A woman says she lets campers stay in her back garden – but admits there have been a few awkward moments along the way.
The mum-of-three from Liverpool has been renting out her back garden on a popular “almost wild camping” platform.
She opened up to Daily Express about what it’s been like.
The concept is basically a back garden version of Airbnb.
The woman, who says she “does Airbnb as well”, said she started renting out her garden as there isn’t many places to camp in where she lives.
She said: “I started doing it because there’s nowhere to camp in Liverpool. You know people are travelling around the UK, and then you get to cities and there’s nowhere to go.”
However, the property owner admits business hasn’t exactly been booming.
She added: “I’ve had a few people over the years but not that many. About 15 groups, that’s all.
“The last ones were all international people. Very rarely has it been English people.”
The Scouser said she got the idea to do it after seeing an article in the paper about ways to make extra money.
And despite liking a full house, she admits some campers over the years have been “a bit of a pain”.
In particular, there was one group who forgot their tent.
She said: “I had a group of four guys without a tent and they were a bit of a pain.
“I think they knew they were meant to bring one. But of course, I had to let them come inside and sleep in the lounge.”
Another struggled to make the payment for the camping, but the woman said she let it slide.
She added: “There was a guy that was flying out of Liverpool airport in the morning and just needed somewhere to stay.
“I think in those days it was £7 a night, but he struggled to get that £7 for me and in the end, I just said ‘Oh forget it’.”
Despite having people stay in the garden, the Scouser says she still continues to use it herself.
She admitted that one time, she had 20 friends in the garden having a meal while a couple say in their tent reading.
The woman said her friends were baffled, asking “Who are these people?”.
The lady says her sons are also not fans of the camping, but that she won them around by sharing all the money from the earnings with them at Christmas.
However, with Covid, she admits she hasn’t had anyone to stay for a year-and-a-half and has instead has had a lodger in the meantime.
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