Recent hot weather has resulted in over 57% of Britons staying in the UK this summer, according to research. The uptake in “staycations” – holidays taken in this country rather than abroad – has contributed to a £31bn boost to the economy. This is bad news for holiday firms who have had to slash their prices to entice people abroad, but it’s good news for UK hotel owners, tour operators and the like – as well as anyone who’s keen to get in on the action.
If you are a farmer or otherwise own land, you may be considering how you could make use of your land during this time by venturing into the tourism and camping industries. Glamping (“glamorous camping”) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with website Cool Camping reporting a 50% rise in glamping bookings in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017.
Why Are People Glamping?
As the name suggests, glamping is a more glamorous version of camping. It offers a respite from bustling everyday life, and a place where travellers can relax, surrounded by nature. The difference with glamping is that people can enjoy the benefits of camping but do so in luxury. While traditional campsites tend to involve pitching up your tent before you can begin to relax, sleeping on the ground, and communal showers, glamping offers many more creature comforts. Looking for a way to get back to nature but still want a bed, hot water and electricity? Glamping is a great solution, and this area is so diverse and can take so many different forms, there is a glamping setup for everyone. Not only does glamping offer more room to move inside the accommodation, but it also doesn’t require the holidaymaker to buy their own equipment, it involves less work (like packing and pitching a tent), and therefore means more time relaxing and exploring.
What Glamping Equipment Do You Need?
If you’re looking at setting up your own glamping site, there are a few things you need to consider – including the type of accommodation you will provide, the amenities to go inside them, and any extras.
One of the more popular glamping options is the yurt. Originally developed by nomadic tribes for shelter, this circular tent might be portable or fixed to a foundation, and can be built on a wooden platform with wooden or metal framing. The yurt may be made from canvas, tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation. The main appeal of the yurt compared to a traditional tent is that it is much more spacious, and while you can step right out of the front door (yes, they often have proper doors) and be in the beautiful great outdoors, it’s a comfortable retreat at the end of the day when you’ve finished adventuring and need time to recharge.
It isn’t only the yurt that lend itself well to the glamping scene. Think tipis, treehouses, pods, bell tents, huts, lodges and cabins – all of these can make great luxury, alternative accommodation. But it’s not just about shelter. There are plenty of accessories and other pieces of equipment you can add to your glamping set up. Hot tubs, stoves, coffee machines, power showers, and smaller extras such as hampers and barbecue food can really add that special touch. These may also come in the form of experiences, such as yoga, massage, and other treats.
How Can You Finance Your Glamping Business?
Unfortunately, as with all luxuries, yurts and similar accommodations don’t come cheap – many run to thousands of pounds each. And that’s without furnishing and kitting them out with the required mod-cons. As Brits continue to stay in the UK for their holidays, glamping could be a lucrative business, but you’ll need to raise an initial layout first. That’s where we come in. At Arkle Finance we can help you to finance a wide range of assets including glamping accommodation and equipment.
If you are considering purchasing camping or glamping equipment such as yurts, we’d love to help you finance your new venture. Contact us online using the form on the right or speak with Neil at GTF Event Equipment Finance on 01604 696322.