Tree-houses have come a long way from makeshift shacks of flimsy wooden planks and rope ladders; the latest installations provide double beds, washing facilities, and some even have wifi internet connection. In these modern canopy abodes, you can enjoy many of the creature comforts of a hotel, while still enjoying the tranquility of being up in the trees.
Find out more about some of the best treehouse holidays in Europe, plus unique treehouse accommodation in Sweden, luxury tree houses in France, and see which treehouse and what other properties are greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's green break recommendations for 2010. You can also take a look at expert travel writer Catherine Mack's fascinating blogost on treehouses and other 'tree-friendly' holidays - and we've got some of the best, and greenest, tree houses around listed below.
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From €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)
2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August
From £124 per night
£288.00 to: £524.00 (based on two staying)
Rooms £325 - £575. Suites £610 - £1580
From 1000 euros to 1750 per week.
From £390 per night
Varies from month to month. 3/4 nights cost from £545 to £805. 7 nights cost from £790 to £1,150.
Whole Cottage = £238-407 for up to 3 nights and £310-£690 for a week, Indoor Camping = £66 for two sharing, Furnished bell tent = £110 - £130 Unfurnished bell tent = £50
From £150 per night
7-10m: 150€ + 25€/extra person 17-20m: 170€ + 25€/extra person
Apartments from £295 - £525 per week, Cottage from £450 - £560 per week, Tree House from £510 - £680 per week
Tree house (6 pax): €1250 per week; log cabin (4 pax): €550 per week. Off season discount of 30%-60%
£108/night for 7 nights to £154/night for 2 nights; includes all bedding, towels, gas, electricity, firewood.
From £215 per night
From €117/€274 for 2/4 people per night B&B
Latest reviewed accommodation
"The red cedar of this vast treehouse, nestled in the most majestic of Chestnut trees, glowed in the last of the day’s sunshine. Suspended on four mammoth wooden stilts, and built organically around its magnificent natural infrastructure, this was not only my idea of getting closer to holiday heaven, but also immediately transported me back to my happiest childhood memories. I could almost have hugged it...."
Living Room Treehouse
You are carried – from the woodland floor to the tree canopy – via a sweeping spiral staircase: an architectural wonder in wood. Stripped branches are knotted together to create wonderfully wonky fences, their knobbly imperfections contrasting beautifully against the sleek, modern pods. Inside, the Hobbit-esque tree houses are neatly divided into living and sleeping quarters with portholes and glass doors, wood-burners for cosy evenings, and Scandinavian-inspired beds and chairs. From £339 for two nights.
Cleveley Mere Boutique Lodges
These five state-of-the-art retreats are all set on the edge of a vast lake within a glorious 34 acre nature reserve. You could choose to stay in the UK’s first ‘Huf House’ holiday let, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which sleeps up to six people and comes with its own private boat. Or perhaps the Lakeside Tree House might tempt you, with its sunset deck, rope bridge and private harbour. Whichever lodge you choose, you’ll be supplied with everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors, like free bikes, binoculars, wellies, and that all important picnic stuffed with delicious local produce.