Top 10 Swallows & Amazon Inspired Holidays with Canopy & Stars

Swallows & Amazons

Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is a one-of-a-kind collection of cabins, shepherd’s huts, Gypsy caravans and treehouses, the perfect spaces to have a Swallows and Amazons style adventure! Every place has something special about it, whether its stunning views, amazing design or, like the collection below, an adventurous spirit!

To find out more about their glamping holidays visit the Canopy & Stars website

1. The Raft at Chigborough, Essex

The Raft

All aboard! Get off dryland and unleash your inner explorer on The Raft at Chigborough. You can use the floating ferry platform to come and go from your reed-ensconced abode. Master fishing and wildlife spotting whilst you’re here, there’s a fire pit on the shore for you to cook al fresco. End the day by stargazing through the old telescope and noting down what galactic treats you can spot. 

2. 7th Rise, Cornwall

7th Rise

Spread across 20 acres of Cornish oak woodland 7th Rise comprises of a treehouse, tipi, hunting lodge, log cabin and more! Gather your fellow explorers and go wild swimming or learn some bush craft or foraging skills. It’s the perfect place to gather a big group of friends and family and go back to nature. 

3. Upcott Roundhouse, Devon

The Roundhouse

Step back in time in this authentic roundhouse nestled in the Devonian countryside. A great big open hearth takes centre stage and fills the room with sweet wisps of wood smoke creating an untellable atmosphere which lends itself brilliantly to romancing, storytelling, chattering, celebrating, toasting and roasting.  Your tribe is sure to feel inspired. Close by are riding schools if you want to learn a new skill whilst you’re here!

4. Treetops Treehouse, Devon

Treetops Treehouse

Give Tarzan a run for his money in this truly unique treehouse. A mini house in the trees, you’ll marvel at the handcrafted furniture and of course the copper roll top bath! The whole interior is a warren of interconnected rooms, designed in and around the branches. Cycle paths abound and you can head off exploring the woods before heading back to you bed in the canopy. 

5. Twee Gebroeders, Suffolk

Twee Gebroeders

Clamber on board this Suffolk sailing barge and leave those land-dwellers behind.  Use equipment provided to go fishing or crabbing, if you find you aren’t catching, then watch the seals and cormorants to see how it’s done. Swallow’s and Amazon’s author Arthur Ransome loved this area and it was inspiration for many of his books. See if you can spot places made famous by the books. 

6. Welcombe Safari Tent, Devon

Welcombe Safari Tent

Berridon Farm, a family smallholding in Devon is a great place to while a week away with the whole family. Hunt out secret beaches (maps provided) or just explore the farm itself; you can gather eggs straight from the chickens, splash in the stream and swing on the tyre swings. Bring (or rent) bikes to explore the surrounding area and experience the beautiful rivers, beaches, cycleways and astounding countryside. 

7. The Scout Hall, Isle of Wight

The Scout Hall

This cabin, built for the first ever scout troops in the 1900’s, imagine how many keen campers have passed through these very walls! Themed rooms and living room in the roof mean a stay here is never boring. Close by is a medieval lighthouse to find and many a coastal path to explore for the day. Clamber the nearby trees and explore the wilderness garden out the back. 

8. Herdwick, Cumbria


Bunker up under canvas a stone’s throw from the Lake District and you’ll hark straight back to a simpler time. Located in a high private corner of the woods looking out over the hills and the dry stone walls of the farm, this camp is a haven from everyday life. Nearby you can mountain bike, horse ride or head up to the clouds and learn to fly a gyroplane! 

9. After The Gold Rush, Shropshire

After The Gold Rush Yurt

This yurt comes with your own fishing boat and secluded pool, what could be better? There are lakes with rowing boats to punt around in, lawns to play croquet on and stables for those who prefer to explore from the seat of a saddle. When you’re tired out from activities wander around the arboretum with A Little Book for Nature Investigators and see what you can spy. 

10. Mother Earth, Herefordshire

Mother Earth

Every adventurer worth their salt needs to stay in a Hobbit house! This grass-roofed abode created from mud cakes made from the very earth it stands upon is completely off grid so bring along your survival skills. Owner Daphne (descendent of the Wombles), is always happy for your help in whatever she is creating on site, just ask. Or head further afield and go canoeing, horse-riding or visiting local, Hay-On-Wye. 

Win a Sawday’s Canopy & Stars glamping holiday

After The Gold Rush Yurt

To celebrate the release of enchanting family adventure Swallows & Amazons, in cinemas August 19th, Studiocanal are giving you the chance to win a Sawday’s Canopy & Stars glamping holiday at Offa’s Dyke Yurt in Shropshire, the heart of English countryside, and a £1000 cash prize.

To enter, submit your favourite summer holiday picture using #SwallowsAndAmazons on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Good luck!

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