Treehouse memories linger in my imagination. We’d build them over the weekend and by Sunday evening the few wood slats that remained would dangling from limb to limb. Perhaps the rapid growth in treehouse accommodations has been caused by a nostalgia for childhood days, a calling back to nature, to experience a simpler life, or maybe it’s in part our environmental consciousness. Whatever the reasons, today’s tree house vacation accommodations are available to suit practically any budget, and come in unbelievable shapes, sizes and locations. Here are a few that may intrigue you.
Tree House Lodge, Limon Costa Rica
Built on tall stilts, this back-to-your-childhood house is submerged by the forest. There’s enough room for a family, however it is also very romantic and suited for a couple. Located on a 10-acre beachfront property, in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, the tree house is a sustainably built home made from fallen trees, with solar heating, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a shower. It is a bi-level cottage built around the trunk of a rare sangrillo tree. Inside features a bamboo-walled shower and an elevated master bedroom that is reached via palm-thatched suspension bridge, making it ideal for watching howler monkeys play in the treetops.
The Exotic Treehouse, Kilauea Hawaii near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Built 20-ft. up, this exotic rental is integrated into 5 living ohia trees and hidden away on four quiet acres of pristine, native Hawaiian rain forest! The treehouse has large windows and decks all around for spectacular 360-degree nature viewing. Commune with birds and other tree creatures on their level.
If you want to be outdoors, a unique skywalk and deck stretches out into a forest canopy of giant tree ferns. There is a queen-sized bed, cedar hot tub on the lanai, outdoor shower and more. It is built mid-canopy in the forest, overlooking tree ferns and almost eye-level with the upper canopy. The treehouse is less than five minutes from the gate to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Volcano Village is a short walk, with restaurants and galleries. It has one bedroom and sleeps two people; prices start at $200 per night.
Into the Woods Tree House, Whippingham, UK
Come and stay in a cozy and exciting little house in the trees. Experience the privacy and peace of living right in the heart of nature. Fantastic for families, but equally wonderful as a romantic break for couples, or a unique treat for groups of friends. The treehouse is divided into two separate pods – the Living Pod and the Sleeping Pod and joined by smart decking. The Living Pod includes one lovely timber clad room with kitchen area, dining table and benches, and sofa – and is heated with a cozy logburning stove. French doors lead out onto a sunny decking area for al fresco eating and relaxing. Our little house in the trees is perfect for adventurous families, romantic breaks for couples or a quirky treat for groups of friends. The treehouse has been newly built to extremely high standards, is fully insulated and is cosy, warm and comfortable.
Ngong House, Nairobi, Kenya
Combine luxurious treehouse, a location on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, fresh, locally prepared food, and you have the most idealic start or finish to any Kenyan safari. Set on a 10-acre private estate, Ngong Housei is near many of Nairobi’s top attractions, as well as the airport for departures to most of the countries’ game reserves. The risk: you may not want to leave your treehouse.
Casa Margarita, jungle tree house at Playa Negra, Guanacaste, on Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast”
Built on steel and concrete platforms 30 feet above the jungle below, the house is over 4000 square feet of living space with amazing Pacific Ocean and jungle views. The living and dining areas are open to the vistas below – no walls, you become part of the jungle in a safe haven. Just minutes from some of the world’s best surfing at Playa Negra and the broad Pacific beaches of Playa Junquillal, La Casa Margarita is situated in a 250-acre ocean view eco-community known as La Pura Jungla, an amazing jungle refuge from the hustle and bustle of “everyday” life.
This 3 bedroom 2 bath luxury tree house offers all the amenities of home in a relaxed jungle setting where howler monkeys and exotic birds are your neighbors and yet you’re just close enough to everything – dining, shopping, beach, ocean, activities and resorts – to make your stay EXACTLY what you want. This unique retreat is two beautiful homes under a single roof, separated by a 60 foot walkway high over the jungle floor. The Guest House has two bedrooms and the Master Suite has one bedroom. You may either occupy the Guest House alone or both Guest House and Master Suite.
Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada.
Set amongst the forests of Vancouver Island, the 3 Free Spirit ultra-unique Sphere shaped treehouses, Eve, Eryn and Melody are suspended, giving the appearance that they are floating. Beautifully crafted, the joinery is yacht-style with brass trim, varnished wood and cane doors. Even the smallest, single-person-sized Eve, provides a spiritual connection for guests to the forest, swaying in time with the trees to encourage creative thought. Each sphere is wired for power and has built in speakers for those who wish to bring their own music… the perfect opportunity to experience true surround sound.
Cedar Creek Treehouse, Mt. Rainier, Washington
Wake up to the music of a mountain stream flowing by your cabin that sits 50 feet up in a giant cedar tree with a view seen only by the birds and the bees. At Cedar Creak treehouse you’re accommodations are adapted to the tree canopies of a lush evergreen forest. You can see for miles. A skylight in the cabin illuminates a mammoth tree trunk that is growingthrough the floor of the two story treehouse and through the ceiling. Cedar Creek Treehouse is an Earth-friendly, privately owned and operated mountain retreat, located one mile as the crow flies, 10 miles by car, from the Nisqually River Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, and bordering the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Edisto River Treehouses, South Carolina, located between Charleston, Columbia and Savannah
If climbing up a tree to reach your accommodations isn’t enough when it comes to staying at a treehouse, Edisto River Treehouses are set in one of the more pristine destinations that getting to them entails paddling 13 miles through the willows and cypress of the Edisto before reaching the Edistor River Refuge. The three treehouses are set apart from one another nestled in the trees on the river’s edge. None have electricity or hot water, though each comes with luxuries, such as a grill on the porch and a rope hammock. You also need to bring your food. The largest Private Wildlife Refuge on the Edisto River accessible by canoe offers their guests unparalleled privacy and stunning views from world-class treehouses.
Tree Sparrow House Tree Sparrow Treehouse, Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall
Perched in an ash tree with sweeping sea and countryside views, our tree house accommodation offers a cozy and unique holiday adventure. Tree Sparrow House has one comfortable room with a mezzanine double bed and seating/kitchen area. The tree house has been lovingly constructed with careful attention to detail and is around two metres from the ground. Access is via a wooden staircase. It is fully insulated with double glazed windows and has heating for chillier nights. From your lofty position enjoy water views of Falmouth Bay and spectacular sunsets over the fields and orchards of Tregaminion. The beautiful beach of Porthallow is an easy, ten minute walk away. At night, enjoy the peace and quiet of this secluded location and fall asleep to the rustling of leaves in the trees. You might find you don’t want to leave….
A Treehouse Poem
A tree house, a free house,
A secret you and me house,
A high up in the leafy branches
Cozy as can be house.
A street house, a neat house,
Be sure and wipe your feet house
Is not my kind of house at all-
Let’s go live in a tree house.