Staying somewhere completely unique can often transform an enjoyable trip into a truly magical experience. One such example is located in the scenic area of North Devon in England, at a country estate that holds a charming secret; the largest treehouse in the United Kingdom, where guests can sleep in luxury accommodation that overlooks a picturesque fishing lake.
Located in Eggesford, the tree house is built on the estate of the Fox & Hounds Country Hotel, a rustic former coaching inn that has been run by the Culverhouse family since 2007. While the hotel itself has undergone gradual refurbishment over the years, being finished with antique flourishes throughout, the idea to create the treehouse was something entirely new, inspired by a striking piece of nature on the property.
“A beautiful tree stood in a boggy marshland, and we wanted a good reason to drain the land and preserve it. It was in decline and needed a lot of surgery, but we hope that building the treehouse has actually saved it for another 100 years,” Tara Culverhouse, Owner of The Fox & Hounds Country Hotel told Lonely Planet Travel News.
With the ability to sleep a family of four, the 50-square-foot luxury tree house is the result of the family’s hard work, and offers visitors the chance to stay in accommodation that is serene and completely unique. The treehouse boasts a kingsize bedroom, a separate bunk room, a bathroom with a copper bath and shower, a fitted kitchen and lounge area with a cosy giant log burner, as well as a large terrace that overlooks a fishing lake containing trout, salmon and trout. The popular Tarka Trail walking network is also located close by, and the tree house is surrounded by a forest of Douglas fir trees over 50 meters high.
“It is one of the few treehouses actually built into the crown of the tree, so the design follows the boughs and twists from the 200-year old oak tree beneath it. The luxury finish adds a lovely feel to being tucked up in the treetops with bird boxes everywhere to encourage many opportunities to see the local wildlife,” Tara said.
Prices start at £270 (€308) to £425 (€485) per night for a fully self-catering stay. Bookings are subject to a two-night minimum stay on weekends between January and March and at all times between April and October.
More information on booking is available at the official Fox & Hounds Country Hotel website.