Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Treehouses

As a child, I had a slight love affair with trees, and tree houses, and anything I could climb.

As a 4-year-old, I had a cubby platform accessible by climbing up a rope ladder. I fondly recall tea parties with my toys on that platform.

As an 8-year-old, my Dad built us a cubby house that whilst not in a tree, carried the magical possibilities that cubby houses provide. It was also adjacent to a tree with a swinging rope, which made for a wonderful combination.

As a teenager, I had a tree ideally suited to climbing, in which my friend and I constructed an impromptu tree house structure (basically, a platform).

As an adult, I still have a slight love affair with trees and tree houses.

Can you spot me? I'm up there!

This may explain why this book was given to me a few years back:


It's a fun read.

It also explains why the following tree house hotels and residences make me very happy...

The Tree House Lodge in Costa Rica


This tree house is built on stilts and can sleep up to 6 people. The price per night for 6 is US$450, or $300 for 2 people.


It's situated on a 10 acre ocean front property by Punta Uva beach, in the province of Limon. What's not to like about that?

If you did want an alternative, you could consider...



This hotel offers standard rooms, suites, tree house suits, and Tarzan suites (I wish I could figure out what they are! I'm picturing swinging ropes :D ). 

It also has treetop restaurants and amphitheaters.


Skipping hotels, you could just build yourself a tree house in the back garden, providing space was available. 

The following two examples might provide some inspiration...


This is a private residence in M√ľnster, Germany, designed by Baumraum. It sits in the owners back garden.



And...


This is another a private construction by Braumraum, this time over two levels and designed for a German family living in Hungary.


Well camouflaged!

Do you like tree houses? Would you live or stay in one? 


I would love one in my back garden, but  my current garden courtyard is clearly not up to the task...one day.

24 comments:

  1. Tree houses are fantastic! I never had one as a child although I did spend heaps of time climbing and sitting in trees. When we purchased our house years ago it came with the added bonus of a tree house but sadly my young man wasn't interested in it for long.

    All of those tree house accommodation pictures look wonderful. My husband and I stayed in one in a rainforest in Thailand years ago which was very basic yet so perfect. We had a flowing river below us and gibbons keeping us awake at night. It wouldn't have cost more than $10-15 a night!

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    1. I am going to have to visit Thailand just for that hotel! How amazing, and what an amazing price!

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  2. We had a huge tree in the backyard as kids that seemed to have the remains of a tree house that always fascinated me. Your post reminds me of my travels in turkey where I stayed in a tree house and in a cave - I love quirky accommodation - wish I could say I have experienced lots more of it but alas ...

    Having said that I am not sure I would want to live in a tree house full time but one in the backyard would be great

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    1. A tree house and a cave! What a trip - clearly I am going to have to try harder in finding those sorts of places to stay.

      I have always wondered how a full-time treehouse would work with plumbing (I fear it wouldn't!) and electricity, so yes, I think one in the backyard for occasional use would be ideal :)

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  3. Ahhh I want all of those places right in my backyard! They are amazing! My cousins had the coolest tree house growing up...it's still there but they only use it for storage now :( That's how you know it was huge...it can be used for storage!

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    1. Wow - that must be big. How fun that they got to use it growing up! I think if it was me I'd still use it now and store things elsewhere :P

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  4. I would love a tree house! My 7 year old loves to climb and he would love a tree house in our backyard. Tree houses provide hours of fun and involve imaginative play. And thanks so much for the laces. They arrived yesterday which was my birthday so that was wonderful xx

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    1. I'm so glad they reached you and that the timing worked out so well :)

      I can't even think how many hours I spent up trees as a child. So much better than nintendo or computer games, that is for sure!

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  5. so fun! I did love to climb trees and for our honeymoon we stayed in a "treehouse"- it was so fun!

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    1. Oh, how perfect for a honeymoon! Maybe I should be looking in to this possibility :P

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  6. I was totally a tree climbing kid. We didn't have a tree house as such, but there was a grove of birch trees that we made a little house in the middle of, it was great.
    I can't remember the last time I climbed a tree, but I would adore to stay in one of those tree hotels. So funny for someone who is afraid of heights but it is ok if I'm in a tree!

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    1. Me too :) So much so that I had a tendency to get stuck up trees as a child - I was completely fearless on the way up, but then couldn't always work out how to navigate back down!

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  7. There was a forest past the pasture behind our house when I was growing up in Maine. I was never officially a tomboy but every day we'd find a reason to get to the forest and make cabins, tree houses and mischief. I loved it. Those were the days when mothers put kids out in the morning with a picnic to take to the woods and we didn't come back til we were thirsty again.

    I've never been to a treehouse hotel but it looks amazing.

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    1. How I would love to be put out in the morning with a picnic to take to the woods, even now. It sounds like a wonderful childhood.

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  8. that is so funny because i too always wished i had a treehouse growing up! but alas, in suburbia the closest i could come was the towel/couch fort i made in the living room. :) i was a total tomboy too and loved tree climbing when i could find them. :) those look like some amazing places to visit...hmm, shall i start trying to pinch more pennies now?? ;)

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    1. Yes, sadly they are quite expensive places too - but it sounds from some of the earlier comments that there are some cheaper options around! And those towel / couch forts are pretty cool too ;)

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  9. Oh cool! I wanted a tree house experience so much I put it on my "30 before 30" to-do list. We stayed in a tree house on our honeymoon in the tablelands. It was pretty cool! There are others nearby, I think in the hills behind Mackay, that I wouldn't mind staying in. But these ones look pretty flash!

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    1. Wow! We are hoping to get to Queensland at some point in the next few years so maybe I'll put tree house accommodation on our To Do list for that :)

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    2. Yes! At Eungella you can go to Platypus Bush Camp, which are like tents in trees, and in the Atherton Tablelands there are treehouses galore - we stayed at Mt Quincan, which had spa baths looking out over the tops of the trees into an extinct volcanic crater, with all kinds of wildlife playing right out the window - including tree kangaroos, if you're lucky (we weren't).

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    3. Oh how fantastic - thanks Theresa :) Mr B may not know it yet but this is now in my mind for 2013!

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  10. How cool are these houses!! I have never had a treehouse before, but have always wanted one. My cousins and I used to put these chairs together and drape a bunch of blankets over them and call them our "tents".. we had such a blast!

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    1. Aww, sounds like a lot of fun :)

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  11. So amazing!! Growing up I was always building "forts" with my brothers in the woods behind our house. I would LOVE to stay in one of these....I'm seeing an addition to my bucket list!

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    1. They're definitely on mine now too!

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