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Lochhouses Farm

Suitable for children of all ages

Not suitable for pets

The best of both worlds - sea and trees! Family-friendly treehouse cabins on 2m stilts, close to Lochhouses Farm and right by the beach

The new treehouse cabins at Lochhouses Farm are just steps away from the dunes, the beach within easy reach. A mile to the south of the existing safari tent site, these seven cabins share its close proximity to the sandy beach - all are equally lovely, so it doesn’t matter which you book! The amazing 2-metre raised decks give you breathtaking views to the sea and the famous Bass Rock in one direction; behind you is the forest. Below decks, a hammock, love seat and swings are a huge hit with everyone, but especially children.

Climb the steps to find two doubles, one with an extra single bunk above. A mains-powered hot shower and loo complete the first pod. The second, across a covered walkway, holds a beautiful octagonal living area fully kitted out with trademark Belfast sink, log-burning range and all the pots, pans and crockery you could ask for; the yacht-style dining table swings down from the wall and seats five for dinner. This is incredibly fun, but comfortable, even luxurious, family camping - pack your towels, and very little else!

Our guests say...

We had the most amazing holiday! The Treehouse was absolutely perfect for our toddler son who loves the outdoors and digging. The beaches were beautiful and we filled our days cooking on our woodburner and bbq and playing on the beach. there was a local butcher that was award winning and had wonderful views of Bass Rock.

20/06/2016

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Essentials

The important stuff

  • Check in time is 4 - 6pm if possible please
  • Check out time is 10:30am
  • HORSES - please give Michele as much notice as possible if you plan on bringing your horse
  • You are welcome to leave your car on site and enjoy a last day at the beach before heading off
  • Please leave the tent clean and tidy and drop bed linen and any towels back at the house in the basket provided
  • Unfortunately Heron Safari tent is not suitable for hen and stag dos, due to the proximity of other guests.
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 2 doubles, one with single bunk above.

Cooking

  • Belfast sink with running water
  • Wood-burning range
  • There is no fridge, but a cool box is provided and ice bottles are brought to the tents every morning

Washing

  • Gas-powered indoor shower
  • Separate flushing loo in each cabin

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Linen provided except for towels. A towel pack can be rented for £5 per person

Entertainment

  • The sea!
  • Swings and hammock underneath each treehouse

Activities

Outdoor & active

Lochhouses farm is located in an area abounding with footpaths, trails, beaches, dunes and bridleways. The vicinity can be explored on foot, by bikes hired from the farm or on horse or pony from the next-door neighbours' trekking centre. The fabulous countryside, miles of beach and woodland make this location paradise for horse and pony lovers with routes available for all levels of riding.

You can rent a private chicken coop with one hen next to your tent for £10 per stay. Remember hens only lay one egg per day! Please get in touch with Lochhouses as soon as possible after you've booked so that the coop is next to your tent on arrival.

Go Ape! has its highest zip wire over a magnificent reservoir near Peebles, and plenty of Tarzan swings and other epic zip wires for the whole family.

East Links Family Park offers a fun day out with activities for the kids including a Thomas the Tank Engine railway and bouncy castles.

East Lothian’s premier fishery is down the road, offers a range of tickets and is particularly welcoming to families.

North Berwick is home to the Bass Rock, an extinct volcano described by Sir David Attenborough as, "one of the wildlife wonders of the world" because of its rock gannet colony. The Scottish Seabird Centre offers boat trips to the Rock.

Places to visit

Dunbar is the birthplace of John Muir who was born here in 1838. The Muir family emigrated to the US where John campaigned for the preservation of natural environments and earned his name as the father of the conservation movement. The John Muir Centre in Dunbar holds a photographic biography of his life and is free to enter.

The Glenkinchie Distillery is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings.

Michelle and Robert have arranged special rates for Lochhouse guests at the Golf and Country Club at Whitekirk where you can use the gym, swimming pool, restaurant and golf courses.

The East Fortune Airfield nearby is home to a Concorde at the Museum of Flight

Half an hour away from Lochhouses is the Rosslyn Chapel which was founded in 1446 and has been made famous in more recent times by The Da Vinci Code novels and films. The Chapel is an architectural masterpiece with its famous Apprentice Pillar and the stone carvings inside which present biblical narratives in stone.

Festivals & events

With Edinburgh only 30 minutes on the train this is an ideal base for those wishing to go to the world-famous Edinburgh fringe festival in August.

The huge Hogmanay celebrations take place in Edinburgh each New Year's Eve.

Food & Drink

Lobster

At Lochhouses

At the local shop, a converted fishing boat at the corner of the safari tent camp, you can often find pheasant, duck or venison from the woods or crab and lobster from the sea just in front of your tent. A mile away from the treehouses, it's a short trip which you are welcome to make to stock up on provisions! Michele and Robert’s home grown potatoes, turnips and leeks serve as an excellent accompaniment. The farm store also offers homemade oven/stove ready meals so that you can stay in holiday mode and just sit back and relax. In autumn, you can pick your own brambles (blackberries) and wild raspberries to make puddings or jams. You can also pre-book a campfire cooking pot to prepare a soup or stew on your bonfire outside the tent.

Pubs & restaurants

Smithy Teashop, Tyninghame (2 miles). Set in the peaceful village of Tyninghame just down the road, is a quaint little teashop serving a range of coffees and teas, light meals, home baking and the wonderful Lucas ice-cream.

There are lots of pubs in North Berwick and Dunbar, both about 7 miles away.

La Potinière, Gullane (10 miles). Owned by award winning chefs, a constantly changing seasonable menu.

Ducks, Aberlady (11 miles). Relocated from Edinburgh for the peace and quiet, the restaurant also now has a bar/bistro attached.

Meet your hosts

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About the farm (you'll meet your hosts when you get there!)

Lochhouses is mainly an arable farm with rolling fields of barley, wheat and market garden vegetables inland from its magnificent beach, woodland, lochs and wetland. There is so much diversity for you and children of any age to enjoy here. Whether you are looking for the quiet country holiday with no distracting activities other than a walk along the beach or through the woods and a singsong round a bonfire at night, or if you want a 'farming hands-on' holiday, helping out with our hens in the hen house, ducks, lop-eared bunnies or bottle-feeding the new lambs in spring, there is something for everyone at Lochhouses.

Getting there

Lochhouses Farm, Tyninghame, East Lothian, Scotland EH42 1XP

By car

From the North of Edinburgh and Edinburgh

Take the City Bypass dual carriageway from Edinburgh (signposted to Berwick-upon-Tweed). Exit at the 2nd Haddingtonsliproad signposted to East Linton.When you come to the roundabout off this sliproad, take the 2nd exit to East Linton on A199.Stay on this road past the East Linton turn-off and past the next 2 signs which read “Knowes”, take the next road left at the signpost which reads A198 to North Berwick, Tyninghame and Whitekirk. Stay on this road through the village of Tyninghame until you see a sign in the field on the right which reads “Stewarts Turf”, at the bottom of that field you will see the sign for Lochhouses. Turn right here into Lochhouses and follow the road past the row of farm cottages until you come to the farm yard. From there, you will see the Lochhouses site near the beach and find your way straight to your tent or treehouse, no need to go to the farm house.

A1 from Newcastle

Take the A1 dual carriageway signposted North to Berwick-upon-Tweed then Edinburgh but Exit at the 2nd Dunbar roundabout and take the A199 to North Berwick. Keep left at the next roundabout and keep heading for North Berwick. Continue until you see the signpost for A198 to North Berwick, Tyninghame and Whitekirk. Stay on this road through the village of Tyninghame until you see a sign in the field on the right which reads “Stewarts Turf”, at the bottom of that field you will see the sign forLochhouses. Turn right here into Lochhouses and follow the road past the row of farm cottages until you come to the farm yard. From there, you will see the Lochhouses site near the beach and find your tent or treehouse.

A198 from North Berwick

Take the A198 from North Berwick to Dunbar. About 1 mile after you pass through Whitekirk on this road, you will come to a bad right-hand bend, slow down as the sign for Lochhouses is on that bend and you must turn sharp left into Lochhouses at that bend. Turn left here into Lochhouses and follow the road past the row of farm cottages until you come to the farm yard. From there, you will see the Lochhouses site near the beach and find your tent or treehouse.

By Train/Bus

Trains - either to Dunbar Station which is on the main East coast line and is only 10 minutes by taxi from the farm or take a train from Edinburgh Waverly Station (Scotrail service) on the North Berwick line. North Berwick station is only 10 minutes away by taxi too.

Buses - there are also regular buses from Edinburgh (Ferrymans) to Haddington, East Linton, Dunbar and North Berwick.

Booking Terms

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Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
 
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

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  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;

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  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.

 

The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.

 

1. Booking and payments

 

1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).

 

1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk). Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.

 

1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.

 

1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.

 

1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.

 

1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.

 

2. Cancellation and Amendment by You

 

2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email (bookings@canopyandstars.co.uk) and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.

 

2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  

 

2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.

 

2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.

 

2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 

 

2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.

 

2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.

 

2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.

 

Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.

 

3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.

 

4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.

 

5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.

 

6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;

OR

(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;

OR

(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.

 

7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.

 

8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.

 

9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.

 

10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.

 

11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.

 

12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.

 

13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.

 

14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.

 

15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 

 

16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.

 

17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.

 

18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.