Head in the clouds: Britain’s best treehouse holidays

    30 June 2020

    As the UK tourism sector sets to reopen over the coming weeks, it’s time to get holidaying once more. But for those still nervous of encountering large crowds or seeking isolation with a different view, here are six of Britain’s most dreamy elevated hideaways to help keep you far from the madding crowd.

    Lost Meadow Treepod, Cornwall

    A cut above the rest on Bodmin Moor

    Google Maps loses signal before you reach this spot on the southern tip of Bodmin Moor, which gives you some indication of the level of seclusion you can expect. It’s a five-minute amble on foot through the enchanting woodland to locate your home for the night: a posh cedar-clad pod, straddling two trees, three metres above ground. Ascend the steps and inside you’ll find a glass window and ceiling, two single pull out beds, a woodburner and a sink. The shower and toilet are a few minutes jaunt through the woods. But it’s the outside space that really brings the magic with a fire circle for al fresco dining, right next to the babbling stream. If you’re a wannabe David Attenborough, you’ll be captivated by diving kingfishers, roaming badgers, buzzards and owls overhead and, if you’re lucky, roe deer at dawn. 

    Sleeps 2, from £105 per night;

     The Bower Treehouse, Somerset

    A room with a view in Somerset

    The two hexagon turrets, linked via a roofed corridor, don’t look out of the ordinary, even nestled amongst the trees and shrubbery, but inside the Tardis-like treehouse it’s a very different story. A palatial king-sized bed carved from stag oak, ensuite bathroom, leather sofas, and an outdoor bathtub with copper piping on the hefty decking make it high-end boutique rather than high up basic. You’ll need a little Bear Grylls spark to reach it though.  After retrieving the instructions from the welcome booth and grabbing your lantern, it’s a short walk along a woodland mulch path and up and over a trickling stream to the foot of the steps. Not far from the hip Somerset town of Bruton and with stunning views of Stourhead estate next door, this spot in North Brewham is also perfect fodder for a scenic Somerset escape.

    Sleeps 2, from £550 for two nights;

     Bredon Hill Treehouses, Worcestershire

    A high flyer in Worcestershire

    The only neighbours you’ll encounter here are the owners grazing pigs, sheep and horses in the surrounding fields. These two wooden chalet-style treehouses, Orchard and Lime, are elevated on stilts, each in their own secluded spot and wrapped around the base of a towering tree. Their location on the northern tip of the Cotswolds means you won’t struggle for scenery: the most striking views are from the deck rolling westward across the undulating Malvern Hills. While away the hours soaking up the peace, enjoying a glass of complimentary prosecco in the private hot tub or cooking the fresh bacon from the breakfast hamper in your kitchen. If you do want to stretch your legs, there’s a lovely little amble up Bredon Hill to the Iron Age hillfort atop it. 

    Sleeps 4, from £245;

    Lypiatt Hill Lodgings, Gloucestershire

    If you’re trading in a jaunt abroad for the English countryside this year, you’ll be pleased to know you can still get your aeroplane fix. This fuselage-shaped cabin perches on short stilts on a hill overlooking the Severn Estuary, with the Welsh mountains in perfect silhouette on the horizon, just five minutes from Stroud. Neatly separated by trees from the owner’s 16th-century B&B at the top of the field, you’ll feel like you’ve landed in a completely deserted patch of green paradise, especially when lolling in the hammock. The cabin is small but perfectly formed: the kitchen table turns into a comfy double bed, there’s a bunk for two little ones and a nice touch of underfloor heating. Outside, dinner is cooked on the cauldron fire and there’s a fancy wooden shower and toilet cabin for those short dashes in the night.

    Sleeps 4, from £288 for two nights;

     Red Kite Tree Tent, Mid-Wales

    The only way is up – tree tent in Mid-Wales

    If you prefer comfort to camping but you’re longing for the solace and freedom only found under canvas in the great outdoors, these two spherical tree tents, near Builth Wells in Powys, are a breath of fresh air. Suspended beneath a canopy of pines in a remote stretch of the Cambrian mountains, each cleverly engineered pod has its own double bed and firepit, with elevated walkways leading to an outdoor kitchen, shower and flushing toilet. There’s no Wi-Fi, instead, it’s a veritable twitchers paradise, with entertainment on the decked area: spot red kites and buzzards circling overhead and tune in to the trickle of the stream just below. Beyond your private haven, walks and wild swims in the surrounding countryside are easily accessible. If you’re looking for a pub, try the four-mile hike to Newbridge-on-Wye, or swimmers can take a bracing dip in the water pools at Wolf’s Leap in Irfon.

    Sleeps 2, from £361;  (April to October only)

     Brockloch Treehouse, Scotland

    Stairway to heaven – Brockloch Treehouse, Scotland

    Much of Scotland’s highlands, lowlands, islands and lochs are a safe bet for fragments of isolation but at this Scandi-style off-grid treehouse in Dumfries & Galloway, it’s guaranteed. Sequestered away in a charming bluebell wood on a small working farm, the simple larchwood frame and wonky oblong shape give it a modernist touch, while the broadleaved trees and surrounding greenery immerse you firmly in the hands of nature. Come dusk, light speckles in through the myriad of small box windows, while at night the skylights above the bed and sunken bath are ideal for some spectacular star-gazing. It ticks all the eco-credentials too as there’s a small kitchen, a wood-burner, and solar panels to provide the small doses of electricity needed but, as there’s no TV or Wi-Fi to distract, it’s minimal.

     Sleeps 2, from £300 for two nights,