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Five of the best treehouse escapes for families


The curving pods of the Cheriton Tree House revolve around a mature oak tree in this lavish, green hideaway. Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a floating bedroom, huge copper bath, and underfloor heating, all bathed in plenty of natural light. You will almost feel like you are floating above the trees as you gaze out over picturesque Blackmore Vale, with views stretching 18 miles to Shaftesbury. As you head out, explore the spectacular gardens of the National Trust Hotel Stourhead or stroll through the nearby towns of Frome and Bruton. Treehouse for two from £ 172 per night, with space for two additional children for £ 30 per child per night. From eight years.

North Yorkshire

Rufus’ Roost in Husthwaite, half an hour from York, is tucked away in the Yorkshire Dales and overlooks the Kilburn White Horse, a giant hill figure carved into the ground in the middle of a sycamore forest on the Baxby Manor estate. This stylish treetop retreat was built sustainably and has a biomass boiler, heat recovery ventilation and LED lighting. It has windows, towers and a cozy interior. Take the slide into the cave – complete with bean bags, games, and a popcorn machine – or head outside to the bat monitoring station, where you’ll also find a wood-burning stove and oven. From April to November from £ 1,200 for three, four and seven night stays (15% off all seven night stays).

East Sussex

Overlooking a pond on the edge of a private forest near Wadhurst in the Rother Valley, the Hoots Treehouse is a beautifully landscaped retreat. A short stroll along the elevated boardwalk takes you to the cedar-clad circular hoots, which have their own cozy wood-burning stove, king-size bed, and a mezzanine with two more twin beds. A five-minute walk to Wadhurst Deer Parkland is also a leisurely hour’s walk to the quaint village of Mayfield, while bustling Royal Tunbridge Wells is just a short drive away. From £ 204 per night based on up to two adults and two children (six years and older). At least two nights.


The eagle eyes could spot this off-grid treehouse from George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces from the Channel 4 series – and amaze them on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, eight miles from the market town of Machynlleth. Living Room Treehouses’ six spacious canopy residences are located on a traditional Welsh sheep farm and are made from sustainably harvested wood (mostly locally). Each treehouse is up to 30 feet tall amid oak, larch, and pine forests, and has an open design with its own composting toilets, forest showers (heated with a wood-burning stove), and lots of eco-tech, including solar panels and even a water-powered one Fridge. Note, however, that you must leave the devices at home (there is no AC power). From £ 379 (for a couple for two nights); maximum occupancy: five guests.


The Lookout Treehouse is accessible via a long suspension bridge and offers breathtaking views of Dartmoor. It lives up to its name. The atmosphere here is indulgently rustic, with reclaimed wood fittings, wood burners, sumptuous furniture, and a hot tub on the outside deck. There are two bedrooms, one of which is a cozy bunk room, and wall-to-wall windows open onto the deck. Set in 13 acres of deciduous forest in a remote valley, there is plenty to discover nearby, including the southwest’s highest gorge, Lydford Gorge, the beautiful beaches of Bude and the 700-year history of Buckland Abbey in the Tamar Valley. From £ 180 per night. Suits for families with older children.

Published in the Nov / Dec issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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