In Chaple Amble there lived a young man with very humble beginnings whose name was Buscombe. He decided to try his luck abroad and, much to his families amazement, he succeeded, making his fortune with a stevedoring business in Bombay. He changed his name to Squire Hill and married a Eurasian lady. They had two children, George and Phylllis and, after many years, returned to England and purchased Park Villa in Trelights.
Squire Hill decided to purchase a field on the corner of the Port Quin and Trelights cross roads opposite the Long Cross stone, to build a grand house for his son. The house was started at the beginning of the 19th century and took several years to build. Son George was a heavy drinker and, despite being warned against it, decided to return to Bombay. Unfortunately, he died on board ship and Tregenna, as the Long Cross was known then, stood empty until a new owner could be found.
Little is known of the following few years but in about 1905 the house was bought by a Mrs. Egerton-Jones, a wealthy widow from London with two daughters. Mrs. Egerton-Jones was in touch with a gentleman by the name of Captain Allerdyce with regard to hopefully marrying one of her daughters. He came to visit the family but ended up marrying the Mother!
It was Captain Allerdyce who was responsible, with the help of several local gardeners, for designing and building the gardens. They were constructed primarily to overcome the difficulties of the local climate. Although frost is rare and snow even more unusual, North Cornwall is England’s windiest area and the garden receives around a hundredweight of salt per acre per year. Salt tolerant shrubs protect the garden so that, even in a gale, areas can be found that are totally calm.
When Mrs. Allerdyce passed away in the 1930’s Captain Allerdyce continued to live at the Long Cross until he decided that he would be better off in London. So the building was left empty again until around a year later the wife of a local land owner, ‘Boss’ Thomas at Roscarrock Manor persuaded her husband that life would be more comfortable at the Long Cross. The manor had no home comforts whereas the Long Cross had electricity! They moved in in 1944 and once again the Long Cross became a home. Boss Thomas was quite a character. His farm hands used to tell the story of how he had a telescope in one of the bedrooms to check that the men were working in the fields and not lounging about. It is interesting to note that he was the last farmer in the area to drive his sheep to Wadebridge market on foot.
Mr. Thomas died in 1970, his grandson inherited Roscarrock Manor, the farm land and the Long Cross but sadly it was decided that the latter would have to be sold. It was bought by Mr. & Mrs. Housego and this time changes were ahead. The building was to become a hotel and ‘old peoples home’ and regretfully the stunning Victorian gardens became neglected – the beautiful tennis court was relegated to a hen run and the green houses and vinery fell into disrepair. Extensions were added to the house so losing rockeries and formal gardens.
About 35 years ago the process of re-establishing the gardens began and happily they are now back to their former splendour although where the tennis court had been is now the ornamental lake and all that remains of the fruit tree area are a few Apple trees. The Victorian vegetable garden remains and is tended, as is the entire garden, by just one gardener who has worked on the premises for 45 years.
James and Sharon Bishop purchased the Longcross in 2005 and now run a successful hotel. Just as a point of interest – if you feel a ‘presence’ in the hotel you are not alone. An elegantly dressed lady in the 1930’s style of clothing has been seen descending the main staircase and when spoken to she has nodded, smiled and faded away. There is one particular bedroom where members of staff at one time or another have heard their names seemingly called from the landing, only to find on answering that there was no-one in the vicinity. Lastly, when the wood burner was being fitted in the winter of 2013 the workmen described doors being opened and closed and even items being thrown at them. Ghosts or no ghosts, all of the staff who work here today love the old building and its quirky personality and know the Long Cross to have a warm and happy atmosphere.
Me and my husband stayed one night at The Longcross Hotel & Gardens nearby Port Isaac in July 2017. A wonderful stay in every way. A beautiful hotel in gorgeous surroundings, nice staff and a wonderful view.
It took only a short time to drive to Port Isaac where we had a marvellous time with good food and a really nice guiding tour in ”Doc Martins” place. We can really recommend this fantastic hotel and place!
Just a short break
Nice hotel in a lovely part of the world, really good food, I was very impressed with the staff all of which could not do anymore for you making the stay very good indeed, Many thanks to all the team< when we next visit Cornwall we know where to stay.
Such a lovely hotel. The staff were super friendly and helpful. We had the stable suite which was fabulous. It is very dog friendly. The gardens are superb. The location is quiet and peaceful. The bar and restaurant are lovely.
It is only a half an hour walk to Port Isaac which was very busy even in September.
Would definitely recommend.
Lovely old building with spectacular grounds and breath-taking views. Only a short drive from Port Isaac - perfect for the Doc Martin fans who dont want to/can't afford to pay to stay in the middle of the town. The breakfast was simple but very high quality. Staff were all fantastic. Room (4) was spacious and well equiped. The shower was ok, nothing to write home about, but was certainly functional. Highly recommend it.
We absolutely loved staying at the Longcross Hotel! My husband and I were celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary, and we were lucky enough to book the Honeymoon Suite! It was heavenly! Jamie, and his staff, were the best. It’s the little things that make the difference.
Fresh lavender on the breakfast tables. Low chamber music, glowing fireplace and immaculately clean.
Evening dinners were gourmet quality with attention to local cuisine. And, Jamie recommended Mark, the local taxi driver, who was a real gem! We loved every second and will cherish our beloved memories her! Thank you for everything!♥️💕
Longcross was the highlight of our recent journey to the UK. Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful gardens and location, our rooms were all lovely, and the food was delicious. Definitely five stars and more!
Lovely Sunday Lunch
Called in here adhoc to see if we could get some lunch. Everyone was very friendly and we were whisked to a table straight away by one of the very efficient team. Views over the sea were magnificent and so was the lunch, succulent roast beef, fresh vegetables and extra gravy with proper roast potatoes. Customer service was very good and we could not fault anything with our visit.
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