Back garden camping: Curiosity and private land with 'amenities better than campsites’

“Anywhere where there’s potentially interesting outdoor activities nearby, if it’s in an area of natural beauty, somewhere quiet, at least half an acre, with some basic amenities, that’s what we really look for.”

The platform manually curate all the stays and Oliver said they’ve usually met the hosts too.

“We have a very high bar when it comes to the stays on the platform. We’ve spoken to the hosts, we’ve reviewed the photos, in many circumstances we’ve actually gone to the site and taken photos. We’ve built a connection with the hosts and ensured that we’ve curated a consistently good quality of stays.”

It’s worth noting too that private camping isn’t just a paying version of wild camping.

Oliver said: “To be honest, a lot of the amenities on our private hosts’ sites are actually better than campsite amenities. Less people using them and typically, if you’re inviting someone on your land, you want them to have a good experience. Private hosts will go out of their way to make sure that amenities are set up perfectly.”

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