Real life examples of glamping’s ‘hero structure’
Supplier: The Hideout House Company
Telephone: 01832 275902
Glampsite: Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve
Description: A safari park/tourist attraction and wedding venue in Kent which also offers various types of accommodation (including a glamping pod section) for short breaks for visiting guests. These include tree houses, lodges and glamping pods as well as an on-site hotel
Structures: Three Boutique glamping tree houses
Details: Each luxurious tree house features a main guest bedroom (with a double bed and pull-out sofa bed) complete with an en-suite WC, washbasin and shower room, and is furnished to the highest standards. For extra comfort, guests can enjoy the warmth of a log burning stove for the colder months, smart TV, fridge and hot drink making facilities.
The tree houses are externally clad in a wany-edged Siberian larch with distinctive Gothic style arched windows to give them that extra natural “look and feel” as they are set among towering pine trees near to the park’s Amur tiger habitat. Cedar shingle tiles are used on the roof.
All internal fixtures and fittings were specified by Port Lympne and it undertook all of the service connection works with its on-site grounds staff.
Tree houses are consistently the most sought after and popular type of accommodation for glamping holidays and short breaks in the UK. As a result of this trend, Port Lympne has reported extremely healthy levels of bookings for the summer and way beyond into autumn too. A treehouse stay costs £399 per night during peak season.
Feedback: Bob O’Connor, managing director, said: “This year we created a very special type of accommodation here at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, the Forest Dens supplied by The Hideout House Company. They perfectly matched the style we were trying to achieve and have been extremely well received by our customers. They are a great addition to our estate.”
Supplier: Wild Hart (previously Classic Pod Company)
Telephone: 07971 869058
Glampsite: Could it be yours?
Description: Discerning glampsites with a sustainable ethos, and perhaps tricky access?
Structure: The new Tree House Cabin – launching at the Glamping Show, September 2018
Details: Wild Hart has a new tree house design that it will be showcasing at the Glamping Show in September. The new product has been developed using a lightweight modular panel system, raised on a timber platform.
The cabin has eight sides and is equipped with a kitchenette, toilet and shower. It is fully insulated and constructed from durable, sustainably sourced timbers. Underneath is a swing and hammock net – a space to sit and relax! The cabin runs off solar panels and a collaboration with AstecTherm has provided an infra-red heating system to keep the interior cosy and dry without expensive electricity bills.
The raised platform requires minimal foundations and enables the cabin to be located between trees or even on a slope. The whole structure, including the cabin, comes flat-packed and its simplicity means it could be constructed in as little as two days on site. The fact that large transportation vehicles aren’t needed means there is less damage to site and the tree house can be sited almost anywhere!
Feedback: Watch this space…
Supplier: New Leaf Tree House Co.
Telephone: 07947 341400
Glampsite: Knepp Safaris
Description: Wildlife safaris and camping in one of the largest rewilding projects in lowland Europe
Structure: 042 Tree House
Details: The Tawny Owl Tree House provides luxurious accommodation is part of Knepp Wildland Safaris’ glamping offering. The rewilding project allows guests to encounter herds of wild ponies, cattle, deer and pigs as they roam 3,500 acres of Sussex.
Built around a mature oak in a secluded corner of ancient woodland, the tree house is a short walk through the woods from the main campsite. Made from local, sustainably sourced oak, chestnut and Douglas fir, with shingle walls of fragrant cedar, it features a platform four metres above ground with a tented bedroom from which guests can enjoy stunning views of the park’s wildlife.
Complete with wood-burning stove and a luxurious handcrafted double bed, the outside deck has ample space for table and chairs.
The New Leaf Treehouse 042 is very flexible and can be installed on most trees, in most situations, and requires very little site preparation. It delivers 21sqm of useable space, split between a tented area and a spacious deck. The 042 is classed as a temporary structure due to its unique tree attachment.
Feedback: Guest Mike Taylor from Herefordshire, said: “I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to stay in a New Leaf Treehouse. I loved it, everything about it, and I hope to find these tree houses in other beautiful locations next time I go away.”
Supplier: Cheeky Monkey Treehouses
Telephone: 01403 732452
Glampsite: Harvest Moon Holidays
Description: A coastal glampsite in East Lothian with its own beach
Structures: Seven bespoke tree houses and outbuildings
Details: Seven bespoke tree houses were created to the client’s requirements. They were based on a large octagonal cabin, which acts as the main lounge, with a kitchen-diner and walkway leading to bedrooms and a separate WC/shower room.
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.
Feedback: Alex Mitchell, owner of Harvest Moon Holidays, said: “Our fabulous tree houses have been designed exclusively to offer our guests the highest degree of space and comfort. All guests have absolutely loved the accommodation, comprising two double bedrooms, one with an extra single bunk above, and an en-suite WC and hot shower room.
“A covered walkway leads to the beautiful octagonal living area, which is fully kitted out with our trademark Belfast sink, Italian log-burning stove, pretty pine dresser and all the pots, pans, cutlery, crockery and utensils you could possibly need. It also has a yacht-style table which drops down to form a bed for extra guests.
“The amazing raised deck allows guests to take advantage of the breath-taking views to the sea and the famous Bass Rock from the front and to the forest behind. The deck stands two metres off the ground with wooden steps to access the accommodation. Below deck are swings and love seat on the soft sandy ground.”