Bizzyberry Lodge, South Lanarkshire
Product: Log home kit
Supplier: Scandinavian Homes, 0845 299 6337, email@example.com, www.scandinavianhomes.com
Details: Bizzyberry Lodge is a luxury modern log cabin, complete with hot tub set in its own private woodland garden with stunning views of Tinto Hill, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire.
Rosie and Jim have built a log holiday home with a contemporary yet cosy and welcoming vibe. They chose a customised version of the Soina log home kit from the Scandinavian Homes range. A key feature of this design is the full height living area with mezzanine, which is open to the roof inside. The log cabin is set in its own wooded grounds with a private entrance, next to Jim and Rosie’s farm.
Jim built the cabin himself, with help from an experienced builder. Once the shell was up and watertight, Jim finished it off inside. His attention to detail really shows! Luxury features include a contemporary log burner and a hot tub. Step free access allows the holiday home to be used by all.
The highly insulated log building kit came complete with double glazed windows, so running costs are low. To help minimise the carbon footprint, a wind turbine and ground source heat pump were also installed.
Rosie focused on the interior design and furnishing, with the end result being a beautifully comfortable log cabin. Guests certainly love it, and have given it five star reviews. Available via AirBnB you can stay there to see just how beautiful a log cabin holiday home can be.
Customer feedback: Owner Rosie Wallace said: “The log home kit was of excellent quality, and we would thoroughly recommend it. Clients love the cosy, well thought-out and personal build.”
The Nest, Argyll and Bute
Product: Finman Retreat with porch
Supplier: Logspan, 01389 734572, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.logspan.com
Details: Located in the grounds of Ardteatle, the Nest allows guests to relax, get back to nature, enjoy beautiful views and, at the end of the day, enjoy a very comfortable warm double bed and en-suite bathroom.
Logspan was asked to provide a glamping structure that worked with the landscape, provided a cosy environment for guests and was a welcome retreat after a hard day hiking, or just relaxing!
The building had to be constructed entirely on location as the site was down a single track drop with limited access.
Customer feedback: Sonja, CEO, said: “We love the Retreat, as do our customers. The customer reviews are fantastic and it’s rented out all the time.”
Copse House, Berkshire
Product: Log cabin and zip-wire
Supplier: Castles Carey, 01963 364226, email@example.com, www.castles-carey.co.uk
Details: Castles Carey created a log cabin for guest stays at this Berkshire site. The location was on the west-facing edge of a private wood and the build was orientated to look out over fields and benefit from the setting sun. Grass carts make use of the track off the wood and the team also installed a zip-wire, enabling very speedy travel to the other side of the trees!
Designed to be cosy, comfortable, sustainable and to blend in with the environment, the cabin has been situated in a relatively sunny spot. A veranda provides cover and shade and is a good place to leave boots and coats. There’s a fully fitted kitchen and a compost loo to minimise the use of water. The back of the cabin looks out into the wood and is not visible to anyone else. The whole cabin is fully insulated and raised slightly off the ground, which also creates a dry area for storing wood. Oak is used for the main structure and roof beams, softwood cladding for internal walls, cedar shingles for the roof tiles and ground screws at the base to ensure no damage is done to tree roots.
A clearing on the west side of the wood is an ideal area for daytime activities, eating outside and evenings with the BBQ and drinks around the camp fire.
Feedback: So many people have found the log cabin a wonderful surprise because from the road in the village it’s hard to imagine such a beautiful place hidden away from sight.
Gumboots & Wellingtons, North Yorkshire
Product: Self-build shepherd hut kit – plans, guide, cast iron wheels, bespoke timber roof, doors, windows and bespoke roof sheets
Supplier: Tithe Barn Shepherd Huts, 01262 470475, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.shepherd-huts.com
Details: Tithe Barn Shepherd Huts worked closely with Andrew and Lesley over several months as they considered the size and design of the first shepherd hut they would offer at their glamping site.
The small operation based in North Yorkshire caters for cyclists and hikers among others and, as with many of Tithe Barn’s customers, the large 6m x 2.8m hut chosen required several bespoke items. The team at Tithe Barn also offered ongoing support during the build.
Customer feedback: Andrew Beale, owner at Gumboots & Wellingtons, said: “I found Tithe Barn Shepherds Huts while researching for our glamping business. They gave me the confidence to self-build, as their bespoke parts packages and advice made anything possible! I’m a novice builder, so their step-by-step guide has proved invaluable, with photographs for each stage of the build. I honestly couldn’t have done it without this guidance, and also my father-in-law who helped me build what is essentially a tiny house!
“I highly recommend Tithe Barn Shepherds Huts and will be placing another order very soon!”
Stouslie Snugs, Scottish Borders
Product: Glass-fronted Munro glamping pods
Supplier: Podz R Us, 07767 733044, email@example.com, www.podzrus.com
Details: Stouslie Snugs Luxury Farm Glamping is nestled in the rolling hills of the beautiful Scottish Borders. Customers can relax and unwind in the wood-fired hot tub while enjoying the magnificent view across the Teviotdale valley and beyond.
When owners Carly and Stewart started their journey to open a glamping site, Podz R Us was delighted to be chosen as designer and manufacturer. The company worked with Stouslie Snugs on a number of design revisions to create a pod that met every requirement.
The new pod is called The Munro and features a full en-suite, kitchen, double bed and seating area with sofa-bed. The end result is stunning, glass-fronted glamping pods that make the most of Stouslie’s landscaped environment and incredible views across the rolling Border hills.
Stouslie Snugs is now entering its second season, and has been so successful that Podz R Us has provided a third Munro to completing the luxury glamping site.
Customer feedback: Carly Anderson, from Stouslie Snugs, said: “Starting up any glamping site is a huge investment but for us it was important to secure our farm’s future through diversification. Working with Andrew from Podz R Us was our pleasure and he helped make this journey that little bit easier. He was open to our ideas and always found a way to make them happen. The end result speaks for itself – a beautifully-crafted, luxurious timber glamping pod”.
Bespoke ‘A’ Frame Lodges
Bespoke A-frame lodges can be designed and manufactured to your individual requirements. Lodges are available in various sizes and come fully insulated, painted and decorated throughout in a colour of your choice, all ready to furnish. With 240v electrics and consumer unit installed, simply connect the power to an easy hook up point.
Our lodges are built to the highest standard and are perfect for that glamping business opportunity to bring in an extra income throughout the year. Contact us for further details.
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Whether you are looking to start, expand, or diversify a holiday rental business, MAC Cabins has created a comprehensive selection of timber log cabins, glamping pods, timber lodges and tiny homes to choose from.
Its team can also assist in all the main aspects of setting up and running a successful holiday rental business including design and planning, accountancy and business planning, start-up/set up, tax benefits, approved finance, website design and hosting, online booking and social media.