21 Nov 2014

Glamping Camping

From Country Life, 9:20 pm on 21 November 2014

View of the property

A Manawatu farming couple, Sarah and Angus Gilbertson, have become one of nearly a dozen New Zealanders to set up a glamorous camping business on their property.

The large, white canvas tents with wooden floors, crisp white linen and running hot water, add another level to the usual camping experience. Guests can relax in an outdoor bath, go walking and help shear a sheep.

Inside a tent
The matai floors come from the old farm cottage and the pot belly stove provides warmth in winter

View of the hillside with tents
The glamping site is tucked into a hillside for shelter, with views south over a farm wetland and Manawatu farmland.

Sarah Gilbertson preparing food
Guests can either cater for themselves, or have meals provided. The utility shed is part of an old farm cottage.