Glamping site with spaceship and submarine on sale for £1.25million

Glamping site with spaceship and submarine on sale for £1.25million

Buy your own UFO! Out-of-this-world glamping site with its own spaceship, submarine, jet airplane and igloo goes up for sale along with five-bed house for £1.25million

  • Apple Camping site was featured on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed TV series and the BBC’s Unique B&B
  • The area also comes with a UFO, a speedboat in the garden, a power boat, a train carriage and a disco church.
  • Mr Rhys-Davies has developed the let business for more than a decade but wants to give it to someone else

A glamping site with its own spaceship, submarine, jet airplane and igloo is up for sale along with a five-bedroom house for £1.25million. 

The ‘weird and wonderful’ Apple Camping site was featured on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and also BBC’s My Unique B&B as an out-of-the-world glamping experience.

Owner Toby Rhys-Davies, 50, decided to sell the campsite near Redberth, Pembrokeshire, which also comes with a UFO, a speedboat in the garden, a power boat, a train carriage and a disco church. 

Mr Rhys-Davies said: ‘I really wanted south Pembrokeshire to have something a little bit more alternative, but someone else was given a licence for glamping so I had to think outside the box.

The ‘weird and wonderful’ Apple Camping site was featured on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and also BBC’s My Unique B&B as an out-of-the-world glamping experience (Pictured: UFO)

Owner Toby Rhys-Davies, 50, decided to sell the campsite near Redberth, Pembrokeshire, which also comes with a UFO, a speedboat in the garden, a power boat, a train carriage and a disco church (Pictured: inside the airplane with sofas and a bed)

Mr Rhys-Davies wants to move on to new ventures elsewhere in Pembrokeshire and is selling the whole site (Pictured:  Rhys-Davies with friend Kath on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed)

‘I thought, ‘what is to stop us repurposing things like aeroplanes and things that people might want to stay in?’ and that’s been the case ever since.

‘I took my mum shopping to Cotswold airport, as you do. We were shopping for a plane to recycle and I came across the Jetstar, which is the 1970s private jet.’

The 50-year-old has been developing the unique holiday let business for more than a decade.

He added: ‘The inspiration for the UFO came from my love of films, travel and retro.

The property near Redberth, Pembrokeshire, comes with a UFO, two converted planes, a submarine and a speedboat in the garden (Pictured: a wooden cabin)

The 50-year-old said: ‘I took my mum shopping to Cotswold airport, as you do. We were shopping for a plane to recycle and I came across the Jetstar, which is the 1970s private jet.’ (Pictured: two wooden stairs leading up to a long and rounded white spaceship)

The dome which was built to detect enemy vessels using sonic waves is the last of its kind in British ownership – with the others sat at the bottom of the sea or in foreign territories. (Pictured: a flat screen TV, cream carpets, moon-like table, a double bed and a small single bed in a circular room)

In September last year Rhys-Davies spent £50,000 transforming the naval relic into a luxury staycation abode at his quirky campsite in Redberth, South Wales. (Pictured: Another distinctive look room with the legs of the bed sticking up in the air)

‘But once I’d come up with idea I needed to find someone to build it. A few people said there was a semi-retired boat builder called Steve Hicks in Tenby.

‘So, me and him went for a pint and I explained that I was thinking about building a UFO, and he could work on it from his work with fibreglass from his boat building experience – and it turns out he’d always wanted to build a UFO.’

Mr Rhys-Davies wants to move on to new ventures elsewhere in Pembrokeshire and is selling the whole site. 

He added: ‘I’m outgrowing Apple Camping and it’s at a point where it’s ready for someone else, who may want to do weddings too because it’s a really adaptable site and can be taken to another level by another person.

Mr Rhys-Davies said he was outgrowing the camping site and said his unique project was readt for someone else. (Pictured: another unique dome item in the back garden)

The 50-year-old said someone else could have ‘real fun’ developing the project he started. (Pictured: a section of the Apple Nighty) 

The house is a period farmhouse with massive inglenook fires, full of features, for the new owners it could potentially be a great family home (Pictured: a spacious kitchen with a range, breakfast bar)

‘While I was this creative to get it to where it is now I think someone else could have real fun adding to it, the timing is perfect to let someone else keep expanding it.

‘The house is a period farmhouse with massive inglenook fires, full of features, for the new owners it could potentially be a great family home, it’s huge with lovely big rooms, and it’s a good house to come home to and turn off.’

In September last year Rhys-Davies spent £50,000 transforming the naval relic into a luxury staycation abode at his quirky campsite in Redberth, South Wales.

The dome which was built to detect enemy vessels using sonic waves is the last of its kind in British ownership – with the others sat at the bottom of the sea or in foreign territories. 

Both HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry – which were sunk in the Falklands War – boasted the device.

The last remaining UK sonar dome from a Royal Navy Destroyer has been saved and converted into a glamping pod. Toby Rhys Davies, 49, has spent £50,000 transforming the naval relic into a luxury staycation abode at his quirky campsite in Redberth, South Wales

Mr Rhys-Davies said: ‘I thought, ‘what is to stop us repurposing things like aeroplanes and things that people might want to stay in?’ and that’s been the case ever since. (Pictured: a quirky designed room with a navy sofa with a submarine-like door in the corner)

After it narrowly dodged active service in the Falklands War, Mr Davies salvaged the sonar dome in November last year when a friend with naval connections suggested he might be able to put it to good use

The project took eight months to complete and cost Mr Davies £50,000, with the first guests snatching the opportunity to stay in August

Mr Davies, owner of Apple Camping, said the dome which is now part of his creation was one of four domes that were built for Type 42 destroyers. The one he is in possession of was a ‘spare’

‘The house is a period farmhouse with massive inglenook fires, full of features, for the new owners it could potentially be a great family home, it’s huge with lovely big rooms, and it’s a good house to come home to and turn off.’

Mr Davies, owner of Apple Camping, said the dome which is now part of his creation was one of four domes that were built for Type 42 destroyers. The one he is in possession of was a ‘spare’.

The other three were on active boats, including HMS Sheffield and HMS Coventry, both of which are now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean after being sunk during the 1982 Falklands War.

The third dome is still on a ship but that vessel is owned by the Argentines, Mr Davies said.

The Type 42 HMS destroyers, also known as the Sheffield class, were a class of fourteen guided missile destroyers that were first ordered in 1968 and launched in 1971.

The Royal Navy used this class of destroyer for 38 years between 1975 and 2013 before they were replaced with Type 45 destroyers.

After it narrowly dodged active service in the Falklands War, Mr Davies salvaged the sonar dome in November last year when a friend with naval connections suggested he might be able to put it to good use.

The glamping site owner has previously hit the headlines for his conversion of a former Etihad airbus and a 1970s Jetstar into two other luxury stays.

His latest project took eight months to complete and cost Mr Davies £50,000, with the first guests snatching the opportunity to stay in August.

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