Holidays in the UK countryside have never been more popular and landowners offering 'glamping' are enjoying a surge in demand. Any brief Internet search reveals hundreds of glamorous camping options - from yurts to tepees and in locations as diverse as Oxfordshire farm to Scottish glen.
One of the stars of this glamping boom is the formerly humble shepherd's hut. Once the saviour of many a shepherd on remote hillsides in lambing season, these hardy little houses on wheels are becoming the accommodation of choice to the discerning holiday maker. They are also top of the list for landowners and farmers thinking of entering the glamp-market - and for very good reasons:
- Unlike tents and other campsite regulars, the shepherd's hut is built like a proper house, allowing all year round usage. Often equipped with log burners and fully insulated and double glazed, a well made shepherds hut will beat a bell tent or standard caravan into a cocked hat for coziness!
- Fitted with solar panels, the shepherds hut can sit in remote locations, devoid of electric hook up but still with the possibility of lights, shower and other gentle electric usage. For landlords who can offer full mains hook up, there is no limit for their guests to enjoy the full facilities of a remote home from home experience.
- Typically available in sizes from 12 to 20ft, the shepherds hut can creatively contain a host of luxurious fittings and, with shower, loo and kitchenette as glamping standard, they can offer the next best thing to a five star hotel in the woods!
All of this translates into maximum earning power for the glampsite operator with current owners reporting returns on investment of more than 100% within year one of purchase. Compare this with the paltry returns offered by banks these days and it is no wonder that canny business folk with a pretty plot to spare are turning to shepherds huts.
Example 1 - pub garden with one hut
Example 2 - farmer with four huts of various sizes
Red Sky Shepherd's Huts in Oxfordshire build and supply luxury shepherd's huts to land owners across the country. They can advise on specification perfect for this market and, on completion of your bespoke designs, will deliver and install them at your site. See www.redskyshepherdshuts.co.uk or call Paul Bennett on 07870 223114.