Because glamping’s what we know and all we do, we’re uniquely well placed to pass on everything we’ve learned from this exciting and fast-growing market. We’ve spent the last five years researching, testing, fine-tuning and re-testing what glamping’s all about, and teaming up with us brings you a complete service.

During this time we’ve not only learned about the sector itself, but about the level of expertise in related disciplines which you need to succeed in the industry. That’s why we offer you access to specialists in finance, interior and landscape design, architecture, planning, marketing, graphic design, purchasing, installation, training, translation and copywriting.

The team

Simon Thomason

Managing Director

Glisten Camping was Simon’s initial concept in 2013. He is still its driving force and has delivered every part of the guest experience from day one.

His degree in Travel and Tourism Management led him to work on European marketing for a large hotel chain, after which - following some world travel - he was an advertising agency account manager for brands such as Hilton. In 2005, he and his wife moved to Cornwall, where working for an interior and graphic design agency saw him specialise in numerous tourism brands and contribute to award-winning projects including Watergate Bay Hotel & Extreme Academy, and the St Moritz Hotel.

Simon has since spent years learning all there is to know about glamping, throwing his energy and focus at this growing sector and the huge opportunities it offers.

Zoe Thomason

Marketing and Operations Director

With over 15 years’ experience, Zoe drives the marketing activity in line with sales targets. She also uses her strong administrative skills to run all processes, procedures and reporting.

Michael Hawes

MeiLoci Landscape Architecture

With over 15 years’ experience, Michael and his team take a creative approach to environmental and sustainable landscape design and the integration of landscape and community to create distinctive, contemporary places with a strong ecological ethos .

Ian Firth

Bondstones Planning Consultants

With significant experience in the glamping sector, Ian and his team specialise in ‘change of use’ and complex rural planning matters. Ian is well known (and frequently recommended) for his quick understanding of, and empathy for, clients. He is particularly adept at discovering and deciphering their frequently complex individual needs and wants, often in testing circumstances.

Nick Jones

Kast Architects

For our bespoke projects, we draft in the expertise of award-winning architects Kast.

Dedicated, talented young architects based in Truro, Cornwall, their designs are elegant, simple, cost-effective and innovative; they’re also sustainable and underpinned by thorough research and an eye for detail.

Anna Hart

Hart & Miller Interior Design

Anna provides interior design support to all our projects. Her studio was founded in 2008 as Anna Hart Design, becoming Hart Miller Design in 2016, under the joint leadership of Anna Hart and John Miller. Together Anna and John have 35 years’ experience delivering design projects large and small across the hospitality sector.

Tim & Toby Jones

Start Point Finance

Devon’s leading provider of alternative business finance support, Start Point are fiercely independent. As a client, you have access to over 50 funders to ensure you receive the most competitive finance available.

Matt Hocking

Creative Sustainable Consultant

Matt’s career straddles, and brings together, design and sustainability. He founded Leap in 2004 after leading Eden’s design team for three years, and Leap’s strapline – Design for Change – captures his passion for creativity and the environment. This passion has seen Leap work and win awards worldwide. It also recently won them ‘B Corporation’ accreditation, putting them in the same ‘business for good’ group as Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia, among others. He’s was lead creative on award winning Eco hotel The Scarlet and advises many hospitality businesses on all sustainable measures through his relationships with the coastproject and green tourism.

Rosie Halloran


Rosie is an experienced senior PR account manager. In 2013 she turned freelance, after five years at Wild Card, a national PR company based in Cornwall and London. She helps deliver our PR strategy at a national level.

Dave Brayford

Graphic Design

Dave has acquired long and varied experience in print and exhibition design since gaining his Graphic Design degree in 2004. Alongside extensive knowledge of design for print, Dave also designs websites, focusing on user experience (UX).

This wealth of expertise is apparent from the projects on which he’s worked, the respect of his clients and the fact that he was with Nixon Design for over ten years, working for many high profile hospitality clients in design, project management and procurement.

Major Marketing

Online advertising

Major Marketing is a Google Certified Partner which offers online advertising services to clients globally. They manage all our online advertising spend, including our social media platforms.

Sarah Riley


Sarah’s perfectly positioned to help us with training. She is as expert in glamping and luxury hospitality (owner of a successful business, creator of an internationally-acclaimed business guide) as she is qualified in training (certified as a Government trainer by the Home Office, accredited as a business coach and psychotherapist). Her work also encompasses business start-up advice, project managing and researching books and TV projectsher knowledge of glamping has been gained worldwide over many years.

Jez Prins


Hardworkingwords is a copywriting business run by Jez Prins. For more than ten years it’s been getting involved with words-work of all kinds for a wide range of clients. It happily tackles, among other things, web copy, brochures, social media, eflyers and ads, posters and hoardings, rebrands, packaging, tone-of-voice guides, small edits and big concepts: the works.

We are a young, growing company. We know the value of learning, and of feeling part of something. As we grow there’ll be new opportunities, and regular chances for all our partners to meet and share learning and experiences.

These are exciting times for us; they could be equally exciting – and profitable – for you too.

Get in touch

  • "A third of all UK families revealed that they specifically wanted to try glamping" Family Break Finder

  • "Bringing together these talented individuals means our clients get unrivalled expertise" Simon Thomason

  • "Their expertise in glamping has really helped grow our business" Michel Zugarramurdi, Camping Col d’Ibardin