Longlands Luxury Glamping Awards!
Best Glamping in the South West for a second consecutive year!
In a year when the the SouthWest Tourism awards saw more entries and more finalists than ever before, we feel enormously honoured to have been awarded Gold and recognised as the best Glamping site in the whole of the SouthWest.
The 2018 SouthWest Tourism Awards had 647 entries from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire all of whom went through a rigorous 3 phase judging process with 5 finalists selected for our category.
Gold: Longlands, Devon
Silver: O’Connors Campers, Devon
Bronze: Dimpsey Glamping, Somerset
Loose Reins, Dorset
Tor View Shepherds Huts, Somerset
Congratulations to all our fellow award winners!
Best Glamping in the South West 2018 Finalist
As the best Glamping site in Devon for a second consecutive year, we are delighted to have been selected as one of the 5 finalists for best Glamping and Alternative Accommodation in the SouthWest. Wish us luck for the 1st February when the awards are announced at the annual SouthWest Tourism Awards dinner in Torquay. The competition is going to be tough with the other finalists being Gold winners of their own county awards.
- Dimpsey Glamping – Gold winner of the Somerset Tourism Awards
- Longlands – Gold winner of the Devon Tourism Awards
- Loose Reins – Gold winner of the Dorset Tourism Awards
- Tor View Shepherds Huts – Gold winner of the Somerset Tourism Awards
- O’Connors Campers – Silver winner of the Devon Tourism Awards
Visit Devon Tourism Awards Finalist 2017
We are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for this year’s Visit Devon Tourism Awards. We will have to wait until the evening of Thursday 23rd November to find out the colour of our award: Gold, Silver or Bronze. If we do well we will go through to the South West Tourism awards which take place in February. Crossing everything! Wish us luck!
Longlands: one of the Top 3 Glamping sites in the country
The Oscars of the Tourism Industry took place on Monday 24th April at the Waldorf Hilton in London: VisitEngland’s Excellence in Tourism Awards.
This is the very first year that there has been a Glamping category and we were one of just three sites selected for the honour of being a finalist. The other two sites were the Dandelion Hideaway, Osbaston, Leicestershire and Secret Meadows, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Whilst we didn’t win the top prize, that honour went to The Dandelion Hideaway, we are extremely proud to have been recognised as one of the three best Glamping sites in the country. And we were thrilled with what the judges had to say about us:
“Unplug, Reconnect, Revive is the promise on the website. Longlands, nestled in its own little Devon valley offers the peace and serenity to achieve this, but it is Bella’s planning, drive and commitment to quality and really makes it happen.”
“Everywhere on-site, the attention to detail is excellent. Be it flower containers outside the shop, wetsuits hanging rails or simple bike racks below each tent. Bella appears to have a relentless drive towards perfection.”
We wish The Dandelion Hideaway in Leicestershire, many congratulations along with the other finalist, Secret Meadows in Suffolk.
Longlands: the best for Glamping in the South West
Longlands in North Devon has been named as the best Glamping Business in the South West.
Receiving her Gold Award at the South West Tourism Awards, held in Bristol on Thursday 2nd February, Longlands’ owner Bella Given said “We are thrilled and honoured to have won such a prestigious award, particularly in light of the high standards and quality of all the other finalists. We are particularly proud to be the very first Gold Winners of this brand new Glamping Category. Staying in luxurious surroundings under canvas, listening to the sounds of Mother Nature is a totally different experience to staying in a cottage or hotel. It is tremendously gratifying that Glamping is now recognised in its own right and is testament to the hard work of everyone in this new sector.”
Longlands’ five luxurious safari lodges nestle in a private secluded valley on the western border of Exmoor National Park and look out over the North Devon coast. The team at Longlands have thought of everything you could possibly need for your stay; from natural aromatherapy products in the bathroom to a detailed adventure book about the area. They even provide home cooked meals using the best West Country ingredients and an onsite shop stocked with delicious local produce.
Longlands now looks forward to the national Visit England awards which take place in London on the 24th April.
Longlands wins Visit Devon’s first Glamping Business of the Year award
Longlands luxury safari lodges in North Devon, has been named as Glamping Business of the Year at the Devon Tourism Awards 2016. Glamping is a new category for the 2016 awards which are run by Visit Devon, and the ceremony took place at The University of Exeter on Thursday 10th November 2016.
The Visit Devon report concluded “This is glamping excellence in every respect. The location is beautiful, overlooking the coast of Exmoor and surrounded by immense wild natural beauty the safari tents look appropriate on the side of the hill. The owners have thought of every detail possible to give the most luxurious experience to every guest – whilst sleeping under canvas. The continued repeat and advance bookings are a great testament to the experience had by all.”
“We are so delighted that our hard work over the past five years has been recognised,” says Bella Given, owner of Longlands which lies in the North Devon AONB and overlooks the coast. “The entire Longlands team has put their hearts and souls into making it a success, so it is wonderful to celebrate with them tonight. This accolade is all the more special because it is the first competition we have ever entered. It’s brilliant that glamping is a standalone category for the first time because it is a totally different experience to staying in self-catering accommodation, and one that is increasing in popularity every year.”
Longlands offers five six-person luxury safari lodges that are available for weekend, mid-week or full week stays from mid-March to the end of October. Bella has seen a big increase in demand for glamping holidays since opening in 2011 “It’s wonderful that more people are choosing to holiday closer to home and make the most of beautiful places right here on our doorstep in the Westcountry. Some of our guests come from as close as just ten minutes down the road whilst others have journeyed all the way from New Zealand!”
As Devon winner of the glamping category, Longlands has been nominated to represent Devon in the Visit England awards in April 2017
Visit England – Glamping Accreditation and a Gold Accolade
It is hardly surprising that the future bookings are Longlands are so strong, as the quality and attention to detail in every area of the business is excellent. Safari tent businesses are now more common around the country and it is about standing out. I think Longlands achieves this.
The site offers natural beauty and the facilities provided allow guests to make best use of it with access to the lake, private BBQ areas with great views and playing areas for children.
The exterior of the tents are maintained in excellent order and first impressions of the accommodation are excellent with the furnished verandas.
Internally, the tents are attractive and well equipped. It is the attention to detail that is most impressive. For example, excellent beds, great thought given to the lighting, well equipped kitchens and great shower rooms etc.
It is not just the accommodation and grounds that guests will enjoy. The communal meeting room with its excellent kitchen make the site a great place for extended families and groups. The honesty shop with its additional services also offers an excellent facility for guests.
It is difficult to offer advice and recommendations to a business that is this well organised and managed.