Canopy & Stars – Great Outdoors

Inshriach Yurt

Special Canopy & Stars places in the great outdoors

If you truly love the outdoors, then it’s on with the walking boots, wellies or crampons, and off into the wilds whatever the weather. Fortunately, less hardy folk prefer to stay indoors by the fire, leaving you the wide open spaces where you’ll meet a sheep or a red kite along your way but precious few others. Luckily, at Sawday’s Canopy & Stars, seekers of very special places to stay in the great outdoors (some call it glamping), we’ve selected some beautiful places where you can do both this winter.

Each place is chosen for its unique character, but a wood-burning stove will always charm us, as will lovely long walks in the fresh air, eco-friendliness and exceptional local food and drink. Here are a few of the best options for an outdoors and active experience – with some cosy touches…

Inshriach Yurt interior

Inshriach Yurt, near Aviemore, Scotland, is a little slice of Mongolian living in the middle of the Cairngorms. Perched on the banks of the River Spey, the scenery is breathtaking and adventures abound. Go dogsledding at Rothiemurchus Estate, or experience the ancient arts of falconry and archery at Alvie Estate. Return, exhausted, to sip local whisky by the wood-burning stove, and drop off in the Victorian double bed. If all this isn’t enough, go monster hunting: Loch Ness is an hour away.

The Cabin, Nant-yr-onnenTucked away in the Welsh countryside – Upper Towy Valley, to be precise – The Cabin is perfectly placed for forays into the Cambrian mountains. It’s an octagonal structure with a bright and cosy interior, heated by a roaring wood-fired stove. There’s great walking hereabouts, in every direction. Explore the waterfalls of the Dinas Nature Reserve or saddle up for mountain biking at Cwm Rhaeadr. The river at the end of the drive is suitable for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Intrepid visitors can hunt for the zip wire in the woods – a real thrill.


Scales Plantation

Scales Plantation on the edge of the Lake District is the perfect place for an outward-bound family getaway. Three separate camps, Blencathra, Carrock and Skiddaw each have a shepherd’s hut to sleep in, with a double and two bunks, as well as a spacious kitchen and bathroom hut furnished in the same beautiful rustic style. Venture out to enjoy the fabled beauty of the Lake District National Park on foot, bike, horseback, 4×4, or even gyroplane! Rob & Tab can arrange mountain bike hire and fantastic personal guided tours starting from your very doorstep. Imagine returning to a deep bubble bath next to the wood-burning stove, and dinner cooked over the campfire…

Go to the Canopy & Stars ‘Find a Place page’ and tick ‘Cosy winter escapes’ for more unusual places to stay in the great outdoors.

Drop in on Rohan Ambleside, Rohan Keswick or Rohan Aviemore  for a chat  if you are lucky enough to be staying in any of these special places.


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