If you thought treehouses were all haphazardly-laid floorboards and rope ladders, think again – these lofty UK boltholes prove otherwise
1. The Treehouse at Harptree Court, Somerset
Nothing says luxury like a copper bath – one of Harptree Treehouse
's most decadent features. A plush double bed, wood-burning stove, and fully-equipped kitchen complete this secluded getaway. The Treehouse at Harptree Court (Canopy and Stars
Harptree is a beautiful, modern treehouse, sleeps two people, and nearby Mendip Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and cities Bath and Bristol make ideal day trips – although you may not want to leave at all when you see the huge terrace.
2. Treehouse at Fernie Castle, Fife
Built in a cluster of sycamore trees, a stay at Fernie Castle's treehouse
is like stepping into a fairytale. That's not just because of its turreted roof and its high position among the foliage, but also because of the décor – fairies and mythical creatures are painted on the walls. Fernie Castle (RDA Photography)
With a large bedroom (with king size bed) and three balconies, you'll have plenty of space, and the grounds of Fernie Castle below are yours to explore.
3. Treetops Treehouse, Devon
Like something out of a children's book – built at odd angles around a 250-year-old oak tree – Treetops Treehouse
is nothing short of magical. This accommodation sleeps four, and has a kitchen, copper bath and shower, lounge, and a terrace. Treetops Treehouse
Overlooking Eggesford Forest and in between Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks, this Devon escape is in a convenient location to discover the surrounding area.
4. Lost Meadow Treepod, Bodmin
To put it simply, Lost Meadow Treepod
looks like a giant beehive. This quirky rental prides itself on sustainability, made from low-impact, lightweight (but strong) materials to create an impressive, quirky design. Lost Meadow Treehouse (Canopy and Stars)
Ideal for couples who want to curl up in their own little bubble (quite literally), it even comes with a ceiling window so you can gaze up at the night sky from bed. The treepod is located in the depths of the woods in Cornwall, a few miles from the south coast, and a kitchen hut and fire circle directly below is yours to use.
5. Sky Den, Northumberland
There are treehouses, and then there's Sky Den
. Ingeniously designed down to the last millimetre, Sky Den sleeps four comfortably, with lots of nifty fold-away furniture and space-saving features. Sky Den (Canopy and Stars)
The Sky Den's real crowning glory is the triangular roof, which can open up to leave you free to the great outdoors. Set in Northumberland's Kielder Water & Forest Park, there are plenty of adventurous activities to experience in the area, and wildlife to spot.
6. Chewton Glen, Hampshire
This is a treehouse by name, but not by nature – it's a luxury hotel on stilts. Within the grounds of Chewton Glen hotel, this decadent treehouse experience
offers suites in the forest canopy, with panoramic views from your floor-to-ceiling windows, breakfast hampers served to your door each morning, and giant terraces – some with a private hot tub. Chewton Glen Treehouse
Calling Hampshire home, Chewton Glen is right by England's beautiful south coast and New Forest National Park.
7. Tree Sparrow House, Cornwall
Nestled in the trees of southern Cornwall is Tree Sparrow House
– which is as tiny yet charming as it sounds. This cubby-like treehouse is suitable for two people, with a double bed on a mezzanine level and small kitchen and wash room below. Tree Sparrow House
Cosy and quirky, and a ten-minute walk away from the beach, this Cornwall gem is ideal for travellers who want to get away from the chaos of modern life and disappear into wilderness.
8. Living Room Treehouses, Powys
In the heart of north Wales, just south of Snowdonia, are Living Room Treehouses
– a group of six curved pods set in the treetops. Each are designed for a couple or family of four, and have a kitchen, living area, bathroom facilities and terrace. Living Room Treehouses (Canopy and Stars)
Set deep in the woods, these treehouses are an off-the-grid experience ideal for lovers of the outdoors – so isolated that once you arrive you're taken by the owners on a short hike through the forest to reach them.
9. Bensfield Treehouse, Sussex Bensfield Treehouse
A walk across a 24-metre rope bridge suspended above a pond takes you to Bensfield Treehouse
Tucked away in the Sussex countryside, this stunning tree-top B & B, that sleeps a maximum of two people, is built around a mature oak and is the ultimate hideaway for those wanting to get back to nature. It comes complete with a fitted kitchen and en-suite shower room.
Located just two miles from the 900-year-old village of Wadhurst, you're free to roam the town's historic streets or you can opt to simply kick back and enjoy your beautiful surroundings.