Were you lucky enough to have your own tree house as a kid?
The humble tree house was once a small shack in the garden where we played with friends, escaped from our parents and hosted many a sleepover. Dads with little construction experience would bang a few pieces of wood together, attach a rope ladder to the entrance and Bob’s your uncle…a tree house.
But nowadays it’s not just kids – everyone wants one, with tree houses evolving into something of a luxury rural retreat, equipped with windows, electricity and insulation.
It’s fair to say modern-day tree houses are a far cry from the shacks of yesteryear. Varnished staircases have replaced the dodgy-looking rope ladder, while sturdy doors have replaced Grandma’s old pair of curtains. In fact, many modern tree houses boast verandas, hot tubs, multi-levels and fully-furnished living spaces.
So…it seems like people really do want to experience the ‘high life’ – and we don’t blame them. Tree houses are a great base from which couples and families can connect with – and explore – the great outdoors. They are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living and offer a rare chance for you to be completely surrounded by nature, whether you’re nestled deep in the forest or perched on the edge of the rolling countryside. Bliss.
As house prices rise, more people are choosing tree houses as their permanent homes as they are eco-friendly and make for sustainable living. There are also tonnes of tree house hotels popping up all over the UK, so what’s stopping you?
For the optimum outdoor experience, why not combine a tree-top stay with a tree-top adventure at Go Ape? There, you’ll spend the afternoon tackling rope ladders, whizzing down zip wires and swinging through trees as you take on the UK’s number one forest adventure.