VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017 have named The Dandelion Hideaway as the Winner and Longlands as a Finalist in the brand new Glamping category.  Both sites have Tsavo safari tents from Somerset glamping equipment manufacturer, Albion Canvas at Boldscan with stylish interiors including wood burning stoves, en suite bathroom, a large living and dining area and two bedrooms.

MD, Steve Hansford, commented, “The Dandelion Hideaway and Longlands were amongst our first clients, so we are thrilled that they have received such a prestigious award. The trend for this idyllic escape from the high tech world has really taken off and we are currently setting up sites from the Isle of Wight to Scotland. It is great that VisitEngland have officially recognised this unique holiday and the word, a blend of Glamorous and Camping,  has even made the Oxford Dictionary*. ”

Boldscan originally set up in 1990 to create canvas vehicle covers. They were quick to spot the potential for Glamping, devising a range of high quality tents; from safari style, to bell and futuristic geodesic domes manufactured in Wellington, Somerset. The first clients were mostly farmers looking to diversify, but they have also set up sites at holiday parks and zoos, including The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Chessington World of Adventures Resort. In addition, a unique clear span (ie no poles) canvas Clubhouse has provided the solution for cafes at chic galleries like Hauser & Wirth and award winning cheese makers, Quickes.

In addition to advising on planning permission, green finance, supplying and fitting out the tents with kitchens, wood burning stoves and even en-suite bathrooms, the company offers an after sales maintenance programme.