Written by Wesley Muchimwe | 25th June 2018

Lifestyle

Carry on glamping: Earning an income from your land

Glamping, short for ‘glamourous camping’, is a way to experience the fun of camping, the beauty of the great outdoors and the luxury of home comforts without the hassle of hammering in a single tent peg.

Here at Michael Graham we specialise in country properties with land and with more people glamping in the UK than ever, a glamping business is a lucrative use of land that potential buyers could consider.  If you’re tempted, research the following areas:

  • Glamping accommodation.  People love quirky places to stay.  Festival-style bell tents, yurts and spacious safari tents will need a base or decking as well as separate kitchen/bathroom facilities. Bell tents cost around £1,000 and safari tents up to £20,000 once the vintage furniture and log burner have been installed.  Alternatively, romantic shepherd's huts, cosy pods and log cabins are self-contained and can be used throughout the year.  Shepherd's huts can set you back between £20,000 and £50,000, while pods are less expensive at between £6,000 and £15,000. Extras like a hot tub, fire pit and barbecue will most certainly add value.
  • The land. The most popular glamping sites have a countryside location and look out over a lake or a wood, perhaps even out to the coast, with only the sound of birdsong breaking the silence.  Planning permission will be required but should be relatively straightforward.  Several councils have a mission to help develop tourism and will support farm diversification. 
  • Costs. A mains water supply, drainage and electricity, whether mains or solar power, will be required for the site. Infrastructure costs of around £50,000 are typical for up to four units, depending on the services you already have in place.  In addition, you will need to carry out a General Risk Assessment of the entire site.  Public liability Insurance will be required in case of injury or accidents.

Although the financial outlay is not insignificant, the good news is that similar revenue to holiday cottage prices can be achieved at a fraction of the investment. On top of that, think of all that extra accommodation for those house guests who never want to leave.

Are you a fan of glamping?  We’d love to hear your top tips and favourite locations.  Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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