Best Luxury Treehouses
Treehouses are taking the art of escapism to new heights. Once the preserve of childhood games and dreams, they’re now popping up in forests and woodland as the ultimate get-away-from-it-all travel destinations. Think state-of-the-art technology, king-sized beds, alfresco hot tubs and kitchens equipped with every manner of mod-con – all set atop a glorious canopy of trees. With their undeniable air of romance and awe-inspiring panoramas, here’s our edit of the best luxury treehouses around Britain to stay in this summer.
The Best UK Luxury Treehouses
Callow Hall, Mappleton, Derbyshire
Callow Hall in Derbyshire – Wildhive’s first property – opened to much acclaim last year, with guests loving the nature-inspired brand and all it stands for. Set in 35 acres of wild gardens and ancient woodland, the main house has 15 individually designed bedrooms, while 11 one-bedroom Woodland Hives are dotted around the grounds. But for the ultimate adventure, head deeper into the forest and stay in one of the two treehouses – The Roost and The Den – which opened this April. Each one sleeps up to five people and comes with a kitchen, two – yes, two – bathrooms and a wraparound deck complete with bathtub. Fluffy bathrobes, 100 Acres products, Nespresso machine, smart TV and WiFi elevate these treehouses still further.
From £329 per night for up to five people
The Tawny, Consall, Staffordshire
Nestled deep in the Peak District you’ll find The Tawny, a “deconstructed hotel in the heart of the countryside”. Bordering the Consall Nature Park, it certainly offers a unique spin on accommodation, with wildwood huts, romantic boathouses, lookouts, luxury retreats and, of course, treehouses amongst its 70 acres. Of the latter, choose between The Valley or The Hillside. For full romance, may we suggest you go for the hillside couple’s option (there’s a family one too), which comes with a super king size bed, indoor freestanding bathtub and an expansive deck, which has its own outdoor spa bath and shower. While The Tawny has several excellent dining options on site, ordering room service to your hideaway in the trees feels oh-so-decadent (they do an excellent breakfast hamper by the way).
From £420 per night for two people
West Lexham, Norfolk
This 22-acre estate in the heart of Norfolk ticks off every bucolic idyll, with woodland, water meadows, lakes and gardens. Perched high amongst the canopies are six different treehouses of varying sizes, from the intimate Owl Tree Temple for two, to the family friendly Tilia Tree House for six. Each of the fairytale constructions has its own charm, but all come with a shower, kitchen, BBQ and a deck for stargazing. Sustainability is a core focus here, with hot water provided by a renewable biomass boiler and mineral-rich drinking water sourced from a fresh chalk aquifer. Guests spend their stay wild swimming in the lakes or outdoor pool, feasting on local, seasonal food at the garden kitchen and toasting marshmallows in the fire pits.
From £228 for two nights for two people
Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire
The beautifully appointed Chewton Glen in Hampshire has everything you need for a five-star rural retreat – award-winning spa, delightful restaurants, nothing-is-too-much-trouble service. But for a fresh take on luxury, retreat to the sanctum of one of its famous Treehouses which are suspended 35 feet above the hotel’s picturesque surroundings. Each comes with a concierge, who will ensure that your woodland adventure goes without a hitch, whether you’re sipping Champagne under the stars in the outdoor hot tub or breakfasting on local wares in your specially delivered hamper. For truly unforgettable, book The Yews – a deluxe treetop retreat that sleeps up to 12 people. You’ll feel on top of the world.
From £1,350 per night for two people
Harptree Court, East Harptree, Somerset
Eagle-eyed visitors may recognise the sweeping grounds of Harptree Court from the opening sequences of The Great British Bake Off in Seasons Three and Four. But the best view of the Grade II-listed Georgian manor house is from the double-circle treehouse which nestles in the boughs of an old oak tree. The treehouse consists of two domed pods, one a country kitchen-and-living room and the other a bedroom, sumptuously furnished. Sit on the balcony for a front row seat to nature’s goings on below – you’ll spy deer, foxes and badgers. There are excellent local pubs, miles of hiking trails and the city of Bath nearby. Afterwards, return to your treetop bolthole for a soak in the freestanding copper bath before snuggling up in front of the wood burner. No soggy bottoms here.
From £200 per night for two people
The Treehouse on the Lake, Camborne, Cornwall
The Treehouse on the Lake is part of Luxury Lodges’ UK-based portfolio of luxury self-catering properties. This hideaway – set high above the forest floor in the 97-acre Clowance estate in Cornwall – is wonderfully spacious (even the outdoor hot tub is enormous), sleeping four people in two bedrooms with views overlooking a wildflower-fringed lake. Attention to detail is paramount from the earthy tones of the decor, to the ridiculously comfortable Hypnos beds and the fully-equipped kitchen. Enjoy long, languid dinners on the terrace, where the only sounds you’ll hear are the occasional hoot of a nearby owl. Book online and you’ll benefit from early check-in as well as a complimentary bottle of Taittinger Champagne.
From £1,550 for three nights for four people
Lakeside Tree House, Cleveley Bank Lake, Lancashire
This rather regal treehouse has the air of an exclusive estate, albeit a scaled back one. It sits in its own one-acre patch of woodland in Cleveleymere, a 34-acre retreat which is home to eight lodges (one of which is the Tree House). There are two en-suite bedrooms and a modern kitchen with huge double-length windows that look out onto a serene lake and nature reserve beyond, complete with resident swans and peacocks. The private sunset deck and boathouse, with exclusive access to your own personal rowing boat, are a particular highlight; those looking to up the BPM further, can make full use of the pedalos, kayaks and mountain bikes available. A free-standing roll top bath is a lovely touch, as is the piano for lakeside serenades (depending on your skill level, of course).
From £269 per night for four people
King Arthur’s Willow Tree House, Poulshot, Wiltshire
This treehouse, adjacent to the picturesque Mill Farm, in the rolling Wiltshire countryside, is truly a majestic affair – it even looks a little like a castle. The three-level construction is accessed via a spiral staircase which leads guests to the spacious outer deck (some of which is covered in case of inclement weather). Inside, there’s a large living/dining area with a table that is built around a fairy lit tree, a quirky touch, and three sizable bedrooms. Will it be the master bedroom, with its beautifully crafted four-poster, or the upstairs ‘treasure room’ which offers its inhabitants impressive views across the Wiltshire countryside. The amenities are equally regal, including a whirlpool bath, rainforest shower and access to all of Mill Farm’s wildlife activities.
From £1100 per week for six people
Orchard Treehouse, Little Comberton, Worcestershire
Built around an impressive Cypriot pine tree in the grounds of a mediaeval Manor house, this idyllic treehouse is a nature lover’s dream. From the bubbling hot tub on the deck, take in views of pear, plum and cherry trees, the gentle stream, and a few passing Kunekune pigs. Inside, there are three bedrooms, including two single bed nooks and a master with king-sized bed. Unusually for a treehouse, the cabin has two bathrooms, including a bathtub in the rafters with a skylight through which you can watch the sun setting over the Malvern Hills. It’s surrounded by footpaths and cycling routes, though there are also a number of charming countryside pubs for those who prefer to settle in with a drink by the roaring fire.
From £260 per night for four people