Product Focus: Site Facilities

Real life examples of products adding amenity value for glampers

Riviera Hot TubsCompany: Riviera Hot Tubs
Telephone: 01626 367038
Website: www.riviera-hottubs.co.uk

Glampsite: Brownscombe Luxury Glamping, Devon

Description: A luxury glampsite comprising four safari tents, a ‘Tabernacle’ and a bespoke cabin close to Dartmouth in North Devon

Units: Electric cedar clad acrylic hot tub

Details: Kate Tregoning asked us to visit Brownscombe to look at Riviera Hot Tubs supplying a cedar wood barrel hot tub with a wood burning stove to sit next to one of their new safari tents. There are several wood burning hot tubs at the farm, not supplied by Riviera.

Riviera Hot TubsKate believed that the wood burning hot tubs were the only option for the safari tents due to the turnaround times for emptying and re-heating them between guests, so she was very interested to hear about our new acrylic range clad in cedar, tailor made for the glamping/rental market. Designed to be hard wearing, super-efficient on power consumption (with excellent heat insulation and fast heating times for client changeovers), they offer an exciting bathing experience for guests. We’ve included the same high-end control systems that operate our barrel hot tubs for reliability and ease of use, UV systems for safe water and Bluetooth compatible speakers for music – and they look fantastic!

Feedback: Kate said: “I am so pleased that we opted for the electric hot tub – the costs to purchase and run it are very similar to the wood fired tubs but every time we put pictures of the Riviera hot tub on social media we get a flurry of bookings, and it has helped our whole site attract significantly more guests this year.

“Robin and his team have been a pleasure to work with from start to finish; fast, responsive and have delivered a quality product. My guests absolutely love it and I am looking forward to finally getting the chance to try it myself this winter, as it has been fully booked since the day we installed it in March!”

GigLooCompany: GigLoo
Telephone: 0330 333 8777
Website: www.getgigloo.co.uk

Glampsite: The Soul Camp

Description: Unique group glamping venues

Products used: GL32 toilet trailers and GW6 shower trailers

GigLooDetails: GigLoo is proud to be able to supply Pete and the team at The Soul Camp at a couple of their divine venues. Their high end and ethically minded approach to their business sits perfectly in keeping with our products and vision. Their customers deserve the ultimate service solutions and we at GigLoo can ensure they look and feel their best in the field!

Feedback: “We love Gigloo; they’ve been great every time we’ve used them. Not only do they have lovely fresh white clean toilets and showers, they think creatively with a solutions approach which is just what we need so we can focus on providing excellent group glamping events! We thoroughly recommend them.” Pete Jones, The Soul Camp.

CampPlusCompany: CampPlus
Telephone: 01908 538055
Website: www.campplus.co.uk

Glampsite: Secret Valley Glamping.

Description: Secret Valley Glamping is set in the foothills of Somerset’s Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They provide a wide range of glamping accommodations including wigwams, shepherd huts, a tipi, yurts, lodges and bell tents, all thoughtfully furnished inside and out

Products used: CampPlus Duo en-suite washrooms

Details: Secret Valley Glamping has started upgrading their glamping accommodations by adding CampPlusen-suite pods. Their guests really appreciate the extra comfort and privacy that an en-suite shower room gives them. This results in high customer satisfaction and higher ratings.

CampPlusSemi-detached, the units contain both a shower, sink and toilet, and serve two accommodations. Each side has its own hot water and electrical supply, and state of the art soundproofing and a floating floor ensure that guests have enough privacy.

Guests are happy to pay extra for the facility and occupancy is about 30% higher. The increase in income and higher occupancy has resulted in a short payback period for the units, followed by a long payout period in which the CampPlus pods provide extra income. In addition, because the units are very easy to clean, guests are happy to keep them clean themselves during their stay. This results in significant savings in cleaning costs.

Feedback: Rob Hardwick said: “The more luxurious a glamping accommodation is, the better it sells. Our en-suite accommodations are always the first to go, even at a premium price. We like the CampPlus units because they look good and are very well built. They are good value for money and an excellent return on investment.” 

Plastic Solutions GlampsanCompany: Plastic Solutions t/a Glampsan
Telephone: 0800 334 5742
Website: www.plasticsol.com

Glampsite: Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, Coventry

Description: 160-acre site incorporating glamping pods, lodges and shepherds huts plus meeting rooms, indoor events and conferencing facilities, acres of outdoor activity space, bar and grill, and a 4* boutique farmhouse hotel

Products used: Above ground, low-profile, plastic tanks sized at 160-gallons and 500-gallons for the collection of toilet, sink and shower waste from glamping pods

Details: As both a glamping venue and a manufacturer offering pods, shepherds huts and lodges, Heart of England Events approached Glampsan looking for a solution to capture waste from glamping units positioned at distance from the mains sewage network.

Plastic Solutions GlampsanOne approach would be to invest in some major groundwork development but planning permission was required, the installation costs were high and the ability to reposition pods was limited.

So, Glampsan provided its 160-gallon “Mini Tuff Tank” and 500-gallon “Tuff Tank”. These flat, slide-under, low-profile, plastic waste tanks are easily positioned on the ground, underneath or adjacent to glamping units. Once connected to the glamping pods’ waste outlets, tanks are periodically serviced by a waste company. This solution gave Heart of England Events the flexibility and control they required without expensive groundworks.

Feedback: Stephen Hammon, owner and managing director of Heart of England Conference & Events Centre, said:“We found Glampsan a great company to deal with. They were extremely knowledgeable and quick to respond. They gave us great advice and offered a perfect and reasonably priced solution. We really appreciated their help and are already highly recommending them to others.” Stephen Hammon, owner and managing director of Heart of England Conference & Events Centre.

Metro RodCompany: Metro Rod
Telephone: 0800 668800
Website: www.metrorod.co.uk

Holiday park: Talacre Beach Holiday Park, Holywell

Description: Part of the Darwin Escapes group who have over 20 luxury holiday parks based across the UK

Details: Drain blockages are never good news, and it’s certainly not something you’d want to encounter while on holiday. Metro Rod – drain care and repair specialists – offers a 24/7, 365 service to keep glampsites and holiday parks running smoothly.

Metro RodWith over 40 depots nationwide, as well as 30+ years’ experience, they work with their customers to make sure they receive the best service possible, whether it’s reactive works or pre-planned maintenance.

A great example of the help Metro Rod provide to camping and holiday park sites includes the work done at Talacre Beach Holiday Park, part of the Darwin Escapes group who have over 20 luxury holiday parks based across the UK.

Using specialist equipment, Metro Rod Deeside’s fully trained engineers have completed various reactive and remedial blockage work, as well as some small excavation digs to put new pipework in place at the holiday park. This ensures the site can run as smoothly as possible and holiday makers aren’t negatively affected by the issues that blocked drains can cause!

Feedback: Simon Smith, grounds and maintenance manager said: “Metro Rod really do offer a vital provision for us here at Talacre Beach. As you can imagine, any drainage blockages which could potentially cause our customers to be inconvenienced on holiday are not good, so it’s great that we can rely on Metro Rod to put these right, day or night, and as quickly as possible, while always maintaining the utmost professionalism.”

SanifloCompany: Saniflo
Telephone: 020 8842 0033
Website: www.saniflo.co.uk

Location: Avenue Farm, Nottinghamshire

Description: Avenue Farm is located in a small village to the east of Nottingham and several times a year opens its doors to groups of school children and leavers

Product used: Sanifos, an automatic lifting station that can be used for pumping waste water when the sewer is at too high a level for natural gravity drainage

Details: Avenue Farm is located in a small village to the east of Nottingham and several times a year opens its doors to groups of school children and leavers. The farmer, who is also a governor at the local school, wants to encourage them to consider a career in agriculture in the future.

SanifloThe rambling farmhouse and grounds is home to a variety of farm animals, including sheep and chickens, and the children learn how to care for them during their visit.

Up until recently there was no downstairs cloakroom facility which meant children traipsing upstairs if they needed the loo. However, today, thanks to the Sanifos from Saniflo, an unused ‘lean-to’ building adjacent to the house has been converted into a downstairs WC.

The Sanifos is perfect for all sorts of outdoor projects. With three models in the range – the 110, 250 and 500, and respective capacities of 110, 250 and 500 litres – the possibilities are endless. From full toilet and shower blocks to single WCs, these products have the ability to discharge to mains drains, septic tanks or sewage plants.

Feedback: Builder Nigel Stone said: “The renovation was only possible because of the ability to site a pump outdoors that would take the waste and pump it up 2m and along a run of 20m to the nearest drain. Without the pump waste could not have been discharged by gravity and the conversion would have been impossible.”

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