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Our story

We’ve been searching for amazing glamping places since 2010

Frustrated at being unable to book a treehouse, Alastair went in search of somewhere else unusual to stay. That search gave him an idea, and that idea became this collection of unusual places to stay. Then ‘glamping’ rolled around and it’s been a wild outdoor non-stop adventure since!

We started with just seven spaces and today have over 600 in the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.  Championing the small and independent, and being an advocate of sustainable tourism, we genuinely care about what we do, and how we do it. We know no one else out there is like us. And that’s pretty special.

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Know you’re about to discover the best of the best

We visit and stay at absolutely everywhere we represent so you know it's special. If it's not, we don't add it to our collection. We look for quirky and unusual, modern to rustic, cabins, treehouses, yurts and things that can’t be categorized to make sure your outdoor holiday is different and memorable for the right reasons.


Customer service with a WOW

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and a Guest experience that is second to none. Just ask the Guests who rate our holidays an average 9 out of 10. Or have a chat with our small, friendly team who always make things as easy as possible.


Being part of a bigger and older family

We’re the outdoor side to Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay. An independent and family-run business who have been discovering and sharing special spaces and their wonderful Owners for over 20 years.


Nature meets nurture

Booking with us should be an amazing experience. From browsing the site or talking to the team to find your perfect place and tips of things to do in the area, to the holiday itself and then some. It's a journey and a combination of many special things that prove to be different every time you stay: a warm welcome and hosts, a striking setting, a type of roof you’ve never slept under before, unforgettable adventure and time to experience the outdoors your way.

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Book with confidence with our low price promise

All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)


We care about the bigger picture

Our holidays are a great way for people to explore new places and new experiences with a minimal impact on their surroundings. But we also have a larger mandate to get people back outdoors, work with ethical brands, behave sustainably and support outdoor charities.


Support wonderful people

Our Owners are wonderful. It’s a fact. It’s also a huge pleasure working with them to bring all inspiring spaces to the Canopy & Stars collection. They’re a creative, kind and generous bunch and we’re proud to represent them exclusively within Canopy & Stars.

What our guests say

Meet the family

We’re a small but growing team. If you want to pop by to our offices and say hello, just let us know. Or if you want to chat about any of our places, find a good hike in Brecon, a recipe for cake, or maybe have seen a place you think we should know about, then give us a call on +44 (0)117 204 7830 and we’ll make sure you talk to the right person.


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Outdoor holidays with Canopy & Stars

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Meet our owners

Our Owners

Our Owners are the people who both literally and figuratively make our spaces what they are. We only work with people who will provide great experiences for our Guests. Find more about joining the Canopy & Stars collection.