Let’s be honest, everyone secretly wishes they could ditch their crappy zone 4 flat, run away to the woods, and live in a treehouse. And if you didn’t wish that before, you certainly will after you’ve cast your eyes over these bad boys. We’ve rounded up the ultimate in woodland luxury with these marvellous treetop escapes within easy reach of London.
Treehouse holidays within two hours of London
1. Oakdown Treehouse, Colerne
Overlooking a working farm, this treehouse hotel is a little slice of luxury in the Wiltshire countryside. Whether you’re sinking into an armchair by the fire, or ambling down to the pub for Sunday lunch, it’s a quiet weekend for you. Find out more over on the Canopy & Stars website.
Approximately 2 hours from London (train from Paddington to Bath, bus to Colerne).
2. Treehouse Retreat, Elham
Nestled amongst the beautiful Kent Downs, this treehouse is a cosy snug of a place. The trunks of the old oak run through the cabin like something out of a storybook, and the owner has graciously included a king size bed, making your stay here a comfy one. Find out more over on Airbnb.
Approximately 2 hours from London (train from St Pancras to Folkestone, bus to Elham).
3. Uplands Treehouse, Wrington
It sits next to a field of alpacas, so this place is already in my good books. Uplands is neatly furnished, with a wood-burning fireplace, and a double bed up a ladder. Just don’t roll off in the night! Find out more on the Canopy & Stars website.
Approximately 2 hours from London (train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, bus to Wrington).
4. Hoots Treehouse, Mayfield
Hoots Treehouse is beautifully decorated, with lots of windows to take in the view of the charming High Weald. A stay at this treehouse hotel is sure to be a hoot. Find out more on Airbnb.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London (train from London Bridge to Tunbridge Wells, bus to Mayfield).
5. The Old Oak, Ongar
It was almost impossible to choose just one photo of this incredible place, so I implore you to click through and take a look for yourselves. Not even in your wildest dreams could you think up such a beautiful spot to spend the weekend: complete with stunning views, a humungous bath (plonked right in front of said views), a balcony fitted with a pair of hammocks so you don’t have to fight over it, and some friendly neighbourhood sheep. Find out more on the Cool Stays website.
Approximately 1 hour from London by car (you can take public transport, but it takes twice as long and there are a lot of changes).
6. Blackberry Wood, Ditchling
Stepping straight out of a Grimm fairytale, this hotel offers two treehouses: the Higgledy one, and the Piggledy one. Both sleep four people; enough space for you, your partner, Hansel, and Gretel. Oh, and if you didn’t fancy a treehouse, you could sleep in a converted helicopter, also on site. Find out more and book over on the Blackberry Wood website.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London (train from Victoria to Wivelsfield, bus to Ditchling).
7. Cedar Hollow Treehouse, Shotover Country Park
This place is truly a sight to behold. Tucked away in the Oxfordshire woodlands, this fairytale treehouse is like nothing you’ve ever seen. With CS Lewis’ house just around the corner, you’ll notice nods to Narnia dotted around the space – especially if you add ‘Faun’s Hideaway’ to your booking for an extra pair of guests. Beyond the treehouse, you’ll also have access to a pool, outdoor dining areas, a tennis court, and even your own private zip wire. Don’t forget to look out for Aslan! Find out more and book over on the Cool Stays website.
Approximately 2 hours from London (train from Paddington to Oxford and a bus to Risinghurst Turn, or a Megabus from Marble Arch to Oxford Thornhill Park and Ride).
8. Fallow Treehouse, Fullerton
Overlooking a vineyard, this stunning treehouse hideaway is the perfect couple’s retreat. Sip sparkling English wine by the fire as you tuck into your complimentary breakfast hamper (you’re on holiday, darling), before taking a dip in the outdoor bath or exploring the surrounding 1000 acres of Fullerton Farm. Find out more over on the Cool Stays website.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London by car (you can take public transport, but it takes much longer and there are a lot of changes).
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