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The Big Sky Retreat is a creatively crafted haven of soft wood colours and solitude. Inspired by legendary American yurt builder Bill Coperthwaite, and his iconic 70s book, A Simpler Life. Recently featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Ch 4!

Susan Welsh talks about big fat Gypsy holidays

Press and Journal Gypsy holiday

Kudos to Susan Welsh who has given a proper shout to to the unique and quirky places to stay in Scotland for big fat Gypsy wedding style in The Press and Journal

Take a look at our converted horsetruck at Lovestruck at Mhor, Gypsy caravan heaven at Roulotte Retreat in the Scottish Borders, family ‘glamping’ in six luxury safari tents at Lochhouses and a former fire-service truck near Aviemore that goes by the name of The Beer Moth.

We love how she not only highlights the spaces, but expands on a delightful exploration of the interior AND surrounding area, touching on regular pilgrimage spots for Scottish foodies, stunning views, wildflower meadows, horse-riding and other beautiful bits Scotland has to offer.

Green Parent - Kingfisher Camp Review

Green Parent Kingfisher Camp

A lovely review on Kingfisher Camp on Grove Farm, Herefordshire by Catherine Mack at Green Parent. We love her description of the Gypsy caravan, the starry skies of Kingfisher Camp, and the cosiness of the wood burning stove keeping everyone toasty at night. Even better is her description on how much her boys (aged nine and twelve) enjoyed the site as well, with the nearby river, wildlife, outdoor shower, board games and double bunks with quilted nests.

And an extra big thumbs up for getting there by train and using bikes during their stay!

Yarlington Yurt’s winter magic in Country Living

Well done to Country Living having released a beautiful article that delves into the winter splendor of the gardens at Yarlington and proves that Yarlington Yurt and Yarlington House are not only great places to stay, but also an example of an ambitious project that began back in 1782, when Yarlington House was built. Not to mention a great shout-out to the relaxing effects of winter glamping…

Over the years, trees have grown and the gardens have been expanded, supporting a boldness that proved visionary. To the walled kitchen garden built at the same time as the house, Count and Countess Charles de Salis have added touches of their own such as the ha-ha wall and the sunken garden at the far end of the lawn, pleached lime trees and now their grand luxury yurt. It’s a beautifully decorated two-pod set-up, in a private spot behind the kitchen garden, looking out onto the gentle Somerset countryside.

The grounds and gardens are full of wonders, but if the kids aren’t interested in the apple pergola or the aisle of golden laburnum so popular with Yarlington’s wedding guests, they can always arrange with Charles and Carolyn to have a dip in the family swimming pool. A fantastic local ‘foodie’ pub is a 5 minute walk and Stourhead and Longleat a short drive away.

And an added bonus? Book Friday and Saturday this January and get Sunday night free. Was £312, now £220 for 3 nights!

Four unusual things to do On the Water

on the water luxury bed room

Chic London Magazine The City & Angel features On the Water in its current edition, describing the luxury watercraft as “perfect romantic minibreak heaven” - and just in time for Valentine’s Day, too!

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Lonely Planet Magazine - treemendous mention!

Lonely Planet Magazine lists our Harptree Treehouse as a place to visit - a true grow-up treehouse experience in the glorious golden and russet Somerset hills.

You can book the lovely Harptree Treehouse or learn more about the area and its owners here.

Clifton Life - the Treehouse at Harptree Court

Our friendly local magazine covering Bristol goings-on, Clifton Life went to stay at The Treehouse at Harptree Court, and what a time they had. Recommended activities include stargazing, walks on the estate, breakfast on the terrace…and autumn and winter are apparently the best seasons to go! It’s popular, but still free for Christmas, and has a wood burning stove with real chimney, so there’s no chance of Father Christmas getting confused. Fancy it?Clifton Life Treehouse Harptree

Our Treehouses in Inspired Times

This piece in Inspired Times picked out the lovely Harptree Treehouse and also featured Bryn Meurig Bach, a new addition to our site. They are great examples of two very different ways of going about building a treetop home.

You can subscribe to Inspired Times here. It’s a cost effective (£12 a year!) way of keeping up with all the latest great green stuff!

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