CANOPY & STARS AWAY DAY AND HORSEPLAY
Every so often, as the Canopy & Stars team, we need to take a day and get out on the field and enjoy our special places as you, our loyal guests would do (it’s a hard job but someone’s gotta do it!).
So last Tuesday, we did just that and jumped on the M5 to head down to Devon and spend one day and one night at two of the six safari tents at Longlands, nestled among the rolling hills of Exmoor.
We arrived to be met by Longlands owner, the lovely Bella Given who introduced us to our tents, Lundy and Lee and showed us the ins and outs of the impressive wood burning range and jingly paraffin lamps hanging from the ceiling. After a quick cuppa and the important task of baggsie-ing beds, it was time for an away-day activity. We were going horse riding!
A short drive brought us to Dean Riding Stables and after being introduced to our ponies and fitted with riding hats, we went for a lovely long stroll with our horses and their trainers down some hair-raising hills. Despite a close shave with a horse and cart, we managed to progress onto trotting as we clung tightly onto the saddles of our steeds! It was a fantastic couple of hours and if you’re ever at Longlands, the stables are just five minutes drive away.
After such a fun-packed morning, it was time to knuckle down to a bit of strategy in the afternoon, which, when you’re surrounded by such beautiful views and scoffing locally-made award-winning pasties (and a few other cheeky bits and bobs) really didn’t feel like work. We even had prosecco and Bella’s homemade lasagna to look forward to afterwards which always softens the blow, right?!