Treehouse hotels are taking the art of escapism to new heights. After months of being cooped up in the city, what better way to immerse yourself in nature than by hiding out amongst the trees? Treehouses might once have been solely the setting of childhood fantasy, but they have had a decadent makeover on the travel scape. Think state-of-the-art technology, king-sized beds and alfresco hot tubs. With an undeniable air of romance and awe-inspiring panoramas, these hideaways are underscored by grand designs and sit atop glorious scenery. Here are 8 of the best luxury treehouses around Britain to stay in.
Where: The New Forest
Chewton Glen’s famous New Forest suites are suspended 35 feet above the hotel’s picturesque surroundings. Renowned for being one of the best countryside escapes in the UK, the beautifully appointed main house and grounds boast every element needed for an idyllic getaway. But a haven beyond imagination awaits when you are whisked to the sanctum of one of its treehouses. Stargaze from the hot tub on the wraparound terrace, enjoy a forest view from the marble bathroom, cosy up in front of a log-burner stove, bed down in style and breakfast from the locally sourced hamper delivery. You’ll never want to come down from cloud nine.
From £1,350 a night, chewtonglen.com
Eagle-eyed visitors may recognise the sweeping grounds of Harptree Court from the opening sequences of The Great British Bake Off seasons three and four. But the best view of the Grade II-listed Georgian manor house is offered by its most well kept secret, nestled in the boughs of an old oak tree. The treehouse suite is comprised of two domed pods, one a country kitchen-cum-living room and the other a bedroom, sumptuously furnished and complete with a freestanding copper bathtub.
From £245 a night for 2, From £200 a night for 2, canopyandstars.co.uk
The Treehouse on the Lake is part of the Luxury Lodges’ show-stopping portfolio of properties, sitting in 97 acres of landscaped Cornish parkland. This forest hideaway overlooks a rowing lake fringed by wildflowers, and offers details such as bespoke Hypnos beds, an outdoor copper bathtub and a curved wall kitchen with elegant furnishings. Enjoy long, lazy dinners on the terrace, surrounded by the calm of the countryside at night. If you make your booking online, you’ll benefit from early check-in and a complimentary bottle of Taittinger Champagne.
From £1,550 for 4 people for a 3-night stay, luxurylodges.com
This rather regal treehouse has the air of a small yet exclusive estate. It sits in its own one-acre patch of woodland by a serene lake, with a private swing bridge and boat house. The latter houses a small vessel that guests can use to explore the waters on (there are also mountain bikes, pedalos and kayaks on-hand). The modern kitchen comes with double-length windows that look out onto the nature reserve, with resident swans and peacocks. A free-standing roll top bath is a lovely touch, as is a piano for lakeside serenades (depending on your skill level) and a fire pit with marshmallows for toasting.
From £269 a night for 4 people, cleveleymere.co
This multi-level treehouse takes its regal name seriously. Adjacent to the picturesque Mill Farm, the treehouse is accessed via a spiral staircase to the outer deck around the main cabin, which is joined by a castle-esque tower. Inside, the rustic wooden framework is complemented by soft, luxurious furnishings, including a cosy sofa next to a stove and a four-poster bed in the master bedroom. Upstairs, the ‘treasure room’ offers two residents impressive views across the Wiltshire countryside, which can also be enjoyed from the wraparound deck, where visitors can sip evening drinks and enjoy peaceful meals. The amenities are equally satisfying, including a whirlpool bath, rainforest shower and access to all of Mill Farm’s wildlife activities.
From £1,100 per week for 6 people, coolstays.com
Nestled in a family farm’s neighboring woodland, the treetop cabin is beautifully integrated into its surroundings, carefully designed to not jar with the environment it inhabits. But inside, it’s as luxurious as any cosy countryside hotel. From the Chesterfield sofa and William Morris rug to the underfloor heating and electric blinds that rise with the push of a button to reveal striking pastoral views, every detail is thoughtfully and intelligently covered. On arrival, guests are welcomed with a hamper of local produce and a bottle of prosecco, which can be enjoyed from the wood-fired hot tub on the deck. Perfectly tranquil with everything you could want at your fingertips, it’s the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of London life.
From £230 per night for 2 people, coolstays.com
Built around an impressive Cypriot pine tree in the grounds of a medieval Manor house, this idyllic treehouse makes the best of its surroundings. From the small dining table or luxurious hot tub on the deck, visitors can take in views of pear, plum and cherry trees, a gentle stream, and a few passing Kunekune pigs. Inside, there are three bedrooms, including two single bed nooks and a master with king-sized beds. Unusually for a treehouse, the cabin has two bathrooms, including a bathtub in the rafters with a skylight through which you can watch sunsets or stargaze while enjoying your soak. Surrounded by plenty of footpaths for walks across the surrounding countryside, the secluded treehouse is suited for those looking to explore or hoping to hunker down.
From £260 per night for 4 people, canopyandstars.co.uk
From the outside, Rufus’s Roost looks like a fairytale woodland cabin and inside, the magic continues. Located on the Baxby Manor estate, half a mile from the main house, the multi-level treehouse boasts three bedrooms, a veranda with pizza oven and hot tub and, if you search long enough, a tunnel that leads to a cosy reading nook. Floor to ceiling windows ensure you’re always benefitting from the beautiful surroundings and wildlife. From the veranda, quiet guests might spot deer and badgers passing below them in the woodland, and a short walk to the estate’s river might result in kingfisher and otter sightings, too. To protect the environment it inhabits, the treehouse has been built as sustainably as possible, including using heat recovery ventilation and LED lighting to minimise light pollution.
From £300 per night for 6 people, canopyandstars.co.uk