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Open Air Business January 2017

The UK's outdoor hospitality business magazine for function venues, glamping businesses and outdoor event organisers


ACCOMMODATION in Icelandic, and with so many adventure activities available on the estate, our motto is, ‘Come and discover your outdoor happiness.’ We are unique because of the broad range of accommodation we offer and we keep people guessing about what might be coming next. Our camp is four star rated and provides a clean and friendly service in a great location. How did you choose your interior decoration? Each abode needs its own style to complement its origin. We have accommodation that reflects different countries and styles. For example, the tipi is furnished with items I bought while in India, the bell tents have a more British interior feel and the pods have gingham curtains, heart shaped trinkets and fur throws to reflect a more Scandinavian style. The geodomes and unidomes are more modern/contemporary, and the safari tents vary with solid luxury furnishings that reflect a more home from home feel. Betty, our new yellow 1970s caravan, will have a vintage retro look. What challenges have you faced? The British weather can sometimes be challenging. I have had many sleepless nights when storms have blown in or heavy rain has continued for days on end! All our accommodation is solid and has withstood some harsh weather conditions, and although it can put a dampener on guests’ moods and experience, most embrace it. What are your plans for next season? Since opening four years ago, we have invested in additional units every year. We also continually maintain and develop other facilities such as the barbecue facilities, communal seating areas, children’s play area, solar systems “WE HAVE ACCOMMODA- TION THAT REFLECTS DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND STYLES” ADDRESS BOOK ACCOMMODATION UNITS Boutique Camping 0203 394 2986 Domeguys International - +001 (541) 482 2961 and so on. We do have some big plans, but for now they are for us to know. Describe your average day midseason Much of my time is spent on new developments, as well as overseeing and managing the general running of my team, marketing, finance, events, keeping a close eye on competitors, pricing and analysis of our target audience. My favourite time of day is early evening, seeing and listening to our guests happily chatting, laughing and drinking around their campfires while inhaling the aromas of all the barbecues. What do you enjoy about the business? It certainly has its challenges, but I didn’t come into it thinking it wouldn’t. At the end of the day every business has challenges and that’s part of the fun, providing drive and ambition to succeed. I’ve always been ambitious, so having the freedom to turn my dreams and visions into reality and express creativeness is rewarding and enjoyable. I’m not one to sit back and get too content. For me a lot of the passion is in starting a business and getting my teeth into new developments. It’s a huge learning process and I don’t always get everything right, but I thoroughly enjoy the work, new found work-life balance, freedom and continuous learning that it brings. I WASHROOM / WC FACILITIES Norfolk Timber Frames - 01553 409934 www.norfolktimberframes. INSURANCE Insurance Experts - also have a fantastic little team who love their jobs. What other outdoor hospitality sectors do you operate in and how do they integrate with your glamping operation? Outdoor weddings are popular for us. We have various venue options including a stunning woodland ceremony area, a large rustic barn and an orangery room, plus acres of meadowland and woodland. We have few limitations and encourage quirky, wacky, personal touches; after all, a wedding should reflect the personalities and lifestyles of those tying the knot. The estate also plays host to some great events and festivals throughout the year, which are increasing in number. Our biggest annual event is the Dubs Int Dales Festival, which takes place over the last weekend in September and is now into its fourth year (www. What advice could you give to someone coming into the industry? Personally, I find starting a business easy. Making it a continuing success in all areas is the hard part; the bigger a business becomes and the bigger your team becomes and your role can start to change. If you think it’s going to be easy, you’re mistaken! It’s a 24/7 business during opening season and there’s a heck of a lot more that needs doing than cleaning a few rooms, checking in guests and taking bookings! 01245 500433 DETAILS Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS 0843 886 0607 34 WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM

THE LITTLE HUT CO. Shepherd hut now on sale for only £8,500 One of a kind, personal shepherds huts and pods • All of our huts and pods are built using quality, locally sourced materials and this ensures they will remain comfortable and in great condition for many years to come • Built in our workshop in Bedfordshire, each hut and pod is tailor made and no two will be alike. We use local craftsmen for certain aspects of each hut, and quality is built in as standard • We can theme Nest Pods with bespoke chainsaw sculptures to create a one of a kind, extraordi nary space. Check out Bespoke ‘Nest Pods ‘also available! Bespoke Chainsaw Carvings By award winning international chainsaw artist Will Lee 07763 055151 The Hex Pod Providing a unique space, the hex pod offers the opportunity to co-design and create builds. Using local sustainably sourced wood, high quality insulation and state of the art 12v lighting systems, the hexagonal pod is just one of the ranges of designs to offer an adaptable unit or multiple units that fit together. This modular aspect of the design gives a flexibility of construction, to enable extra pods as required. 07971 869058 WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM 35