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Lochhouses Farm, Dunbar EH42 1XP Scotland
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Glamping in Treehouses and Safari Tents by the beach at Harvest Moon Holidays, Lochhouses, Scotland Harvest Moon's Treehouses and Safari Tents are uniquely situated by the magnificent beach on Lochhouses farm, which adjoins the John Muir Country Park, east of Edinburgh.
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Angelika H wrote a review 26 Jul
Dalmellington, United Kingdom16 contributions3 helpful votes
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The treehouse was lovely, very private and bigger than expected. It had everything you needed to cook and / or relax. Just bring your groceries and you are good to go. All wood needed for indoor stove and outdoor firepit was provided and you could stock up easily. I won part payment for this as I was voted as a 'Lockdown Legend'. This meant we could go somewhere like this that we might not normally be able to afford. We arrived Friday 10th July 2021 and loved it, we went swimming on the Saturday IN THE NORTH SEA!! Yes it was cold, but lovely. Our only dilemma for the stay was the Euro's Football final, we were loving that technology was at a minimum for the stay - but how could we watch the match - we managed by tethering and praying. Result was not what we wanted but weekend was still fab. If you want to relax, get away from it all, keep technology to a minimum, have lovely walks and beach, this is for you.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: This is not a hotel but a treehouse outside and near to a beach.
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ReviewerAberdeen wrote a review 10 Jul
Aberdeenshire, Scotland UK219 contributions84 helpful votes
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We stayed here 3 years ago in a treehouse. This time we opted for the Beach House. It was fantastic, so well equipped and comfortable and importantly for us more space than the treehouse so on rainy days we could stay in with the kids to play. There's no electricity but you are provided with electric lamps (handy for getting up through the night) and candles which adds to the romance of it all at night! The kitchen is really well stocked, every utensil we needed. The beds are lovely and comfy. The shower runs off a gas boiler so hot water for washing. There is a cool box and they give you a frozen water bottle each day to keep things cool, although we ended up buying ice bags when we were at the shops as it wasn't that great for getting things properly cold like milk and more importantly wine...! The trust shop is really well equipped, snacks, wine, beer, toiletries, almost everything you'd need short notice. The porch out front was great, we sat out every evening with the fire going. And the beach itself is just on the other side of the dune, just perfect. Location wise it feels like a private beach totally removed from the world, but then just half an hour drive and you're in Edinburgh and it's ideal for day trips. There's also a fab farm park for kids just ten minutes away. I could go on and on... this place really is that good. I worry its spoiled us forever for glamping sites as its absolute perfection.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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sdhc wrote a review Jun 2021
London15 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Harvest Moon Holidays in June 2021. This was such an up-grade from camping holidays in the past - with comfortable beds, warm heaters, cosy wood-fired stove, hot showers, peace and quiet - what more could you want? The beach is the icing on the cake! Incredible dunes, clean sand, crystal clear water. Considerate service and a real gem, off the weather track. Thank you. We loved it.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Jen D wrote a review Jun 2021
Dundee, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
What can I say- I booked a beach cabin which I found on Canopy of Stars because I loved the look and decor, it was near a beach which sometimes gets surf, and I wanted to 'de-tech' and spend time with family (it was advertised as no electricity just candles and woodburner 'aga' type stove, but actually they'd just introduced a handy, solar powered little station in each cabin when I was there which allowed you to charge one phone at a time with a USB charger (bring your own) which was handy for charging the phone for photos and GPS- but no wifi, which was a plus). I had done loads of research and read about 50 trip-advisor reviews, so I thought I knew exactly what I was getting. What I got was so much better! CABIN POSITION/SITE I was initially a little (to my shame) disappointed when first walking into the camp site as I'd envisioned having the top most beach cabin nearest the beach set in trees. Instead, we were led to the cabin at the other end of the site nearest the enclosure for the ridiculously cute and entertaining pygmy goats. Little did I know that this was a wonderfully quiet cabin with NO foot traffic- perfect for our 3 year old to nap and get a good rest, it was also far away from the communal fire pit in the centre of the camp- which never got used for our holiday (likely because 6 out of the 7 cabins were taken up with families with small kids like ours I suspect.) but I suppose may have caused noise if a big group were chatting late into the night. Also, there was a cute tree swing our wee one loved outside our cabin and he could potter around, feed the goats and see the chickens or play football all within viewing distance of our front porch. If you turn right and walk away from our cabin also, past the goat pen then up the gravel track, you can wind your way up through the beautiful sand dunes to the beach- a nicer walk then back through the camp and past the car park. I'd wander up to the top of the dunes to do yoga and Bible reading/ have a bit of quiet time of an evening and it was a 1-2 minute walk- looking onto an almost empty beautiful white sandy beach. Bliss. i got a little confused by the online photos and thought there was a children't play park on site- there isn't, those were pictures of the amazing treehouses which have kids swings built onto them! What there is though is a cute little hut on stilts which my toddler loved as a playhouse, next to the honesty shop which is inside a boat (toddler also loved exploring that, although getting him not to touch anything was interesting.) The shop is reasonably priced and had marshamllows. beer and wine (8.50 for a bottle of white wine, not too bad), bread, pasta, toiltaries, loo role, charcoal (there are big proper BBQ's you can just use on the site in the middle), eggs, cereal and candles. Very convenient. We brought long life and normal milk and cereals with us. You can hear the waves from over the dunes and birds- so peaceful. Behind the cabin is a big mown field and trees beyond. Sitting out and hearing nothing, and only seeing the other cabin's little fire pits was lovely in the evening. Also- no midgies! The toilet and very hot lovely shower are round the back of the cabin, we brought torches which were useful for the evening to go to the loo rather than waking up our 3yo by going through the cabin. THE CABIN Inside the cabin was as shown in photo's, beautifully simple but beachy decor and a cupboard bed which our toddler slept in. My only suggestion would be to pop a little white linen 'canopy' over the top of the cupboard bed- it would fit with the decor but also make it a bit darker and cosier for naps for the wee one/ an adult who needs darkness to sleep (there's a 2-3 foot gap between the top of the 'walls' and the ceiling- so it's more one big open space partitioned off). Also, yes 2 adults can fit in the cupboard bed- I climbed in there to tell stories and fit fine! The curtains in the property were pretty good and we didn't end up bothering to use our blackout blind we brought. The beds were EXTREMELY comfortable with cosy, hight quality linen. I'd still recommend bringing a sleeping bag, as we used one every evening to sit in the hammock beside the outdoor fire bowl they provided- very cosy! I loved how each cabin had a hammock and hammock stand provided, and you can top up your fire wood from big bunkers beside the car park. The burgers and milk etc we brought with us all stayed fresh for the whole 5 days inside the 'Igloo' ice box they provide as a fridge, which they drop off ice for every morning to keep it cold. These people really do think of everything! Candles are provided which we lit every night and gave the place such a nice atmosphere. There's a woodburning stove- a proper one which you can cook on. It took me a day or so to really work properly but when i got the hang of it it was easy to use and could do a fry up for breakfast (we didn't pay to have a chicken beside our cabin but wish we had- there weren't many stray eggs i found, but I did get one from the henhouse on the last morning which was beautiful), and we even cooked pizza and veggies in it one night too which worked fine. The top tip I gleaner from a Tripadvisor review was to bring your own camping stove. The woodburner is great but does take a while to get going from cold- so if we wanted a quick cup of tea we'd use the camping stove to quickly boil the kettle. Also it was a such a hot June week we had (we were extremely lucky with the weather) we didn't want the stove to heat the cabin up too much as it was already 20 degrees outside! The cabin also already had handwash, washing up liquid, loo roll and fire lighters/matches, although we're not sure if thats provided as standard or if other 'campers' left those behind for us! We also brought 2more boxes of firelighters and matches which was a good shout as we used loads more. The kitchen is well stocked and had everything including proper crockery and a caffitiere! Dishtowels were provided but not proper towels so we brought out own. Also, there are even cosy blankets provided but we brought extra as at one point there were 4 adults and our toddler staying- the more blankets the better in the evening! The washing line was handy for hanging back clothes and wetsuits on to dry, string between 2 trees behind the cabin. STAFF Petra and everyone else we met were so lovely- not overly gushy but struch a lovely balance between being chatting and approachable ( had to text Petra to get some woodburning stove tips- although there are also handy pointers in the information on the kitchen wall for reference for folk with more common sense than me!) and giving you space. I also just asked them and they dropped off a bucket of feed to feed the goats which my 3yo (and adults!) loved. We just left money for the honesty shop at the end of our stay- again a nice touch, showing a bit of respect and trust for their guests to pay up, which in turn made the whole thing feel more relaxed and like we were friends rather than just punters, We also brought fairy lights with us which were lovely in the evening outside the cabin- 2 or 3 quid from amazon and battery powered. They'd be a nice edition to each cabin, although maybe people nick them. THE EXPERIENCE All in all, the pace of life created by the camp site is a wonderfully slow one, where you really do feel connected to the surrounding nature; pottering back and forth- pushing the wee one in a wheelbarrow or cart- to load up with firewood, picking the wild flowers growing round the cabin to pop in a glass on the large farmhouse table, being in the water, lying in the hammock reading looking onto the dunes and listening to chickens and birds. There was a quite entertaining bunch of friendly hippies in the cabin next to us who took to doing topless yoga (girls also) outside the cabins, sometimes just in knickers. It became a bit of a running joke- I thought good on them, my hubby was a bit embarrassed and found it a bit awkward but it was all part of the eclectic vibe and I'm sure that's not really the norm (also I feel 20 degree temperatures which would facilitate topless yoga are relatively rare too!). The other cabins were friendly but not intrusive, and were far enough away from eachother that you still felt 'secluded'- especially our plot at the end. I occasionally used my phone for photos but, apart from that, barely looked at it and kept data turned off. The beach is incredible too, with rocky coves and rockpools a wee walk away (15 mind maybe?), the piece of beach directly across the dunes in which and sandy with huge dunes and a river mouth which was shallow enough for the wee one to feel confident paddling in. No waves sadly the week we were there (there often isn't in summer in scotland...) but one day almost got surfable. We brought the SUP board instead and did that which we enjoyed immensley. I may be completely wrong, but I felt there was a cosier feel at the beach cabin camp than the treehouses one- maybe it depends what you're after. The toddler loved playing with the other wee kids in our site and we liked meeting other guests at the honesty shop, I feel the treehouses may be more private and better for bigger families. Our cabin could comfortable fit 3 adults and a toddler, probably 4 would have been fine but my husband is an awful sleeper so has a bed to himself usually. I've come away from it all feeling refreshed and have some very special memories of this place. We usually prefer larger hotels or rent a big airbnb for holidays, but this was somehow more relaxing and just as comfortable. I'm already planning my return trip in my head- maybe next summer with the family again, or Autumn for the surf with my brother, or a spring trip with friends... or all three!
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Annie L wrote a review Oct 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom4 contributions
This is located in a great situation, next to the beach and lots to do nearby. However we stayed in a beach cabin that has no electricity. In October, it’s dark by 5pm and then there’s nothing to do but wrap up warm and sit next to the stove and read by candlelight. This could be relaxing and romantic but the sofa is so uncomfortable that we ended up getting into bed at 8pm to stay warm... it’s not exactly what we hoped for. This would be a great place for a weekend in summer. But not in October or later in Scotland. You need a cup of tea quicker than 45mins which is how long it takes to build the fire in the stove and wait for it to get hot enough that it boils the kettle! It’s charming for kids with hens and goats and the staff are friendly and helpful. Sadly I don’t think we’ll stay again due to this experience. We left before our week end and also stayed in a local hotel one night to get a hot shower. Recommend it for summer trips only.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from petra socha, General Manager at Harvest Moon Holidays
Responded 3 Nov 2020
Hi Annie, Thanks for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed the location and thought that the customers service was good. We will very much take on board that you didn't find the sofas that comfy, this has come up a couple times this season we are happy to admit. We are looking at the possibility of installing gas rings so cups of tea will be quicker. We have actually also been surprised by just how warm people have found them even in October so i would suggest that you were the exception in being very cold. I would suggest that your experience was the exception and that this was not the type of holiday for you perhaps a more traditional lodge with power given the time of year would have been more appropriate for you? We aren't the typical holiday we are still very much a get back to nature glamping experience. I have included all of the reviews from the people that stayed in the beach cabin at the same week as you for you a bit of context. These are literally all of the beach cabin reviews via our internal feedback system we have had come in today, unedited. -'Loved every minute of our stay from the log burner, chickens, amazing beaches and walks, goats to even having no WiFi and being able to hear the waves from the cabin. We will be back and would recommend people to stay however I fear there won’t be space for us :)' -'A fantastic location, my partner would never do camping so this was the closest I would get him to outdoor living! Everyone had a great time! We have 11yr old and a 3yr old, hard to satisfy both but this did it! Great walks, getting the family working together collecting wood keeping fires going! Seeing the animals and feeding them' -'We had a great stay, accommodation was excellent and everything was provided to make our stay comfortable. The chickens and goats gave endless entertainment for my daughter and the beach was beautiful and very close by'. -'Our stay in the cabin was amazing! I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. The cabin was impeccable with everything you could possibly need. The location was stunning and the staff were so friendly and helpful. The cabin was plenty warm enough for our October stay. We will definitely be back next year. Highly recommended.' Best wishes The Harvest Moon Team
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US$164 - US$312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomScotlandEast LothianDunbar
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Which popular attractions are close to Harvest Moon Holidays?
Nearby attractions include John Muir Alpacas (2.9 miles), Tantallon Castle (2.2 miles), and Belhaven Beach (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Harvest Moon Holidays?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and reduced mobility rooms.
Is parking available at Harvest Moon Holidays?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Harvest Moon Holidays?
Conveniently located restaurants include Osteria, Cucina Amore, and Tyninghame Smithy.
Are there any historical sites close to Harvest Moon Holidays?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tantallon Castle (2.2 miles), Dunbar Castle (4.1 miles), and War Memorial Garden (4.2 miles).
Is Harvest Moon Holidays accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.