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Alfriston Woodland Cabins

Alfriston Woodland Cabins opened in July of 2020, offering two self catering woodland cabins in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Despite COVID-19, they had established themselves quickly, with 92% occupancy in the first 9 months of trading.

Demand for business has been high. COVID has caused large spikes in UK residents booking UK holidays. They wanted to make the most of the positive trading conditions to grow.

From guest surveys, it became clear that a high number prefer to limit their use of vehicles, and also explore the local area by other means, are active and love activities.

With part funding of £10,000 from a SEBB grant, Alfriston Wood Cabins have invested in an electric van to offer more customer transportation: from pickups, to paddle-boarding excursions and curated day trips to the best local establishments.

Living and working in a national park meant they wanted their business to grow but only in a way that was right for their local area: promoting environmentally low-impact practices throughout their business, proving growth can be sustainable.

Mandy Ranger of Alfriston Wood Cabins said

The vehicle supports the South Downs National Park initiatives by providing local access to all visitors, whilst negating the need for them to have their own transport, which in turn makes it accessible to everyone. Our guests can be secure in the knowledge we can support them if need be and encourage new people to try new activities and promote Health & Wellbeing.