Questions and answers

Hosts

  • Firstly - an outdoor space which is entirely yours to make decisions about, and secondly – access to a cold water tap and a WC. There are a number of ways of dealing with this from a gardeners toilet to a composting loo…….. Anything more is a bonus for the campers.

  • Make sure you know what size of tent will be arriving and that there is an appropriate space for pitching it which is safe and dry.

    Please make sure the grass isn’t too long – nothing worse than soggy feet and gear first thing in the morning!

  • No - at the moment we are not imposing any fees, and we really don’t want to place advertising on the site. .

    However the website and backup do not pay for themselves and every message you send or receive also costs us money. If you feel you could help out with a modest donation we would be very grateful indeed. You should find links on every page.

  • No – dates and period of stay are entirely your choice. Your place does not have to be permanently available to anyone else (we all have our own lives to lead, after all!), and you will want to be comfortable with the info you have about potential campers before you agree to a visit. You can say the space is unavailable without having to give a reason.

  • The principle of campinmygarden.com is that we don’t do crowds.

    Our campers expect things to be a bit special - quieter and more private than a commercial set-up.

    We advise that six tent pitches or 12 people accommodated should be the maximum a visitor should expect. If you have a very large property and it falls into subdivisions (eg an extra orchard/wood/field) then you could double up if your water/WC facilities also allow this. Talk to us about it before submitting your entry for checking.

  • You decide, but a range of £0 to £10 for an adult is a good guideline to follow for simple camping.

    If you ask for a comparatively high rate you won’t hear from any potential campers! £5 - £10 per night is average.

    If you are offering special facilities – a swimming pool, use of sports or camping equipment, or a full-on glamping option – then reflect this in your price but keep it below commercial rates as campinmygarden.com is not primarily a commercial service.

    We feel its unfair to charge for children under 4, and we suggest that you consider a reduction for under 18s. If you need muscle to help you with a job in the garden, you can also ask for labour in exchange for tent space.

  • Yes – of course. But keep the charge realistic, and enjoy the extra social exchange that follows!

  • Yes, certainly, as long as you can provide a quiet and private place for the garden campers as well as looking after your main business customers. The maximum capacity for a designated campinmygarden.com location shouldn’t be more than a total of 6 pitches or accommodate 12 people so if you want to offer more you must talk to us first.

    Our principle is that we don’t do crowds, and that our campers should be able to enjoy a unique camping spot, even if its part of something bigger.

  • It is sensible to record the full name and address of the lead camper at the time of booking. You should then ask the lead guest to bring 2 proof of addresses with them to ensure that you are happy that they are who they say they are. A driving licence and a domestic bill are an ideal combination.

  • If this is for access to their camping space - only if its the only way to access the garden from the street and you cannot be there to let the campers through. If its for access to the toilet/bathroom - if you don’t have an outside WC use of the in-house facilities should be arranged between the camper and the garden owner. Only YOU will know what is acceptable and practical for you all. In suitable locations some of our hosts have built composting toilets or installed temporary portapottis).

  • If the basics (cold tap and WC) are available from outside the house, then no. If you’ve decided to host campers without being able to provide those basics you definitely need a plan B, and that will probably mean giving access at some times.

  • It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their property and any related liability is adequately insured for this purpose. Campinmygarden.com advises that you discuss your proposals with your insurers before offering your garden as a campsite or any additional services related to the stay.

  • You can ask them to modify their behaviour, or ultimately ask them to leave. We have not, so far, heard of any such incident occurring.

  • Its your place, so you can make any rules you wish. Campinmygarden.com suggests that you don’t make too many - or people will be reluctant to come and stay with you for fear of offending! Keep it simple and stick to the really important things. Campers tend to be incredibly respectful of places and property.

  • Send us a message through the contact box or email direct to info@campinmygarden.com and tell us what you need to know!

Campers

  • Anything! Every location is unique and it will feel different to the average commercial campsite. Quieter and more private, for a start. You may even be the only one there! If you know what is important to you and you can’t see it included in the write-up, ask the host beforehand. Remember, the host wants you to visit and will be looking for ways to make your stay a happy one!

  • Campinmygarden.com recommends a maximum of two weeks, but an average stay is a couple of days. Remember that in general you will be integrating with your hosts’ family life to some extent, and some places are more suitable than others for longer stays.

  • No - at the moment we are not imposing any fees, and we really don’t want to place advertising on the site. .

    However the website and backup do not pay for themselves and every message you send or receive also costs us money. If you feel you could help out with a modest donation we would be very grateful indeed. You should find links on every page.

  • ‘Cheap’ is not what we aim for, but it should be very good value. Average cost is around £7. Sometimes it may even be free, and sometimes you can exchange a little help to the host for your tent space.

  • Generally hosts are happy to be given cash when you arrive. However you might agree to pay in advance by Paypal or bank transfer. Talk to your host about this at the time of booking.

  • That might not be a problem. Many hosts are also campers and may well be able to lend or hire you some gear. If its not in the description you can always ask. Of course many of the campsites have fully equipped ‘glamping’ options on offer as well.

  • The minimum we ask our hosts to provide is easy access to a cold water tap and some kind of WC. Every place is different - but on the whole you can expect to be able to have a shower.

    This may be at a time agreed with your host if it means access to their house.

  • Hosts recognise that travellers have to keep their stuff clean. You’ll find laundry mentioned in many of the write-ups - but if not than ask.

    You should expect to cover the cost of using the machine.

  • Send us a message through the contact box or email direct to info@campinmygarden.com and tell us what you need to know!

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