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Family business in Banham launches luxury glamping cabins

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Kiera Goymour (2041868)
Kiera Goymour (2041868)

A Norfolk country park has unveiled five new luxury glamping cabins as part of a major £325,000 investment in the site.

The Shepherd’s Cabins, which sleep up to five guests and have en-suite bathroom facilities and a fully fitted kitchen, dining area and terrace, have taken pride of place at Applewood Countryside Park, in Banham.

Originally founded by Martin Goymour in the 1980s as part of the Banham Zoo complex, the holiday park is now run as an independent family business, with operations overseen by Martin’s daughter, Kiera, and brother, Adam.

“We visited a glamping show a couple of years ago and always liked the style of the cabins,” said Kiera.

“We felt the time was right to invest in the new cabins based on the demand for glamping. Ours have been made by local carpentry firm, Daniels and Vincent, of Harleston.

“We already have six basic glamping pods and four posh pods, as we call them, which have things like a fridge and a microwave.

“The Shepherd’s cabins though are the luxury end and is really glamping in style.”

The cabins are situated within the grounds of the countryside park, which also caters for caravans, campers and motorhomes.

The word glamping first appeared in the UK in 2005 and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016.

A combination of the words glamour and camping, it represents a style of camping, with amenities.

One of the new Shepherd’s Cabins offers a “romantic vibe” with a bathtub for two, bathrobes and luxury toiletries.

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