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Here, Shelley D'Arcy – Vice President Property Recruitment at cottages.com – answers Farm Diversity editor Victoria Galligan's questions on farm holiday lets and explains how to get the best return on investment…
We were at the beginning of this Glamping phenomenon and are the largest pod manufacturer in the UK. Our pod designs have been copied many times, but the true iconic design camping pod still remains with us.
Pod companies will come and go, but we will continue to grow year on year. We have pod agents all over the globe, we are the only company to do this, we remain sharp and adventurous and intent on all rising markets for this product, always marching forwards to gain any foot hold to secure new business for us, the future is positive and we are upbeat on current and forth coming orders.
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.
Huts and Stuff make Shepherds Huts to suit many uses: Their Field and Farm Shepherd's Huts make great entry Glamping solutions ideal for ramblers, walkers and cyclists accommodation. While the “Severn”, their 16ft River Range hut, can be customised to suit luxury long weekend lets ideal for wedding venues and honeymoon getaways.
Dave and John are the father and son team behind Huts and Stuff. They have over 12 years experience meeting the uniquely different needs of each of their customers. With little more than a vague idea, or a sketch on a back of an envelope, they will design a layout that suits your needs and will let you know if they think your ideas need a little more tweaking. They want the project to work for you! And Give a return on your investment.
Andy Sutton, founder of Sutton Hospitality Consultants lives and breathes hospitality and leisure – it has been his passion for 25 years. His proven track record for achieving great results spanning the holiday park, leisure and theme park industry commands him enviable respect amongst his industry peers and competitors.
Andy’s projects are built from the ground up; firm foundations and careful planning, land development with specialisms in Greenfield Site and Unique Accommodation. Taking a piece of land, planning, developing, building, sales, marketing and then selling an established park with an increase of 130% - all in only 3 years is one of Andy’s proudest achievements.
When it comes to alternative and unique accommodation - the quirkier the better! Sutton Hospitality Consultants have a great eye for recognising the potential in unusual and obscure projects. They share with you knowledge and expertise to help you to realise your unconventional and alternative accommodation potential. They’ve even converted metal freight containers into castles!
With their fourth anniversary on the horizon, Wigwam® Holidays Crowtree is one of the success stories for Wigwam® Holidays, the nationwide glamping accommodation provider.
The site, based near Spalding, South Lincolnshire, opened with six Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins in July 2015.
Owned and run by Patrick and Anne Mews, the site is home to a working farm including cattle and faithful farm dog, Bella.
Their beautiful site is close to the River Welland and is THE place to switch off, relax and lose oneself in this rural location.
Co-owner Patrick said: “It is hard to believe it’s nearly four years since we opened! Time has flown by.
“Like many in the farming sector, making money just from the farm has become a real challenge in recent years.
Cornwall … organic livestock … glamping … this sounds like a magical list of ingredients making up a tasty cocktail for a successful diversification project.
And for Wigwam® Holidays Penbugle, these formed the basic three factors for their farm’s diversification over the last eight years.
Wigwam® Holidays Penbugle Organic Farm, which is close to the market town of Liskeard and the fishing communities of Looe and Polperro in South East Cornwall, have taken the glamping plunge on their organic farm, part of the Duchy of Cornwall Duloe Estate.
The glorious Cornish countryside, which has been captured in BBC TV’s Poldark adaptations, is just one factor that encouraged John and Lizzie Ridout to diversify their farm to include bell tents, a campsite and spacious Big Chief Wigwam® Cabins, becoming part of the growing Wigwam® Holidays Franchise.
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.
Two alpaca farmers from Ilfracombe have transformed a disused, centuries-old threshing barn into luxury, disabled-friendly holiday accommodation.
Thought to be one of very few bespoke disabled-friendly holiday lets of its size in the country, Kate and Simon Brookes turned their empty stone barn into luxury holiday accommodation with the help of just one labourer.
The property has been awarded the highest level of accessibility standard by Visit Britain and a 4* gold quality award rating.