Ever Fancied Sleeping in a Tree House?
There’s something magical about a tree house that makes it appeal to the inner child in many adults. Maybe it’s the opportunity it affords to be completely immersed in nature, or just the opportunity to realise childhood dreams of sleeping in the branches of a tree. Here we consider some tree house accommodations, ranging from rustic to luxurious, which combine comfort with the excitement of a nature retreat.
The Bird’s Nest: Norrbotten, Sweden
Located in the tall pine forests of Northern Sweden, with spectacular views of the Lule River, is a twig clad hotel room inspired by a giant sea eagle’s nest. Supported by trees, the gigantic nest exterior camouflages a well appointed room with contemporary modern design and stylish decor. The interior smooth wood panelled walls juxtapose unspoiled nature, as seen through discreet little portholes almost hidden by a network of branches. Accessed by an electronic stepladder, The Nest has space for a family with two children in two bedrooms complete with ensuite eco toilet. The small living area has under floor heating and houses a minibar, coffee machine and kettle. There is wifi throughout. Showers are located with the obligatory Swedish sauna in a building approximately 500m from The Nest, where you will also find a guesthouse serving traditional Swedish fare. Guests can make their own wood fired pizza, take a trek or a husky-drawn sled through the forest or, at the correct time of year, simply hang out and wait for an appearance by the Northern Lights.
The feel of something straight out of a fairytale from the Brothers Grimm.
Higgledy and Piggledy: East Sussex, England
For those who want to sleep in a mature oak tree surrounded by magical, pagan woodland, this is their opportunity. Two tree houses, Higgledy and Piggledy, situated in Blackberry Wood have the feel of something straight out of a fairytale from the Brothers Grimm. Appearing slightly crooked, with small windows set at jaunty angles, their twisting staircases lead to a large decks surrounded by the trunk and branches of the mighty oak. Inside the magic continues. Fixtures and fittings have been crafted from wood and branches, with the addition of quirky little touches like trowels for handles on the cupboard doors. The shower room, which also houses a toilet, is clad in hammered copper, and there are cute little stain glass windows. Each cabin also features two cosy double beds which will sleep four people comfortably, but the real surprise is a fully fitted kitchen which includes a ceramic hob, fridge, freezer and microwave oven; ideal for making breakfast. The inclusion of a wood burning stove means it’s the perfect place to stay year round.
La Canopee; Aveyron, France
A tree house for romantics who like their leafy cabin to come with champagne, chandeliers and a chateau on the side, La Canopee can be found in the manicured grounds of the 16th century Chateau de Labro. From its vantage point at a height of 8 metres in an ancient oak tree, guests are greeted with complimentary chilled champagne, amazing views over the valley, parkland and vineyards below and the promise of stunning sunset vistas. The room is well appointed with chic interior decor which includes a crystal chandelier and original French antiques for added charm and authenticity. Guests can take advantage of the full service spa in the chateau, or the swimming pool situated in the vineyard, or try wine tasting from the chateau’s own working vineyard.