This was the first holiday for my wife and I as a couple since the birth of our first child over 28 years ago and we were definitely not disappointed. I knew we were in for a great time by her reaction as we drove down the farm drive to the farmhouse ( not sure if I will be able to reinstate the scratch marks on the dash where she held on so tight!!). When we arrived at Longlands the greeting from Bella could not have been more welcoming. We were directed to our lodge "Luscombe" and Bella followed on to show us around explaining how to set the fires in the stove and the shower boiler, using the solar lights etc and advising on using the facilities in the Longlands Larder should we wish to purchase supplies for our stay, she also advised on good local places to get supplies should we wish to and we thought that was a great touch and very helpful as she was for the whole of our stay. The inside of the lodge was amazing and everything oozed of quality, no cheap tat allowed here and everything "Earth" friendly where available even down to the manual coffee grinder. The setting was so peaceful and idyllic that you felt totally relaxed from the moment you first sat on the deck after unloading your cases to test that the wine had traveled okay! We sampled Bella's home made cooking on the first night which we thought was excellent and on another night cooked a meal on the Kadai on the lodges BBQ terrace with meat purchased from Besshill Farm Shop as recommended by Bella, our last night we ate lovely fresh trout (cooked using Bella's recipe) which we caught in the lake that afternoon, a perfect end to a perfect stay.
Would we return to Longlands? You bet, already booked for next year! Now we need to start training for that hill! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unplug, Reconnect, Revive in one of Longlands' five luxurious, elegantly furnished, fully equipped Safari Lodges. Nestled within a private secluded valley, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, overlooking the North Devon coast, on the border of Exmoor. Guests enjoy exclusive access to 17 acres of beautiful rolling countryside, a boating lake, stream side walks and nature trails through ancient woods. Each lodge sleeps six. The King Bed, two Twin Beds and Double Cabin Bed come ready made up with luxurious bed linen. Towels and natural aromatherapy bathroom products are provided in the shower room and separate wash room, with loo & basin. There is a wood burner for warming & cooking, a butlers sink for washing, a sofa for chilling, a box of games for playing, a table for dining, and large covered deck for watching the sun set on the sea, or spotting constellations in the only Dark Sky Reserve in Europe.Unplug, Reconnect, Revive: Glamping at its very best! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Longlands Combe Martin, Devon