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Fancy staying in an old manor house with sea views on an island just 3 miles long and home to seals, puffins, deer and various other flora and fauna, and sometimes visited by basking sharks too? And with a great pub serving delicious food just a short walk up the hill from the house?
We did this trip twice last year and it’s back by popular demand! We snorkelled with seals, walked the length and breadth of the island exploring, chilled out in hidden coves, spotted puffins, and ate very well!
If you’re a climber or diver (and self sufficient too) then the island also has a lot to offer for this, with fantastic sea cliff climbing (certain restrictions apply over the summer and breeding season), and it’s also a Marine Nature Reserve (see notes further below for more info).
It’s a 4 day trip due to the ferry timetable to get there, but it’s well worth it!
The plan would be to head down the departure point (either Bideford or Ilfracombe depending on tides) the night before, stay in a local cheapish hotel, and then get the ferry over on the Saturday morning, which then comes back on the Tuesday afternoon. We’ll arrange this hotel nearer the time.
Cost – £280 (including the return ferry, accommodation, and a ‘welcome pack’ of breakfast supplies and basics, and an 8th Day Host for the duration).
NOTE – if the ferry is unable to sail then you are able to fly over by helicopter for a reduced fee of just £34 (a nice bonus!!). This extra cost is not included in the cost though, and you would have to pay this extra yourself.
TO BOOK – please register interest above and we’ll be in touch with payment info.
All the information below if from the Landmark Trust website, who run the island:
About the property
A large classical villa built for the Heaven family which looks down a wooded valley and out to sea. Lundy’s beauty, community and way of life make a world apart and despite its size, a stay here never feels quite long enough. Built in plain classical style in 1835 for the Heaven family, Millcombe House looks down a wooded valley and out to sea. Possibly the most elegant building on the island, it was built of stuccoed granite, and may well have been designed by the Bristol architect, Edwin Honeychurch. Millcombe is a pleasing and sociable house, planned around a central hall on the ground floor and a central staircase above. The terrace was added later. Originally called The Villa, it was renamed Millcombe by Martin Harman when he bought Lundy in 1925 after the watermill which gave the valley its name.
A world apart
Lundy is small and far enough away to be a world apart and undefaced. It offers the pleasures both of pure escape and of participation in the island community. Everyone has free run of the whole island. Activities range from the adventurous, such as rock climbing or diving, to the more gentle pursuits of birdwatching, walking, socialising at the Marisco Tavern or simply relaxing in this remote and tranquil place. All those who experience the light and natural beauty of Lundy leave with something in common which they treasure. Many return again and again.
Lundy (‘Puffin Island’) lies in the Bristol Channel. It is three miles long, a 400 foot granite outcrop with tremendous views of sea and mainland. Its cliffs and hanging valleys are rich in wildlife and wildflowers. Lundy was taken on by the National Trust in 1969 through the generosity of Sir Jack Hayward, when the Landmark Trust agreed to run the island and restore its buildings under a 99 year lease. Most of these buildings are clustered at the south end of the island: they include a castle, cottages, a working farm and several foursquare houses.
Getting to Lundy
Getting to Lundy is also part of the adventure. You leave your car on the mainland and between March and November, day and staying visitors cross to the island on our handsome supply ship the MS Oldenburg. Through the winter months, there is a helicopter service from Hartland Point for those staying on the island. To view the Lundy transport timetable, visit our Staying on Lundy page. It is also possible to make your way over to the island using your own transport.
The journey to or from Lundy from either Bideford or Ilfracombe usually takes less than 2 hours. Some sailings return you to a different port from which you departed when a coach/transport link is required between ports we are happy to coordinate this if you let us know on your return journey aboard MS Oldenburg. The ticket price is inclusive of the Lundy landing fee (£6 or free to National Trust members) and luggage transport fee (£3 with a minimum charge of £10).
There is a luggage allowance of 20kg per person on MS Oldenburg and anyone carrying luggage in excess of this will be charged accordingly. A charge of £16 is payable for the carriage of personal diving equipment such as tanks, weights etc. and is not considered as excess luggage.
On occasion, if MS Oldenburg is unable to sail a helicopter service is provided to Hartland point at a subsidised price of £34.00 per person and £7.00 for infants under 2 years. This is dependent on that day’s flying conditions, helicopter availability and that you have paid for passage on MS Oldenburg.
Before you leave
We will send you more detailed information about the journey, giving guidance on travel arrangements, luggage allowances, convenient hotels, parking and an advance shopping order form. On arrival on Lundy
Entry to the property you are staying in should not be expected before 4pm, to allow time for it to be cleaned before you arrive. Both The Marisco Tavern and the shop will be open on arrival of MS Oldenburg or helicopter.
All properties have water, electricity (except Tibbetts), gas and drainage. Lundy being an island, water supplies may be restricted at times and electricity will not usually be available after midnight. There are no televisions, radios or telephones in the properties. There is intermittent mobile phone signal on Lundy but there is a pay phone in The Marisco Tavern.
Beds and linen
One set of sheets and pillowcases and one hand and one bath towel per bed per week are included in the price. You must not exceed the maximum number of people shown in the Price List for each building.
Lundy is England’s only statutory Marine Nature Reserve. Diving numbers are strictly controlled. It is essential that you book the diving facilities at the same time as you book your accommodation, or you will not be able to use them. We can transport your diving equipment on MS Oldenburg for a small charge of £16 per person. Unfortunately we cannot transport diving equipment by helicopter.
Some of the country’s best sea cliff climbs are to be found on the island. There are however, some climbing restrictions during the nesting season, from 1 April to 31 July and these are posted on the notice board in The Marisco Tavern. You must let us know when you book if you wish to climb.
Friends of Lundy
Many of those who visit Lundy are keen to help the islanders preserve the unique environment. The Friends subscription is spent on protecting and conserving Lundy’s natural beauty. The individual annual subscription is £25.50, couples £33 and families £40. Friends receive a discount on MS Oldenburg and helicopter tickets each time they travel to the island, a discount on late accommodation bookings (booked within 14 days of departure) and an annual newsletter.
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