Stay on a bus, live like a ‘lost boy’ and do Glastonbury from a tree house
Stay on a converted bus near Hay, record your own music from a cabin in Worcestershire, do Glastonbury like a rock star from a treehouse or make like a ‘lost boy’ in the Portuguese wilderness… If you only do one thing in 2013 make it from the Canopy & Stars Bucket List, thirteen of our most hotly tipped experiences for 2013.
1. Do Glastonbury like a rock star at Harptree Court
Don’t fancy roughing it in a tent this Glastonbury, then why not swap the muddy campsite for a little luxury, and stay at nearby Harptree Court. There’s a treehouse and yurt to choose from and both come with sumptuous doubles, beautiful antiques and hot running water for the free standing baths. Not only will you get chauffer driven to and from the festival but they’ll also provide you with a champagne reception, two pairs of your very own Original Tall Hunter wellies and a welly cleaning service, 24 hour laundry, massages, daily breakfast hampers and super picnics to take with you.
A four night festival stay costs from £3200 for the yurt and £4000 for the treehouse (sorry tickets not included) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/harptreecourt
2. Sleep on a bus - Majestic Bus, near Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Banish thoughts of Cliff Richards and ‘Summer Holiday’ this 60s bus has been converted into a comfy escape with a spectacular view. There’s a wood-burner to keep you warm of an evening, and plenty of room for napping and cooking plus a nearby gas powered roll-top bath where you can soak with a view. You can even invite friends to camp in your bus garden.
From £103 per night (bus sleeps 2, site sleeps 8) - www.canopyandstars.co.uk/majesticbus
3. Lay down a track at The Hatch Cabin, Lindridge, Worcestershire
Make music at The Hatch with a studio fully equipped with all the gear you need, used by professional bands from all over the world. Guests also get free entry to intimate weekend concerts in the main house. The cabin itself is an eclectic delight with art, quirky objects, fabrics, rugs, big comfy bean bags and cushions for afternoon lounging, the odd musical instrument and fresh flowers from the garden.
From £90 per night (sleeps 6) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/thehatchcabin
4. See autumn from an arboretum - The Chapel, Shropshire
For the most amazing autumnal escape head into the woods of Walcot Arboretum. Tucked into the English oaks and chestnuts you’ll find a converted chapel, complete with working organ you can tinkle on. This wild and wacky bolthole with natural wood décor has two double bedrooms, a cosy kitchen and beautiful bathroom. The gardens at Walcot Hall cover over 30 acres, including one of the finest Arboretums in Britain.
From £82 per night (sleeps 4) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/chapel
5. Live like a lost boy at The River Lodge, Central Portugal, Alto Alentejo
Head to Portugal and this wooden deck and canvas cabin structure, worthy living quarters for any of Peter Pan’s lost boys. Set under a cork oak and overlooking the river, with nothing much apart from the hand-made stick style furniture, a tree-trunk bed, books and games; an off-grid experience. You won’t quite be roughing it though, as there’s an orthopaedic mattress, goose down duvet and complementary olive oil, wine and olive soap.
From £35 per night (sleeps 2) - www.canopyandstars.co.uk/riverlodge
6. Sleep with a lama at Gabriel & Bathsheba, Kent
Wake to the sight of a field full of furry lamas, not only are they your extremely friendly neighbours but you can help feed them and even take them trekking when you stay at this cosy and cute shepherd’s hut in rural Kent - only an hour from London. Inside find floral prints, pretty bone china and a wood burner to keep you snug and in the bathroom hut; a luxurious slipper bath to relax in after a day exploring.
From £90 per night (sleeps 2) - www.canopyandstars.co.uk/gabriel
7. Become a grown-up girl guide at Babes in the woods: Malverns, Gloucestershire
Discover your inner girl guide with a fully-catered weekend of bushcraft sessions, woodland walks, wild swimming, tea parties and yoga, but with the added bonus of fine food and champagne at the end of the day. You’ll stay in vintage inspired geodomes for up to twenty guides (sorry no boys allowed) and be surrounded by the gorgeous Bromesberrow Estate with a backdrop of the Malvern Hills. Also great for hen do’s!
Weekend breaks from £217 per person, includes all food and activities (sleeps 10-20) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/babesinthewoodsmalverns
8. Make it about the journey not the destination with Wanderlusts, Cumbria
Slow travel has never been slower! While Charlie & Bob, the horses, clop along in front, you’ll be free to relax into the gentle rumble of life on the road. Barny, the driver, will guide the wagons through the Cumbrian lanes by day and leave you for the evening pitched up at one of three beautiful camps with the basics all ready (tripod cauldron included).
From £150 per night (sleeps 4) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/wanderlusts
9. Bed down on a boat with a thatched roof - La Caloge, Brittany, Finistère
Resting in the country garden of a charming B&B in Brittany is this converted fishing boat, which now sports a thatched roof. Inside expect maritime touches; ropes, buoys and even a mast in the bedroom; there’s a separate kitchen and bathroom; and it’s guaranteed to not make you seasick.
From £85 per night (sleeps 2) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/lacaloge
10. Make your own chair at Crafty Camping, Dorset
Become a carpenter for the day and make a your own chair from start to finish, with a course at Crafty Camping, also on offer for you to try your hand at is green woodworking, spoon carving and even axe throwing with Guy and his team then stay in one of the five little camps for two. There’s a yurt, a tipi, three bell tents and a shepherd’s hut and each comes with its own whittling kit with instructions, so you can continue your practical woodcraft once you’ve finished for the day.
From £70 per night (each space sleeps 2) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/craftycamping
11. Pitch up on a private beach at 51 Beach View, Priory Bay, The Isle of Wight
Camping meets Claridges at this island idyll. Perched above the sands of a private beach this glorious yurt (one of only three, each decorated by a different designer) is hidden in the grounds of the luxurious Priory Bay Hotel. Be lulled to sleep in your kingsize bed by the sound of the surf, watch the sunrise from your private terrace and be the first to step in the sand each morning.
From £200 per night – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/51beachview
12. Start that novel at Balleswidden Cabin, near Penzance, Cornwall
Originally built as a writer’s lodge, there’s plenty to inspire - the sea views, wild moors, ancient wells, enchanting fishing villages and rough seas. Back at the cabin there’s a mezzanine bedroom, claw-foot bath with homemade soap, hot water on tap, a woodburner for heating, and a fire wok on the deck outside.
From £80 per night (sleeps 3) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/balleswiddencabin
13. Crush a grape or two at La Palombière, Bordeaux, Gironde, France
Head south this September and October and spend some time at a magnificent treehouse near Bordeaux, in the woods of Chateau Lestange. The estate vineyard produces its own beautiful Malbec, Merlot and Verdot in the heart of wine country. Chivvied along by a glass or two, you can get stuck in and spend the weekend harvesting and working in the vineyards, retuning to your luxury perch by night.
From £135 per night (sleeps 2 adults & 3 children) – www.canopyandstars.co.uk/palombiere