VisitEngland has announced the finalists for the Awards for Excellence 2017 with Longlands, near Combe Martin in North Devon, named as one of three finalists in the Glamping Provider category. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 24 April at the Hilton Waldorf, London.
VisitEngland chief executive Sally Balcombe said: “The awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions.
“Awards for Excellence finalists exemplify outstanding tourism talent and distinguished businesses throughout England. We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry. I’d like to congratulate all finalists and wish them the very best of luck.”
Bella Given, owner of Longlands, said: “We are thrilled to be a finalist for such a prestigious award, particularly as it is the first year that Glamping has had its own category. To be recognised as one of the best three Glamping sites in the country is a huge honour and testament to the hard work and dedication of the fantastic team of people we have at Longlands.”
Longlands opened in 2012 as a top-end glamping destination. 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. Each six-person safari lodge is fully equipped with home comforts from wood-burning stoves to vintage Chesterfield leather sofas to ensuite hot showers. Longlands is surrounded by 17 acres of countryside within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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 won Gold at the SouthWest Tourism Awards in February and Gold at the Devon Tourism Awards in November for best Glamping Business.
For details visit longlandsdevon.co.uk.