Social media bragging rights aside, there’s a lot of good reasons to go to a treehouse. To start, the total immersion in the wild, a surrounding canopy that envelops every corner and boundary of the platform – a cool green calm to wash over you and even the bounty of nature to spot running underneath or pirouetting above. Even more amazing, there’s plenty of spaces to see all this for under £200 a night. Here’s our list for the best spaces under the £200 mark:
Being six and a half metres above the ground has definite perks, mostly the view looking out over the green acres of an 11th-century farm, a little stream weaving below. On chilly days, light the wood-burner with your unlimited supply of logs and gaze out from the tall gable end window; when it’s warmer, you can laze about on deck where’s there a table and a bath big enough for two. The bathroom is posher than most hotels with black taps, a pile of fluffy towels and robes, plus hot running water. It’s the perfect escape for two, with a pull-out sofa that can transform into a sleeping bunk for older children.
The farm upon which the treehouse perches is of the organic, working variety and it’s far removed from city sounds. Cook the traditional way in your sleek galley kitchen, or over fire in the Kotlich pot – great for campfire suppers.
Uplands Treehouse is a beautifully crafted bolthole perched up in the trees behind David and Tricia’s house. Wake up in the morning to views over the Mendips on one side, and a number of alpacas and horses munching grass on the other, along with light streaming in through the big floor to ceiling windows. The woodland behind, yours to explore, is detailed in a folder of David’s recommended trails in the treehouse. The huge balcony is perfect for a little glass of something on summer evenings; the comfy sofa in front of the wood burner is ideal for the winter ones.
While Uplands is wonderfully calm and green, planes from nearby Bristol airport will pass over from time to time and remind you of the outside world. If you’re actively seeking a dip back into urbanity, Bristol and Wells are nearby or there’s the coast at Weston-super-Mare, for a sip of sea air.
On a meadow overlooking the River Ale, there’s a stilted Treehouse at the end of a 25-metre walkway. And without us telling you, there’d be no way to know – the space is completely hidden from all roads and other houses, and can only be accessed from a half mile of farm track. Dinner will be delightful, but perhaps not as scenic as sundown digestifs on the west side of the decking, taking sips on the stalls that face the horizon – or clinking glasses in the hot tub, as night falls and you can begin counting stars.
Sandystones treehouse is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic getaway, with privacy in abundance, a hot tub, a spacious open plan living area and a wood burner to fall asleep in front of.
The View gives you an instant sense of serenity. The space is flooded with light through the long glass wall and faces out onto a view for miles on a clear day. Watch the sunset from the three-seater sofa living room or the sunrise from the huge bed. Dine out on the broad balcony in the fresh air and the quiet of the woods. After dinner, head down to the seats by the chiminea, to end the night with the fire crackling and maybe a toasted marshmallow or two.
Should you manage to tear yourself away from the sofa and the bath, you’ll find plenty to entertain you in the surrounding area, which abounds with great hiking, country gardens and quiet village pubs. The Royal Oak is your nearest local, but if you don’t fancy cooking and want a special night out, see if Green Cow Kitchens has space for you.
Set into a 90-acre nature reserve, the treehouse is an oasis of leisure; you’ll spend hours padding around barefoot, luxuriating in downtime before you remember the other 89.75 acres to explore. After a long day of exploring the outdoor gallery, and the acres of woodland, make use of the outside copper bath for nude stargazing and fall asleep to a dreamy arboreal backdrop with the view from the floor to ceiling window in the bedroom. If you’re feeling lazy, take the short drive to the local pubs or restaurants. If inspiration takes you, make use of the oven, hob, firepit with grill or wood fired pizza oven, and dine al fresco on the veranda, enjoying a candlelit dinner beneath the stars.
With plenty of local walks, activities on the river and restaurants a short drive away, Two Pines promises a memorable stay.
It’s hard to even make out this little cabin for its ability to blend into its surroundings, but on entry, it reveals a perfectly balanced space, with every need catered to at every turn. The first thing you’ll notice will be the balcony, that overlooks a sea of treetops sprouting out from the quarry. The bi-fold doors flood the space with the fresh air, and let you pad around relaxing al fresco, hopping from the jacuzzi bath to the lounge effortlessly. Even better, this space is accessible, with lowered sills on entry points, and a chairlift for the outside bath.
When night comes, venture out once more to revel in the Exmoor Dark Skies reserve, and amble back in to toast the soles of your feet by the log burner. Finish a busy day by climbing into the super king size bed, for a super king size rest.
You should start to unwind as you walk down the long bark path and spot the treehouse. It’s a truly lovely hideaway on the farm, tucked away into the treeline where you can enjoy the surrounding birdsong and the odd quack from a visiting duck. Inside you’ll find much comfort and lovely green views through big windows. Cook a big roast dinner in the fully-equipped kitchen, snuggle on the sofa with a good book or a film, play board games or choose between the indoors roll-top tub or the outdoors bath tub.
A lazy afternoon can be spent on the river at Amberley in a self-drive boat so take a picnic or book a table overlooking the river for after your trip. Pick up something to barbecue and some wine from the Wiston Estate then head back to your house in the trees – your peaceful roost to watch the sunset.
Waking up here, in your super king size bed, you’ll rise to the golden light pouring through the valley and flooding the space from the French windows at the front. Making breakfast amongst the birdsong, you’ll be at peace before you’ve even finished your coffee. Speaking of, after downing that last sip at the table on the decking outside, drift down into the valley, follow the meandering streams and explore the site. You’ll spot sheep, hear the buzz of the bees kept in one far corner, and the knock of woodpeckers echo throughout the valley.
If you’re in the mood for adventure, you’re positioned perfectly to find it, with Herefordshire on one side, and Wales on the other. Return home to a decadent shower, an easy dinner on the gas hob and dinner on deck aside a crackling log burner. Then at nightfall, stargazing in the copper bathtub outside – bliss.