Mention camping to me, and fear strikes my heart; just a layer of nylon between me and the elements is not my idea of fun, and nor is shivering in a sleeping bag or waking up pre-6am because the sun has decided it’s wakey time.
Even the idea of glamping has never filled me with joy, to be honest. Simply because there’s a USB port in a yurt doesn’t mean I want to give up my bed and shower. But when an invitation to stay at Longlands in Devon popped into my inbox, it was a bit of a game changer.
Glamping at Longlands is not the mattress in a tipi of my nightmares. The luxury safari tents are more akin to five-star hotels than any tent I’ve ever seen. Roll mats have been traded for sumptuous beds (complete with hot water bottles!), bonfires have levelled up into log burners and there are power showers in each tent, with luxury beauty products to boot. There’s also not a camping chair in sight, super-comfy Chesterfields are here in their place.
I stayed in the Lymouth tent, and it slept six people – including a cute cabin bed which would be perfect for children.
Longlands’ owner Bella has thought of everything, from the afore mentioned beauty products to home-cooked meals that she delivers to your tent and you can then heat in your log burner.
The site is on the edge of Exmoor National Park, in a secluded valley – tranquil doesn’t even begin to cover this place. There’s limited phone signal, and no TV, so it’s the perfect place for couples to escape to post-wedding for a relaxed escape.
The onsite hot tub was a particular highlight. We spent a sublime hour in it at sunset, watching the sky turn from pink, to red to gold, and Bella even provided prosecco for us to sip as the sun went down.
I never thought I’d say it, but as we zipped up the sides of the safari tent on departure, I was sad to be saying goodbye to glamping. Longlands has converted me to the outdoors life, and I can’t wait to return.
Book from £495 for a four-night mid-week stay, longlandsdevon.co.uk.