Space-age glamping pod offers underfloor warmth
Marston Park in Frome, Somerset is offering glampers a 1960s-style science fiction experience in the form of its underfloor-heated Futuro House.
One of 68 space-age pods built in the 1960s, the turquoise-coloured outdoor home is now based in the park’s verdant grounds. While from the outside, it resembles an alien spacecraft straight off the cover of a pulp fiction novel or B-movie poster, indoors, it has 60s-style décor with a white, mustard and grey colour scheme.
Last summer, Charlie Bonham Christie and Michael Fenna opened Marston Park for glamping with 30 bell-shaped tents providing plush camping accommodation for guests. This year, they have added Futuro House to the options available.
The pods were invented back in the 60s by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect who envisaged them being mobile holiday homes for families. They were designed to be towed or even flown by helicopter to different holiday destinations, but they were unappreciated in their time.
Fenna and Bonham Christie purchased their pod from its private owner, an artist called Craig Barnes, who found it in South Africa for sale and spent years refurbishing it. Now at Marston Park, the pod been fitted with an underfloor system for optimum glamping comfort levels, allowing guests to enjoy a stay in any season they choose.
Futuro House can sleep up to four people comfortably and comes equipped with a table, chairs and beds, along with a nook for tea and coffee, with the nearby bar, The Terrace, serving food and drinks to glampers.