This summer we want you to be inspired and make 2015 your year of adventure.
To help, we put together www.shareadventure.co.uk, an inspirational adventure portal full of ideas from people across the UK. What’s more, there’s amazing prizes up for grabs, including a family glamping break from Canopy & Stars.
As the experts in quirky accommodation, we asked Canopy & Stars to reveal five secret places you simply have to visit, here’s what they told us…
“Here at Canopy & Stars we pride ourselves on going off the beaten track to find quirky and unique outdoor hideaways. Sometimes it can lead to standing in a field, scratching our heads and wondering exactly how we got lost, but we usually find ourselves uncovering hidden gems to add to our collection of special spaces. Amongst the treehouses, wagons, cabins and even iron age roundhouses, there’s one thing in common… a chance to escape and a chance for an adventure. Here’s five of our most secret spots.
1. Wild hilltop hideaway – Wanderoo, Brecon Beacons, Wales
At the top of a steep hill, within the Brecon Beacons and directly on the side of Fan Frynach, this converted horsebox is parked in a seriously stunning spot. There are miles of outstanding hiking trails all around, but if you want to stay rooted after finding this gem then fear not, Owner Kathryn provides an enticing breakfast hamper and can even deliver dinner.
2. An adventurous all-inclusive weekender – 7th Rise, Cornwall
The only way to access this isolated adventureland is to park up on the side of the road and wend your way down through fields to the ancient Cornish oak woodland where you’ll find a traditional Cornish cottage, a quirky patchwork treehouse, an old-school hunting lodge and an extended greenhouse. There’s space for up to 16 to sleep making this the perfect location for group adventures; enjoy wild cookery, bushcraft, canoeing, and river swimming! There’s even an digital detox, 7th Rise ask you to hand in phones, watches and iPads when you arrive to ensure it stays a truly secret spot!
3. Sheep and solitude on the Isle of Skye – The Black Shed, Isle of Skye
This might be called a shed, but is most definitely not your common or bottom-of-the-garden variety. It sits on the side of a remote hill, and outside, free-range chickens and Hebridean sheep strut their stuff under a vast sky with Loch Dunvegan shimmering below and Macleod’s Table rising to the south. Visit in winter and have the island to yourself; you might even see the Northern Lights!
4. See wilderness in widescreen – Cabane de Salagnac Two, Limousin, France
On arrival at the Cabanes de Salagnac, you’ll be led through the woods to your modern and minimalist treehouse. Build campfires in the meadow and picnic by the stream, before returning to admire the spectacular panoramic views from the large glass windows. If you don’t want to go out for food, there’s always the option of ordering a picnic basket of regional specialities, including a personalised selection of charcuterie, local cheeses, terrines, dessert and a choice of local wine.
5. Tassels, trinkets and tons of charm at this tin tabernacle – Angels, Monmouthshire
Although Hay-on-Wye is well known as the UK’s mecca for bibliophiles (that’s book lovers to you and us), it’s also home to this secret hideaway spot. In addition to this picturesque tin tabernacle you’ll find a hobbit-like roundhouse, a wooden cabin with an outdoor bath and a wagon with breath-taking mountain views. A place of peace and beauty, where you can unwind and relax, enjoy long lunches in the sun and starlit suppers on the big deck.
Shhh. You can find Canopy & Stars full collection of special outdoor hideaways on their website – keep it secret though, we can’t have too many people finding out!