulsworthy, Combe Martin, North Devon EX34 0PD

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Getting 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).

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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