Garden Sharing: What It Is, How It Works, and How to Travel Staying in Gardens

“Garden sharing” is a practice that has been known and widespread around the world for time immemorial, yet today it represents a novelty that promises to revolutionize the world of travel.

Finding accommodation for the night in a private garden is possible thanks to technology that the internet has made available for all those looking to travel by leveraging the web.

Sleeping in a private garden can be motivated by many different reasons. It can be an excellent way to split accommodation costs, a method to save money, or the opportunity to experience a different and unusual travel experience.

Many choose alternative accommodations to increase the chances of making new acquaintances or to fully immerse themselves in the local reality of the countries they visit.

Not all travelers will be interested in practicing garden sharing, but surely there are many who like it and welcome the creation of garden, the Italian portal that acts as a showcase and intermediary between garden sharers and tourists.

The initiative is mainly aimed at campers, backpackers, and RV enthusiasts, but there are examples of gardens equipped to accommodate even the most demanding tourists.

Thinking it’s not for you? Certainly, it’s not for everyone, but before dismissing the idea of staying in a private garden, may I ask you a question? Do you know what Glamping is? The word is the result of the fusion of two words that usually are not found in the same sentence: “glamour” and “camping”.

This new term was created to name the latest trend in camping holidays but also to distance the concept of “relaxation” from luxury hotels and SPAs and bring people back to finding peace and tranquility in direct contact with the basic elements of nature.

The type of accommodation also depends on the type of garden you choose to stay in and the care your host has for their guests.

Garden Sharing: The Origins

The practice of offering hospitality in gardens has very ancient roots and was considered normal in historical periods not too distant. In Europe, especially in France, there are luxury gardens, with tents equipped with every comfort and accessory.

The rediscovery of garden sharing began in England in 2005, referring to a practice that has roots much deeper in history. It dates back to the 16th century when, especially in France and Scotland, encampments were very common, and special events were organized. You just have to recall the scenes of fox hunting or the organization of Polo and Cricket matches attended by nobles and royals.

In reality, the concept is very simple, and indeed, in most cases, the accommodations are quite Spartan.

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Why Go Glamping

The real reason behind the rediscovery of these practices is not economical but originates from the desire to live an alternative experience and embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle. Sleeping under a starry sky and within the walls of a tent is not just an “adventure” to tell friends about, but a thoughtful choice motivated by the desire to enjoy the holiday causing the lowest possible environmental impact.

Staying outdoors is not just a practice for the young or environmentalists but can also be a valid alternative for people seeking the new frontiers of luxury camping. Comfort can meet ecology and offer you an unforgettable vacation experience.

Some examples?

At the foot of the Pyrenees in France, you can spend the night in luxury tents for the whole family. You can spend the night in a treehouse, or in a garden with a swimming pool and Padel courts.

In Australia or Africa, you can experience a safari-style holiday in an unparalleled natural setting.

In Slovenia, where it’s colder, tents are replaced by wooden structures in perfect ecological style. And what about spending the night in hammocks hung from trees in the Amazon forest?

Garden Sharing: What It Is

Garden sharing is a practice that brings together garden owners and travelers. A garden owner (or owner of agricultural land, a forest, a plot with a panoramic view) offers travelers different overnight accommodations:

  • a space for a tent
  • a space for a camper or caravan
  • a ready-made accommodation (treehouse, pre-pitched tent, caravan)

Garden Sharing: How It Works

If you are a garden owner and want to earn money by hosting tourists, you can become a “garden sharer“.

It’s very easy: you simply need to register on the portal and follow the guided procedure. In just a few clicks, your ad will be online and available to all users who consult the site to find a nighttime accommodation.

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The site also offers the possibility to directly chat (between tourists and “garden sharers”) to arrange for check-in and agree on all the details.

Payment is made via PayPal. The site freezes the payment until the stay is successfully completed and transfers the amount directly to the “garden sharer’s” bank account within three days of check-out.

How to find a garden to rest in:

If, on the other hand, you want to use the site to find accommodation during your travels, the site offers an easy and intuitive search engine that allows you to see the available gardens by simply typing the name of the location where you want to stay overnight. The results appear directly on the map with the prices clearly visible.

Subsequently, you can click on the garden that interests you and view the “garden sharer’s” profile that interests you. The next step is to contact your host, agree on the terms of your stay, and pay (using PayPal).


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