Harvest Moon Holidays
If mere glamping is not enough for you then you can take a step up here - literally - into your very own treehouse. These palatial hideaways recline in a blissfully rural corner of East Lothian (Edinburgh still lies within easy reach) and boast a massive elevated wooden decking area complete with a sturdy table and chairs. There are two buildings on the deck, one a cosy sleeping space with two bedrooms and a proper toilet and shower attached. The other is the living area, an open plan family friendly oasis with an old wood burning stove - you'll need that as they don't have electricity! Time slows right down when mobiles are not bleeping and the kids are not plugged into tablets. Entertainment here is charmingly old skool as they can play on their very own set of swings under the treehouse, help feed the on site lambs and chickens or just lose hours bashing around on the massive beach that lies just over the sand dunes. Then there are the stars to admire from the deck at night. Note they also have seven luxury safari tents nearby too, with a separate review on Cool Places.
The Owner Says
Our favourite spot
Glampers, groups, families, young groups – yes. Caravans, dogs, campervans – no.
The local area
Pony trekking at the adjacent farm (07768 627 547). Bike trails along the dunes and in the woodland (bring your own bike). North Berwick is 15 minutes drive away with beaches, boat trips to Bass Rock and the Scottish Seabird Centre (00 44 01620 890 202). The National Museum of Flight (0131 247 4238) is nearby too with the chance to see Concorde and sit in a cockpit. Even better for young ones is East Links Farm (01368 863 607), a wonderland with soft play, miniature train rides, animals and go karts that can easily occupy a whole day.The John Muir Country Park (in honour of the pioneering wilderness conservationist) stretches along several miles of the coast from the ruined castle at Dunbar, along Belhaven Bay (past the campsite) and on towards Bass Rock. The more adventurous can try Wakeboarding with Foxlake Adventures (01620 860657)
Best local places to eat and drink
The site has a number of locals who can source fresh lobster and other seafood. The welcome pack also has details of local food suppliers. North Berwick is famous for its lobster with the Lobster Shack (07910 620 480) the freshest, best venue for lobster and chips down on the harbour, which goes down very well with the local cider, Thistly Cross. The Crown Hotel (01620 860 335) in the cute wee village of East Linton has a great bar stocked with Scottish ales, whiskies and an open fire, with a bistro on hand too. The Linton Hotel (01620 860202) has a good range of ales and whiskies and is a little ‘Laura Ashley’ and serves cracking meals.
Why stay with us?
Campfires allowed. Seven pre-erected tent encampments & seven wooden treehouses (the two camps are situated half a mile from each other). No electricity. Each unit has its own wood-burning stove, modern (candlelit) en suite toilet and superb hot shower. Chicken and ducks roam around (private chicken runs can be rented), whilst horses and ponies await petting. Free play store laden with toys and treehouse for young ones. Honesty shop stocks essentials and local produce. BBQ and campfire facilities. Daily ice packs free for use in non-electric cool boxes. Vast beach just beyond dunes.
Four nights midweek from £590 per treehouse. Three night weekend breaks from £630 per treehouse
There are regular trains on the main east-coast line stopping at Dunbar, from which there’s a no. 120B bus service run by Eve Coaches (01368 865500) that passes by Tyninghame and Whitekirk, but it’s a long walk from the road to the farm.
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