Zoos get into Glamping as Durrell Wildlife Camp Scoops First AA Glamping Award

Durrell Wildlife Camp, Jersey
Durrell Wildlife Camp, Jersey

The Durrell Wildlife Camp, Jersey, is the first recipient of the new AA Glamping Site of the Year award. A canvas Clubhouse, Lemur Lodge, serves as reception, meeting place and function area, whilst accommodation is in futuristic geo domes, both from Boldscan’s Albion Canvas range. Set on wooden decking, interiors feature a king-size bed, two singles and a wood-burning stove, plus an additional pod with high quality toilet, wash basin and shower, and a spacious fully equipped kitchen. The AA commented: “The Durrell Wildlife Camp offers quality accommodation, excellent customer service and a unique holiday experience.”

Last year Boldscan set up Chessington World of Adventures’ new ‘Explorer Glamping’ site with 31 bespoke khaki bell tents and four safari-style Amboseli tents. The site is situated next to the Wild Asia section, home to the lorikeets. Interiors have a subtle Asian theme and include proper beds, duvets, a clothes rail, free Wi-Fi, power sockets and tea and coffee making facilities.

Chester Zoo, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, and Camp Hill Estate have recently installed Boldscan’s clear span (no poles) Clubhouse. Camp Hill Estate’s owner, Robert Ropner, toyed with the idea of redeveloping existing buildings or putting up a wooden cabin to house the café. “A wooden cabin would have been extortionately expensive in comparison. As well as winning on price, the canvas Clubhouse offered flexibility and the muted colours blended in with the landscape. The Clubhouse will be a café in high season and then a venue for weddings or corporate events. It can even be moved to a new site if necessary.” 01823 665849 / www.albioncanvas.co.uk

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