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Top 5 Treehouses

Posted by at 10:40 on Tuesday 29 July 2014

If you’re looking to get back to nature and escape the urban jungle then tree houses provide the perfect arboreal retreat. Whether it’s swinging around in the tree tops with the family (read: indulging your inner child) or a romantic getaway with your loved one, these magical hideouts provide an unforgettable experience. From back to basics to luxury with every creature comfort, there is something to cater for every taste. Check out our top 5 tree houses listed on Greentraveller:

The Woodman's TreehouseThe Woodman's Treehouse1. The Woodman's Treehouse, Dorset
In The Trees, In Luxury... The Woodsman's Treehouse is a totally private and unique experience set high up in the branches of a veteran oak. The ultimate child-free retreat, it is a stylish combination of sustainable craftsmanship and luxurious interiors with a playful touch; highlights include your own sauna and hot tub on the upper deck, a revolving woodburner, an open air tree-shower and a stainless steel slide. Opened in the summer of 2016, this is a magical setting that can only be described as 'Utopia', with uninterrupted vistas through the tree canopy across an enchanted Dorset woodland. With a grand pier-like boardwalk, a king-sized bed, a double-ended copper bath and the rotating fireplace that can be pointed toward the bed, sofa or kitchen. There is a window in the floor, looking down to the stream below and picture windows that offer woodland views, and a ceiling window above the bed that looks up at the impressive oak canopy above. The treehouse has a proper indoor flushing loo and an entrance lobby for coats and muddy boots. A kingsized double from £390 per night.

Chewton Glen TreehouseChewton Glen Treehouse2.  Chewton Glen, Hampshire
An English original... Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel, with 12 tree-houses and a spa in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, from where it's a glorious 20 minute stroll to a wonderful sandy beach.  Built high among the trees of a secluded valley, each Treehouse is an unforgettable setting for unwinding, relaxing and for simply being.. each treehouse has huge windows giving a panoramic view through the canopy to the valley beyond, all in a totally natural forest setting - Elegantly simple, yet with the reassuring feeling of luxury you expect from Chewton Glen.  Built on stilts, each tree house is delicately balanced within the valley and tree canopy and each suite provides a compact kitchenette and daily breakfast hamper delivered to your aerie.  12 Treehouse Suites from £610 - £1580

Perche dans le PerchePerche dans le Perche3. Perche dans le Perche, Normandy, France
Retreat to the branches of a sublime treehouse at the top of an immense Chestnut tree overlooking the valleys of Le Perche Natural Park, Normandy. With a wrap around terrace around the tree house offering different areas for relaxing in all seasons.  Underneath the treehouse is a succession of terraces and a summer kitchen area, while a small equipped kitchen and a spacious shower room with toilet in the main treehouse mean you are perfectly self sufficient.  Breakfast is delivered daily in a picnic basket to your balcony. Suspended on four mammoth wooden stilts, and built organically around its magnificent natural infrastructure, this may well be holiday heaven, transporting you back to your happiest childhood memories, you won't want to come back down to earth. From 150 for two, including breakfast; two nights from 270.

>> For more ideas of what to see and do in the area, see our Greentraveller's Guide to Normandy

Orion Treehouse natural poolOrion Treehouse natural pool4.  Orion Treehouse, French Riviera
Think Tarzan and Jane! Close to medieval fortified village of St Paul de Vence inland from the French Riviera, Orion's tree houses and gorgeous natural outdoor pool are a great place to go with the kids. Orion offers a true combination of back-to-nature adventure and luxurious interiors. These four unique treehouses come in all shapes and sizes and surrounded by some 700 square metres of French countryside, the resort also has an eco-friendly sauna where you can treat yourself to a Turkish Bath, or you can chill out on a sun lounger by a swimming pond that is designed to integrate into the garden "like a natural lake". It is cleaned not with chemicals but through a sophisticated natural system of gravel and aquatic plant filtration: compared with your average chlorinated pool, it feels like you're swimming in Evian.  4 treehouses and a separate cottage from €160 per night (based on a minimum 2 night stay)  

Kinlochlaich House TreehouseKinlochlaich House Treehouse5.  Kinochlaich House, West Highlands
This unique, octagonal tree house is nestled in the orchards of the historic Kinlochlaich House, Argyle. Perched on slits, the tree house overlooks the woodland burn and is perfectly positioned for exploring the surrounding Community Woodland. Green is the buzz word here, with walls so well insulated that heating is rarely an issue. However when you do want to cosy up, the wood burning stove and under-floor heating are just the trick. At the centre of this beautifully designed structure is an old oak trunk around which a spiral staircase coils. The windows and doors have all been crafted from local Scottish timber and the local theme is continued as guests are supplied with seasonal veg fresh from the garden.
The master bedroom sleeps 2 and there is a dormer bed which can accommodate 1 or 2 children. Prices range for the Tree House from £490 - £660 per week

For more ideas see our Tree houses in Europe or Luxury Camping pages. 

This article was originally posted by Lucy Symons and has been updated in June 2017.

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