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A Life More...

Since we began in 2010 we’ve helped 200,000 people (and about 9,000 dogs) get out and discover a life more wild. They’ve come back to share stories as diverse as restorative baths in the trees, life-changing local encounters and emergency homemade wellies. Not just a life more wild, a life more them. Each week we’ll be adding another of our favourites and giving you the chance to win a life more you in our competition to win a few stories of your own.

A Life More... You

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When you’re as insanely busy as Kris, you need to relax as hard as you work. Her tireless campaigning for Coppafeel, the breast cancer awareness charity she founded in 2009, can be exhausting. Having already stayed with us six times, she thought she’d seen it all when it came to amazing outdoor places to destress, but the leafy refuge of Woodsman’s Treehouse was a revelation even to an experienced treehouse dweller. “I spent two nights in one of the most beautifully crafted treehouses I have ever stayed in (and I’ve stayed in a fair few). Being in the woods, with my friend Lou, far away from stinky humans, getting wrinkly in the tub, sweating by the fire, listening to the birds and woodland critters, and generally giving my brain a good ol’ switch off was just what i needed. I don’t mean to brag, but I slept so damn well.”

Live a life more Kris and soak out your stress in a hot tub.

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robincarol

This is one for the unstoppable adventurers. 70-year olds Robin and Carol have stayed in jungle lodges in the Americas, hill tribe huts in Thailand and been pulled by huskies to wilderness cabins in Lapland. They’ve even hired a horse-drawn carriage and trotted their way round Ireland. So when it came to their 52nd anniversary, they were never going to have a quiet night in. After celebrating in a wooden ball dangling from the trees in Cornwall, they told us, with the understatement of true outdoor people, “although the weather could have been better, we really enjoyed the novelty of staying in the treepod. After 52 years of marriage we are soul mates anyway but the Tree Pod's size certainly meant we were physically very close!”  

Live a life more Robin & Carol at some of our most out there, adventurous spaces.

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You can trust kids to see the magic in everything, as Russell discovered when he took the family to Turners Woodland Suite. His two daughters walked the tiny kune kune pigs, lured the dog onto the swinging chair and the eldest got right into her whittling. He thought the one stumbling block might be the outdoor shower, but how wrong he was. “This is in December, so it’s pretty freezing, but they were determined to use it. So they ran up the ramp, because the shower is halfway up a tree... The water comes out of a kettle with holes punched in the bottom and drips down through the gaps in the planking. While the girls are screeching and running about above, the dog’s going berserk trying to catch all the drips underneath. It was brilliant chaos.” Who said magic moments have to be quiet anyway?

Live a life more Wilkinsons at our magical family-friendly places.

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