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Sleeping under the stars no longer means spending the night in a flimsy tent and resting in an uncomfortable sleeping bag on the ground. Nowadays, people from all walks of life can embrace an outdoor lifestyle while enjoying the warmth and comfort of a prefabricated garden pod. There is no denying glamping (glamorous camping) has revolutionized camping and allowed budding and experienced entrepreneurs to launch successful ventures. If you want to follow in their footsteps, read the following advice on how to start a glamping business owning garden pods.
Choose the Best Garden Pods
Focus your attention on finding the best garden pods for your business. Consider your target demographic before investing in a prefabricated property, as your desired guests should determine the size and design you choose. For example, if you want to welcome families or groups to your glamping spot, you can get more done in your garden pod in one of the large, premium designs available. Also, you can choose from different styles to improve the property’s aesthetic appeal, such as a rounded pod or a sophisticated asymmetrical shape.
Pick the Best Spot
The glamping destination can make or break your business. Ensure your new venture is a success by identifying and securing the best spot for your venture. Bear in mind, most keen glampers don’t want to stay at busy destinations, as they dream of a tranquil stay in a remote spot with picturesque countryside views. If possible, buy land beside the water, on the edges of stunning woodland, or that has access to superb hiking trails, as it will allow nature lovers to have an outdoor adventure between meals and sleep. Also, pick a location a short distance from at least one shop and restaurant to ensure your guests have access to food, drinks, and hot meals during their stay.
Secure Planning Permission
Don’t underestimate the importance of planning permission when starting a glamping business. Most glamping companies operate for more than 28 days per year and must secure consent from their local authority to use the land for a permanent or temporary structure.
A planning permission application could be rejected for one or more reasons, such as its impact on:
- Natural light
- Conservation areas
Also, your business must receive planning permission before installing onsite utilities. If you fail to gain planning permission before starting a glamping site, your business might be forced to shut down before it has even opened the doors to its first guests. Also, if you launch a glamping site in Scotland, you must apply for a license to operate, which will last for three years and be managed by a local authority.
If in doubt, reach out to your glamping site’s local authority for more information on your likelihood of securing planning permission. If it is likely to be rejected, you will need to return to the drawing board to find a more suitable spot for your new business. It could prevent you from investing in land that will not be suitable for your company’s goals.