LONGTAILS | BANTHAM
Hidden in the gorgeous Bantham countryside, Longtails lodge is elegantly located. Boasting a large garden and beautiful scenic views, this retreat could not be more ideal for couples. In the early summer the lawn is awash with daisies, three full leafed large sycamore trees, a nature pond with water lilies, large yellow flag irises, and many other beautiful plants surrounding.
Hidden behind a private gated property, accessed via a pebbly drive, Longtails Lodge emerges. Leading up steps to the decked entrance to the wooden lodge, this modern and contemporary holiday let is accessed via French doors. Upon entry, you are met with the kitchenette and living area. This bijou space has functional beauty. The kitchenette includes a breakfast bar and sleek hidden cupboards. The all-essential appliances include a toaster, kettle, top of the range cooker and ceramic touch control hob, fridge/freezer and microwave.
The adjoining sitting area which in itself is full of light includes a TV and DVD player, Wi-Fi internet, and a large window overlooking the back of the decking, showcasing the spectacular view. There is also a comfortable sofa bed which can sleep a further 2 guests if needed. (Please note though that Longtails is really best suited for 2 guests due to the overall living space area).
At the end of the hallway, the cosy plush bedroom boasts a double bed with useful storage space and overlooks the glorious garden. The en suite bathroom comes equipped with modern décor, a walk in shower, toilet, wash-basin and heated towel rail.
Every aspect of this lodge is fresh and contemporary, from the modern deluxe feel of the inner lodge, to the classic, well-maintained and expansive orchard-style garden, Longtails Lodge is certainly a relaxation retreat. Lamps dotted on the awning above the decked veranda spanning around the lodge are great for those warm evenings enjoying alfresco dining on the seating area overlooking the vast countryside.
Longtails Lodge boasts an incredible enclosed garden, perfect for outdoor activities, nature watching or swinging from the wooden tree swing. The private feel of the place is in contrast to the community homeliness of the surroundings – you pass the owner of the property’s beautiful greenhouse and vegetable patch before entering your very own haven of nature.
Visiting guests have ample parking available.
Beautiful Bantham beach is lovingly described as a tiny jewel along this stretch of stunning coastline. The sapphire blue sea and golden sands make this an unforgettable holiday destination. The waves attract surfers from all around the world but if you prefer a more relaxing stint on the water, Bantham Surf Academy will helpfully provide you with paddleboards, kayaks, wetsuits and all the information you need. Instructors are available to take you out in groups or one-one sessions if you fancy some extra tuition.
Just minutes from here is the pretty harbour, where you can while away the hours crabbing, sailing, or just watching the boats go by.
The Gastrobuses are a regular summer feature on the beach. Gourmet burgers, Devon ice-cream and amazing sandwiches are readily available all through the summer. Throw in some regular pizza nights with some live music and you’ve got yourself the perfect evening.
If walking is more your thing, The South West Coast Path runs right past Bantham – A ferry is available to take you across the River Avon (Not available all year round) and nature lovers may just glimpse Kingfishers, Housemartins and Guillemots in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Look towards the shoreline and occasionally they’ll be a shy seal among the rocks or even a playful dolphin.
The village itself is host to a fantastic pub/restaurant – The Sloop Inn. Here you can find delicious freshly cooked meals, an ever-changing selection of creative daily specials using some of the freshest fish, meat and game and the finest local produce Devon has to offer. Head up to the village shop which stocks a great range of groceries, newspapers, freshly baked bread and pastries, as well as all your holiday essential including wetsuits, bodyboards and buckets & spades. Its beautiful terrace cafe produces a spectacular Devon Cream Tea which you can sample whilst overlooking the estuary and debating the age-old question; Jam or Cream first?
Out and About
If you want to venture further afield, Kingsbridge and Salcombe are only a few miles away and the historic Tudor town of Totnes just slightly further.
Woodlands Adventure Theme Park, South Devon Chilli Farm, Living Coasts and Kents Cavern are all nearby days out, particularly good for little ones. If you fancy a change from the coast, you can head inland to stunning Dartmoor National Park, with its magnificent Tors and wild ponies, it’s just a short drive away.