Host Spotlight: Anne

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Anne, who manages a unique room rental and loft within a repurposed barn, as well as a romantic tree house—all amid the Healing Springs in Crumpler, North Carolina.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I don't exactly remember when I first heard the term, but I thought that it perfectly suited to what I was trying to convey with some of my lodging options.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I love the way that it makes you feel rustic, but with touches of little luxuries.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Cozy, romantic, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I have been camping/glamping for years! It's all about bringing little luxuries with you to enhance the experience of enjoying the outdoors.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It allows you to appreciate the connection with nature and the outdoors without sacrificing life's little comforts.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Cozy, romantic luxuries surrounded by the beauty of Ashe County.

7. What makes your property unique?

The history, the Healing Spring, and the fact that we are in some of the prettiest country that North Carolina has to offer.

8. What's your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

The people! I love all the folks that I get to meet. I love hearing about what a nice time they are having and how they enjoyed my property.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The use of recycled materials. Our tree house is built almost entirely out of reclaimed materials that are over 130 years old.


Interested in a glamping getaway to North Carolina? See more of what Anne and her rustic glamping rentals can offer here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Alison

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Alison, who manages this beautiful, pet-friendly cabin in Phoenicia, New York.


1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

A few years ago online somewhere—I thought it was really clever when I heard it.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

It just kind of happened. I had a weekend vacation in the Catskills and ended up falling in love with this incredibly special property. It's like being in a dream here.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Forest + Stream = Magic.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Years ago when I was traveling in India, I stayed outside of the city of Jaisalmer in these gorgeous tents that were covered with colorful printed fabric and set within beautiful gardens. There was even a full bath inside the tent!

These were the tents that royals would camp in. They certainly had glamping down from way back! Traveling has always shaped my perspective and design style.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Today more than ever, I meet people who feel the need to connect more with the earth. They are tense and anxious from being connected to technology and the speed of the time we live in. They forget what they can learn just from watching a butterfly land on a flower or breathing in the forest and the garden.

Just sitting outside listening to the birds brings a calmness that you start to feel in your whole body—or at night seeing the stars, what fireflies look like, and how deeply you can sleep to the sound of crickets and the stream. It's the most amazing kind of therapy, and it inspires your regular life.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

The property is situated at the end of a private dirt cul-de-sac, and it consists of a main house and guest cabin that are nestled in the curve of a babbling stream on a mountainside. One side is a sunny, southern-facing organic garden with fruit trees and flowers, while the other side is the mossy rock covered forest stream side.

The decks wrapping the accommodations make them look like a series of tree houses from the back. You can relax in the spacious living room with a vaulted ceiling, lounge on the deck, or go sit on a rock in the middle of the stream's flow. The kitchen is also fully-equipped, and there is a handy guide of restaurants and things to do and see in one of the coolest towns in America (voted in 2011): Phoenicia, New York.


7. What makes your property unique?

The sound, the setting, and the energy.

8. What's your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

I love reading through the guest book and learning about the people whose lives were touched by being in this special place. We've had many marriage proposals and honeymoons here, as well as families getting together and people taking sabbaticals or time off to practice self-care or write a novel.

Sometimes I tear up reading it. Sometimes I come back here after being away and see that people were in the stream stacking rock cairns. I feel blessed that they understood and added to the sacredness of this place.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

First, we try to only use non-toxic cleaning supplies and materials for everything we do here. We compost and try to instill in every guest the premise of "leave no trace." We have no public trash pick-up, so we are very aware of recycling and keeping waste to a minimum. We encourage guests to shut the lights off when they leave and remind them the best air conditioning we have is opening the windows and allowing the cool breeze flowing down the mountain in.

We are working towards installing solar energy with proceeds from our glamping...stay tuned! Also, in light of being even more eco-friendly, we have been on a mission to introduce more native plants into the gardens and work diligently to remove invasive species that are taking away habitats from our hummingbirds and pollinators.

We hope you like bugs because we are attracting them! Oh, and P.S. since we are on moving water, mosquitoes don't really like it here.

10. Anything else you'd like to add?

If you're looking for a special place for a reboot for your spirit—and want to explore the heart of the Catskill Mountains—check us out!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Alison and her cabin can offer here.

Host Spotlight: Ciel

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Ciel, who manages
a magical dome tree house and Italian-style cottage in Topanga near Malibu, California.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I thought "glamping" was a term I came up with back when I opened the woodlands here in 2011! I had no idea it was to become a popular word around the world. In fact, I came up with it as I stood on the huge wooden bridge that spans a small stream between the cottages in the woods here.

I was dreaming about the tipis I was thinking of putting in, down by the stream and the meditation area, and I said to my friend,"It's going to be 'glamping' instead of camping," because I always do everything as luxurious and glamorous as possible! So I first heard it out of my own mouth many years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

Four years ago, I realized I needed to open up this family land for as many people to enjoy its tranquility, peace, healing, and beauty as possible. I began with the main tree house and expanded to what is now our Magical Dream Dome Tree House, where couples (and singles) have been coming to stay from all over the world. They always leave with the same amazing reviews of this magic and always return.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Luxury, rustic, and magical.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Here at my property—I haven't experienced what I do anywhere else!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Well, that would depend on the person. For example, I know people that just want to camp in a basic tent on the side of a mountain, and those travelers would not be interested in camping with all the luxury and romance we offer here. But if the travelers expressed an interest in staying in the woods or on the side of a mountain, but didn't want to have to use an outhouse or actually heat their water over a fire, I would highly suggest "glamping."

There you can experience all of nature and the feeling of living outdoors, but in a certain "lap of luxury" at the same time, including French press coffee, a wood-burning pellet stove, a hot shower, a regular toilet, a bottle of frizzante, and hand-ironed linens.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They can expect a feeling of total privacy, peace, tranquility, romance (definitely!), and a bit of unexpected luxury, all in the great outdoors. Meanwhile, inside, they will have a feeling that they've just stepped into a tree house in Provence or Tuscany, with fresh flowers everywhere, fine linens, down duvets, organic breakfasts, and more. It's definitely not your average glamping experience!

7. What makes your property unique?

The whole entire property here in the woods of Topanga Canyon is absolutely magical and completely unique. You have to experience it just once, and you will "get it" immediately. The land is situated in a woodland of oaks and eucalyptus and is cross-connected by bridges—both an enormous dining bridge and a foot bridge to a lower mediation area.

I am a professional chef, so our clients are offered the opportunity to order a very custom, totally private multi-course French Country or Italian dinner in the woods under the stars, or in inclement weather, in the main tree house cottage over the stream. We also offer private meditation, yoga, all modalities of massage therapy and Ayurvedic healing, and acupuncture.

A guest can sleep in the dream dome under the huge octagonal skylight and fall asleep under the stars, and wake up to a morning organic breakfast, followed by a massage on the bridge in the woods, and end with a private dining experience under the stars. The whole retreat is incredibly special and unique, which is attested to by our 198+ five-star reviews!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

There is a lot I love about hosting this magical glamping experience here, but I would say the best is the people I've met from all over the world in the four years we've been open. Magic...100% magic.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

I think probably the most important eco-friendly feature is that we switched a few years back from wood-burning stoves in our cottages, to the very low footprint of the pellet wood-burning stoves. They leave very little carbon in the environment and none for the person inside the tree house. They are truly amazing, and I wish everyone would switch, as it's a huge help to the ozone.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for reading all this! I adore everyone over there at Glamping Hub. Although I'm obviously not new to the business, your company has fast become my favorite! You are all so appreciated!!!


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to California? See more of what Ciel and her accommodations can offer here and here!

Host Spotlight: Catharine

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Catharine, who manages two cabins (second one here!), a tipi, and a tiny house in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

Several years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

The Finger Lakes area is one that is heavily traveled by tourists, which I love, so I wanted to share its beauty and hidden wonders. I am also a life-long learner and teacher, so being able to inform and share my knowledge is important to me personally.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Private, convenient, and symbiotic (with our natural surroundings).

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Our travels as a young family always involved camping. In general, as a family, we love being outside.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

A temporary escape from technology can be an eye-opening experience for some young people. Glamping just makes it a little easier to break away.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

We are very small and work hard to customize our guests' stays. Some want to be on the go and see all there is to see during their time at Turtle Rock Hollow. My extensive travel experiences throughout New York State give me a wide array of options when it comes to attractions to pass along.

7. What makes your property unique?

Several things! Our location on the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the sense of privacy, the rustic charm, and my attention-to-detail all form part of our uniqueness.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Meeting people from all over the globe and sharing.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

This is what we are built on! All of our accommodations have a small carbon footprint, as we recycle and reuse everything we can find. The Eagles' Perch cabin is built out of shipping pallets, reclaimed barnwood, reclaimed metal roofing, and cast away windows. (This is the way with all of our units.) In addition, we have natural mulch walkways and no blacktop, and we think sharing how we can become more comfortable with the world around us is an important concept.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Turtle Rock Hollow is a wonderful escape to get back to nature, paddle a kayak across the lake, hike a waterfall trail, hang out at a campfire, play horse shoes, or even gather with friends and family. We sleep up to 16, and with four units, we have had the opportunity to host several family reunion-type activities.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Upstate New York? See more of what Catharine's accommodations can offer here, here, here, and here!

Special Mother's Day Host Spotlight: Sonya and Kirsten

By Jackie Dreyer

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 glamping tents and 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!

Host Spotlight: Philippe

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Philippe, who manages this luxury Airstream in Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

About 10 years ago, a couple encountered us at our lakeside tent site, sunning our duvet and sitting down to a full brunch of omelette, bacon, sautéd tomato/garlic/herbs, brioches, juice, espresso...you get the idea. Inviting them to join us, they used "glamping" to describe the experience. We had a good laugh, as it's simply our way of enjoying the best of life.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

With the purchase of our Airstream, our place enables us to share a piece of of paradise.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Rejuvenation, reconnection, and escape.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

I've always glamped, understanding that its basic requisites are great food, comfy living, and paradise settings. The beauty is in stripping back to essentials in order to find remote places of natural beauty, but never leaving behind selected luxuries of life.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Good glamping offers a window of opportunity to leave daily routines and possessions behind and to sample a simple, yet superb, lifestyle in the great outdoors—with the option to retreat into a devine and secure interior!

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Simply stated, our property is modern living in a pastoral setting: pristine inside and out, guest services, regional attractions, privacy, and discrete, yet responsive, hosts.

7. What makes your property unique?

Starting with the opportunity to enjoy staying in a brand new Airstream, the property is situated to take advantage of infinite views, distant hills, grazing cows...the experience is designed for two and, as such, is gloriously private. Sunny and shady decks, a new barbecue, new bikes, and park passes are just a few of the guests' many privileges.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

The fantastic responses of our guests! Absolutely every guest has left happy and satisfied. We didn't realize how popular the stay would be for special occasions, like anniversaries and birthdays, and we take special care to make all memorable.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

The Airstream is equipped with solar panels, so off-the-grid services are a guest's choice. Our water is spring-fed, and we recycle all grey water (thus providing bio-soaps for guest use). The compact nature of the Airstream lends itself to a leaving a very small carbon footprinte.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our property exists to give guests a fantastic and unique experience.


Interested in a weekend glamping getaway to Canada? See more of what Philippe's accommodation can offer here!

Host Spotlight: Wallis

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Wallis, who manages this lodge and cabin property in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

My family and I have always gone camping, but I believe I learned about it before we visited El Capitan in SoCal and booked a swank cabin for our "babymoon." It was perfect!

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

We took over the property from a couple who lovingly cared for this historic property for a decade, but didn't have any sort of online or social presence. The beauty of this unknown place motivated me to open the doors to a younger generation of travelers and adventurers.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

We hear the word "magical" almost daily, so magical, nostalgic, and adventure.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

In the womb—my parents' San Juan Islands camping and bike tour. It's on my bucket list to do that adventure. Maybe this year!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

There are plenty of travelers who don't consider themselves "outdoorsy" but want the creature comforts of a cozy, warm home to come back to after an adventure. Whether you're at home in nature or not, a glamping experience can bridge the gap.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

This is our home. We hope that people will feel nostalgic and comfortably at home, like they're visiting a destination from childhood or a friend's cabin.

We're pretty hands-off while guests relax and explore the property and beautiful Willamette Forest. We look forward to adding more experiences and options to the property.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the remaining historic lodge in the entire area and are what people imagine when they picture a "log lodge in the middle of 'Nowhere,' Oregon."

The property has been quiet for a decade and was even completely closed for the decade before that. For being so beautiful, on the river, and sitting on hot-spring activity, we think that it's the perfect blank canvas for events, retreats, and reunions.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Everything except old plumbing!

I love the vibe of every event and the energy of every visitor. People come here to celebrate and reunite with friends and family. People come and fall in love with the property, and I can tell they feel the same way I do.

Personally, being on the property fills me up fast. Decorating and loving on those cabins is the happiest I've ever been. I'm literally giddy when I'm working.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We're self-sustaining and relatively low maintenance. Being a historic property, there's plenty of ways to update the property to help it to be greener. We've added new decks with long-lasting, sustainable materials and look forward to many many more eco-friendly updates.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Most of the items in the cabins are also for sale! The rugs are a side-project of mine, and I do a lot of pop-ups with vendors in Bend, Oregon. My on-site store will open in 2018. I've collaborated with local artists, brewers, instructors, and businesses for a lot of cross promotion.


Interested in a glamping escape to Oregon? See more of what Wallis' accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, and here!

Host Spotlight: Emily in Colorado

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Emily, who manages these unique tipi rentals and glamping tents near the Arapaho National Forest in Granby, Colorado.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

About four years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

Once we decided to re-open the ranch, which has been in our family for over 40 years, we decided to use the glamping concept for lodging. We love the outdoors and the hotel-like qualities of glamping—it seemed like the perfect fit for our gorgeous property.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Magical, relaxing, and adventurous.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

At our very own ranch!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's a beautiful and comfortable way to be outside in nature, without lugging around a bunch of camping things that you have to take time to set up—and then you get a poor night's sleep unless you are equipped with a really good air mattress. Glamping gives you the chance to go "camping" without any of the hassle.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They can expect 200 gorgeous acres of unfiltered, atypical resort-type scenery. Its all natural and minimal landscaping allows people to get to experience the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains.

We provide almost everything you need for your stay: the beds are very comfortable, we keep the buildings very clean, and we are extremely attentive and relaxing with our guests. We won't bother you if you want peace and quiet, but will talk to you about the history of the buildings and our property being in operation since the 1800s for hours.

Colorado's smallest bar is the coolest place to hang out at night. Since people have been enjoying this ranch since the early 1900s as a camping site, vacation destination, and dude ranch, there are decades of good vibes, people falling in love, weddings, and good old fashioned fun. The vibe is something you will not find anywhere else.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are not a resort-ized facility. As a husband and wife team, we build and run everything at our facility—and sometimes the kids even help! We have unique decor, since we are art collectors, and we have lots of amazingly beautiful art and old fashioned ranch-themed equipment around the property. As hosts, we're not fussy, and we're not overly obnoxiously, in-your-face service representatives who will ask you 20 times a day if you need something; however, we are right there if you have any requests.

The property itself has been in operation as a vacation property since the 1900s, and some of the buildings (the Lodge and the Dance Hall) were properties built in the 1900s and moved up to our land on logs back in the day. The history and stories about this property are endless, and my husband, Todd, is full of excellent stories that are typically told from our bar or around the campfires at night. People tend to feel a part of a community when they come to our ranch, and we consider you our family when you are here!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Getting to know the guests! We have met so many amazing people. Lots of people have found us online, recognized the name, and realized that their parents and grandparents came to the ranch many years back. Some of these parents and grandparents even met and married on the property!

We love hearing stories about past guests and their experiences. Providing a place where families, friends, and even strangers can create memories together is a priceless way to work—it doesn't even feel like work!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We are completely of the grid; generate our own electricity via a generator; and have our own water rights that come off a bubbling stream from the Colorado River—the water is absolutely delicious up here. We continue to make progress in moving towards all sorts of other ways we can make our property eco-friendly, too."

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Come visit us! It's one of those places you can't quite describe and fully enjoy until you get here and experience it for yourself! We have weddings (which are absolutely gorgeous with the scenery of our private lake and mountain backdrop), family reunions, and all sorts of friendly get-togethers. There is even have a bluegrass event once a year that is a blast!


Interested in a glamping escape to Colorado? See more of Emily's tipis and luxury tents, and book today!

Host Spotlight: Don in North Carolina

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Don, who manages this unique glamping site near Asheville, North Carolina.

A view of the exterior of one of the two accommodations at this unique glamping site near Asheville.

This unique property near Asheville, North Carolina, is made up of both a cabin and a barn.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

In 2015, a neighbor visiting said she loved my place and suggested I rent it when I wasn't using it. I said I thought it was too quirky. She told me what glamping was and that some people looked for that kind of experience.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I'm a writer. I need solitude to work. In 2009, I bought 30 acres an hour from my home in western North Carolina, an hour from my home in Asheville. There was nothing but a falling down barn when I got it. I wanted to restore the barn and develop the property using principles of permaculture, sustainability, homesteading, and creativity/art. I first built a 12-foot by 20-foot cabin to stay in while restoring the barn. Over seven years, when not writing, I planted and sculpted and got the place to what it is now.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Quiet, restorative, and calm.

A view of the cozy porch area, complete with outdoor furniture for relaxing and soaking up the woodland views.

Can't you just imagine yourself relaxing outside here?

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

I'm a city guy. My first camping experience was Outward Bound at age 30!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

I would recommend it as an antidote to being constantly grid-tied and in the 24/7 news cycle in this high-stress, modern life.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

They can expect all of the comforts of home presented in a novel way. There are two fully-equipped kitchens, fresh spring water, hot and cold running water in the shower (in the barn), towels and linens, electricity and internet (in the barn), a wood-fired hot tub, and split firewood for guests to use.

A view of the interior of one of the rooms, including an extensive book library.

Glampers won't need to pack any books in their suitcase with a library like this at the property

7. What makes your property unique?

There is a 40-foot-long covered porch with a propane barbecue; a huge, one-of-a-kind tree house with a bird cage on top; a full library of ecology, poetry and permaculture; a linear mile of private hiking trails through a pristine temperate rain forest; five benches around the property; creek dipping; edible trees and shrubs; a three-acre meadow; signs around the property; a guided treasure hunt; and more!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Besides staying there, reading the guest book about people having a great time!

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

There are solar panels on the barn that power the LED lights in the cabin, in addition to wood-fired heating, a wood-fired hot tub, spring water, natural drainage, a composting toilet (humanure); repurposed wood from the property used in almost all of the property's construction; robust recycling; and binders in all buildings for guests to learn about off-the-grid living and permaculture.


Interested in a glamping escape to North Carolina? See more of what Don's property can offer here!

Host Spotlight: Glenys and Kevin

By Jackie Dreyer

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, we have Glenys and Kevin, who manage a breathtaking castle in Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand.

A view of the exterior of the castle in winter time.

Pretend your family is the royal family at this stunning castle in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

It's hard to pinpoint exactly, possibly a year or so ago, but it was such an interesting word and concept that it resonated immediately with us.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

We were approached by one of the friendly Glamping Hub team members, who saw the potential of The Mudcastle as a glamping destination, and it went from there to becoming a reality.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Genuine, unforgettable, and inspirational.

One of the many beautiful bedrooms inside the castle.

There's no way you'll ever forget a stay at this unique castle rental.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

We haven't had one yet!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It's such a fantastic concept to stay in places where the focus is not primarily on offering cookie-cutter, standard guest experiences.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Our guests’ expectations do vary greatly, because they can be coming to stay for a variety of reasons. We may be hosting their wedding or a corporate retreat, and privacy, seclusion and quiet, creative, energising surroundings are important requirements. Alternatively, we may have a family or group of friends traveling together who want a base located close to all of the attractions our beautiful region has to offer.

In communicating with guests ahead of their stay, it lets us know what their expectations are—which we love!—and we do our very best to exceed them.

7. What makes your property unique?

While many glamping sites may have been custom-built by their owners, there are probably very few where the hosts have made their own building materials, too.

We've been creating The Mudcastle for nearly 28 years, making and blocklaying over 20,000 mud bricks made from the clay beneath us. We're told that it is our story that makes us unique.

The Mudcastle was a finalist on the "My House, My Castle" television show, was chosen to be featured on the television series "Extreme Homes of the World," and was recently selected as one of the "Top 10 Wedding Destinations on the Planet."

One of the gorgeous bathrooms, complete with a jetted tub, at the castle.

The aforementioned bricks aren't the only thing we're in awe of at this glamping castle.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Our favorite part is the ability to offer what we have created to groups who don't need the frills and are looking for genuine experiences and friendly, Kiwi hospitality.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

Like many we incorporate solar energy, we recycle, and we compost, but our biggest contribution is that The Mudcastle is constructed from the earth beneath us and local timber, and even our guest soaps are clay-based and made locally.

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What are you waiting for? You'll never find a glamping experience more unique than this castle.


Interested in a glamping escape to New Zealand? See more of what Glenys and Kevin's stunning castle can offer here for groups of up to six guests and here for groups of up to 16!