Specialist Structures

The Escape Pad, Gloucestershire

The Escape PodProduct: Design and build of a 40ft shipping container conversion
Supplier: SteelPad, 07889 154002, info@steelpad.co.uk, www.steelpad.co.uk

Details: SteelPad was commissioned to create a glamping unit for a unique and breathtaking spot in the Stroud Valleys, and EscapePad was born. A 40ft shipping container (Steelpad 40) was converted into a beautiful one/two bedroom glamping unit.

With magnificent views to be utilised on three sides, the most was made of the light and aspect with a large, fixed window at both ends and a 2.8m bifold opening onto an infinity deck.

The nature of the site meant that manoeuvring the pad into position to make the most of the view was a mission but, with SteelPad’s ex-military container mover, the team was able to place it perfectly.

The Escape PodThe brief was to tie the unit into the natural surroundings so meandering wooden steps were built through the woods to lead guests to the warm wooden decking and BBQ area. The SteelPad 40’s original green colour was kept and, continuing with the natural colour scheme, a light birch was chosen for the interior.

In this environment, SteelPad’s mantra of ‘Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent’ was key. The one trip pad is low impact, sits on slabs, and has a removable waste tank and piped water.

The quality fittings included German bifold frames and A-rated energy appliances, air conditioning with heat, Bluetooth speakers, a gas BBQ outside, a full kitchen (including dish washer), electric shower and heated towel rail… it has it all.

Customer feedback: Owner Melissa said: “SteelPad were a delight to deal with. I had a specific design due to the view we have in the beautiful valley that I wanted to capture, and they were very accommodating with the project to maximise views and space.

“The bathroom and kitchen are epic with everything you would need for a long stay let alone a short one. They really did think of everything to make the Escape Pad a first class stay, it’s better than most first class hotels and in your own chosen location.”

 


Greenfields & Treetops, Shropshire

Greenfields & TreetopsProduct/service: Bespoke design and construction of two treehouses and liaison with local authority building control
Supplier: Castles Carey, 01963 360226, sales@castles-carey.co.uk, www.castles-carey.co.uk

Details: Having built treehouses and log cabins for over 20 years for private clients, Castles Carey took a stand at the 2019 Glamping Show, where it learned how much more revenue can be generated for landowners who offer cosy treehouses for holiday lettings. One commission came from a couple who had acquired a lovely small holding, deep in rural Shropshire.

Planning permission was granted four months after Castles Carey’s plans were submitted for two one-bedroom treehouses – one in the midst of pine trees and the other with a wide sundeck on the edge of a wooded dell.

Greenfields & TreetopsThe first treehouse is now ready for its final fit-out, following months of discussion with the local authority building control. Your architect needs to be aware that planning consent is not the end of the process; building regulations also apply for glamping purposes. The construction of a treehouse or cabin, energy rating, fire safety and the provision of sanitation and efficiency measures must conform to building regulations, as well as consideration given to disability use and fire engine access. In the case of this Shropshire project, Castles Carey created disability access in one of the treehouses, but evidence needed to be provided to the local authority where such access is not thought to be possible.

Offering the most appealing of staycations requires patience and persistence before building can begin, but once the paperwork is done the rewards are plentiful for landowners and holidaymakers looking for adventure!

Customer feedback: Kerry Bottomley, owner of Greenfields and Treetops, said: “We are approaching the exciting time to receive guests in the first treehouse. Throughout the process we have enjoyed the enthusiasm and commitment of the team at Castles Carey. It was a pleasure to see our dream develop and have the opportunity to explore our ideas along the way. We would also recommend a planning agent with glamping business experience as this is a complex process.”

 


Isle of Jura, Inner Hebrides of Scotland

The Isle of JuraProduct: Anthropod Janus
Supplier: Anthropods, 01423 869867, info@anthropods.co.uk, www.anthropods.co.uk

Details: After a 350 mile trip, the first of the new Anthropod two compartment Janus models has been installed on an estate on the Isle of Jura.

Designed as temporary accommodation for two estate workers, the Janus features entrances at both ends and contains self-contained living accommodation with a communal kitchen with hob, oven, fridge and sink, plus a shower, flushing loo and wash basin. The Janus is a specially modified Bleriot Plus model with double push-out sides, to create more living space, and features additional windows.

The Isle of JuraThe two double-bed compartment Janus can be adapted for glamping use and is made using the same sustainable, eco-friendly materials characterised by all Anthropod Bleriot models.

The two compartment layout employs sliding doors and enables users to have their own private living and sleeping space but with shared cooking and washroom facilities. The robustness of the design and build ensures the Janus can withstand the extreme weather conditions that can be experienced in the Scottish Hebrides.

Feedback: Rik Currie, Anthropod CEO and designer, said: “The Janus demonstrates the adaptability of the original Bleriot design and provides luxury, all-year-around accommodation for two to four people. The new spacious interior and contemporary design all add up to a unique space that commands high bed-night rates”.

 


Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn, Denbighshire

Podiau Uwch Y DyffrynProduct: Five 7x4m luxury glamping pods
Supplier: Cedar Tree Pods, 01978 780859, info@cedartreepods.co.uk, www.cedartreepods.co.uk

Details: These stylish, detached, contemporary pods enjoy an idyllic, elevated location in the small village of Llanelidan with far reaching Welsh countryside views. Set on a working sheep farm, they benefit from an open-plan living space and walk-in shower providing everything you need for a comfortable glamping experience.

Cedar Tree Pods worked with Dafydd Jones at Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn to supply five of its new larger pods, which measure 7m long and 4m wide.

Podiau Uwch Y DyffrynAll of the pods included a kitchenette with integrated fridge, microwave, combi oven, two zone induction hob, sink, cupboard and drawer pack. They also included a table and chairs for four people, a built in wardrobe and the company’s iconic western red cedar cladding.

To complete the luxury feel of the glamping site, all of the pods were supplied with hot tubs and Cedar Tree’s hot tub LPG boiler setup.

Customer feedback: Owner of Podiau Uwch Y Dyffryn, Dafydd Jones, said: “Cedar Tree Pods have been very easy to deal with from the beginning. Offering advice and giving ideas and recommendations. The quality of the pods is excellent and everything is as they promised. We would highly recommend them”.

 


Holly Water Holidays, Devon

Holly Water HolidaysProduct: Bespoke two bed off-grid cabin
Supplier: Wild Hart, 07971 869058, info@wild-hart@co.uk, www.wild-hart.co.uk

Details: Wild Hart prides itself on developing bespoke cabins that really fulfil client’s wishes. With the Beehive, Iain and Jane Tapp from Holly Water Holidays had a clear idea of a cabin they wanted to build and the location they had in mind – and it was not the easiest place to build!

Wild Hart created a final design that fulfilled the planning and building control criteria – a pre-fabricated modular construction – and assisted with the installation in the difficult location.

The cabin sits on a larch round pole timber sub-frame set on the hillside. Larch was chosen for its durability and because it is a sustainable, local resource. This sub-frame not only takes up the undulation of the site but it gives an elevation that increases its presence and views across the valley. Ground screws drilled into the bank made an easy foundation system that is quick and simple; they also have a lower carbon footprint than concrete, and outperform it too!

Holly Water HolidaysThe Beehive is an off-grid cabin with a solar system for the electrics, LPG for the cooker and fridge, a borehole for water and septic tank for waste. The cabin is a remarkable two floor construction. Upstairs there is a generous landing with seating and views out through a hexagonal window and access to two double bedrooms with handcrafted beds and exceptional views out over the valley. A unique tree trunk spiral stair leads down to the ground level, the balustrade built by a local blacksmith. Downstairs there is a handcrafted kitchen, lounge with wood burner, and a toilet and shower.

Throughout the cabin there are hints of honeycomb with hexagonal shelves and details. The two front doors open out onto the large, raised deck overlooking the valley. A hot tub is situated on a second linked deck.

Wild Hart is able to cover all aspects of design and manufacture and, where necessary, collaborates with other local firms to create exactly what a client needs.

Customer feedback: Jane Tapp said: “The Beehive is proving to be a good addition for us and guests are happy there and love the location”.

 


PRODUCT SNAP SHOT

A Canvas Castle with Camper Van Compatibility

Boutique Camping
0203 319 1315
info@boutiquecamping.com
www.boutiquecamping.com

Boutique CampingNew to Boutique Camping’s exclusive range of innovative tent designs is the double-doored rendition of the sell-out Tucana Tent. A Dutch inspired structure, it is infused with modern capabilities and a generous hint of Boutiques’ renowned cutting edge creativity.

With wide sheltered doorways integrated at both ends of its 5x4m floor space, this 285gsm canvas castle encourages outdoor adventurers to create the perfectly pitched set up. It features a stand-tall structure that pairs up with a camper van or trailer. The efficiency of having an all in one car-to-tent construction allows campers to indulge in home-away-from home advantages, gaining extra storage, connected sheltered space and no more tedious, strenuous to-and-from loads when setting up camp.

Complementing this unique anatomy is Boutique’s famously resilient arched hem and webbing strap duo, a feature which effectively redirects rain-pour, minimises trip hazards and looks epic from all angles!

Don’t forget, Boutique Camping plants five trees with every tent ordered, a collaborative stepping stone for the company to progressively become completely carbon neutral. So, Tucana, or not-Tucana?

 


A Welcoming, Flexible Space

QoroneQorone
07798 902209
info@qorone.com
www.qorone.com

Born out of a rustic festival firepit and seating structure, and a desire to create an all-weather space, the design of the Qorone came about organically. It has progressed through many stages of development and refinement to become the unique glamping structure that it is today. Seat backs grew upwards to become walls, allowing a roof to bridge the gap to the flue over the fire.

The Qorone offers a true ‘glamping’ experience. Sleep under a beautiful canvas roof whilst enjoying all the advantages of a solid structure like a shepherds hut or cabin, with solid wooden walls and a woodburner at the centre. A circular, welcoming space with a great deal of flexibility, the interior can be furnished to suit the needs of your guests.

 


Play Areas

Cheeky Monkey TreehousesCheeky Monkey Treehouses
01403 732452
info@cheekymonkeytreehouses.co.uk
www.cheekymonkeytreehouses.com

A stalwart of treehouse design, you may know Cheeky Monkey Treehouses for its highly sought after glamping accommodation, but the team is just as well known by the children who enjoy its play structures. Imagine the delight on the faces of families that turn up to your site on spying a treehouse den especially for kids. The Cheeky Monkey team has 22 years’ experience delivering the stuff of dreams for little ones and are expert in providing everything needed for an adventure in the trees.

As a site owner, you’ll enjoy a personal treehouse consultation service, hand-drawn 3D illustrations and the highest level of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

 


Spectacular Conjoined Tipi

Conjoined TipiHearthworks
01749 321210
info@hearthworks.co.uk
www.hearthworks.co.uk

Hearthworks launched its new conjoined tipi at the start of the season, with the first two installed at a wellbeing centre near Combe Martin on the North Devon coast.

The highly skilled sewing team spent months working on the bespoke design, and the result was spectacular – a truly unique creation consisting of two bespoke interlinked, double-skinned tipis. The structures have a porch awning, an en-suite tipi joined to a bedroom/lounge tipi, with underfloor heating, electrics, wood-burning stove, and hot running water.

These are tipis for all seasons, with the double-skin creating an insulated, cosy space that is the next level of camping in style!

 


Boutique Roof Terrace Escape

Outerspace Buildings Outerspace Buildings
01978 254150
hello@outerspacegroup.com
www.outerspacegroup.com

Whether you’re thinking of diversifying or extending your staycation offerings, it’s undeniably a good time to do so. The pandemic has changed our need for nature, and whilst out exploring there’s a desire to call somewhere ‘home’. Personal space, somewhere to feel safe and cosy. Somewhere a little different with an added sense of luxury.

Meet Outerspace Buildings, a manufacturer based in Wales that is passionate and motivated to help hotels, landowners and holiday destinations meet the ever changing needs of the UK staycation demand.

Outerspace’s buildings are created from a combination of unique vision and physical craftsmanship. At their heart is a team of passionate and motivated designers, engineers and craftsmen who understand entirely what customer experience is all about.

Their unique and innovative building designs clearly challenge the status quo and focus on customer experience both inside and out. It’s their attention to detail that makes their buildings so unique and special.

 


The New Hypar Stretch Tent

Tentstyle tent Tentstyle
01403 333135
enquiries@tentstyle.co.uk
www.tentstyle.co.uk

Introducing our latest product, the Hypar Stretch Tent. Our uniquely shaped tents provide protection from all elements and have been cleverly designed to eliminate the need for any internal poles.

The eye-catching shape of the Hypar tent is an ideal addition to any outside space and is perfect for providing stylish shaded areas around any glampsite or venue.

Our Hypar tents can be made to any length and installed in any location, and with a vast array of colours we can find something to suit your site. Delivery, installation, and full training can be provided enabling you to fully look after your Hypar stretch tent and allow you to move its location as you wish.

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