Sleeping in a Safari Tent at Harvest Moon Holidays
Before I get into this review, I’d like to take a few seconds to apologise for the lack of new content over the past two months. On getting back from our trip to Scotland at the end of May, we moved into our lovely new home and since then we’ve been busy unpacking and decorating. We’ve only recently got our Wi-Fi back which means I can fiiinally get back to blogging before I’m off on more travels again in a couple of weeks #oops.
Harvest Moon Holidays
Welcome to Harvest Moon Holidays, a unique glamping experience on the East coast of Scotland. They offer not one but two different types of accommodation for you to stay in: treehouses and safari tents. And if you read the title of this post or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know my mum and I stayed in one of their stunning safari tents!
Harvest Moon Holidays is based in Lochhouses Farm, an arable farm with rolling fields of barley and wheat. The farm also boasts a magnificent private beach, woodland, lochs and wetland. There are plenty of places to explore in the local area and lots of walks and cycle routes to keep you occupied. But if that’s not your cup of tea or you’re just fed up of “doing” on holiday, you can just lay back in a hammock and take in the fresh ocean air. It’s up to you!
As their safari tents and treehouses are quite large and can sleep up to 8 people, Harvest Moon Holidays is the perfect place to visit with family or a group of friends. Glamping is great for couples too as it’s very romantic but will be a little more on the pricier side as you have no one to split the cost with!
Not only is Harvest Moon Holidays a great place to stay on holiday but it’s also the perfect place to tie the knot. Robert, Michele and the team host beautiful weddings right on the beach, with a marquee in the safari tent glamping site. Guests can then stay in the treehouses and safari tents, making it a real holiday for all! “A beach wedding in where? Scotland??”, I hear you asking. Mum and I thought the exact same thing but apparently, it’s only rained once during a wedding since the beginning of 2016. Turns out Scotland’s weather isn’t too bad, after all..
Our Safari Tent
When we arrived at the site, the lovely Petra was there to greet mum and I, and show us to our tent. On site, there are a whopping 7 safari tents, and we were lucky enough to stay in the bride and groom’s tent, which was the closest to the beach (and so the most secluded and private) and was jazzed up with lots of romantic details.
Inside the safari tent you will find everything you need and more to make you feel cosy and at home. Each tent has an internal area of 9 x 4.5 metres with additional en suite WC and hot showers out back. We’ll get onto the bedrooms in a minute but as for the rest of the tent, the kitchen area has a sink unit, pine dresser and amazing wood stove with oven, which helped us keep the place nice and toasty and cook up some delicious grub. Everything you need to cook up a feast is included such as pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. There’s no fridge or freezer but there is a cool box which does the job well. You can pick up free ice bottles from the honesty shop to keep your stuff nice and cold. We stored meats and everything in there, no problem!
There’s a comfortable lounge/dining area at the front of the tent with a huge dining table and double sofa bed. Each safari tent also has its own covered seating area at the front and separate hammock for you to lounge on.
The only potentially negative thing about the tent, depending on how you look at it, is that there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. We really didn’t need Wi-Fi, and it was good for us to switch off, but it would have been nice to have charging ports for us to charge our phones in case of an emergency. There is, however, a charging hut with plugs a 10 minute or so walk away from the tents. As for lights, it’s time to get old fashioned with candles and lanterns!
Interestingly a family, who were staying on site whilst we were there, asked to move from a treehouse to a safari tent for a more rustic camping experience. The treehouses have electricity so they may be the better option for those of you who want to stay somewhere unique but aren’t ready to ditch electricity just yet. They had to pay a bit more money to compensate for the extra cleaning but otherwise, Harvest Moon Holidays were more than happy to accommodate.
No sleeping on a mat or a blow-up bed, folks. Harvest Moon Holidays are aallll about the luxury. And let me tell you: that cosy cupboard bed is what dreams are made of! It blocked out the light perfectly which meant I could actually have a lie in whilst camping (who thought it possible?) but it was open at the top so it didn’t feel too claustrophobic.
As we were sleeping in the bride and groom’s tent there were only two double beds in the tent. In all the other tents there are two bedrooms at the back: one with a four poster double bed and one with a bunk bed. So in total, including the double cupboard bed and the double sofa bed at the front of the tent, the tents sleep 8 people. Instead of having a bunk bed in our tent, the space was filled with another table, a full-length mirror and a chest of drawers.
A real flushing toilet whilst camping??? Yes, you heard me right. The last two glamping places I’ve stayed at have had compost loos which is all well and good – but proper toilets are a real luxury! Oh, and hot running water and a shower. It just gets better…
The en suite is located at the back of the tent on some decking. Beside the en suite is a little table and chairs which feels a bit more private than the front seating area. Mum and I enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast out here each morning.
So What’s On-Site?
Lambs and Chickens and Rabbits, Oh My!
“Do you suppose we’ll meet any wild animals?” asks Dorothy. Yes is the answer. Yes, you will, Dorothy. On the farm, there are plenty of animals for you to meet including rabbits, chickens, lambs, sheep and horses (and mini rare breed Skyrian ponies!).
On our first morning waking up in the tent, bottles of milk were placed outside our tent for us to feed the lambs. They were sooo cute and I bet this would be a real hit with kids!
Honesty Shop and Games Hut
On site, there was also an honesty shop and a games hut. The honesty shop was quite expensive so we didn’t use it but it’s really handy to have it there, especially if you get a bit peckish and haven’t got any food on you. The shop is also stocked with other essentials such as toiletries and toothbrushes. Instead, we went to the Tesco Superstore in North Berwick (which was probably the most scenic supermarket I’ve ever been to) to pick up some essentials at a cheaper price.
In the games hut, there were playing cards, board games and outdoor games such as footballs and bucket and spades for the beach. It wasn’t the best selection but it’s good of them to offer it.
What We Loved About Our Stay at Harvest Moon Holidays
Being Right By The Beach
Probably the best thing about staying at Harvest Moon Holidays is that you are only a ten second walk away from your own beautiful private beach. Being able to just wake up and roll onto the sand is so convenient, and the sunsets are pretty spectacular.
In the toy shed, there are sledges you can use to sledge down the sand dunes. Mum and I didn’t get that adventurous but we did have fun struggling to climb up them!
Relaxing in a Hammock
It’s mad to think in my 20 years on this planet I’ve never been in a hammock before so I was more than happy to lose my hammock virginity at Harvest Moon Holidays. Each tent comes with at least one very comfy private hammock which you can lounge in to your heart’s delight.
It’s So Close to Edinburgh!
Glamping sites tend to be in very rural, off-grid locations making them a bit of a pain in the ass to get to. But Harvest Moon Holidays is only a 45 minute drive away from Edinburgh. So whether you’re travelling from Edinburgh Airport or fancy a day trip to Scotland’s capital, Harvest Moon Holidays is in an ideal location. You can easily reach North Berwick via train as Edinburgh is on the East Coast Rail mainline.
Win a Glamping Holiday!
It’s not a Faraway Lucy review unless I give something back to you brilliant people, now is it? Harvest Moon Holidays have kindly agreed to give away a free two night mid week stay in September/October 2017 for up to 6 people in one of their safari tents. This glamping holiday is worth a whopping £1100 so you definitely don’t want to miss out on a chance of winning!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to fill in the Rafflecopter form below and follow the instructions. Bear in mind that if you don’t complete the entries when you say you did, you will be disqualified! The more ways you enter, the more likely you are to win! This competition is only open to UK residents aged 18+ only and ends at 12:00AM (BST) on Thursday 6th July. I’ll announce the winner later that day over on my Twitter. Good luck everyone!
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