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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.