Editor’s note: Each month, we’d like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, in honor of Mother’s Day, we have a mother and daughter duo, Sonya and Kirsten, who run this gorgeous mountain retreat in New South Wales, Australia.
Let Sonya take you down memory lane and share her experience of running a glamping site with her daughter, Kirsten.
1. What’s the best memory you have of traveling with your children?
We have always been a "Let’s go away for the weekend!" kind of family, and all the children have always enjoyed the bush, horseback riding, and animals, just where there would be untouched nature and a river. It did not take any fancy offerings for us to enjoy the open country—we just loved visits from animals, the stars in the sky, and lovely clean country air.
2. What was your first glamping/camping experience with your children?
We started camping with our children when they were barely two years old.
3. How did you and your daughter get into the glamping business together? What inspired you?
As a family, we fell in love with some lovely countryside just 2.5 hours from Sydney; it was completely untouched and had a gorgeous crystal clear trout stream. My husband (the kids’ father) was so enamored he went straight to the phone to ask if there was any land for sale on this lovely river.
It was meant to be—there were 3,000 acres for sale right on the very part of the river we had seen. At first, we built a little log cottage, next a vegetable and fruit garden, then a work shed, and it grew from there. It was not until three years ago, we discovered "glamptents" and how much fun they were.
4. If you could describe your property in three words, what would they be?
Adventure, mountain, and wilderness.
5. What types of experiences can people expect to have when they stay in your accommodation?
You do wake up to noises of the animals, and our valley is famous for its bird life (we have wedge tail eagles in our valley). Since we’re in the mountains, you also do get that sharp cool start to the morning, which is so invigorating. You will see kangaroos coming for a drink or bounding past, too. All of this is very calming and gives you a wonderful feeling of well-being.
6. What makes your property unique?
I think having 6,000 acres of country trees, hills, and clear country air is priceless.
7. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property together?
My daughter Kirsten and I work very well together. She looks after all the internet servicing, which is something that did not exist when we first started. She actually set up our website and found Glamping Hub, and we now get bookings from all over the world. I look after the practical side of bookings, cottage and glamping tent upkeep, and staff.
We will have seven glamping tents by the end of July, our original first one was such a great success, but they do only sleep two to three people. If there is a larger group wanting to come, we have bush cottages that sleep from six to 10 people, which are also popular for groups of young people and families.
We have horses—and ponies for children!—and do outrides through the bush. Kirsten is very much involved with the bush animals and horseback riding and looks after that, as well.
8. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?
Our glamping tents all have or will have wonderful large verandas that look over the prettiest part of our river. They are as private as possible and are very comfortable, and people love them.
Our guests feel like they are having a real bush experience—first in a canvas-style tent, lots of bushland surrounding, a private bathroom with a great rain shower bathroom and heating, and more.
We are in the mountains, and it can snow, but staying in a glamping tent adds that little bit extra, and people find it to be a real, and welcomed, change from city living. The tents are unique in every way, and coming here is an adventure from the minute you arrive ’til the minute you leave.
For a unique getaway to New South Wales, Sonya and Kirsten have a number of different cabin options, which you can find here, here, here, here, here, and here. Get inspired by this mother-daughter team and book a special trip to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day!