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Catgill farm has been our family home for the past 60 years, originally run as a dairy farm by Grandad Ken. In 2013 Ken’s grandson Oliver returned to Catgill to the cottage where he was born and had the idea of opening a campsite. It was not easy to sell his idea to his Grandad but he agreed and the campsite opened in 2014.
“We hoped people would love it here as much as we do” said Oliver, it turns out they do and the campsite has grown enormously in popularity over the past 5 years. It’s an amazing place for families there is so much to do; Bolton Abbey is only 1Km away and Hesketh Farm Park is literally over the road.
The site is also close to the Dalesway footpath and there are numerous cycle routes including the famous Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes. Each year we have added new features to the site, we started with a high quality amenity block and a field. Ken would welcome guests into his living room to check in.
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.
Becka Wright, Creative Manager at Appetite Me, on entering into rural diversification in a seemingly saturated market…
With more and more land owners and farmers looking into diversifying their land and business in order to secure a more financially stable future it can leave you questioning what new ways can you expand your business, especially when so many markets seem over saturated. However, there are new trends and ideas being developed all the time, below we talk about the trends we are seeing in farming diversification.
A world full of Luxury safari tents, furnished lodges and the fastest service. That is what you will get from Outstanding. The leading safari tent supplier can take care of everything. From the moment you ask them for advice to the moment the installation is complete. They lift camping to a higher level and will make sure your guests get a well-deserved vacation.
In a period of just four years Outstanding has taken up a leading position in the relatively new world of glamping. They’re designing and producing all safari tents, glamping lodges and furniture themselves. And the results have been exceptional. Their safari tents and lodges can already be found in nearly 45 countries.
A NORTHAMPTONSHIRE-BASED luxury glamping venture has completed its next phase of expansion as it opens the doors to a new onsite café.
After launching Country Bumpkin in Great Oxendon in June 2017, childhood friends and owners Jenny Lyon and Lara Collis opened the new café last month to complement the site’s award-winning farm shop and three luxury rustic yurts, which sleep between two and six people.
The glamping site on Waterloo Cottage Farm is eco-friendly and has features like solar panels - which power electricity in the yurts - a log burner, a wood fired hot tub, and composting toilets.
Manor Farm Camping near Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire has been voted The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Best Certificated Site for 2018.
The awards are split into five categories and the winning sites are crowned based on the number of nominations they have received from Club members who camp on Certificated Sites.
A smallholding of ten acres, site owner Catherine Barker opened the site in 2014 to help others enjoy the surroundings she and her young family themselves enjoy. Catherine, a long-time motorhomer herself who has spent time touring France and enjoying rallies in Spain with the Club, said: “Since we opened we’ve worked hard to improve our site facilities.