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About Canopy & Stars

About Canopy & Stars

Canopy & Stars inspect and select the most inspiring places to stay in the great outdoors, for those in search of a life more wild


Inspire people to connect with nature through meaningful experiences. Have a positive impact on the environment. Care about the people we work with.


We only accept around 20% of places that apply to us, because we’re looking for more than comfort and quality. We look for generous, creative Owners that care deeply about what they’ve made, so you stay in spaces that surprise and inspire you from the moment you arrive.

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We spend time in every place on Canopy & Stars before we decide whether or not to welcome them into the collection. If you see it on our site, you can be sure there’s something special you’ll love. We’ve met the Owners, experienced what they’re providing and know who it would be perfect for. It’s one of the things that make our Guest Experience Team amazing - they can talk you through all our spaces from first hand experience and find you somewhere perfect.

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How we do business

Our Charitable Trust

In 2018, we set up the Sawday Trust, that now owns 24% of the company. It will use its share of profits to address the impact of tourism on climate change through research, action and support of relevant causes.

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Working better

Our mission guides us to look for socially and environmentally responsible ways to do business. We’re fair, honest and human with our Guests and Owners and choose our brand partners with care.

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Support Independents

We’re not a franchise or a “glamping kit” provider - We give people the freedom to explore and invent when they create their spaces, supporting local businesses that are a key part of their local economies.

Our story


In 2010, we launched Canopy & Stars in an old farmhouse, with seven spaces and a team that could get round a few small desks, if we kept our elbows in.

As we grew, we discovered that there were a lot of amazing people out there building beautiful, inventive, often downright crazy places to stay and that more and more people were feeling the need to reconnect with nature. Nearly 200,000 Guests (and a staggering 9,000 dogs) have now used our collection to get outdoors.

We believe in making travel as low impact as possible. By working with Owners who build and live sustainably, and encouraging people to appreciate the natural world, we can be a part of preserving our environment. This focus has never been stronger, and in 2018 we established a Charitable Trust to support environmental causes and became Employee Owned to ensure our values are never compromised.


In 2018 we entered into a unique version of Employee Ownership, in which the company was divided between the employees (52%), a Charitable Trust (24%) and the Sawday family (24%). Employee Ownership is still fairly new to us but the advantages of people having a stake and a say in where they work are well documented and we’re excited by the potential it gives us. Over the next few years, the Charitable Trust will grow with the company, developing into a real force for good and supporting causes we all decide on and believe in. We will always promote small, local businesses and help inspiring, individual places flourish in a world of mass-produced travel.

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