Sleeping in a Safari Tent at Harvest Moon Holidays
Welcome to Harvest Moon Holidays, a unique glamping experience on the East coast of Scotland, boasting treehouse and safari tent accommodation. Based in Lochhouses Farm, an arable farm with rolling fields of barley and wheat, Harvest Moon Holidays is home to 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 too. But if that’s not your cup of tea or if you are just fed up of doing activities on holiday, you can 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 because it’s very romantic but it will be a little more on the pricier side at Harvest Moon Holidays as you have no one to split the cost with!
Our Safari Tent at Harvest Moon Holidays
When we arrived at the site, the lovely Petra was there to greet us and show us to our tent. 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. As you enter the tent, you’ll be greeted by a comfortable lounge/dining area with a huge dining table and a double sofa bed. Each safari tent also has its own covered seating area at the front and a separate hammock for you to lounge on.
The kitchen area has a sink unit, pine dresser and amazing wood stove with oven. This helped us keep the tent nice and toasty and cook up some delicious grub. You have everything you need to cook up a feast, including 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 even stored meat in there, no problem!
No sleeping on a mat or a blow-up bed, folks. Harvest Moon Holidays are aallll about luxury. And let me tell you: that cosy cupboard bed was 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?). Plus, it was open at the top so it didn’t feel too claustrophobic.
We only had two double beds in our tent. However, in all the other tents at Harvest Moon Holidays 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, each tent can sleep up to 8 people. Instead of having a bunk bed in our tent, space was filled with another table, a full-length mirror and a chest of drawers.
The en suite is located at the back of the tent on some decking. Beside the ensuite 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.
A real flushing toilet whilst camping? Yes, you heard me correctly. The last two glamping sites 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…
Electricity and Wi-Fi
The only potentially negative thing about the safari tents is that there is no electricity or Wi-Fi. We personally welcomed a break from the internet; however, 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 walk away from the tents. As for lights, it’s time to get old fashioned with candles and lanterns!
Interestingly, a family who was staying at Harvest Moon Holidays whilst were we 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 aren’t ready to ditch all your home comforts just yet. The family had to pay a bit more money to compensate for the extra cleaning. But otherwise, Harvest Moon Holidays were more than happy to accommodate.
So What’s On-Site at Harvest Moon Holidays?
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. Sooo cute!
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. However, 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 Harvest Moon Holidays to offer them.
Weddings at Harvest Moon Holidays
Not only is Harvest Moon Holidays a great place to stay 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 large marquee for the reception. 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 cry. We 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…
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 too!
In the toy shed, there are sledges you can borrow to slide 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 you can imagine my delight when I discovered my own hammock right beside my safari tent! Each tent comes with at least one very comfy private hammock which you can lounge in to your heart’s content.
It’s So Close to Edinburgh!
Glamping sites tend to be in very rural, off-grid locations. This makes 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.
So what did you think of Harvest Moon Holidays? Would you love to stay here? Have you ever been glamping before? Let me know in the comments below!
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