Lochhouses is owned and run by Robert and Michele Dale, laird and lady laird of Lochhouses and Newbyth, and has been in Robert’s family since 1892 prior to which was part of the Earl of Haddington’s majestic Tyninghame Estate.
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, if you have children of any age, for them 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 sitting round a bonfire at night, or if you want a “farming hands-on” holiday for those of you interested in helping out with our hens in the hen house, ducks and our lop-eared bunnies as well as bottle-feeding our new lambs in spring!
Lochhouses is an ideal setting for birthdays (and we’ve had many celebrated here from 4 to 70 year olds!), anniversaries, celebrations (sorry – no “hen” or “stag” parties) and weddings have been really popular (we’ve even had the bride and groom ride back to the honeymoon tent ).
This is heaven for horse and pony-lovers with miles of beach and woodland to stroll or gallop along!
Apart from our own horses and mini rare breed Skyrian ponies on site – our next door farm runs a trekking centre with horses for all levels of riding and lovely little ponies to cater for the mini-riders too ! (See “Activities”).
- wild pheasants
and wild grey partridges which we are trying to re-establish in the UK and won the award in 2007 for the most successful habitat !
When you stroll along to our wetland and lochs you’ll be able to spot wild ducks, swans, geese, moorhens, and little coots.
So bring your binoculars and bird book!
You will also have a gastronomic time (!) as we have fabulous local village and farm shops which can supply locally reared beef, pork, lamb, duck and venison as well as locally grown vegetables. We even have our own locally caught crab and lobster from the sea right in front of the site!
In autumn, you can pick your own brambles (blackberries) and wild raspberries which are all over our woodland and hedgerows – so you can make your own puddings or jam!
We have had a lot of fun running the tents and introducing new holiday experiences and look forward to meeting you – and welcoming many of you back!