Thursday, 13 August 2015

Canopy and Stars: A day out at Harptree Court and some exciting travel news

Canopy & Stars, Harptree Court | Oyster & Pearl blog
Canopy & Stars, Harptree Court | Oyster & Pearl blog
Canopy & Stars, Harptree Court | Oyster & Pearl blog
Canopy and Stars, Harptree Court | Oyster & Pearl blog

Canopy and Stars, Harptree Court | Oyster & Pearl blog

Canopy and Stars, the quirky outdoor travel company, invited me and a shoeshot of bloggers for a day out at Harptree Court, yurt and treehouse

I have a thing for unusual or old fashioned words. I like to marry them with beautiful images. Psithurism is the word for the sound of wind in trees, and is the perfect descriptor for my day out with Canopy & Stars.

Purveyors of 'inspected & selected collection of quirky & unusual places to stay in the great outdoors: treehouses, cabins, Gypsy caravans, boats & more', Canopy & Stars offers a brilliant alternative to the usual holiday options. Our day out at Harptree Court in Somerset showed just how glamorous glamping can get, with a tour of the beautiful Georgian mansion, its uber yurt, and the most luxurious treehouse I've ever seen.

Half an hour away from central Bristol and you feel as though the countryside will never end, rolling away through abundant walled gardens, across ornamental ponds, and down a slight incline away from the most picturesque of pads. It felt almost vulgar to take endless photographs of such a thoroughbred, but everything was just so darned photogenic. There were enormous poppies - white petals, yellow centres - the colour and configuration of fried eggs. There was a lunch that made eyes pop and mouths water. There was that treehouse, a little film of which I had to make for my Faraway Tree-obsessed son.

And, there was Canopy and Stars. We're so delighted to have been invited by the team to join the Canopy and Stars Collective for 2015, and hope to marry the unusual and the beautiful - images and words, places to stay and things to see - here on the blog over the coming months.

Where's the most unusual place you've holidayed? I'd love to know.
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