“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” ~Kali Gibran
The treehouse has become more than just a fairy tale-like hideout or an exotic living place in far-away lands. For those who seek to realize some of their greatest childhood dreams and are looking for a unique way to recharge and relax, architects and designers now offer some unbelievable treehouses and hotels for holidays and romantic getaway. The ultimate perch from which to contemplate life.
Suite Bleue, La Piantata, Arlenda Di Castro, Italy, A centuries-old majestic oak is home to Suite Bleue, one of two treehouses at La Piantata Bed & Breakfast in Italy’s northern Lazio region -the countryside between Tuscany & Rome. The simple red-cedar building was constructed in France by the Provence-based specialty firm La Cabane Perchée and transported to a sprawling field of lavender on the resort’s estate. Guests can explore the property’s olive grove, pick organic fruits and vegetables from the garden, and enjoy homemade lavender honey, extra virgin olive oil & lavender beauty products. Bellissimo!
Châteaux Dans Les Arbres, Bergerac, France, A mystical, magical castle in the trees, designed to echo the architecture of the traditional French châteaux. Rémi, the owner, with experience building treehouses over the length and breadth of France, has a desire to create unusual and luxurious spaces to stay, all while preserving the environment. Certainly a beautiful, peaceful perch amongst chestnut & oak trees to relax, with the rolling French countryside of the Dordogne surrounding you, hot tub and terrace with panoramic views, and a chef on hand if you need one. Faire le pont!
Temple of the Blue Moon, TreeHouse Point, Washington, Dense foliage and an abundance of species means that the Northwest of America has seen increasing numbers of treehouses popping up in its canopies. Treehouse expert Pete Nelson built this structure on his land in Fall City, Washington. Available for weddings and special events -accessible via rope bridge only, this treehouse was built with nature and spiritual connection in mind. Nelson, an architect, contractor, and renowned tree house builder -whose written several books on the subject, has spearheaded a growing treehouse revival that inspires the kid in all of us.
Mirrorcube, Harads, Sweden, At the Treehotel in northern Sweden -a kind of boutique hotel consisting of six high-design luxury treehouses -this aluminum-and-mirrored-glass cube appears to float above the forest floor and, from certain vantage points, disappear entirely, completely fusing with nature. The design, by architecture firm Tham & Videgård, includes a skylight and a roof terrace, and the light-filled interior is clad in birch and outfitted with furniture by iconic Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
4 Tree House, Lake Muskoka, Ontario, Overlooking Ontario’s beautiful Lake Muskoka, posing as a Japanese lantern on stilts, this summer retreat is perched above a deer reserve. Lukasz Kos of the Toronto firm Four O Nine designed the contemporary triplex, which utilizes steel cables anchored to the tree trunks with only a puncture hole in each of the four trunks, the result is a delicate balance between the walls and the trees weightlessly in midair. When lit from within, the lattice-like frame illuminates the surrounding forest.
Chalkley Treehouse, Lion Sands Game Reserve, Africa, The Chalkley Treehouse -originally built as a photographers platform, is now a lavish oasis under the African stars, with all the comforts that a guest can experience at a five-star safari lodge. Lion Sands is an award-winning private game reserve situated in the southern Sabi Sands Game Reserve and is the only private reserve to have access to the perennial Sabie River, which it shares with Kruger National Park. The Game Reserve is home to magnificent wildlife, including Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Lions. The property is made up of luxury villas and pavilions and the Ivory Lodge. A stay in Chalkley Tree house, located 10 minutes from the Lodge, in the middle of the reserve = pretty spectacular. Left with nothing more than outstanding South African food and wine and a radio to communicate back to the lodge if needed, alone to enjoy the night stars, surrounded by the sounds of African Wildlife!
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California, As past of the acclaimed eco luxury resort known for its organic architecture, the Tree House rooms are cleverly designed freestanding modern structures built on post foundation in harmony with nature -blending in with the Santa Lucia Mountains. Perched high above the Big Sur cliffs with views of the Ventana Mountains, they are set close enough to the soaring Redwoods to give the illusion, especially from the inside looking out, that they are built in the trees. Swing open the huge metal copper front door at the top of the stairs and the Post Ranch Inn awaits you -equally as impressive as the drive is to get there. Luxurious and zen-like, this rustic enchanted forest with Pacific Ocean views is astonishingly beautiful and romantic. A place that will stir your soul and awaken your senses!
Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air by Philip Jodidio, Hardcover, 352 pgs, 2013
The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Treehouses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. This stunningly-illustrated study offers a tour of the best tree houses in the world, some designed by architects, others the work of unknown craftsmen. A teahouse, a restaurant, a hotel, a playhouse for children, or a perch from which to contemplate life -the treehouse can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, treehouses make the most of space. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of treehouses and enjoy a new perspective on the world.
50 treehouses from around the world
Covers all different styles, from romantic to modern
Every house is depicted in several photos as well as one illustration by artist Patrick Hruby from Los Angeles (who also created the book’s cover artwork)