If you’ve tested London’s finest hotels, exhausted the supply of best hotels outside of London and stayed at the most stylish boutiques, then why not try a treehouse? It might sound a little Countryfile, but bear in mind that the modern ones have all the requisite home comforts of a luxury hotel. And they’re mightily romantic too. Whether you’d like to stay in amongst the tigers at a nature reserve, or would rather opt for something a little more straightforward, we’ve rifled through Britain’s treehouses to bring you the absolute best treehouse escapes in the UK.
What: A Treehouse Swallowed Within A Tree
Why: Most treehouses are just big wooden lodgings built around a cursory tree. But then again most treehouses aren’t Treetops Treehouse, Devon. Supported by logs, this meandering treetop treehouse is a genuinely impressive design feat, albeit slightly terrifyingly engulfed by the branches of a very old tree. Rest assured though, this higgledy piggledy treehouse has been tested and definitely sleeps four, and has its own fully-equipped kitchen, and unique features like a copper bath.
Where: Eggesford, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7JZ
What: Ultimate Immersion
Why: You’re unlikely to find a treehouse any further removed than this. The Living Room Treehouses are buried in North Wales, somewhere south of Snowdonia, and offer a thorough removal from life as you know it. So much so, staff have to trek you through thick woodland to check you in. No short cuts (or cars) permitted. The treehouses cater for up to a family of four, but equally they’re perfect love nests. Truly removed, you won’t find much to do here other than wander the woodlands and think of a life other than your own. Thankfully, all the usual amenities are provided as you’ll find nowhere else for miles.
Where: Bryn Meurig Machynlleth, POWYS
Why: Painted the colour of the tree it inhabits, you’d blink and miss this Cornwall gem in amongst the shrubbery. It’s intimate, sleeping only two, and is a short walk from the beach. Space is minimal, but priorities are in order: there’s a big double bed on the mezzanine level; residing below that is a functional little kitchen and loo. Go to get lost in the neighbouring countryside (this is a real love nest) which spans for miles in any direction. Bliss.
Where: Tregoss Barton, Helston TR12 6QG
What: A Design Marvel
Why: This visually spectacular countryside bolthole has been designed to both stand alongside, and in contrast to, its natural environment. if the weather’s good – remarkably – guests can open the rooftop of the house like a chocolate box, and reveal the sun’s rays. Space saving is key, so depending on how many guests you bring (up to four is fine, with one dog) you can fold away additional furniture and beds and make the space your own. When you’re done being amazed with the sheer ingeniousness of it all, go for a wander to a nearby Kielder Water & Forest Park where activities range from the energetic (water sports) to the tranquil (bird watching, hiking).
Where: Kielder Forest Park, NE48 1ER
What: Pure Escapism
Why: Bensfield Treehouse reconciles pure escapism with a sense of practicality. Although you’ll feel far-flung, you’re really only in Sussex, not Cornwall or Devon, so the travel from London is minimal. You’ll feel miles from anything in the 360 degree treehouse which only sleeps two, but has a spacious and comfortable fitted kitchen and en-suite. A pleasant walk through the leafy surroundings will bring you to Wadhurst, an adorable 900-year-old village with all the requisite nooks and crannies to explore, including a village pub.
Where: Wadhurst, TN5 6JT
What: A Sustainable Love Nest
Why: Expect no frills intimacy at this cocoon-shaped love nest in Bodmin. For couples wanting ultimate privacy somewhere entirely unique, this floating cubbyhole in the middle of the nowhere will be like a lottery win. It has a ceiling window for star-gazing, and on the ground below there’s a private fire pit, loo and kitchen – but staying here is really about removing oneself from day-to-day distractions. The pod is also made out of entirely sustainable products that are light, but very strong and long-lasting.
Where: Lost Meadow Treepod, Bodmin
What: Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
Why: Perched within six lofty sycamores, Fernie Castle Treehouse is a joy to behold from the outside, but an absolute wonder from within. Like a magical fairytale castle, the interiors are straight out of a Disney storyboard. The woodlands are painted on the walls, the furniture is largely salvaged from rough cuts of strong wood and lengths of sycamore grow through rooms, their trunks considerately entwined into the fixtures and fittings of the rooms. There’s a large balcony encircling the treehouse, which is ideal for a couples, and there’s more amenities here than at other treehouses, including a flat screen TV. Spend your time exploring the acres of private land surrounding the 14th Century Fernie Castle, 500 yards away.
Where: Cupar Road, Letham, Cupar KY15 7RU
What: Treehouses and wildlife
Why: These luxurious living spaces within the Port Lympne wildlife reserve are more like spacious apartments than treehouses. Each has its own set of double beds, so they’re equipped for families, as well as an open plan living space with floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking out onto the reserve. Between spotting wildlife in the reserve (there’s rhino and tiger lodges, as well as giraffe, which you get up close and personal with during after hours access on a chauffeured buggy), you’ll relax with bespoke toiletries by Bamford, and enjoy exclusive access to the clubhouse. In the evenings, enjoy a meal in the on-site restaurant, or have room service ordered to you while you relax al fresco on the balcony.
Where: Aldington Road, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR
What: Contemporary and Classic
Why: Comparatively roomy, these treehouses each feature their own living room slash kitchen combo with wood burning stove. There’s a luxurious deep copper bath, and more modern fixtures include WiFi and a DAB clock radio. With stirring views overlooking the lake within the grounds of Hartree Court in Somerset, guests get the best of both contemporary and classic worlds. This is our pick for those first-timers who crave a rich natural experience, but value home comforts too.
Where: Whitecross Road, East Harptree, Bristol BS40 6AA
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