Five incredible tree houses for grown ups
Combine childhood memories of climbing trees with grown-up creature comforts and impeccable style with these ultimate tree house stays.
With a new breed of sky-high rooms (well, canopy-high at least) you can combine the halcyon days of your childhood climbing trees in the great outdoors with the grown-up desire for creature comforts and impeccable style. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the new treehouse.
1. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Sitting pretty 10 metres above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, these one- and two-bedroom, two-storey treehouses make the most of the South Island scenery of jutting mountains and Pacific coast.
The furniture is courtesy of local woodworkers, there are big windows to make the most of the elevation, and the exterior look is earthy and welcoming with native wood and copper shingles.
2. TreeHouse Point
Falls City, Washington, USA
These picture-postcard treehouses are nestled in a verdant forest just 30 minutes from Seattle.
There are a number of ‘room’ options, all with a suitably rustic low-tech appeal and anchored by a main lodge.
And if you love sleeping in the branches so much that you can’t imagine leaving it all behind, there’s also a treehouse building and design team on site ready and willing to help you take the thrill of it all home with you.
3. Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park
Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
The concept here moves away from the preconceived notions of how a treehouse should be made.
The design is integrated into the landscape with the use of slate, wood and indigenous raw materials.
Each room has all the simple luxuries you need: a bathroom, kitchenette, double bed, sofa and two windows – one with views of the surrounding nature park and one through which to gaze at the stars.
Designed by some of Scandinavia’s leading architects, these tree rooms are perched up to six metres above the ground in the pine forests of Harads, and can be reached by rope, bridge and electric stairs.
The rooms, from The Bird’s Nest which is clad completely in twigs and sticks, to Mirrorcube with its reflective mirrored cladding, and the otherworldly metal encased UFO pod, are filled with custom-designed furniture and tick all the enviro boxes.
5. Cabins In The Air
With nearly 200 treehouses and cabins dotted across the idyllic French countryside, the choices are staggering while the vistas are breathtaking.
The roster includes some of the highest treehouses in Europe at 22 metres above the ground. The design and décor is best described as rustic chic.
There is a naïve quality about many of these treehouses, which truly will indulge childhood memories of climbing trees and backyard camping.