Choosing a family holiday is a tough business.
You want somewhere that will endlessly entertain, stroppy two-year-olds, will have fun things for you to indulge in (that isn't Dinopaws-related, please!) and ideally not leaving you making a tearful call to Halifax after your card was declined whilst doing an Asda food shop.
With that in mind. we try out some of the best family holiday spots on offer, meaning you can know what you're really booking. It's a hard job, but somebody's got to do it, eh.
On the top of our to-do list was Longlands in Devon and blimey, it didn't disappoint.
Longlands is a cosy glamping resort, which promises guests the chance to relax, recharge and reconnect (whilst clinking a glass of prosecco in a hot tub, complete with a view of the sea!)
There are only five, secluded safari-esque lodges and the interiors are delicately designed with a snuggly family evening, in mind. From the rustic fireplace, abundance of board games (think Uno and Scrabble) to the thick, Egyptian-cotton duvets - Longlands allows you to indulge in a slower pace of life, whilst giving you some much-needed relaxation time (as long as you keep the wood burners going, that is!)
Longlands is buried away in the North Devon seaside town of Combe Martin. The lodges are surrounded by fields of sheep, meaning if you are a light sleeper, you'll most-likely get woken up in the morning by a grumpy 'baaa' from the locals. It's kind of endearing though and the kids will love it.
What age is it suitable for?
The lodges include a 'Cupboard Bed' which helpfully converts into a cot (or there’s a travel cot if you prefer) complete with adorable, cuddly toys. Longlands also provide a high chair and melamine crockery, plus Milton Sterilising Fluid for baby’s bottle. Staying at the resort is recommended from age four months onwards.
Where can I go for food?
If you enjoy someone else cooking sensational homemade meals for a change, you're in luck, as Longlands owner Bella has that taken care of! From warming cottage pie to Thai green chicken curry to dairy-free such as vegetable chili - the food is absolutely incredible. All you have to do is is use the order forms provided and the rest is taken care of by the team.
What other stuff can I do?
If you want to explore there’s Exmoor Zoo, the Dinosaur Park in Combe Martin, Aquariums, Castles, Railways and much more, right on your doorstep. Each lodge has a booklet of fun days out ideas, meaning the kids will never be bored.
Why should I go to Longlands?
It's the perfect place to make precious memories with your family. From playing endless games of scrabble to marshmallow-melting BBQs to cosying up by the lodge fire, it's charm encourages recuperation, laughter and fun! We recommend booking the hot tub at 'sunset hour' for an experience that will take your breath away (and will provide some sensational photographs, too!)
How much is it to go?
Prices start at £495 for four nights.
Click here to find out more about staying at Longlands in Devon.