About Charles Gulland
Charles Gulland is a graduate of Hooke Park College, established in 1989 by the Parnham Trust to research and develop profitable use of home grown timber. Winner of the Westminster Foundation Award for timber design he was appointed designer in residence with the countryside commission for Scotland in 1990.
Following on from his work with the Countryside Commission Charles identified a niche in the market and in 1999 developed the wooden Wigwam®, a four season fully insulated, heated camping cabin made from steam bent timber and clad in larch boards.
In 2000, he launched Wigwam® Holidays Ltd and later in 2014 became the first glamping provider to offer a franchise business model – a complete ‘business package’ for landowners and farmers looking to diversify their land and benefit from the growing glamping and staycation phenomenon. Today Wigwam Holidays is the UK’s largest provider of glamping accommodation with approaching 90 sites across the UK and over 700 cabins in commercial use.
With a track record of over two decades in building wooden cabins from sustainable home grown timber, Charles Gulland, the original innovator of the camping pod and founder of the first ‘glamping holiday’ business, demonstrates how his unique and proven business model has helped farm businesses diversify and maximize revenue.