[Panorama: The view of a wide area]
In spring 2021 we aim to launch Bellorama, a scenic bell tent site situated in a rural setting upon the Wiltshire hills, with spectacular views over the stunning Blackmore Vale.
This project offers guests an opportunity to be immersed in nature from the comfort of a stylish canvas bell tent (that really does feel more like a spacious hotel room than a tent) located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Local farmer, James, is providing Bellorama with it's first high-up location on his land to kickstart the venture:
Photo: Morning views over the Blackmore Vale (enjoyed best with a mug of coffee from the warmth of your bed)
Located just one mile off the A303 (20 mins from World Heritage site Stonehenge) and two hours from London, Bellorama makes for a very convenient one night stop off for holidaymakers wishing to break up the tedious journey to Devon and Cornwall from London and the North - why not start your holiday with an adventure in Wiltshire first?!
The Fox & Hounds pub (included in The Telegraph's '17 of Britain's best beer gardens with views') is 150 meters below the proposed site just outside the village of East Knoyle. This provides guests with somewhere to eat, drink and park during their stay.
Other great haunts and attractions in close proximity include:
Pythouse Kitchen Garden (10mins)
The Beckford Arms (10mins)
Fonthill Estate & Lake (11mins)
The Grosvenor Arms (7mins)
Compton McRae Deli (7mins)
Dairy House Antiques (8mins)
Messums Wiltshire (15mins)
Compton Marbling (12mins)
Longleat safari park (20mins)
Hauser & Wirth (30mins)
Plus the immediate area is riddled with walks and wildlife.
Image: site map (example)
With the extra funds, we can provide Bellorama with the products, materials and equipment needed to make the ultimate bell tent stay.
£5000 is the base amount required for the initial set up (ready for guests by August 2020), this purchases:
- 2x new 4m bell tents (with double doors)
- 2x new wood burning tent stoves
- kitchen / bbq / kitchen equipment / recycling bins etc
- off grid power (portable solar unit for lights and phone charging)
- wooden platform and enclosed bathroom
- quality bedding & bed linen
- quality, natural and eco friendly 'disposables' (soaps, coffee etc)
above photo: proposed interior set up
above photo: The loo with a view! proposed loo / shower design
£10,000 provides Bellorama with:
- 2x wood fired hot tubs
- communal undercover kitchen
- 2x additional bell tents (on standby for group bookings)
Photo: wood fired hot tub
above: guest welcome booklet designed with info. needed for a stay (contacts, safety, local attractions, maps etc)
Above: floor plan options
By August 2020 we aim to have our first two tents set up and ready to accommodate Bellorama's first guests and Crowdfunder plegers (after running this campaign).
Aiming to open our 'doors' to the public in April 2021, available on booking sites such as 'Airbnb' and 'Canopy & Stars'.
Collaborating with East Knoyle farmers, James Hyde and Deb Bateman, who run a successful B&B in the local area and experienced in hospitality - plus bringing their skills in cooking, carpentry and ironmongery to the Bellorama table. (Jim aims to run metalwork and woodwork courses for guests in due course).
Image: (left) James & Deb. (right) James with paramotor and bell tent in Botswana
As for me, I will use my skills in marketing, design and hospitality to promote and co-manage Bellorama.
Image: Thats me
| Paramotor tandem flight & 1 night stay
Help us launch Bellorama and pledge for some of our fantastic rewards, featuring a discounted paramotor tandem flight for two people, with world renowned pilot and instructor Kester Haynes - this includes a 1 night stay at Bellorama when you touch back down to earth.
| The family weekend package
Bellorama will work alongside Camp Crusoe, a local summer camp and outdoor adventure company for children 8-15yrs.
Parents can enjoy the view in peace, whilst their offspring run riot during a bushcraft lesson nearby. Stories can be shared of the days adventuring over the Bellorama campfire (or over a pint / meal in the Fox & Hounds) www.campcrusoe.com
| Romantic night for two with a view
Leave the work to us and enjoy a romantic night for two with a beautiful view, treating your partner to a night under the stars in a comfortable and stylish bell tent. This price is exclusively on Crowdfunder (30% off usual price) - Includes a bottle of wine and glasses for two.
| Bellorama weekend away with friends
Book 2 tents for a weekend away with friends - with a pub 150 meters over the hill... get settled in with absolutely no driving required! The more friends the better: 8 friends = £25 each | 6 friends = £33 each | 4 friends = £50 each for the WHOLE weekend :)
Thanks for your support, we forward to having you stay and make our Bellorama vision come to life!
Olivia, Jim & Deb