Beautiful Bells is a family owned bell tent hire service. Ethically run by Katrina and Steve, Beautiful Bells have been hiring their fabulous bells tents across the southern region since 2014.
As camping enthusiasts all their adult lives, they and their now grown-and-flown family, have camped in trailer tents and enjoyed many camping holidays under canvas. They have also attended countless music festivals in their beloved VW camper.
The first bell tent
Back in 2013 Katrina bought her first bell tent. To cut a long story short, Katrina has magpie tendencies when it comes to atmospheric lighting. So when she found a tea light chandelier on eBay, she needed a tent to hang it in.
Steve saw this as a completely unnecessary purchase. But undeterred, and with the excuse of being fed up of banging her head in the camper van (and months of research), she bought her first bell tent.
In reality Katrina and Steve had been glamping for years without realising it. The term used then was ‘show and shine’ – whenever the camper van got an upgrade (or a new set of fairy lights!).
As business start-ups go it wasn’t entirely conventional. In fact, the start of the Beautiful Bells glamping hire service was almost accidental. One bell tent grew to five, and Katrina started to research the ‘glamping’ phenomenon. Early in 2014 the Beautiful Bells tent hire service was born.
In the summer of 2014, what had been intended as a ‘small hobby business’ hiring five bell tents expanded to a ten-tent hire service. It was a hobby business no more.
In 2015, Katrina left her job in the corporate world to manage Beautiful Bells full-time.
60 bell tents for hire!
Beautiful Bells now boasts 60 bell tents for hire. Despite the growth of Beautiful Bells, Katrina still takes a hands-on approach to their bell tent hire service, and customer enquiries take priority. Since giving up her corporate career, Katrina and Steve are 100% bell tent focused.
They bring their many years’ experience of the outdoors to give you the best possible glamping experience.