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If I could talk to my teenage self complete with demi wave and ‘choose life’ t-shirt and tell her what the future held, I would say: “You will be married with two kids”, yes, that sounds good. “You will have a long career as a physiotherapist”, yes that’s in the plan too, “oh, and you will be the proud owner of a glamping site” – what on earth is that?????!!!!!

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According to Wikipedia the term ‘glamping’ first appeared in the UK in 2005, and is a combination of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. It is not clear who actually started using it first, but like it or not, we are stuck with it now. Glamorous camping has been around for a lot longer than the terminology, Mongolian tribes lived in yurts, and rich Europeans and Americans stayed in Safari Tents whilst on Safari.

Glamping is hugely varied which is one of its attractions, there is something for everyone, whether it is a treehouse for a romantic weekend for two, or a shepherds hut in the middle of nowhere. The things glamping sites should have in common are amazing views, and comfortable beds, they are generally ecologically friendly, and often allow you to connect with nature in some way.

I wanted somewhere eco friendly, that could be a place to create memories with family and friends away from the x-box, PlayStation, mobile phone. I wanted the traditional ‘camping’ experience that kids love, without the arguments about putting up tents in the rain. I wanted a chance for children and adults alike to experience stars twinkling at night, and birds tweeting. Hopefully I have achieved all that, and Canvas & Clover can become part of the history of glamping.

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