Equata Multifunctional Spaces

equATA is a not-for-profit organisation set in beautiful woodland in Northamptonshire, which uses horses and the natural environment to provide services and support for people with autism and ADHD. The biggest challenge they faced was that they had to close in the winter months because they didn’t have a communal indoor area for the visiting family’s to use in bad weather. Our camping cabins came to the rescue and here's how...

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Ellie first saw a Camping Cabin when she visited the East of England Show in 2012 and immediately fell in love with them!  Due to the nature of Autism and ADHD, Jo and Ellie didn’t want a large open indoor space, i.e. a large cabin, they wanted smaller spaces that could be used for different activities and that visitors could wander freely between in safety. Ellie thought the cabins would be the perfect solution to create the indoor space that equATA so desperately needed - and they would fit in perfectly with the woodland setting! After many discussions with Cabin Master, a bespoke combination of 10m² and 14m² cabins and extensions was put together, now all equATA needed was the funding! In 2013, the funding was secured and their dreams became a reality.

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After many discussions based on Ellie’s requirements and vision, a plan for 4 connected cabins was agreed. Ellie wanted 4 spaces; a sensory room, a pool/games room, a soft play and a barbecue cabin. Cabin Master installed one 10m² barbecue cabin and three 14m² cabins without the barbecue in the centre. Each cabin is connected by a 2 meter extension. The cabins are used every single day and also for special events; they have been used for parties/get-togethers, open days and children’s birthday parties. Jo said, “everyone loves the cabins! The children call them ‘Pixie Houses’. They are so relaxing; the natural materials and the smell of the wood - it’s wonderful. They really add value to what we offer and the families love them. We have helped 950 families in the 6 years we have been open, and in 2014 we helped more families than ever before! We are averaging 20 families per week since the cabins have been installed!”

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Getting funding and installing the cabins has meant that equATA can carry on operating and supporting families 12 months of the year. Jo said, “the cabins have transformed equATA without them we wouldn’t have been able to carry on indefinitely. Prior to having the cabins we had to close for 3 months in the winter, which meant we didn’t get any income and we couldn’t support any families who so needed our services”. With equATA being a charity, everything is funding driven, however, there are plans and funding is being sought for a further cabin and toilet/shower block so Jo and Ellie can offer families residential/overnight stays. Jo concluded “Cabin Master has been so supportive we really appreciate all their help and one thing is for certain if and when we do expand we wouldn’t consider going anywhere else!”


Why Should I Invest In A Camping Cabin?

As more of us begin to enjoy the great outdoors on home soil, Camping and Glamping in the UK is on the increase. Our Airbnb Camping Cabin-style buildings are all built using our quality timber products and manufactured in our Derbyshire factory. Whether it be sleeping in style in one of our luxury Lodges or embracing all things Scandinavian in a Glamping Cabin, our Cabin Master Camping and Glamping Cabins cater to the perfect staycation!  With the option to install kitchens, bathrooms and stand-alone furniture from your supplier of choice, why not consider this ecological option for your Airbnb?


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