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CANOPY & STARS AT CRANE 29: BRISTOL'S FIRST TREEHOUSE 

The summer of 2017 saw a spectacular sight gracing Bristol’s skyline; Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 - a glorious treehouse suspended high in one of Bristol Harbourside’s iconic cranes!

After seven years of collating our collection of the most unusual places to stay in the outdoors, we wanted to bring the experience of a Canopy & Stars holiday to the heart of the city. After three years of planning and design we threw ourselves into a three week build beginning in May 2017.

The treehouse was supported by brilliant solutions from B&Q and was built using sustainable and low impact materials. Though it rose high above Bristol’s harbourside for only 130 nights, over 10,000 people applied for a chance to stay. Just 260 guests were lucky enough to get the chance to climb into our city-centre cocoon of calm. 

THE EXPERIENCE

With some of the best views in Bristol, Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 provided an utterly unique nature inspired sanctuary. When guests stepped inside they found surprising multi-sensory experience of woodland scents, forest sounds and earthy textures. We took care of every comfort, from the sofa looking out over the waterfront to the hammock and the big double bed. We filled the space with essential oils, scented shower steamers and the sound of birdsong. We borrowed, we recycled and we created until we had a space that reflected everything we love, from the watering can shower head to the deep, melting pillows.

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The build of low-impact treehouse was supported by brilliant solutions from B&Q. They supplied us with sustainable materials for the build to help ensure our target of a completely carbon neutral project.

All profits from Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 went to Friends of the Earth, meaning every stay at the treehouse also contributed to protecting the natural world, climate and biodiversity.