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Our best places for the celebrations you’re not sure you should celebrate

Why do we only celebrate the obvious? Birthdays, proposals and anniversaries are wonderful moments but sometimes it’s the curveballs that make us stronger and result in unexpected joy. So let’s celebrate the good, the bad, the ugly and all the messy bits in between. At Canopy & Stars we like to walk on the wild side so we invite you to celebrate quitting your job, ending that ‘meh’ relationship or simply indulging a f**k it moment. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing in style, so come and toast your unusual milestones in one of our breathtakingly gorgeous places. Take a look at our left field list of celebration ideas that give you permission to be human.

Quitting your job

The pandemic led to the ‘Great Resignation’ as people reassessed their priorities. Quitting your job can be liberating and empowering but before you dust off the CV, take some time to regroup in one of our tranquil places.

Reflect on a new chapter on the private deck of The Old Piggery as you gaze out over miles of Devon hills from twin roll top baths. Inside the cottage, the bed hangs suspended from the ceiling - a lofty perch where exciting plans can hatch while you sleep soundly. Jester’s Shepherd’s Hut in Warwickshire also has a pair of heated outdoor tubs for celebrating new possibilities with a glass of fizz on a clear, starry night. The welcoming, relaxed atmosphere on this family sheep farm provides a healthy dose of perspective. If you really want to dream big, the dramatic views of the Helvellyn mountain range from Helvellyn Hut in Cumbria will make you feel like anything is possible. You're in the heart of the wild but with the luxury of an extra deep Japanese spa bath to melt your stresses away.

Breaking up with your partner

Whether you’re angry, sad or downright relieved, breaking up is hard to do. Once the dust has settled, it’s time to have some fun. Pack your break-up playlist, round up your cheeriest mates and celebrate your single status in one of our group spaces.

Great food and great company are the soul-nourishing themes at The Carn in Herefordshire. There’s a kitchen outside, as well as in, and a fabulous fire pit for cooking over. It’s a short stroll into the gastronomic paradise of Presteigne to buy goodies for a celebratory dinner from the local delis and farmers markets. If you want more of a party vibe, spread out with family and friends over four, beautiful handmade yurts at Brickles Camp in Dorset. Explore the woods, wander to the local pub or cheer each other on at archery, quad biking or high ropes. Paradise Pines, deep in the peace of a Devon forest, is somewhere to celebrate singledom in sleek, contemporary style. Pamper yourself with waterfall showers and make sure you bagsie the king size master bedroom with its own freestanding tub. By the time you come home, you might even be ready to ‘swipe right’.

F**k it moments

Sometimes you can feel it deep in your bones – it’s time for a break. Listen to your gut if it’s telling you to stop the world and get off for a few days. F**k it, why don’t you book a break in one of our spectacular treehouses? There’s no better way to lift the spirits.

You’ll bask in indulgent luxury at Scandi-chic Yggdrasil in Devon with its breathtaking views across the valley. Float from one magic moment to the next but keep returning to the atmospheric hot tub, surrounded by fairy lights and a wall of logs, to celebrate your spontaneity. Bagthorpe Treehouse in Norfolk feels more like a safari lodge on stilts, with mature trees growing through it. Make the most of the golden hour with sundowners on the huge veranda while you feel deliciously smug about booking this dreamy hideaway. If you really want to celebrate a f**k it moment, try leaving the country altogether. Blue Cone is a magnificent (and somewhat confusingly, bright orange) Lego-esque nest at Treehouse in Sweden. Just the sight of it will put a huge, giddy grin on your face that will stay put as you explore lush boreal forests, ride on husky-drawn sleds and possibly glimpse the Northern Lights.

The ‘I deserve it’ break

Whether you deserve it, or not (and who gets to decide, really?), spontaneous indulgence is a form of self care. If you’ve got the urge to spoil yourself, try one of our wild places with a few added luxuries.

Badger’s Bower in Buckinghamshire – try saying that quickly – is a charming tabernacle an hour from London. Step through the huge church doors and you’ll be greeted by the welcome sight of a deep, double-ended bath that takes centre stage. For an extra glow of wellbeing, pre-book a private session in the wood-fired barrel sauna. 1,000 feet up in the Welsh hills, Shepherd’s Hill boasts huge windows that frame the spectacular countryside views. It’s gorgeously decorated in understated tones but the highlight of your stay will be leisurely soaks in the freestanding copper bath in the bedroom, or in the hot tub on the deck, as your cares drift away. If a starlit woodland is your dream destination, look no further than Prothero in Herefordshire. Celebrate the art of relaxation in your cosy hot tub while listening to the sounds of the birds then rustle up some comfort food in the pizza oven and settle in for a lazy evening in front of the woodburner. A zen state of mind awaits, and we all deserve that.

The Burn Out Break

Prioritising your mental health is never selfish, it benefits everyone around you. If life is getting on top of you, a restorative break in the wilds of nature allows you to rest, regulate and reset. Book one of our places where slowing down is the only thing on your to-do list.

Simple, rustic living awaits at The Bothy Project in the Scottish Highlands. Put yourself back into a more positive frame of mind as you loll in front of the fire, swim in the river and get the feel-good endorphins flowing in the quirky sauna-in-a-horsebox. On the same vast estate is Inshriach Shepherd’s Hut, an idyllic Swedish-inspired retreat perfect for a complete digital detox. Go for meditative, fresh-air walks in 200 acres of woodland and pasture, then cosy up with a book in front of the wood burning stove. At Canvas Hotel One, on an island in the spectacular Norwegian wilderness, you’ll find the luxury of a hotel with the freedom of camping - a winning combination to soothe jangling nerves. There’s a restaurant and a host of outdoor activities on site, or you can simply kick back and relax in your gorgeous yurt overlooking the water.