Meet your hosts
We (Bugsie, Bella, James and Emma) moved to North Devon from Twickenham in September 2011 in search of the “good life”, great surf and a view of the sun setting over the sea, (to watch whilst enjoying a glass of wine!). Happily our great friend Pam agreed to come too and be my business partner in the Longlands (ad)venture. Bugsie continues to work in London for most of the week but at weekends loves nothing better than to chop wood, mow fields and surf!
Longlands allows us to indulge in everything we are passionate about: fun times with great friends, stunning landscapes and gardens (I was a Garden Designer in London for many years), gorgeous interiors (Pam had her own soft furnishings business), good food (both Pam & I love cooking), great wine (something all three of us share an interest in), star filled skies (particularly for Bugsie – you should see his telescope!), beautiful walks (the dogs and cats join us – we look like something from the incredible journey with 3 dogs and 3 cats in tow!) plus the sea and surfing (something the whole family, even the dogs love!)
Longlands also provides us with the opportunity to live more self sufficiently: we have our own wood to provide us with fuel, our own lake which is stocked with rainbow trout, a chicken run with 10 lucky ladies and Humphrey “the Guard Duck”, a kitchen garden providing us with salad leaves, edible flowers, many of the vegetables we use in our meals and flowers with which to decorate the barn and lodges! In time we hope to extend the vegetable garden and perhaps add an orchard & even a small vineyard!
Longlands lies in the North Devon designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the western border of Exmoor National Park. Its 17 acres are home to deer, badgers, owls, buzzards, stoats, pheasants, ducks and possibly otters too. We also get the occasional exotic visitor from the Combe Martin Wildlife Park and Dinosaur Park, down the hill from us.
In respect for our beautiful surroundings we try to live as environmentally responsibly as we can and we encourage our guests to do likewise: all our lodges are equipped to enable guests to recycle pretty much everything; the lodges are fuelled by wood: lighting is by LED lights, solar lamps and candle lights; we use only environmentally friendly cleaning products; and we source as much as we can locally (both to keep miles to a minimum and support local businesses)