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5 top tree houses by Maggie O'Sullivan

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Living-room, Powys

Reaching these five secluded tree houses in the Welsh Mountains involves a short hike through the woods, followed by a 30ft climb, via a spiral staircase, into the trees. But at the end of your journey you’ll be rewarded with a curved pod, complete with bedroom, living/dining space, kitchen and outdoor terrace. The spring water shower (heated by the central wood-burner) is below, while the compost loo is on a separate platform, adjacent to the deck. The pods are surrounded by lovely walks and not far from from the sea. And don’t worry if you’re not the hunter-gatherer type: there’s a pub serving great food 20 minutes away. £339 for two nights.Chewton Glen, Hampshire

When this Hampshire hotel built its secluded, eco-friendly tree houses we were utterly enchanted (so enchanted that we shot the 2013 Travelwrap collection there). OK, they’ve cheated a bit: the six luxurious tree houses are actually built on stilts, but each has two suites and you can book one or, for maximum privacy, take the whole tree house. This being Chewton Glen, each suite is beautifully designed, with sinuously curvy bathrooms and a terrace with a hot tub. Breakfast comes in a hamper; lunch and dinner can also be delivered. It’s the ultimate romantic Tarzan and Jane experience so we suggest you leave the children with Granny and come à deux. From £377 per night.Fox & Hounds Hotel, Devon

This family-run country hotel is a former coaching inn, filled with antiques and set in six acres of gardens. So far, so traditional – until they decided to build a large tree house in a 200-year-old oak tree in the grounds. With two pretty wood-beamed bedrooms (one is a bunk room), kitchen, bathroom (check out the copper bath), sitting room and a large terrace overlooking the lake, it looks just like the sort of rambling, slightly eccentric affair Ernst, Fritz, Jack and Franz might have built and it's perfect for families. The downside? There’s only one of them. From £250 per night.Brockloch, Dumfries & Galloway

Set in a bluebell wood this is an eco tree house built for two. There’s a skylight directly above the double bed and another one above the bath. No children, no Wi-Fi, no terrace with hot tub – just you, the stars and the odd curious red squirrel. £150 per night.Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda

We couldn’t resist one in warmer climes: the luxury resort of Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda unveiled five gorgeous tree house suites last year, each with a wraparound terrace with panoramic views across the powder-white crescent beach, and a shaded garden patio below. The tropical tree houses, built on stilts like the ones at Chewton Glen, were originally designed by the resort’s founder, Laurance S Rockefeller, but they were completely renovated to mark the resort’s 50th birthday in 2014. From £555 per night.

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