Products and services to support the glamping industry.
RETROFIT LINER FOR TIMBER TUBS
Naked Flame Eco Tubs
In these changing times, Naked Flame has added a number of products to give customers the confidence to add to their hot tub fleet as well as existing units. A recent addition to the Naked Flame portfolio is a retrofit liner kit system that can now easily change the original design solid wood units to a liner version.
Available in four different colours, the liners incorporate new seating as part of the mould making each unit extremely quick to clean and turn around for the next use. Every kit is provided with a beautiful solid wood decorative edge to enhance the natural beauty of the Scandinavian tub, keeping the original outside aesthetics but adding the convenience and peace of mind of easy and safe cleaning for guests. New tub packages can also be supplied with the kits already fitted.
Naked Flame is also a proud supplier of Delivita outdoor ovens and offers exclusive discounts to the glamping industry. Find them at Stand OSA 668 at The Glamping Show 2020.
CONTEMPORARY TIMBER GLAMPING DOMES
The team at Baya have been putting their unique skills to good use while Covid has been taking its toll on the events industry where they usually ply their trade hiring out their beautiful timber event domes.
Established in 2014, Baya has been manufacturing its own timber dome range for hire and the team can safely say they know a thing or two about building domes.
Pre-empting the spike in demand for UK staycations, Baya revisited its passion for design and building – enter The BayaStay, the first of its kind in glamping domes.
The BayaStay is a unique take on the classic geodome structure but with the added timber ‘Baya’ style. The domes are not only functional but beautiful, with a contemporary twist. The Baya team are now taking orders!
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION STRUCTURES
The idea of ‘something special’ is at the heart of Urban Blossom’s ethos. Created with the luxury hospitality sector in mind, these highly desirable architectural pods are sure to create a buzz while maximising your revenues.
Inspired by nature, the signature designs – The Bud, The Poppy and The Seed – work beautifully within every landscape. Large open windows, viewing platforms and decking areas connect with the surrounding environment and give a sense of escape from the urban and the everyday. The interiors offer the comfort of high-end design and can be customised by adding a sauna, wet room, yoga studio or even a home office.
Urban Blossom manufactures off site for fast installation. Structures can work off-grid and, with no need for traditional foundations, can be sited on uneven terrain and amongst trees. The company is carbon positive, uses low-impact, sustainable materials, and design and manufacture within the UK. It can even help support the planning process.
SPECIALIST GLAMPING INSURANCE
Friar Best Insurance Services
Following the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic unprecedented in our life-times and making us adapt to the new ‘normal’ way of life for the foreseeable future, it is reassuring that there is a certain amount of stability and continuity in the protection of business.
Friar Best Insurance Services was established in 2003, and is dedicated to providing a personal professional service to all clients. Company director, Julie Friar, said: “Businesses can all too often be left searching for an insurance professional who understands their sector, and this can particularly be the case with glamping sites, through the many diverse risks they can present.”
In 2014, Friar Best arranged an exclusive facility for the provision of bespoke insurance for glamping site owners, ensuring that the protection needed is provided.
PODS WITH A DIFFERENCE
Escape Pods have been created out of a desire to design a glamping pod that steps away from the standard ‘pods’ on offer. Founder Kevin Woodhouse has run his own steel fabrication business for over 30 years and quality and attention to detail are paramount in everything Escape Pods does. Kevin has created a high quality, versatile structure with many benefits.
Built on a heavy duty galvanised base, units are very sturdy and can be craned and transported with ease, with the added benefit of requiring minimal foundations – four concrete flags will suffice.
Escape Pods are fully insulated to give year round accommodation with the addition of a wood-burner. Large bi-fold doors allow guests to enjoy outdoor living, whether it be cooking outdoors on a BBQ or relaxing under the stars in a luxury spa.
If you are looking for a high quality glamping pod with that something extra, then an Escape Pod is the answer.
BESPOKE INSURANCE BROKER
Founded in 2003, CoverMarque is a long-established insurance brokerage and a specialist in advising the temporary structure and events industry. Nick Drew, MD and founder, has been advising on insurance since 1997. Having previously worked in the marquee industry, he is best placed to understand the industry’s needs.
CoverMarque only uses A-rated insurers so you can be assured of getting a quality product. Its glamping/camping insurance packages are extremely flexible, allowing them to cover any site size, including hot tubs, swimming pools, bars, cooking facilities and play equipment.
Nick and his team offer personalised service and work very closely with clients to ensure the bespoke insurance they need. In response to coronavirus, they have actively assisted clients by offering refunds on premiums where the client’s turnover and wages have been lower than anticipated.
NO MAINS. NO GRID CONNECTION. NO PROBLEM
Extreme Low Energy
As the UK staycation market is set to soar this year, multi-award winning low energy technology firm Extreme Low Energy (ELe) is excited to provide pod manufacturers with its bespoke ELe Eco Off-Grid Leisure Kits, providing lighting, heating and power in remote locations.
As the leisure industry recovers from these unprecedented times, ELe is ready to provide customers with a high quality product that delivers both on value and innovation. With simple plug and play technology for easy installation, the off-grid kit comes with SMART controls and monitoring. It also reduces the need for tradespeople, improving build time and costs.
No digging or restructuring existing landscape is required, supporting planning applications. With no more costly grid connections and reduced maintenance, the off-grid kit is the perfect solution, enabling more locations to site glamping pods.
DEMAND FOR WOOD-FIRED HOT TUBS
The Log Company
With Covid-19 causing a huge rise in staycations, now more than ever the domestic glamping sector needs to focus on creating more immersive and holistic experiences, which extend beyond accommodation spaces themselves.
Mark Smith, owner of The Log Company and distributor of Finnish made Kirami wood-fired hot tubs, said: “We believe the reason that Kirami UK has seen such a rise in demand at commercial glampsites is because of key features including traditional looking long life wooden exteriors, easy to clean LDPE interiors, components designed for use with chlorine and the soothing nature of deep water bathing for ultimate relaxation.
“Adding value to holiday getaways with additional features will help make locations more desirable. Our glamping customers report that 95 per cent* of people chose a hot tub when available and were happy to pay a premium for the experience.”
* Research from: .gov, Mintel and WigWam Holidays Forcett Grange
EXPERT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS
Stephen Locke Associates
The year 2020 will be remembered as being an extremely challenging time. The economic and social lives of the UK have been affected drastically, but when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
With fewer people travelling abroad, the staycation and hospitality industry have an opportunity to meet the demand of people keen to get out into our beautiful rural spaces and properties.
Stephen Locke Associates has been working with rural businesses for many years and has a wide range of knowledge and experience in gaining planning permission for leisure and tourism developments. It understands the reality of rural business and works closely with its clients to provide expert and practical advice and design.
With new government changes to the planning system, detailed and specialist advice is often needed – this supportive and practical team can help. Call for a free telephone appraisal.
EXCLUSIVE PROMOTION FOR HUT OWNERS
Blackdown Shepherd Huts
When you buy from Blackdown Shepherd Huts, the smooth delivery of your hut is just the start of your relationship with Blackdown as a business. Always there in the background to help and advise, it has now gone one step further and launched an innovative new website to support and promote owners called www.shepherdhutbreaks.co.uk
The website is an exclusive listing site to help promote Blackdown Hut glamping owners and is backed up with resources and support from long established owner Emma Warren from Dimpsey Glamping, as well as Sarah Clegg from Blackdown.
The company’s Will Vickery said: “We’re very aware of how important it is for glamping owners to be in a position to perform well over the next few years and we wanted to be able to showcase our owners in one place and do our best to support them on the journey to establish and build their businesses.”
POWER ANYTHING OFF-GRID!
Portable Power Technology
Portable Power Technology (PPT) offers a full range of off-grid power solutions for your glamping site. Its entry level powerpacks have been designed to be user friendly all in one power systems. Portable and lightweight, they have a variety of ports including 230V AC and multiple ways to charge, complete with solar options.
PPT has over 15 years’ experience creating power solutions for many different markets. If you need a larger off-grid kit, its highly experienced engineers will create a bespoke solution for your application – just tell them what you want to power and they’ll do the rest!
These power solutions make it possible to add beautiful lights to brighten up bell tents, add phone charging points to your pods, TVs to tipis or sound systems to safari tents – all the while staying off-grid and eco-friendly!
WHY CONSIDER A CLEAR SKY CANVAS LODGE?
The summer holidays have proven to be an absolute thumper for everyone in the UK who can offer high-quality glamping accommodation. One aspect that has become a given is the availability of private facilities for each accommodation unit, steering away from shared shower rooms and toilets. This is likely to be an important aspect for all enquires and bookings for 2021.
Something Clear Sky has been planning for quite a while is a dedicated showground at Clear Sky HQ in Kent. The farm has always offered glamping breaks with the team on hand to show prospective safari tent customers around the accommodation. The new display setup will feature some very high-end canvas lodges. Open from 1 October, Clear Sky is also launching virtual tours, and a ‘try before you buy’ stay can also be arranged.