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If you’re dreaming of a night high up in the trees, surrounded by wildlife, leaves and branches, you’re destined for a night in one of the UK’s beautiful treehouses.

From treehouses home to hot tubs, soaring views over the UK’s rolling hills and personal chefs, to huts suspended in the branches of 250 year-old oak trees, here’s where to head to get your summer staycation fix.

Treetops Treehouse, Devon 

Fancy spending the night tucked inside a tree? Of course you do! Set nearby the small market town of Chulmleigh, Devon, Treetops Treehouse is a two bedroom fully fledged house that’s nuzzled atop, or rather inside, a 250 year old oak tree. Inside, you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen and charming living space with a cosy log burner that’s just perfect for keeping you warm during the cooler summer months, but below, you’ll find deers and wildlife roaming around below the five metre high branches.

Where: Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ
Website: www.foxandhoundshotel.co.uk

Lost Meadow Treepod, Cornwall

If you fancy spending a night suspended from hanging branches, the Long Meadow Treepod lets you live out your rural dreams as you curl up in your sleeping bag high up in the trees. It’s incredibly secluded so it’ll just be you and the 20 acres of forestland that surrounds you. Perfect for a remote getaway.

Where: Long Tree Meadow, Bodmin, Cornwall
Website: www.canopyandstars.co.uk

Chewton Glen, New Milton

If you’re not quite ready to quite give up your everyday luxuries but still want the quirks of a treehouse stay, Chewton Glen is your perfect spot for a treehouse stay with a serious wow-factor. 

Of course it’s their new luxe treehouse, The Yews, that we’re currently lusting over. Located in New Forest, the private treehouse hopes to create a real homely vibe, shown through the wood burner becoming the central feature of the living room to the cosy, warm tones. All of your essentials are catered for, with even the option to have your own personal chef prepare and cook your meals while you sit back and relax in the bubbling hot tub or laying on the sun beds on the balcony.

Where: Christchurch Road, New Milton BH25 6QS
Website: www.chewtonglen.com

Pickwell Manor, Devon

Into the woods we go… 

Pickwell Manor in Braunton, Devon is home to rural apartments, sprawling gardens and, of course, tree houses. With the desire to make their guests stay as remote, enjoyable and connected to the landscape as possible, the owners devised two bespoke treehouses for guests to explore, one overlooking the grounds and sea and the other with soaring views over Baggy point and Lundy island. The treehouses themselves both sleep up to two, and house cosy nooks for guests to curl up in and watch the world go by. We love The Loft for its ensuite shower room that’s decorated with the forest in mind (quite literally, you’ll be surrounded by a woodland space as you shower!).

Where: Croyde, Braunton, Devon EX33 1LA
Website: www.pickwellmanor.co.uk

West Lexham, Norfolk

West Lexham is glamping at its finest. From bell tents to cottages, this is a rural retreat locked in the heart of Norfolk. We want to bring your attention to their glorious tree houses though, more specifically the Sunrise Tree House. The larger of the five available, the sunrise treehouse sleeps up to six and will see you sleeping amongst the trees. 

Wondering where its name came from? It’s thanks to the stained glass windows that shine through the sunny rays at both sunrise and sunset. It’s the perfect rustic destination, equipped with all of the essential necessities, from a log burning stove to its own private terrace. Sit back and relax, or climb out and explore the 22 acres of greenland.

Where: West Lexham Manor, Nr. Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2QN
Website: www.westlexham.org

Bensfield Treehouse, East Sussex

Fancy a quick rural weekend break that isn’t going to take you a day to get to? We love the Bensfield Treehouse in Wadhurst, East Sussex for its wooden pathway that leads you to the secluded tree topped house on stilts. There’s nearby trails that’ll lead you to Wadhust, an ornate village that’s over 900 years old.

Where: 1 Bensfield Farm Cottages, Beech Hill, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6JR
Website: www.bensfieldtreehouse.co.uk

Living Room Treehouses, Powys

If you’re looking to escape the city for a few nights of zero cell phone signal, no electricity and a night up nestled amongst the trees, Living Room Treehouses in Powys is the perfect place for you. Located in the depths of North Wales, the treehouses can host up to a family of four, so they’re just the right spot to disconnect from the stresses of everyday mundanities and reconnect with nature. Expect candlelit dinners, quiet nooks and a wood burning stove tucked inside, perfect for cozying up in the wilderness.

Where: Bryn Meurig Machynlleth, POWYS
Website: www.living-room.co

Lime Treehouse, Worcestershire

Just imagine spending your summer days in the outdoor hot tub, glass of wine or Prosecco in tow, looking out over the Worcestershire countryside. It’s near perfection. This little treehouse lies just on the edge of Little Comberton village and is home to all of essential needs. The interiors encompass rustic chic, from the cream woodburner to the handmade bed. It’s the perfect location to spend your summer sitting back and relaxing.

Where: The Manor House, Little Comberton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3ER
Website: www.canopyandstars.co.uk

Sky Den, Northumberland

Imagine a roof that opens up like a convertible car whenever you’re just a little too hot and your average Dyson fan isn’t going to cut it. It sounds like something of a dream, but in fact, it was the envision of William Hardie Designs and George Clarke for the Channel 4 quirky architectural show, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. 

Located in Northumberland, the Sky Den is equipped with all of your essential needs, from a fully functioning kitchen with fold-away furniture to a balcony overlooking the nearby river. It’s a mini paradise that uses every ounce of its design to benefit and hide away different features into its nooks, to only come out when needed.

Where: Kielder Forest Park, Calvert Trust Kielder NE48 1BS
Website: www.canopyandstars.co.uk

Treehouse Hotel, Kent

If you’re after a luxury treehouse experience, the Treehouse Hotel nuzzled inside the Port Lympne wildlife reserve will out do your expectations. Its apartments are lavish, open plan and overlook the wildlife reserve, so you’ll quite literally be sleeping amongst animals… If you fancy exploring, you’ll even have access to the reserve outside visiting hours and can use a golf buggy to whizz you around while you explore.

Where: Port Lympne Reserve, Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD
Website: www.aspinallfoundation.org

Orchard Rooms Treehouse, Somerset

Cosy up for a night of sleeping amongst nature and gazing up at the stars at Orchards Rooms treehouse. Situated in Somerset, you’ll be surrounded fully by wildlife, countryside and little else. The treehouse itself is home to a kitchen and bathroom, and sleeps up to two guests. Toast marshmallows by the firepit, relax in the hottub or stroll out to the local village of Catcott.

Where: 4 Vine Orchard, Catcott, Somerset, TA7 9BB
Website: www.canopyandstars.co.uk

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