Could You Start a Glamping Business?

The staycation is expected to be more popular than ever this year, with hopes that lockdown will be lifted for the summer. With holidaying overseas seeming troublesome with the risk of cancellations and quarantines; camping, glamping, and caravan holidays are increasingly popular choices.

It makes sense, having been cooped up for months on end, people want to spend some time away from their homes out in nature. It would be a much-needed boost to the industry, with many campsites and tourist destinations in the UK suffering greatly over the last year.

The BBC reports that glamping holidays for 2021 are already up with people wanting to get out. David Butterworth, Chief Executive for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said visitor numbers after the last lockdown were unprecedented.

Can I Set-Up a Camping / Glamping Business on My Land?

With many businesses and individuals being hit hard by the pandemic, there’s an opportunity for landowners to cash in and try and make some extra money with this new staycation boom.

This opportunity can be fulfilled in several forms, from renting out a field to happy campers to pitch up a tent, to installing some glamping pods which can be utilised year-round, providing we don’t go into lockdown again.

The founder of website Pitchup.com Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com said: “outdoor accommodation has outperformed other categories during the pandemic”. This trend shows no sign of slowing while we are in the grips of this pandemic.

Landowners and farmers were further boosted by the relaxation of “permitted development” rules enabling campsites to open for 56 days each year instead of 28 days, without planning permission. This is great for those looking for a little extra cash during the height of summer. But the structures will need to be temporary ie movable. These could be tents, campervans or temporary pods, yurts etc.

Of course, if you wish to rent out glamping pods, year-round you will need to speak to your local council regarding planning permission and facilities including drainage etc. Operating a campsite will also mean you need to be licensed by the council. It’s important to thoroughly do your research and create a business plan.

7 Glamping Business Solutions

We’ve had a number of enquiries from landowners looking to install a couple of glamping pods on their site to bring in some extra funds. Below we have listed seven very different types of glamping business accommodation.

Glamping Dome by Lotus Domes

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These tents are temporary, and therefore can be used under the permitted development right for 56 days of the year, or less. The glamping dome by Lotus Domes is available as a 4m or 5m diameter dome for a more glamorous festival or camping experience. It is a modified 2v (2 frequency) dome to incorporate a vertical door and porch over the entrance. The patented hub design makes the dome fast to erect, and strong enough for hanging seats inside.

The Malvern Side Entry Pod by MiPod Solutions

side-entry pod

The Malvern looks like something from a fairytale, with its quirky side-entry design. Capable of sleeping four people whilst remaining a fairly small unit, it comes with a preparation area, bunk beds, sofa bed, table, and chairs. It offers luxury and comfort in a bijou space. Measuring in at L4.7 x W4.6 x H3 metres planning permission will be required. With a small footprint, you can fit a few of these onto a piece of land to maximise income opportunities if desired. It features a larger bathroom complete with a Rooflite, extra storage, and Otterman, as well as a full kitchen unit complete with sink and drawer pack

 

 

Bespoke Shepherd Hut by Greendown Shepherd Huts

Bespoke Shepherd Hut

If you’re looking to create the ultimate luxury glamping experience, then you can’t go wrong with a bespoke shepherd’s hut. Working with a team of highly trained craftsmen, Greendown Shepherd Huts design, build and deliver tailor-made huts that follow the exact specifications of their clients—presenting them with a finished product that they’ll fall in love with. These bespoke huts are finished to a very high standard and definitely give guests the wow factor.

 

Bespoke Camping Pod by Garden Room Design

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Operating in Cumbria, Garden Room Design creates visually stunning designs that appeal to the growing trend in eco-tourists, glampers, and those who are ‘too posh to pitch’. Whether you are a holiday park, a campsite, have a spare piece of land, or perhaps a leisure facility needing more space, Garden Room Design can design and build the space you need to inspire your customers to book with you. This eye-catching and contemporary design is definitely Instagrammable.

 

 

Glamping Pod by Sovereign Modular Buildings

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A neat glamping pod designed to cater to campers’ needs, no longer do they need to bring along everything, including the kitchen sink. Sovereign Modular Buildings have been creating structures for 25 years, providing them with a wealth of key insights into businesses and guests’ needs. With a sleek modern finish, these pods are popular on many glamping sites across the country.

 

 

Large Bespoke Treehouse by Castles Carey

glamping treehouse

For an unforgettable stay, how about a bespoke treehouse? Built from 100% solid wood. They are strong & durable, insulated, crafted, and constructed on-site, hand made to your individual specification, even for commercial B&B use. After 20 years’ experience, Castles Carey can advise on all aspects and produce plans if planning permission is necessary. They offer prompt quotes and advice on every aspect of the design and building of the structure, including tree suitability, size, and style, safety, location, maintenance, as well as what is appropriate for different uses.

 

The Apartment Pod by Lune Valley Pods

glamping business apartment

This could possibly be the ultimate glamping experience for groups or families. Described as the Rolls Royce of glamping. It’s a modular solution allowing you to add as many sections as you desire to create the perfect accommodation. You can even incorporate outdoor kitchens, seating areas, and hot tubs – the list is endless, meaning its’ a perfect addition for any glamping business. This product is ideal for those longer stay holidays with the whole family. As one of the biggest and best glamping pods on the market, you can sleep up to 6 in this pod, or you can specify it to sleep two and live like kings! This pod has three distinct rooms with a large open plan kitchen/living space, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

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Home Gym vs Garden Gym

This last year has been surreal; routines have been disrupted as we have all been asked to stay home. The nation’s mental and physical health has been affected by this insular, indoors life. With many businesses asked to close, including gyms and leisure centres, fitness has taken a back seat for many.

January is typically a really busy month for gym registrations. People look to tackle their new year’s resolutions and lose that weight and get fit. After almost a year in on and off lockdowns, many of us have the added incentive to eliminate our furlough bellies.

Sadly, gyms are still closed, and there’s no news yet on when they can look to reopen. A home gym could be the perfect solution if you have space, or why not even a garden gym? Creating a personal gym can help you stay fit without excuses; your own personalised, tailored workout experienced from home. We take a look at five benefits of setting up a home gym below.

Tailored to you

When creating a home gym, you can tailor the equipment to suit your workout routine. So whether you love cardio, or prefer HIIT, it’s equipped and set up to cater for you.

Open 24/7

Your home gym is available to you 24/7, so if you fancy working out at 5 am or 11 pm there are no restrictions. There’s also no travel time, which means its the most convenient gym around.

No waiting for equipment

Sometimes gyms can be busy places, meaning you have to wait to use a particular piece of equipment or area. When you work out from your home gym, this won’t be the case. Even if you share it with other family members, you can arrange convenient workout times for all.

Improve your mental and physical health

Working out has many benefits, both physically and mentally. The benefits to mental health associated with exercise have long been known. They include better memory, better sleep, stress reduction and the release of endorphins which make you feel good.

No need to be self-conscious.

You can show up to your home gym wearing whatever you like; there’s no need to feel self-conscious and anxious that other people are watching you. You can bend and squat without the worry your leggings are see-through, lift weights without worrying about the faces you’re pulling and hop straight into your shower after.

Of course, home gyms require space; the amount of space will depend upon your set-up. For those looking to purchase bulky gym equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers etc., space is probably the biggest concern. So, what’s better than a home gym…? A garden gym, of course.

What are the benefits of a garden gym?

Garden Gyms have all the benefits of a home gym and more! A dedicated space where equipment won’t get in the way, trip you over or need setting up and putting away. Garden gyms can be installed in a range of sizes to suit your own workout needs.

Whether you’re looking for a yoga studio, a fully equipped cardio room, a gym built for weights and strength training or even somewhere to run a personal trainer business from, there’s a garden room to fit the bill.

Fancy finding out more about garden gyms? We have some suggestions for you to take a look at below.

The Haynards from The HQC Range by Outdoor Modular Spaces

garden gymhome gym set up

The HQC Range is a Premium range of garden buildings. Designed with an Anthracite Grey Cladding, Aluminium profiling, and a superior finish. Designed with the professional in mind, they’re finished with plastered ceilings and walls, recessed electrical switches, a tinted window, premium flooring and a choice of lighting. Outdoor Modular Spaces is now FDA approved and therefore can offer payment plans to customers.

Bespoke Composite Garden Room by Composite Garden Buildings

composite garden gym

Composite Garden Buildings can create your garden room your way. With a bespoke design to suit almost any requirement, including gyms. Why not tailor your size, design, doors, windows and finishing options to create your perfect garden building. Finished in composite wood you can even choose from a range of exterior colour options.

Marlborough 28mm Log Cabin – 9 Sizing Options by 1 Click Log cabins

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The Marlborough log cabin comes in 9 sizing options, meaning you can create the space you need for your own workout routine. It’s possibly the most secure garden shed on the market! Ideal if you need extra room quick, the Marlborough log cabin also makes a superb exterior workplace, extra tall sidewalls are standard in an array of sizes to suit.

As with anything, do your research first and ensure the building is fit for the purposes you will be using it for. Some workout equipment can be heavy, and floors may need to be reinforced. Always speak to the sellers first and let them know what you intend to use it for.

 

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Home Office Vs. Garden Office – Which Should You Choose?

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Over the past year, more people than ever before have been working from home. What began as a necessity due to the pandemic has now become a convenient and cost-effective choice for many individuals and businesses. As many people have learned the hard way, productivity depends on having a suitable home working environment. This post compares the more traditional home office to the contemporary garden office to see which comes out tops.

The case for a dedicated space

For those who have partners, children or housemates at home, it goes without saying that a dedicated workspace is essential to avoid frustrating distractions.

If you live alone, you may think you don’t need a dedicated workspace as you don’t have other people making noise and interrupting you. Whilst this does make for fewer distractions, working from your living environment often proves unproductive due to the temptation of your home comforts. This is the space you’re used to relaxing in; your TV, fridge and sofa can all provide temptation to slack off.

A dedicated workspace can be set up to help you to focus. It also provides the boundaries between work and relaxation time that often get blurred for homeworkers.

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Home office

A home office is a room in the main house that is dedicated to work or study. People often choose to use their smallest bedroom as an office. Some people use their dining room whilst others are fortunate enough to have a large property with plenty of space to choose from. Building an extension or loft conversion is an option for those lacking space, although this may prove costly, stressful and disruptive. Home offices are a popular choice for those who are employed and work flexibly, both in the office and at home. Part-time freelancers often choose to use existing space because the investment of an extension or garden room is not warranted.

Pros:

  • Using existing space is the cheapest option
  • You’re incredibly close to family members if they need you
  • An extension/loft conversion will add value to your property

Cons:

  • You’re extremely close to family members if they’re disruptive or noisy
  • Building an extension could involve planning permission
  • Building works for an extension/loft conversion can be lengthy, disruptive, and costly
  • It doesn’t have its entrance, so clients and visitors have to come through the main house

Garden office

 

eden curve home office

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A garden office is a self-contained workspace in your garden. There are many different sizes, styles, and providers to choose from, which means there is an ideal option for everyone. You can even get tiny office pods, (like the one pictured above) for those with smaller gardens, so you don’t lose too much of your outdoor space. A garden office is not only a wonderful home working space, but also adds an attractive feature to your property. Garden offices are a popular choice for people who run their own business as it provides a dedicated, professional space to work, hold meetings, and collaborate with others. They are also popular amongst those working in professions requiring a studio-type of environment, such as fitness instructors and artists, as well as people who work regularly with clients such as hairdressers, beauty therapists, counsellors, and consultants.

Pros:

  • Because it’s self-contained, disruptions from family members are minimised
  • You’re close enough to family members if they need you
  • Separates work and home life
  • No planning permission required
  • Vast choice of sizes and styles means you can create the ideal workspace
  • Views of the outdoors
  • Cost-effective options that can be much cheaper than an extension/loft conversion
  • Adds value to your property
  • Provides a professional space to hold meetings/work with clients
  • Options available that are larger than a box room or extension

Cons:

  • It’s more expensive than using existing space
  • Takes up space in your garden
  • Requires heating, insulation, and electrical hook up (although this is often included)

Conclusion

Whether a home office or garden room will suit you best will depend on your individual circumstances, including your income and living situation, as well as what you do for a living and when and how you want to work from home.

When weighing the pros and cons, the contemporary garden room comes out tops. If you dip your toes in and out of home working, a home office may be enough to meet your needs. If you’re serious about homeworking for the long-term or building a small business, this is the option to go for because it will provide a dedicated, quiet and professional space that is designed to meet your exact needs.

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Manage Lockdown2 Like a Boss with a Shoffice

*Pictured above is the Lugarde Napoleon Garden Home Office by Cotswold Garden Spaces from £2,699

With plans for a new nationwide lockdown announced at the weekend, the population is once again having to consider working from home.

This lockdown is different from the one back in March, with less stringent regulations. The key differences are that education settings such as schools and universities may remain open and people who cannot work from home may still go to work unless they work in non-essential shops that cannot offer a click and collect service.

The news has been welcomed with mixed reactions, but the message is clear – We must protect our NHS.

So, Can You Work Effectively From Home?

Many people discovered during the last lockdown that there are perks to working from home. There’s no commute time, you saved money on travel and lunch, coffees, etc and you can wear what you want!

Of, course there were some downsides, many weren’t equipped – Argos sold out of many desk designs back in March and the kids were also at home, so parents had more distractions than they would at work.

So, What’s the Key to Home Working Success?

  • Quiet
  • Comfortable
  • Warm
  • Connectivity

During the last lockdown, many people found themselves working in cramped and uncomfortable makeshift conditions. Productivity can be greatly reduced by poor posture, background noise, and discomfort.

You needn’t despair though. We have a solution that caters to all of the above points creating the perfect home office.

Garden offices or Shoffice’s (shed/office), have become increasingly popular since the first lockdown. Many people realised the potential of having a dedicated working space.

How Can a Shoffice Help Me Work More Productively?

Having a dedicated working space can greatly increase productivity and keep you focused on the task at hand. Somewhere quiet and away from distractions, as well as any embarrassing background noises that could interrupt phone calls or zoom meetings is the key. (If you need a laugh you can view some hilarious zoom fails here).

Being away from the main living accommodation, a garden office is the perfect solution.

Comfort Catered For

Garden Rooms make a perfect shoffice because they are versatile and come in a range of sizes. From the compact single person office space to large multi-room, multi-function spaces. Whatever your needs, there is a range of sellers ready to create off-the-shelf, or bespoke garden buildings to fit your exact requirements.

With double glazing, insulation, electrics, and even heating or running water if required, these rooms have everything you need to comfortably work throughout lockdown and beyond.

Need Some Shoffice Inspiration?

We have selected some popular shoffice choices below, but you can start your own search for the perfect home office here.

Nordic GB Shoffice

Broadway by Nordic Garden Buildings from £13,395

The Broadway has a flat roof to maximise the space within the building. Constructed with modern materials Nordic Garden Buildings have created a durable space that is ideal for home working. The Broadway is a maintenance-free, insulated building that can be used comfortably all year round without the inconvenience of annual painting or staining. It also has the added benefit of high security locking on all the doors and windows, you can rest assured that your property within the building will be safe and sound.

Serenity Self-Build Office

Serenity Garden Room – Self-Build Kit by Serenity Garden Rooms from £10,346

Save money with a ‘Serenity Self-Build’ garden room. If you’re a little handy you can build your own stylish, fully insulated, all year round, Serenity Garden Room. Supplied with a step by step tutorial, full support and detailed video guides to help ensure a high quality, professional finish for your new space.
This garden building lends itself well to a home office set-up and looks great thanks to top-quality timber C24 which Serenity garden Buildings import from Sweden. Serenity uses timber only from a range of planed-all-round carcassing, providing a reliable and consistent high-quality finish.
Scotts of Trapston Summerhouse shoffice

The Newhaven Corner Summerhouse by Scotts of Thrapston from £6,730

For smaller or odd-shaped gardens, corner buildings work really well. The Newhaven has been cleverly designed to make the most of a corner setting and to fit snugly into a confined location. It is supplied with lockable doors and casement windows with laminated glass. The doors and windows are all fitted with brass ironmongery, as standard. The Newhaven opens up to create a spacious and airy summerhouse offering the ideal view across the whole garden, which is great for those working from home.

Dryspace Modular Office

Dryspace Spaces – Small by Dryspace Structures from £14,394

Dryspace Spaces offer a fully configurable and modular semi-permanent maintenance-free space. Each space comes with a 10-year structural warranty to provide customers with peace of mind. Fabricated using carefully sourced and tested materials, a Dryspace Space has a projected life expectancy of more than 35 years. Insulated panels, ensure that these structures can provide the perfect year-round space to work, rest or play.

POD SHED OFFICE

POD Garden Room by Winslade Landscapes from £11,160

The POD Garden Room is ideal for use as a shoffice, It comes with a 10-year product guarantee and a 5-year installation warranty. An attractive unit with plenty of natural light and space to work. This garden building looks great while offering that all-important extra space to work, rest, or play.

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