Is there anything more magical than a treehouse holiday?
Let’s be honest, everyone secretly wishes they could ditch their crappy zone 4 flat, run away to the woods, and live in an utterly sick treehouse hotel. Well, now’s your chance, as we’ve rounded up the ultimate in woodland luxury with these marvellous treetop escapes.
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 their armchairs by the fire, or ambling down to the pub for Sunday lunch, it’s a quiet weekend for you.
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, and the owner has graciously included a king size bed, making your stay here a comfortable one.
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…
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.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London (train from London Bridge to Tunbridge Wells, bus to Mayfield).
5. Chewton Glen Treehouse Studio Suite, New Milton
Less a treehouse, more of a tree palace. There’s a private hot tub on the outdoor veranda, and the hotel it’s attached to delivers a breakfast hamper each morning. Umm, yes please.
Approximately 2 hours from London (train from Waterloo to New Milton).
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 can sleep in a converted helicopter, also on site.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London (train from Victoria to Wivelsfield, bus to Ditchling).
7. The Buzzardry, Marklye
Ultra-luxe, and with two king sized beds, The Buzzardry is a rather gorgeous weekend hideaway. Bring Monopoly though, because there’s no internet access here.
Approximately 2 hours from London (best way is to drive).
8. Treehouse Hideaway, Blean
The website calls it Treehouse Hideaway, but I have renamed it Hot Tub Treehouse Machine to highlight its best feature. Yep, sitting beneath this cosy modern treetop spot is one hot tub – all you need to bring is the champers.
Approximately 1.5 hours from London (train from St Pancras to Canterbury West, bus to Blean).
Other UK treehouse holidays
9. Bagthorpe Hall, Norfolk
This luxurious treehouse is tucked away in the grounds of an old country house near the Norfolk coast. Views of the wildlife are nice, but the four-poster bed and copper bathtub might be even nicer…
Approximately 3 hours from London (train from Kings Cross to King’s Lynn, bus to Bagthorpe).
10. The Treehouse, Salcombe
A gorgeous wood-panelled treehouse with a working fire and a cutesy double bedroom. The top draw here is the stunning views of picturesque South Devon, whilst the beautiful seaside town of Salcombe is a stone’s throw away.
Approximately 4-5 hours from London (train from Paddington to Totnes, bus to Salcombe).
11. The Treehouse at Ackergill Tower, Ackergill
You can’t get much farther from London than this place, since it’s only 20 minutes south of John o’ Groats. The charms of this place are modern furnishings and a scenic veranda that encircles the house.
Approximately 12 hours from London (so brace yourself for a long drive).
12. Tree Sparrow House, Helston
This place may look like a birdbox, but you don’t need to be feather-brained to stay here. This Cornish treehouse is old school, but it’s super cosy and cute as they come, with enough space for a kitchen and double bed. It captured the coveted titled of “most desired Airbnb” in 2016, so you may have competition for this place.
Approximately 5 hours from London (train from Paddington to Camborne, bus to Helston).
13. Trunkquillity Treehouse, Wye Valley
Come for the name, stay for the treehouse. You know we love a good pun here at Secret London, so this place had to make the list. It also happens to be the finest in modern treetop living, with a spiral staircase, mood lighting, and sleek interior decor, all set in the stunning Wye Valley.
Approximately 3 hours from London (train from Paddington to Hereford).
14. Tree Howf, Braco
Despite the iffy spelling, Tree Howf has a lot going for it. Views of rolling Scottish hills, antique furnishings, and a huge window in the bedroom to let you stargaze from bed. Charming, indeed.
Approximately 6 hours from London (train from Kings Cross to Stirling, bus to Braco).
15. Treetops Treehouse, Chulmleigh
Okay, so treehouses are impressive. But a multistorey treehouse takes things to the next level, quite literally. This one sits in a 250 year old oak tree, and is licensed for tiny yet magical wedding ceremonies. Say “I do”, you know you want to!
Approximately 4 hours from London (train from Paddington to Exeter, bus to Chulmleigh).
16. Ty Mawr, Glantwymyn
The biggest issue here is pronouncing the name of the bloody place. However, the spiral staircase and rope bridge are quaint enough to overcome any verbal slipups, and the views are stunning too.
Approximately 4 hours from London (train from Euston to Caersws, bus to Glantwymyn).
17. The Nest, Blackdown Hills
Make sure you really like the person you bring to this place, because you’ll be seeing a lot of them. The Nest is small but perfectly formed, and makes for a cute forest hideaway.
Approximately 4 hours from London (train from Paddington to Honiton).
Treehouse holidays abroad
Cards on the table, this lot are a trek to get to. But honestly, they’re so magical we just had to include them.
18. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada
Spherical treehouses are the Next Big Thing in treetop living, and these perch amongst the trees of Canada’s west coast rainforest, suspended by rope. Magical, yes, but you will need to watch out for bears…
Fly from Heathrow to Vancouver.
19. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, Rovaniemi, Finland
You thought treehouses were all about lovely English forests? You thought wrong, because this is an Arctic treehouse. With views of Finnish forests draped in snow, and the chance to see the Northern Lights from your bed, this place is jaw-dropping.
Fly from Heathrow to Roveniemi (via Helsinki).
20. Montaña Mágica Lodge, Neltume, Chile
For our final stop, we’ll stretch the limits of what constitutes a treehouse. The Magica Lodge isn’t up in the trees, but it sure looks like one. It’s actually a eccentric eco-lodge that takes forest living, makes it ultra-luxe, and generally looks rather striking in the process. Yes, that is a waterfall you can see cascading down the side of it.
Fly from Heathrow to Santiago (via Madrid).
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