Pods, Huts and Lodges

Downash Wood Treehouses, East Sussex

Downash cabin at nightProduct: Two bespoke cabins
Supplier: Cedar Tree Pods, 01978 780859, info@cedartreepods.co.uk, www.cedartreepods.co.uk

Details: Cedar Tree Pods was commissioned to design and build two beautiful bespoke cabins for Stephen and Jane at Downash Wood. The glampsite, set in 33 acres of East Sussex farm and woodland, features bespoke treehouses. The first cabin was supplied in 2020 and another in 2021. They had to be the ultimate in couples’ luxury and fit in with the existing feel and ethos that Stephen and Jane had created with their treehouses, all whilst being completely unique and bespoke inside and out.

Downash cabin interiorCustomer feedback: Stephen from Downash Wood Treehouses said: “It was a real pleasure working with Mike, his family and team to bring our cabin dreams to reality. From the initial concept through to the delivery of the cabins, they were professional, enthusiastic and friendly, and delivered two high end cabins which are exactly what we envisaged. The feedback from guests is amazing and we thank Cedar Tree Pods for all their hard work.

 


Gumboots & Wellingtons, North Yorkshire

Gumboots and Wellingtons exteriorProduct: A bundle of major component parts for the self-build of a large shepherd hut, including plans and step by step guide, cast iron wheels, bespoke timber roof construction, doors, windows and bespoke roof sheets
Supplier: Tithe Barn Shepherd Huts, 01262 470475, info@shepherd-huts.com, 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 6x 2.8m hut chosen required several bespoke items. The team at Tithe Barn also offered ongoing support during the build.

Gumboots and Wellingtons interiorCustomer 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!”

 


Moffat Wigwams, Dumfries and Galloway

Moffat Wigwams interiorService: Wigwam Holidays franchise
Supplier: Wigwam Holidays, 0131 450 7126, hello@wigwamholidays.com, www.wigwamholidays.com

Details: John Hume is a proud livestock farmer and native to the Scottish borders. After leaving the family farm, John’s ambition was to have his own farm. Livestock farming is no cash cow however and John knew that to make it work, to get his own farm and to really enjoy it, he would need to think beyond just selling livestock. Looking around at the beautiful hills, forests, rivers and valleys that are scattered across the Scottish borders, John had a vision – to open up his farm to guests and allow them to see and experience the land he’d been so fortunate to call home.

After a period of looking at various options, John bumped into the Wigwam Holidays team at the Royal Highland Show. He’d come across some of their products before but a new product now peaked his attention – franchise. For John, this was exactly what he was looking for. He knew that he could look after his site and farm, and he knew that people would want to visit, but he also knew that this was an industry he had little experience of. He wanted to join a recognised brand, one that could offer training, a community and marketing support.

Moffat wigwams aerial shotCustomer feedback: John Hume said: “Wigwam Holidays was the perfect fit. Since opening seven years ago, I have never looked back. I love meeting guests and seeing how much they enjoy their time here. With a busy site, I no longer have to worry about the financial hardships of livestock farming – instead I can enjoy it, comforted by the knowledge that my eggs are not just in one basket.”

 


Diversifying land owner, County Sligo

County Sligo hut interiorProduct: Two ‘Shepherd’s View’ shepherd huts and four ‘Lookout’ huts
Supplier: Cabinville Shepherd Huts, 01379 687467, info@cabinvilleshepherdhuts.co.uk, www.cabinvilleshepherdhuts.co.uk

Details: Having worked as a builder in Essex for 30 years, Mr Davies promised his family that when he retired they would move to Co. Sligo, Ireland, and operate a glamping business near his wife’s elderly parents. Cabinville Shepherd Huts helped realise this dream when he ordered his first two huts from its ‘Shepherd’s View’ range.

Starting at £4,433 (+VAT), the Shepherd’s View model benefits from having double doors placed on the side for easier access, more light and fresh air. As well as the windows in the double doors there is a window at each end of the hut and another in the back wall. All windows open and are double glazed.

Mr Davies purchased a further four huts the following year from Cabinbille’s new ‘Lookout’ range, which feature big windows either side of the front door.

Huts can be easily insulated for all year round use and all have galvanised chassis, axles and wheels. No foundations are required, just a paving slab under each wheel. All huts come complete with steps.

County sligo hut exteriorCustomer feedback: Glampsite owner Mr Harris said: “We are delighted with the huts. They are excellent value for money and I am pleased to say we are fully booked and making a healthy living from our new venture.”

 


Harvest Moon Holidays, East Lothian

Harvest Moon Holidays treehouseProduct: Seven bespoke treehouses and outbuildings
Supplier: Cheeky Monkey Treehouses, 01403 732452, info@cheekymonkeytreehouses.com, www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.com

Details: Seven bespoke treehouses were created on a private beach front site to client Alex Mitchell’s requirements. They were based on a large octagonal cabin, which acts as the main lounge, with a kitchen-diner and covered walkway leading to two double bedrooms (one with an extra single bunk above) and a separate WC/shower room.

The living area is fully kitted out with a Belfast sink, Italian log-burning stove and pine dresser. It also has a yacht-style table which drops down to form a bed for extra guests.

The raised deck allows guests to take advantage of the breathtaking views to the sea at the front of the site and to the forest behind. The deck stands 2m off the ground with wooden steps to access the accommodation. Below deck are swings and a love seat.

The Cheeky Monkey team worked with a variety of third parties and accommodated their needs and timings. The build team was hard working and flexible, and annual maintenance contracts were put in place to ensure that any snags are rectified.

Harvest Moon Holidays treehouse interiorCustomer feedback: Alex Mitchell, owner of Harvest Moon Holidays, said: “Our fabulous treehouses have been designed exclusively to offer our guests the highest degree of space and comfort. All guests have absolutely loved the accommodation.”

 


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Customisable Tiny Homes – Book to View Now

The Qube Eco Tiny HomeThe Qube Eco Tiny Homes
01604 785786
ecotinyhomes@theqube.co.uk
www.thequbeecotinyhomes.co.uk

Portable, affordable and energy efficient tiny homes are the perfect way to show your site is keeping up with the rising demand for eco-friendly holidays.

When you place an order with The Qube Eco Tiny Homes, you are given the option to tweak the design of your structure to just the way you want it. Choices include internal wall and roof cladding colour, kitchen worktop and cupboard colour, Vinyl flooring colour, sofa fabric and colour, and the external cladding finishes (timber, composite panel, corrugated sheet and more).

The Qube tiny homes interiorThis means you can have your tiny home made just the way you know your guests will love it.

The Qube’s new Northamptonshire factory will open its doors in a couple of months. When it does, and when it is safe, you will be more than welcome to visit. This will give you the chance to meet the team and see the build quality of its structures. Bookings for visits are being taken now.

 


Brand New Railway Carriage – Change of Circumstances

Railway Carriage interiorRachel Walford
07860 528223

Stunning, brand new railway carriage for sale due to unexpected house sale. Fully insulated with 25mm solid insulation including the floor and roof. Double glazed hardwood windows and lockable double stable doors. It comes with a fork liftable extension underneath to make moving around easier. Dimensions: 6.5m long, 2.4m wide and 2.4m high.

Railway carriage exteriorInside, the carriage is painted white and willow, with a new wooden floor. At one end is a raised double bed with pull out storage underneath. The seating area has a settee, kitchen sink, electric hob and fridge freezer. On the other side is a log burner with side oven and hot plate for a kettle. At the other end of the carriage is a bathroom consisting of a sink, cassette toilet and a gas shower.

The carriage is built to a very high standard and is priced at £35,000ono. If you are interested we are based in Monmouthshire.

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