Ross Appleyard took an amazing concept and turned it into a lucrative business opportunity. Read his story here: How did you first find us? “We found Arctic Cabins at a game show and immediately bought a BBQ hut for our garden which is loved by guests in our B&B and cottages. Then we added a bigger cabin to accommodate our huge spa bath - again an attraction for guests.”
The Business Idea What made you purchase more cabins for the business? “We spoke to Arctic Cabins about making a "hobbit House" that could be rented out as holiday accommodation and together we designed Kirnan Beg. It was so successful that after two months we increased the rental by 50% and worked out it could pay for itself in the first year. So we invested our pensions into building two slightly bigger cabins, Wildcat and Woodcock.”
Challenges & Solutions Ross said “Arctic Cabins were quick to respond to our requests and dealt with minor problems very quickly. One door didn't quite fit and they sent a new one all the way to Scotland the next day.”
The Result Woodcock is a cosy romantic cabin for two with four poster bed and the best furnishings money can buy and a roll top copper bath ensuite. Wildcat is for a bunch friends or a family and can sleep five comfortably. It has one double bed and three single bunkbeds (all fitted by Arctic Cabins) and has a double jacuzzi bath ensuite. Both cabins have fully fitted kitchens. They all have their own private hot tubs, bbq cabins and fire pits with pizza ovens. – What a perfect place to stay!!
Ross’s Thoughts On The Venture “The cabins are not the cheapest on the market but they are the best quality and we expect them to last at least 20 years. They have been so popular that we fully expect to have recouped our outlay in 12 months. Guests staying in them love the quality of the workmanship and how they are kitted out. They were only opened in July and already we have had several guests who have been twice and booked again for the following year.”
The Future Are you thinking of expanding the business now you have found how popular the cabins are? “Our cabins are dotted around the private 500 acres estate. They are totally private and individual - the opposite of a holiday park. Our next venture is to work with Arctic Cabins on building a top of the range tree house built to the same specifications as our existing cabins but up a tree!”