We plan to have six units, made to a high spec, with en-suite shower facilities, a small kitchen and proper beds, matresses and duvets – this is glamping, not camping! The units will be built on-site, fully double-glazed and insulated, and will feature under-floor heating and built-in music systems. Each unit is themed to a different area of the garden:
This unit will be styled as a human-sized dog kennel and will be our dog-friendly unit. It will stand in its own fenced-in area and will include a small version of the larger unit as a private retreat for our canine friends. Will sleep four in a fixed double room and twin sleeping platform.
The Chicken Coop
This unit will be styled as a human-sized chicken coop and will stand alongside the actual chicken run. It will be our cat-friendly unit, with the option to have a mesh enclosure around the unit to stop cats escaping when you open the door. Will sleep four in a double sleeping platform and single beds for kids in the ‘egg-laying box’.
This unit will be buried inside the log stack and will be hidden from view until you come round to the entrance. It is tucked away in its own secluded corner and will be our couples retreat, with a private hot tub. Will sleep two in a fixed double bed.
Our fun family unit, originally intended to be built between two mature cherry blossom trees, and with a separate ‘kids’ pod’ that can either be reached by walking around the decking outside or climbing through the internal access tunnel. Will sleep six in a fixed double bed, two fixed bunk beds (these will be adult-sized, even though they’re in the ‘kids’ pod’) and a double sofa-bed.
The Gardener’s Bothy
This unit will sit alongside the working vegetable plot, and will have its own little garden area for those who want to sit out. It will sleep four or five in a fixed double bed and a sleeping platform.
The Boat House
When we first started developing the site we were going to look for a canal barge to become our final unit, but we were concerned that it would be incongruous alongside the other, purpose-built units. We still wanted one of the units to be a nod to the area’s canal heritage so we’ve decided to build a boat house by the side of our little pond, with its own access bridge and stream running by the door. It will sleep four in a fixed double bed and twin sleeping platform.