Longleaf is set to launch rural safari-style retreat

Longleat's new luxury self-catering cottages offer safari spectacle

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Longleat is launching its own brand of exclusive rural retreats at a selection of historic properties on its Wiltshire estate. And visitors will be able to choose from six individually designed luxurious country getaways; each with its own fascinating story and stunning setting.

Guests enjoying the luxurious interior design of Keeper's House and Keeper's Cottage, will have the added excitement of being able to watch the inhabitants of the East African reserve wandering past their window, with far-reaching views over the famous Safari Park.

East Lodge acted as the main gatehouse onto the estate and was once home to the Longleat porter. This iconic building has a spectacular view of Longleat House's imposing facade, from the top of the driveway.

The 18th century Deer Keeper's House is nestled in secluded woodland with views across the rolling Estate and the Deer Park. When Longleat's world-famous Safari Park opened in 1966, the then occupant, a Labour MP, urgently requested the installation of a telephone line in case of stray lions. 

Gardener's Cottage is located beside the beautiful Pleasure Walk, originally designed as an arboretum by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, and only steps away from the glorious front lawns of Longleat House. Prairie Lodge comes with 360 degree views over Longleat's historic parkland and with its elevated location, is a stone's throw away from spectacular views across the whole estate and Safari Park as well as Longleat House itself. 

“These unique properties have been entirely transformed into luxurious overnight spaces with every modern convenience available for a truly unforgettable short-break experience,” said Ceawlin, Lord Bath, Executive Chairman of Longleat Enterprises.

“At the same time our team of designers has preserved their quirks and features and then complimented them with a mix of themed interiors and artefacts associated with each of the properties to really bring out their individuality,” he added.

Initially East Lodge, Keeper's House and Keeper's Cottage will be available for bookings from April 12th, with Deer Keeper's House, Gardener's Cottage and Prairie Lodge being added in time for the summer.

Prices start from £375 per night for East Lodge, Gardener's Cottage (inc. private tour of Longleat's grounds and gardens with the Head Gardener) and Prairie Cottage, £500 for Deer Keeper's House and Keeper's Cottage and £750 for Keeper's House (inc. an exclusive 4x4 tour of the Safari Park).

All of the accommodation options include Longleat Park Tickets for the duration of the guests' stay. As part of Longleat's 'Covid Guarantee', all bookings made prior to 31st May can be amended, or converted into vouchers within six weeks of the arrival date.

Home to the Marquesses of Bath since the 1600s, Longleat has been welcoming visitors for more than 400 years. The Wiltshire estate was the first to open its doors to the public back in 1949 and totally re-defined the world of tourism in 1966 when it launched the only drive-through safari park outside of Africa.

For full details on all of the cottages and information on how to book visit longleat.co.uk/accommodation/accommodation-at-longleat