Sleeping in the Trees of England
By Malea Ritz
If ever lofty living seemed appealing as a child, staying in these English tree houses are sure to entice as an adult. These suites are not an average assemblage of boards set in the trees, they are luxury, ambiance and located in England. Scattered throughout the country are five top of the line tree houses that will release an inner child. Below are highlights of five different treehouse hotels scattered all across England. Who knew? Treehouse living turns out not to be for the less affluent, but if you have the pounds, you too can harness your inner Tarzan at these treehouse hotels.
Chewton Glen Tree House Suites, Hampshire
In July 2012, six luxury tree houses perched on stilts will open alongside the five star Chewton Glen Hotel. Each suite will include floor to ceiling glass panoramic views, ambient lighting, contemporary classic design and eco-friendly features. The tree houses are in hidden seclusion, just a short stroll away from the main hotel.
In addition, the Chewton Glen Hotel will be creating a walled Garden, enhanced landscaping and providing convenient parking. The suites will begin accepting guests Wednesday August 1, 2012, however advanced reservations are now being taken online or by phone at 1-800-344-5087. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Tree house suites come with several different options with an occupancy of two people for one night. A junior tree house suite costs £600 or $922, which gives guests 61 sq meters of high forest fun. This also includes a terrace with a fire pit on the deck, a kitchenette, dining area, wood burner, lounge area, bath with separate shower and a bathroom with two sinks.
A regular tree house suite costs £800 or $1,130 for the night and gives guests 69-71 sqm, with an additional 16.5 sqm in the hidden bunk area. The terrace has a fire pit on the deck as well. There is also a kitchenette, lounge with dining space, wood burner, separate bedroom, bath with separate shower and a bathroom with two sinks.
The tree house master suite is available for £1,200 or $1,845 a night, which provides 86.5 sqm. There is also a fire pit and spa bath on the deck, kitchenette, lounge with dining space, wood burner, separate bedroom “pod,” which is accessible by footbridge, a bath with a separate shower and a bathroom with two sinks.
Treehouses at Centre Parcs, Longleat Forest
Due to the success of the Treehouses at Centre Parcs’ Sherwood Forest property, three new luxury tree houses have been built at Longleat Forest. The two-story tree house suites will be situated in the corner of the forest, offering plenty of seclusion.
These houses include four bedrooms, each with its own balcony, an open plan kitchen, dining and living rooms, separate den accessed along a wooden walkway and a private hot tub.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a wine fridge, coffee maker and a blender. There are in suite bathrooms, an infrared physiotherm room and an outdoor hot tub. The games den includes a plasma tv, AMBX lighting, a pool table, games console, a blu-ray player, and a bar space with a fridge and ice maker. Plasma TVs are included in each bedroom and there are iPod docking stations throughout the suite. There is a greeting service and daily maid, as well as designated parking.
Spend a weekend in a four bedroom tree house for £2299 or $3,573. The suite sleeps eight comfortably and is nestled deep in the forest in seclusion. It also includes many other amenities to make guests feel right at home.
Tree house accommodations can be made online or by phone at 08448-267723.
Fair Oak Farm, East Sussex
There are now two new “luxury eco-lodge” tree houses available for reservation at Fair Oak Farm in East Sussex. Made with sustainable timber and fully insulated, these suites include a queen size double bed, bathroom, wardrobe, seating and dining spaces, fully equipped kitchen and sheltered balcony.
Each tree house sleeps two people and includes four star amenities available to guests. Facilities include a flat screen LED digital TV with integral DVD, fresh white linen and towels, wireless broadband and a DVD library. The kitchen has a dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, fridge with freezer, electric hob, oven with grill and microwave oven.
The lodges have been built with sustainable materials and over 500 trees have been planted in order to help forest wildlife. Owl nests and other bird boxes have been placed in the area to help out the natural environment.
“Our tree houses are an hour from London yet located in some of the finest Sussex countryside… They are the ultimate hotel room but in the trees on a country estate with stunning uninterrupted valley views to wake up to,” said Ian Ledger, owner and manager of Fair Oak Farm.
“[The tree houses] took two years to plan and six months to build. They were built almost single handed[ly] by a local carpenter who I worked very closely with during the build, according to Ledger.
“The number of enquiries we are receiving this year is more than ever and we are fast becoming booked up for the [new] year,” said Ledger.
Prices for eco lodge accommodations range from £150- £427 or $233-$664, depending on the length of stay and time of year. Reservations can be made online or by phone at (+44) 0-1435-884122.
Castle Cottage Treehouse, Sussex
If the high luxury tree houses are not authentic enough, this tree house has that genuine feel. The house is built in concordance with a large chestnut tree, as the tree itself is present inside the house. A sizable staircase leads guests to their lofty oasis.
A double bed is set between two trees overlooking a beautiful tree top landscape. There is an in-suite shower with a glass roof to keep guests in touch with the nature outside. The sink top and shelf in the bathroom are made from a tree, providing that rustic feel. A large balcony includes swing seats for a relaxing spot.
Rooms include beds with fine cotton sheets, tea and coffee making amenities, tv and a hairdryer. The bathrooms included soft fluffy towels and handmade soap.
The house overlooks a swamp for a genuine, outdoorsy feel. However, during severe weather conditions the tree house is closed, and alternate accommodations can be made. To stay in the tree house for one night ranges from £150- £170 or $233-$264 and includes breakfast. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 01798-865001.
Alnwick Treehouse, Northumberland
This tree house is a bit different from all the rest in that it is not a hotel. It is a cozy restaurant located high above the tree tops, with a warm central fire. All of the food is local, fresh and organic from Northumberland’s farms. The restaurant prides itself on quality taste, an impressive wine list, a variety of tasty beers and regular live music.
The tree house offers a variety of foods for lunch, from bacon baguettes to smoked haddock risotto or prawn, crayfish and noodle salad and an extensive children’s menu. On Sundays, the menu includes locally sourced meats and much more. Two courses are £15.50 or $24 and three courses are £19.95 or $31. Lunch is served from 12 noon.
Thursday-Sunday the restaurant serves a locally inspired menu with an impressive range of local produce. Some menu items include wild mushrooms, local crab, wood pigeon, beef fillet and salmon, however the menu constantly changes with the seasons. Tree house desserts include homemade puddings, crumbles, cheesecakes and ice creams.
There is also live music on selective nights by Andrew and Margaret Watchorn. Music arrangements consist of self-penned and traditional Northumbrian music.
Whenever the tree house is open, the bar is also open for business. The tree house also features a bar where guests can get late night drinks and snacks.
The tree house restaurant also plays host to many guests at a time on special nights and holidays. There is more information online for these occasions at www.alnwickgarden.com.
Reservations can be made by phone at 01665-511852.
Malea Ritz is an editorial assistant at GoNOMAD and a student at UMass. She writes our daily Travel News Notes Blog.
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