October 08, 2021 5 min read
Tempted by a dreamy woodland escape? Believe it or not, there are some breathtaking forest treehouses waiting for you among the rustling leaves. They provide for a totally unique and enchanting break, giving you an unbelievable rush of nostalgia. Awake to birdsong, have your morning coffee on the deck overlooking the wandering wildlife, and meander through the surrounding wilderness.
These popular treehouses come in all shapes and sizes, from cozy nests to full-blown self-catered chic, stylish havens. All of us at Meander love a good getaway, so we’ve gathered some of the UK’s most magical of holidays for you to explore your fantasy.
This quirky giant beehive-shaped woodland pod is located just a few miles from the south coast, in the rich wilderness in Cornwall. This suspended bedroom is made from sustainable and lightweight (but strong, of course!), materials, to withstand incredible weights, and to minimize impact on the surrounding trees. If you’ve not been lucky enough to bag a stay here yet, don’t worry, the pod is suitable for stays all year-round – when the sun is shining, spread open the double-glazed windows, and when the chill of the night comes around, the wood-burner is yours to use.
To put it simply, staying in this extraordinary little bubble (literally) just on the edge of Bodmin Moor will mean breathtaking panoramic views down over the river and through the dense forest, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of hectic daily life. You might even see some kingfishers hunting in the stream, or even some deer grazing in the land below you if you’re quiet!
As if a suspended nest in the forest, a river to go fishing in, and 20 acres of wilderness at your doorstep weren’t enough, you’re in a great location to explore Cornwall.
Find out more about the Lost Meadow Treepod here.
This mythical, multi-storey luxury residence can be found in a breathtaking 250-year-old oak tree in the gardens of the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel in Devon. The steps leading up to the treehouse will take you right up to the canopy, where you can enjoy the peaceful breeze and soak up the serenity of the surrounding wildlife. You may be tempted to settle down and fire up the stylish wood-burner, however, the rest of the treehouse awaits. Upstairs, you’ll find a king-size bed, an enormous copper bath and shower, and a functional bespoke kitchen in the main living quarter. If you fancy a restaurant meal then simply head across the grounds to the Fox and Hounds Hotel. When you return to your wooden palace, cozy up into the bean bags and crack into the local cider, watch the sun set, and turn your childhood dream into an intimate hideaway reality.
Situated in the North Devon Biosphere Reserve above the River Taw, this treehouse is ideal for both nature-lovers and those who want to enjoy complete privacy while still having access to the hotel facilities. The Eggesford train station is only a 5-minute walk away.
Find out more about Treetops Treehouse here.
You may recognise this truly remarkable sky den thanks to its feature in Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. The triangular pod boasts a stunning opening roof, exposing the captivating views over the river, and unobstructed views of the darkest Northumberland night skies. Although the space is small, it is extremely versatile. The treehouse features a fully-equipped kitchen and impressive fold-away furniture, including two single beds.
It isn’t just the structure of this magnificent treehouse that makes it awesome - the den is only a short walk from the local town centre. It is perfect for both wildlife lovers and adventure-seeking families. The forest is shared with an impressive 50% of England’s native red squirrel population and even some osprey. For those seeking more of a thrill, just on your doorstep is a myriad of activities – water sports, climbing, rope courses, and much more.
Find out more about Sky Den here.
This luxurious 450-year-old castle hotel with a magical treehouse is situated near Cupar, Fife, making it the perfect location for anyone visiting Scotland. Built within a cluster of sycamore trees, staying at this castle is like stepping into a dreamland. It’s not just the turreted roof and elevated position among the greenery that does this, the fairy-light decorated balcony and mythical creature painted walls will no doubt make you feel like you are living in a fairytale. Not only this, but it offers both the comfort of a modern-day hotel, with plenty of historical character. The bedroom has an elm king-size bed, and all furniture is made with ultimate comfort in mind. In the centre of the octagonal bathroom sits a huge slipper bath under a chandelier of flowers and leaves. This treehouse truly is magical.
If you’re a fan of golf, then there’s even more reason to stay here, as Fife is the home of golf. There are 59 golf courses for you to choose from, all within a 45-mile radius of the treehouse. If you want to venture out and head into Edinburgh or Glasgow, there are good road links and railway stations. Or, if you really want to go all out, you can even arrive by helicopter and hire the castle’s own chauffeur-driven gold Rolls Royce!
Find out more about Fernie Castle Treehouse here.
Dabinett Treehouse is seriously something special. It is the perfect staycation for a few days of lazy bathing, scenic hiking, and everything in between. The star of this treehouse is the outdoor hot tub, and whether you decide to sip your morning coffee in it from the Nespresso machine provided, or in the evening enjoy your bottle of wine from the vineyard just next-door, you’re guaranteed a relaxing stay here. You won’t be short of ways to indulge when staying in this treehouse. A local goat farm awaits for you to pick up some delicious fresh cheese, and three walkable pubs are just on your doorstep if you don’t fancy cooking.
While you’re soaking in the peace of the treetops, keep an eye out for owls hunting at dawn and dusk, and you might even be lucky and catch sight of deer meandering in the woods around you.
Find out more about Dabinett Treehouse here.
Hopefully you’ve been inspired by these truly magical treehouses; we know we have! We would love to hear about your experiences if you’ve been to any of the treehouses featured, or plan to in the future.
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