I love this time of year if I’m honest. Long, lazy days stretching ahead with no time restraints and no real need to be anyway fast- just what the kids need after a busy year at school. And like most families, we look forward to getting away too. The only problem with summer holidays away though, is the travelling with kids part. My son often says he wishes we could just snap our fingers and teleport ourselves to our destination, and I have to say that the idea is very tempting indeed! And for some, its not just the length of time spent travelling, its the fact that the travelling itself can really take its toll on your health. Yep, we’re talking travel sickness, and until a couple of years ago I’d never experienced it. Let me tell you, it is NOT fun at all. So when Sea Band got in touch to see if I’d like to try out their products, along side some super fun holiday activity books for the kids I felt it only sensible to say yes. Here are my thoughts, plus read to the end for details of a fab giveaway too!…
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you cannot have failed to notice that we recently visited High Seas Hobbit to review their glamping experience. You may also have noticed that we completely fell in love with a new part of the world.
Scotland had never really been on our radar before now. I’m ashamed to say that I had a rather narrow and completely inaccurate view of this part of the UK and the idea of a break there wasn’t on our must-do list. If you feel the same, please allow me to change your mind. I have so much to say about High Seas Hobbit and our break away, that I am dedicating this whole week to our glamping experience. Today’s post is focussed on the hobbit house itself.
The hobbit house is really what sold it to us. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a cylindrical house with a disused whisky barrel as a toilet? The photos on the website piqued our curiosity but there is still no real way to prepare yourself for the sight of it all. It’s unique, it’s quirky and it’s fun. And yes, it’s a cylinder!
The house is situated on the field beside the owner’s farm house, and is gated with a fence on all sides. Beyond the fence are some beautiful cows and sheep and beyond the animals is a beautifully stunning stretch of Scottish coastline. Believe me when I tell you that the view as the sun sets (and rises) is awesome. I was told that during the high summer the sun only really goes down for an hour or so a day, making the positioning of the little house all the more special in my opinion.
The whiskey barrel toilet is situated a few short paces from the hobbit house and is really more of a bathroom than just a WC. There is a small sink with running water and the attention to detail here is just lovely. From the mirror decorated with drift wood, to the dried flower bouquet and the quirky toilet roll holder- there is no doubting the proud certificate on the wall! Yes, we’re talking an award winning loo!
A few more paces from the loo is the washing up area with another running tap and a small shelf to work on. Behind that is the shower room. Again, the attention to detail here is lovely and the shower is both clean and surprisingly warm. The water at High Seas Hobbit comes from a well so the pressure is not as powerful as you are used to at home, but there really are no complaints from me at all. We all managed showers very well.
At the back of the small field there are recycling bins and a chest containing all the equipment you need to cook on the main attraction (besides the house itself!)… the fire pit!
There is nothing quite like cooking your food on an open fire, or snuggling up beside it as the sun sets. The fire pit really is the focal point of the whole experience- the place where we all gathered at the end of the day’s adventures. We cooked sausages, we toasted marshmallows (these can be bought from the owners if you forget to bring them) and we warmed our hands. Lovely. There is no guard though, so small children need to be supervised at all times.
Inside the hobbit house, there are all the mod cons you would expect in a holiday home. A small heater if you need it (we did NOT need it at all as once the doors are closed for the night the hobbit house generates enough heat to keep you warm!), a kettle, a fridge and even a television. Under the double bed there is a large storage cupboard and a small window above that.
The beds are simple- one double and two singles fitted with a basic mattress. You need to bring sheets and duvets or sleeping bags, but if you forget anything there is a large Asda just 10 minutes away where you can buy whatever you need. If you’re taking small children like we did, you need to be aware that there is not enough room for a travel cot. Added to this, the beds are quite high up from the floor and the floor is hard so you need to think about your sleeping arrangements. We used a toddler ready bed and placed that at the end of the double bed. The Big One and the preschooler slept at the other end of that bed and Ghostwriterdaddy and I took the two single beds. This combination worked well for us.
There is plenty of room around the hobbit house for you to park your car, and for the children to play. There is also a large table with chairs and a log seat. And here the personality of High Seas Hobbit is still so evident. The kids loved the quirky animal sculptures and I was more than taken with the vintage style bunting, the quirky fencing and the wonderful pebbles on sticks. There are so many little bits of charm and originality dotted around that you cannot fail to be taken in by it all.
Our verdict? High Seas Hobbit is beautiful. It is calm. It is relaxed. It is a small haven hidden away on the Aberdeenshire coast; a place you might never find on your travels, but one that you should certainly seek out. Tomorrow’s post will tell you a little more about what we did while we were there, so hopefully I can help convince you further that High Seas Hobbit should be the location of your next holiday!