Glen Lodge luxury B & B and self catering accommodation was originally built by the local Exmoor tanner Mr Pearce as his family home. In those days, the grounds extended much further than they do today but always commanded views over the village of Porlock and across the Channel. We still have the upper orchard of cider apple trees that were planted at this time.
The property was sold by the Pearce family in 1936 and only a few years later was requisitioned to house evacuees. The owners left the country and spent the war years in Canada we are told. There are still those in Porlock who remember that the evacuees went wild at Glen Lodge destroying many of the borders as well as burning down the Summer House. But, evacuees we’ve spoken to deny all. In fact, when the owners returned after their time in Canada they were supposedly so distraught at the state of the house and grounds that they immediately sold.
Captain Collins took on Glen Lodge who was one of the trainers of the British Equestrian Team for the Olympics and some of the competing horses were stabled here. Unfortunately he died young in the Comet air crash.
The next owners were the English sisters who ran the house as a country house hotel for some time through the 1950’s and 60s. The owner following on from them was headmaster at Seaford College and used the house & grounds as a kind of outward bound escape for his students during the school holiday.
We are trying to incorporate modern conveniences at Glen Lodge luxury B & B and self catering accommodation without losing any of its grand character and presence. We hope you agree that it is a beautiful country house bed and breakfast with gorgeous grounds, an air of relaxation and calm which is so restful in a busy life.