Sherry and Houston in Texas

Editor’s be aware: Every month, we prefer to introduce one in all our fantastic Glamping Hub hosts and ask what impressed them to create a glamping web site. This month, we’re showcasing Glamping Hub’s Host of the Month for September 2021, Sherry, and Houston. This internet hosting couple, who began with the concept of making a singular out of doors marriage ceremony venue is now increasing their imaginative and prescient. They just lately added two new lovely safari tents close to Dallas, excellent for glamping in Texas.

Inform us a bit about your self…

Throughout our 36 years of marriage, Houston fell in love with the inventive group and developed a ardour for sharing the artists’ items with others. On the similar time, I (Sherry) discovered my calling in internet hosting and fostering group across the desk. The result’s a joint need to offer experiences that nourish the creativity of artists and enrich the lives of all who enter the gates at Purdon Groves. We do that by our farm, desk, venue, and retreat.

Glamping Hub’s Host of the Month for September 2021: Sherry and Houston in Texas with two happy dogs.

What attracted you to the concept of proudly owning a glamping property?

Initially, we considered this as a supplemental income alternative whereas we developed our out of doors marriage ceremony venue. Now we really feel like this can be a element of our property and imaginative and prescient. As soon as we’re internet hosting weddings, having the choice for glamping will simply add to the expertise!

Beautiful Safari Tent near Dallas, Texas.

Each glamping web site has a particular story, might you inform us about yours?

It was Easter Sunday. Our realtor despatched us specs on a bit of property, saying we might view it on our personal if we wished. We have been each beneath the climate and nearly didn’t come. We figured that as tough because it was to get out the door, possibly this acreage was one thing particular. Little did we all know. As we drove by cows grazing in fields of bluebonnets, after which beneath a cover of timber the final couple of miles, we knew we had made the precise determination.

Then we walked onto the property with Mr. Eads, who had spent 18 years of his retirement hand clearing the property, thoughtfully creating groves of manicured timber and spacious, open pastures. Our jaws actually dropped on the magnificence. It had every part we have been in search of. We put in a suggestion the following day! 4 years later and we’re persevering with that labor of affection at Purdon Groves by handcrafting experiences the place friends are impressed to attach, retreat, rejoice and create.

Host of the Month September 2021 - Sherry and Houston smiling with their donkey.

What do you’re keen on probably the most about operating a glamping web site?

The distinctive and provoking folks we get to satisfy.

We began with one bell tent. We outfitted it based mostly on pictures of glamping tents on-line. Later we had some trusted associates come to remain and tell us what we might do to enhance the expertise.

One among them is an expert photographer, who equipped us with lovely pictures of the tent and the Chef’s Desk Expertise (an optionally available out of doors, catered meal) we included of their evening’s keep. Then we started promoting by social media and launched our web site.

The Dallas Farmers Market coordinated a giveaway and others who have been social media influencers instructed their followers about us. Partnering with these people bought us the publicity we wanted. By way of a few articles about our property (in native publications and in Texas Highways Journal), the evaluations of friends, and constant advertising on social media and phrase of mouth, we’ve been capable of have bookings most weekends and lots of weekdays.

We strive to ensure each Retreat Expertise (our distinctive model of Glamping) is one thing friends will at all times keep in mind. We do that by greeting in particular person when doable, however at all times by speaking effectively all through the method – earlier than, throughout, and after. We additionally host Non-public Farm Excursions which permit people, {couples}, associates, and households to have a real farm keep. 

The Chef

Are you able to inform us about your most memorable visitor expertise to this point?

We love giving Non-public Farm Excursions. Our favourite was when a bunch of mothers introduced their youngsters on a glamping journey. The mothers had come on a ladies’ weekend a number of months earlier and wished their children to expertise the farm. It was a pleasure to look at these seven children carrying round chickens, petting piglets, and serving to to plant our new fig timber. 

What are the 2 largest challenges you confronted and the way did you overcome them?

Whereas our property was actually lovely once we bought it, we needed to make investments a considerable sum of money to entry water and energy and to assemble a street. We had no thought how costly it will be to do that. We are able to’t say that we’ve fully overcome this problem. We proceed to must tempo ourselves financially as our enterprise grows. Previously couple of years, although, we’ve found add ons that improve the glamping expertise for our friends and herald further revenue wanted for farm tasks and animal feed. 

One other problem for us has been having sufficient assist to do routine chores and upkeep, in addition to needed tasks. We’ve an artist’s work trade program, the place artists might keep totally free (when engaged on their craft), in trade for working three hours per day on the farm.

We’ve additionally been lucky to have athletes volunteer from the native junior school a number of hours every week through the faculty yr. This summer season a few interns helped us with a number of tasks and, extra importantly, did the morning chores so we might sleep in! And at any time when associates come to remain they insist on serving to across the farm. 

Luxury Queen Bed inside glamping tent in Texas

What’s the most enjoyable a part of rising your glamping enterprise?

It’s thrilling when friends join with our imaginative and prescient for the property and share it with their associates. We’ve gotten a number of enterprise by referrals. 

In case you might have anyone keep at your lodging, who wouldn’t it be and why?

Our total household. With 4 youngsters, their spouses, and two grandchildren, it’s very tough to get everybody collectively on the similar time. Simply having that household time on our property – a spot we love – could be such a deal with. 

What does your dream glamping web site appear to be?

We hope someday to have a treehouse (not hooked up to a tree, however on stilts, arrange amongst tree branches). This was a dream the previous proprietor had for the property, one we instantly related with. 

Two twin singles in luxury camping near Dallas, Texas.

Are you able to describe what GH Constructions has helped you obtain?

GH Constructions has given us the chance to have further tents, permitting our friends to deliver household/associates on their glamping journey. 

What recommendation would you give to anybody seeking to begin or enhance their very own glamping enterprise?

Acknowledge that you would be able to’t do every part without delay. Ask friends to offer you constructive suggestions – letting them know you at all times wish to enhance the expertise for others.

Glamping Hub’s Host of the Month for September 2021: Sherry and Houston in Texas

Our group of hosts means every part to us right here at Glamping Hub, which is why we like to share their tales in our Host of the Month characteristic. In case you’re in search of an unforgettable farm keep in Texas, guide one in all these lovely glamping tents close to Dallas.

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