Marlborough Magazine March 19 - Page 8

STORY BY CATHIE BELL DAN KERINS PHOTOGRAPHY Camping, but not as we know it They may be small, but they’re perfectly formed. Canopy Camping Escapes is a fantastic collection of amazing places to go ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) around New Zealand. Cathie Bell explains why Liz Henderson and her friend Sonia Minnaar started the venture, and tries out one of the Marlborough offerings. Virginia Woolf was a firm believer in women having a room of her own, and she might have approved of the current trend for ‘she sheds’ and tiny houses. Blokes of course have had their sheds and ‘man caves’ for decades. at a beautiful location with a luxury canvas tent, fully set up and waiting. Somewhere private and secluded. A place, where even though it’s in the middle of nowhere, has hot water, decent loos, comfy beds, and warmth.” and in many cases we work with our hosts to create them. Our places range from super luxurious - to simple and rustic. In every case, they have a little bit of magic, a certain charm and an unsurpassed connection to nature.” Modern life being what it is, it’s not really possible to get rid of all our stuff and the responsibilities to others, and abandon everything for a life in a tiny house of our own. However, it is possible to experience it for a weekend - and in a wonderfully glamorous location, thanks to two women, Liz Henderson and Sonia Minnaar. That sparked an idea, and since then, Canopy Camping Escapes has gradually curated a collection of special places of the glamping kind, all lovely, and all off the beaten track. The collection ranges from beautiful tents surrounded by nature, to quirky cabins with packets of personality, as well as secret hideaways that offer something completely and utterly unique. Liz says escaping to one of her campsites is like taking a step back to a slower time. “Soak in an outdoor bath under the stars, read for hours in a hammock or enjoy ‘slow-cooking’ by preparing a meal in an old coal range.” Back in 2012 Liz and Sonia started Canopy Camping Escapes to solve a problem. Liz says they wanted to escape with their families - somewhere unique and outdoorsy. “We loved the idea of arriving Liz says people can be confident that Canopy Camping Escapes breaks will be good ones. “All our places are handpicked… We seek out special places, She cites recent scientific studies that show just being in nature has the power to lower stress levels – positively affecting everything from our stress hormones, heart rate and brain waves. “All our campsites have a strong connection to the outdoors. You’ll come away feeling rejuvenated and alive,” says Liz. Cinnamon House An eclectic mix of old and new Explore the mix of antiques, collectables and new exciting trends NEW SEASON COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE IN STORE AND ONLINE • Vintage Industrial • French Shabby Chic • Local original artworks • Lighting, Lamps • Mirrors • Fabulous Fabrics • Exclusive wallpapers • One-off WOW & Quirky pieces • Have your own furniture reinvented Simone is in-house on Mondays for complimentary personal shopping and interior inspiration 32 Park Tce, Blenheim | P: 027 285 1381 | Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm