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Farm Diversity magazine editor Victoria Galligan caught up with Anji Morrall, the director of The Tipi Hire Company and The Bell Tent Shop. Here, she advises those setting up glampsites on choosing the perfect tents…
How did you get into making tipi tents?
We started hiring North American tipis 12 years ago. I bought one tipi to live in on a plot of land we were going to buy in Spain. The sale fell through – and I was left with a tipi. I then made a website and it took off overnight.
Five years down the line, I asked our customers what they wanted and bell tents were becoming popular. We started hiring our bell tents for extra accommodation at weddings, festivals, corporate events etc. and we now have over 500 that we hire our throughout the summer months across the UK and beyond.
Now in its eleventh year of business, Humble Bee Farm is a working arable and stock farm in the Yorkshire Wolds.
Nothing unusual here, perhaps, except the farm decided to diversify just over a decade ago and now successfully combines the agricultural side of the business with award-winning glamping.
Co-owned by Julia and John Warters, Wigwam® Holiday Humble Bee Farm started small: a petite campsite, two original Big Chief Wigwam® Cabins and a portable toilet.
Today, with a clutch of awards under their belts, the couple have continued their diversification to include twenty Wigwam® Cabins (including four en-suite Running Water Deluxe models, each with its own private outdoor hot tub), four Nomadic Yurts, three luxury holiday cottages, a small campsite, two shower and toilet blocks, an onsite reception/shop, children’s play area, a football field and an interactive Nature Trail.