We charge a special rate if you are building a canoe with us, which is currently £200 for the duration of your stay. If you are wanting to stay without building a canoe ( you will still be able to use our canoes on the river here) you are welcome to book a cabin through Airbnb. You can find lots of photos and reviews from former guests by following the links to the Airbnb listings for each of these. We tend to get fully booked most of the year, but if you book ahead you can generally get the place you are looking for. Lots of guests come and stay year after year, which is lovely.This year ( of course) we have not been able to host weddings here, but if you are interested in booking for future years, do email me on and we can discuss exclusive group bookings.

The Yurt

The Yurt is the only accommodation which we didn't build ourselves. Instead a lovely family once put it up in our garden for a month while they house hunted in the area.At the end of the month I suggested they leave it up and we listed it on Airbnb. They had built it themselves with help from a skilled friend. Beautifully spacious, and also available for our canoe building guests to stay in..

Tiny House Trailer

For people wanting to get away from it all. Tiny wood burning stove, 12 v lighting, secluded swing seat with views over the river Wreake, not overlooked by anyone. It is tiny, but don't be deceived, the upper double bunk is 8 feet long . Typically this is £30/night for a minimum booking of 2 nights. This is where we stay on those rare occasions our grandchildren come to stay with us. They love it. We built it ourselves, all very rustic.

Booking to stay here as a holiday 

Lots of guests stay with us without opting to make a canoe. The cabins here are all home made, mainly from reclaimed materials.  Various terms are used to describe the results: quirky, unique, rustic, rough, "not everyone's cup of tea", and certainly if you prefer Travelodge accommodation, you won't like it here.  Read the Airbnb, Google and Facebook comments especially if your group includes folk who may not like the home-made vibe. But you are assured of a warm welcome, and you will be encouraged to make suggestions. Everywhere you look you will see the result of these suggested ideas, since we take them all seriously and try and put most of them into practice. As a result the place  you come to this year will have evolved from last year, and that is how it should be.

Summer 2021

It looks as though we are likely to be booked up for most of the coming summer.

If you are unable to book with us, the following links might be helpful. All these sites are much smarter than Birchcanoes, and significantly more expensive, but we'll worth looking at : near Rutland Water. We are not accepting campers this year, so this place might be a lovely alternative. 

Home made play equipment

Tree House

There is a bolt on the stair case up to the treehouse, and we ask guests to lock it again after their children have finished in the tree, so that other guests can decide if they want their children playing up there.. It is quite high, and has a fireman's pole for coming down! All home made in our usual style


There are various swings, swing seats and rope swings around the place. All home made. The play fort behind the swing was built for £8, more years ago than I care to remember. Still in regular use

Wear wellies, make memories

The home made theme again. These memories will help blow the blues away after the year we have all had!