“The quality of the products is second to none, we are expecting to order 6 more over the next 12 months.”

Rivendale

Our Story

Rivendale is a large established camping and caravan site in the heart of The Peak District. The site was purchased by the Potter family in 1998 with existing consent for caravan and camping use. The family spent 18 months putting infrastructure into the site and first opened its doors to the public in 1999. Today the site has 145 caravan and camping pitches with electric hook up, 20 grass pitches, 10 pods, 2 canvas yurts, 6 lodges, some of which are privately owned and 1 timber camping cabin. There is also an on-site spa, cafe, pub and shop.

The Challenges

Rivendale wanted to offer ‘glamping’ accommodation to increase occupancy in the winter months. They also wanted accommodation that would widen the group of people using the park which is well located for public transport links so people do not need cars to get there, or they could arrive by bicycle as they only need to carry sleeping bags and personal items.

They were looking for accommodation that would be warm and comfortable for their guests whilst being low maintenance and durable for the business.

Greg Potter said “we are one of the few parks in the Peak District National Park that is able to operate 11 months of the year. We know people want to take short breaks in the winter, just not in a tent, that’s why we became interested in glamping, we knew this was the best way of increasing our winter occupancy and appealing to a wider group of people.”

The Rivendale team have a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental issues, the materials the cabins were constructed from was important plus they needed to be quite large with flexible space to accommodate families and small groups.

The Solution

An internet search and word of mouth recommendation led Greg to the Camping Cabins website and from there he went to visit the Ilkeston show site to see the cabins and meet the team. Camping Cabins supplied a 17m2 Camping Cabin for Rivendale in April 2014. The cabin was constructed of redwood pine from sustainable sources. It was supplied with two side room extensions and it was fitted out with two sets of bunk beds and a table and seating area. The team at Rivendale completed the fit out of the cabin with a log burner, stove and stand-alone beds and futons.

Since April 2014, Rivendale have taken delivery of a 10m2 cabin that will be used as a treatment room for the on-site spa and they have placed a further order for a 14m2 Camping Cabin to replace one of their existing canvas yurts. Greg said “we used to take the canvas yurts down on the 6 November, they were too cold for guests and we had problems with condensation, the guests kept getting dripped on! They were high maintenance and didn’t maximise occupancy. A timber alternative removes the condensation issues, they do not need taking down and will be available for guests all year round.”

The Result

The first cabin was ready for the 2014 summer season and bookings were good. Greg said “The first Camping Cabin was a direct investment for the business. It is achieving around 50% occupancy and with the costs of the fit out we envisage that the cabin will pay back in 16–18 months. There has been a definite increase in the number of people staying with us who aren’t arriving by car too, which was another of our key objectives.”

The Future

Rivendale have space for more cabins and they plan to install 6 more over the next 12 months.

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