The Bradford Stardome

Dave and Daya - Bradford, Ontario, Canada

Background: Dave and Daya transformed part of their 2-acre property in Bradford, Ontario, into a luxury glamping retreat called The Bradford Stardome. Inspired by the potential of geodesic domes for creating unique and memorable experiences, they decided to offer a blend of rustic charm and modern comforts to their guests.

Building The Bradford Stardome: After considering various options, Dave and Daya chose a 20'/6m 4-Season Glamping Package Dome from Phoenix Domes. The dome's strategic location near Scanlon Creek Conservation Area provides guests with scenic trails and beautiful sunsets, making it an ideal spot for a romantic getaway, solo retreat, or family adventure.

Guest Experience: The Bradford Stardome features a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy a solar-heated swimming pool during the warm months, two fire pits, and a creative space in a converted barn equipped with woodworking tools, a pottery wheel, and an art and photo studio. The dome itself includes a queen-size bed, an electric fireplace, a starry sky projector, and a Bluetooth speaker. The kitchenette is stocked with a coffee maker, induction cooktop, waffle maker, and local breakfast items, enhancing the overall experience.

Customer Service and Quality: Dave and Daya rated the quality of the materials and the customer service from Phoenix Domes as 9/10. They appreciated the exceptional support from Freyja Skye and the robust construction of the dome, which stood firm during challenging weather conditions.

Lessons Learned: Dave and Daya emphasized the importance of thorough research and thoughtful planning. They opted for a mini split heat pump by Daikin, which provides both cooling and heating, ensuring comfort throughout the year. They also insulated the dome deck with spray foam to enhance warmth during winter nights.

Final Thoughts: The Bradford Stardome has been a tremendous success since listing on Airbnb in September. The dome's popularity continues to grow, with weekends booking solid and more weekdays filling up as word spreads. Guests frequently praise the serene environment, thoughtful amenities, and exceptional hospitality, leading to glowing 5-star reviews.