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Open Air Business February 2018

The UK's outdoor hospitality business magazine for function venues, glamping, festivals and outdoor events


GLAMPSITES 4 CREATIVITY IS KING Our owners are a creative bunch and their constant innovations keep the collection fresh. One-of-akind spaces always attract attention, and for travellers looking to collect experiences not things, these places give them something to talk about for years. We closed 2017 adding our very first human-sized beehive at Humble Bee in Devon. In the first month it had nearly 15,000 page views and the Instagram post reached over 50,000 people. A perennial favourite, The Beer Moth, constantly attracts attention from all corners of the globe, and nothing beats Sweden’s Treehotel for a photo opportunity. Watch this space for Ewok villages, underground houses and maybe another treehouse in a crane. Humble Bee, Devon The year of enrichment Canopy & Stars has claimed 2018 as the year of enrichment. A year to get out and collect memories and moments that’ll be with you for the rest of your life. For more information take a look at The Enriched List. WINTER GLAMPING; IT’S A THING 5 Winter stays were up by over 50% in 2017 when compared to the previous year, showing a real increase in demand for year-round spaces. We are also seeing owners adding wood burners, heating and winter comforts to existing places to extend the season. Added just in time for winter, part bothy, part cabin, Studio Hoose, is the perfect place for a wild winter stay in the Scottish Highlands. For an authentic Iron Age experience, grab a sheepskin, fire up the open hearth and lie back in a Devon roundhouse as the wind whistles through the trees. At Crafty Camping, heated towel rails, wood burners and hot water on tap makes canvas a year-round option. Studio Hoose, Ross-shire ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tom Dixon is managing director at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, a collection of selected and inspected special places to stay and experience the great outdoors across Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Scandinavia. From humble beginnings in 2010, the agency has grown to more than 500 places; everything from treehouses, yurts, and converted horse trucks, to cabins, Gypsy caravans and Iron Age roundhouses. Championing the small and independent, and being an advocate of sustainable tourism, the team genuinely cares about what they do, and how they do it. 0117 204 7802 / www. 44 WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM

“Revitalise your connection with nature” Discover our unique modular Pod design Shepherd’s huts designed specifically for the glamping We supply: • Flat pack kits • Accommodation huts • Off grid solutions • Wet-room en suites • Catering huts • Bespoke solutions industry For more information: Tel: 07903313922 email: Ideal for: Campsites Farmers orchards Inside redundant barns Beside fishing lakes and rivers Hidden away in the woods Near to cycle networks and walking trails Overlooking boating lakes Wildlife watching Got a big garden? Rent one out on AirBnB A low cost income generator… the possibilities are endless. t 07970 968433 e w Reg. Design No. 601 7294 Bayview Nursery Landkey Road, Barnstaple Devon EX32 0HN If you’ve got a space, we’ve got a Pod. WWW.OPENAIRBUSINESS.COM 45