10 Wild Reads
10 Wild Reads

The man who made things out of trees

By Rob Penn

The man who made things out of trees

By Rob Penn


An exuberant tale of craftsmanship for nature lovers and rugged outdoor types everywhere. Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. He found that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. The book chronicles how the urge to understand and appreciate trees still runs through us all like grain through wood. This is particularly evident in some of our owners; whether they're crafting their own creations or willingly passing on their knowledge to eager guests.

Where to go against the grain


Carve your own spoons in a wooded wonderland at Poppet the Yurt in Dorset

Go off-grid and give green woodworking a go at Idaho Cabin in Sussex

Marvel at all manner of madcap creations at The Arkette in Wiltshire

The shepherd's life

By James Reban.ks

The shepherd's life

By James Reban.ks


James Rebanks is the first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself. He and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of the rural life and fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. Of course, staying in one of our Shepherd's Huts is a great way to do just that, some owners might even let you help out.

Where to live the Shepherd's life


An amazing eco-build surrounded by sheep at Brockloch Bothy in Scotland

Explore the farm and feed the animals at Flock Off in Herefordshire

Snuggle down in a beautifully-restored hut at The Shepherd's Return in Sussex

The malay archipelago

By Alfred Russel Wallace

The malay archipelago

By Alfred Russel Wallace


Of all the extraordinary Victorian travelogues, The Malay Archipelago has a fair claim to be the greatest - both as a beautiful, alarming, vivid and gripping account of some eight years' travel across the entire Malay world - from Singapore to the western edges of New Guinea - and as the record of a great mind. Best enjoyed in the wilderness, this book serves as an inspiration to set off on your own mini adventures.

Uncover your inner explorer


Grab a guide and explore eight glorious acres at The Wood Life in Devon

Try a tracking or trapping course in French wildlands at Rosehip Yurt

Join a nature walk for pond dipping & bug hunting at Wood Cabin in Sussex

Feral

By George Monbiot

Feral

By George Monbiot


How many of us sometimes feel that we are scratching at the walls of this life, seeking to find our way into a wider space beyond? That our mild, polite existence sometimes seems to crush the breath out of us? Feral is the lyrical and gripping story of George Monbiot's efforts to re-engage with nature and discover a new way of living. He shows how, by restoring and rewilding our damaged ecosystems on land and at sea, we can bring wonder back into our lives.

Places to rewild and rewire


Wildlife safari on a 3,500 acre rewilding project at Longhorn Hut in Sussex

Live the sustainable life on an idyllic smallholding at Peony Lodge in France

Woodlands for den building and a stream to splash in at Catta Dee at Penhein in Wales

Cabin Porn

By Zach Klein

Cabin Porn

By Zach Klein


From the creators of the hugely popular Tumblr site, 'Cabin Porn', comes this collection of breath-taking photography of rural escapes and inspiring stories of people who've created their dream home. Looking at photos is lovely, but as anyone who has ever poured over a recipe book will know, the real joy comes from trying them out yourselves! Look out for a couple of Canopy & Stars spaces, but if you miss them we've got plenty more creative cabins to lust over.

Creative cabins somewhere special


Teasel Burrow is a beautiful cabin in Yorkshire constructed using natural methods

A handmade lakeside hut with its own rowing boat at Heron Hut in Oxfordshire

Get out into the wild at The Woodland Retreat, a homely cabin for four in Devon

the fly trap

The Fly Trap

By Fred.rik Sjoberg

The fly trap

By Fred.rik Sjoberg


Fredrik Sjöberg finds happiness in the little things. Millions of them, in fact. This beguiling bestseller is his unique meditation on collecting hoverflies. It is also about living on a remote Swedish island, blissful long summer nights, lost loves, unexpected treasures, art, nature, slowness, and how freedom can come from the things we least expect. If you too are looking for the meaning of life, reading this at one of the places below can't be a bad way to start.

Find your own slice of summer bliss


Watch the sun go down from the treetop hot tub at Lime Treehouse in Worcestershire

Go fly fishing or flop down on lakeside bean bags at Haytor in Devon

Watch avocados & oranges fall fresh from the trees at Tienda Luz in Málaga, Spain

consolations of the forest

Consolations of the forest

By Sylvain Tesson

Consolations of the forest

By Sylvain Tesson


Sylvain Tesson, found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a cabin in the middle taiga, on the shores of Baikal, for six months. Although he no doubt got a good story out of it, next time Sylvain, give us a call! We've got plenty of places where you could go for days without seeing another soul.

Where to go to be alone


Mountain views stretch out in every direction at Shepherd's Hut at Argoed, Wales

L'Olivette is a simple little chalet at the foothills of the Alps in France

Netherby Yurt is a hidden secret on the England-Scotland border in Cumbria

The Wander Society

By Keri Smith

The Wander Society

By Keri Smith


A guide to the Wander Society, a secretive group that holds up the act of wandering, or unplanned exploring, as a way of life. You'll learn about the group's mysterious origins, meet fellow wanderers through time, discover how wandering feeds the creative mind, and learn how to best practice the art of wandering, should you choose to accept the mission. Are Canopy & Stars members of the Wander Society you may wonder? The first rule of the Wander Society is...

Places to let your mind wander


The perfect rural antidote to hectic city life at The Geo in Cornwall

Bagthorpe Treehouse in Norfolk is a luxurious escape inspired by African travels

Explore streams, sandy beaches or mountains from Derw Lodge in Anglesey, Wales

The call of the wild, white fang and other stories

By Jack London

The call of the wild, white fang and other stories

By Jack London


The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Other Stories collects some of Jack London's most profound and moving tales. From the story of a dog learning to survive in the wilderness to the tale of an abused dog taking revenge on its owner. To avoid the latter and give your pup a taste of the former, we've got over 150 places where you can go wild on four legs as well as two.

Go wild with four legs in tow


Just a stick's throw away from the Yorkshire moors at Foxtail Safari Tent

Sleep under canvas with the High Peak and stars above at The Portland in Derbyshire

Set forth from your cabin to explore forests and beaches at Culbin Edge in Scotland

Walden

By Henry David Thoreau

Walden

By Henry David Thoreau


Inspiring, brilliantly written, cantankerous and funny - Walden is both a very specific story about one man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, and the great, founding text both for the environmental movement and the entire counter-culture. It has no doubt inspired countless decisions to live life more sustainably and quite possibly inspired plenty of our owners to create their own inventive spaces.

Go green in style


A wonderland of gorge-side bathtubs and glass domes at Osprey in Scotland

Enjoy storm-kettle tea to the sounds of a wind up radio at The Rother in Hampshire

Take a solar-power shower in a serene Welsh meadow at Meadow Yurt