The Cotswolds might not have the drama of Snowdonia to the north, or the beaches of Pembrokeshire to the west, but what it has got – great food, gentle hill walks and magnificent architecture, art and history – it's got in a quantity and quality to fill far more than a long weekend. Parts of it feel like they’ve been preserved unchanged for centuries and the simplicity of cabin life lets you slide right into that slow Cotswolds pace, as you amble the valleys and villages in a drowsy dream.
Anyone can build a cabin. You can even order fully fitted cabin packs these days, that someone will come along and stick on your land, full of things made to look artfully upcycled. What we look for is... not that. We inspect every place we work with and meet the owners, finding out their story and seeing if they’ve really put their heart into making something guests will love. We do this all over the UK and Europe, but in an area that brims with culture and beauty like the Cotswolds does, it felt even more important than normal.
Here are just a few of the reasons that glamping in the Cotswolds is the perfect blend of nature and indulgence.
If you're looking for a relaxing weekend away, check out our list of the best cabins in the Cotswolds. From peaceful forests to charming villages, there's something for everyone!
What is there to do in the Cotswolds? Quite simply, relax. You’re not going to find extreme mountain biking or pounding surf here, but you can have one of those holidays that really feels like a holiday, where you go home so rested you can barely stand. Ask the owner of your space about local farm shops and pubs, there‘ll always be one. Same for beautiful villages, grand country houses, museums, historic sites and lovely walks that you can take without needing to go full swishy clothes and gaiters.
Is glamping good for the environment? Well, this is a tricky one. Glamping spaces tend to be low impact in their construction and far less intensive in terms of things like power usage and traffic. The people who create them care about their land and want to introduce people to it without harming it. They often employ local craftspeople and we also support our owners in adding EV charge points and doing what they can to make public transport a viable option for their guests. So glamping is still travel, with all the issues that brings, but with its community and environmental consideration, it’s a better form of travel than most.
What kind of a name is Canopy & Stars? The guy who came up with it, back in 2010, claimed it was from a poem, but in reality he just liked the sound. It captured the idea of getting close to nature and the sense of stillness and peace that we hope our places bring you. We often get called Canopy OF Stars, or Canapé & Stars, but aside from opening up a celebrity catering service, there’s not much we can do about that. So, we carry on, inspecting all our places and making sure that they live up to the wispy ideals of our curious name.
What is cabin life really like? Perhaps not what you think. We all know the cliché of cabins far off in the mountains - warmth from the log fire, water from a well, food from whatever you can lure into the spike pit. Modern cabins are a little different and, while we do have a spectrum that runs from fancy underfloor heating to more rustic places, you’ll have a little more comfort than some desperate frontier folk. The great things about cabin life still pertain though. It’s simple, it’s slow and it’s make you feel closer, not just to nature, but to a more natural you.
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