There’s nothing like a treehouse to awaken your inner child. From urban dwellings to gravity-defying forest capsules, here are seven treetop homes fit for adults and kids alike. As an added bonus, you can even buy one of them and live the high life all year round…
The Urban Treehouse, Berlin, Germany
This pair of treehouses are sited on the edge of the Grunewald forest, close to Berlin. Designed by architect Andreas Wenning to mimic the shape of a tree, their 28 sq m cabins are elevated 4 metres high.
Living areas comprise an open-plan bed and living room, and a small kitchen and bathroom. The winning space is the roof terrace, however, which puts you at eye level with the surrounding tree tops and their feathered inhabitants.
Within walking distance of bakeries, restaurants and beer gardens, the Urban Treehouse isn’t exactly a remote cabin, but it’s ideal for exploring nearby lakes Krumme Lanke and Schlachtensee. They’re available to rent via Urlaubsarchitektur, POA.
Casa Barthel, near Florence, Tuscany
Casa Barthel is an architect-designed tree house that sits on stilts overlooking the Tuscan countryside. It might be on the small side, but it packs in everything it needs: a queen size canopy bed, wood burning stove, compact kitchen, rain shower and WC, which is discreetly hidden behind the bedroom.
Close to the Duomo and an hour’s drive from Siena, it’s an ideal launch pad for exploring Tuscany. Treehouse Casa Barthel also has access to olive groves, a kitchen garden, tennis court and small swimming pool that belong to the main house. Sleeping two people, it’s available for £285 per night through Canopy and Stars.
Trunkquillity Tree House, Monmouth, UK
Trunkquillity is ‘a real treehouse, built up in trees’. Fitted with the same amenities you’d expect in an earth-bound home, the property has an open-plan kitchen and living room which opens out onto a wide deck.
A spiral staircase leads up to the master bedroom and bathroom, with views over the treehouse’s private fishing lake and woodlands.
It’s also been kitted out with modcons including zone-controlled mood lighting and a Bang and Olufsen sound system. If you’re considering arriving in style, it even has its own private helipad… Prices start at £200 per night.
Casatorena, Los Angeles, USA
Most treehouses are found in backyards, but this 1948 Spanish Revival property in Silver Lake puts a sophisticated spin on that relationship by using its ‘tree-deck’ as an outside entertainment space. Accessed via ‘an an automated staircase that goes up and down at your command’, the platform offers views over West LA, Los Feliz and Hollywood.
Elsewhere, the cosy 1,317-sq-ft house home has three bedrooms, a high spec-kitchen and a large outside patio with fireplace and separate barbecue area. It’s on the market via Sotheby’s for $1.7m.
Furnas Cabin, Outes, Spain
A simple timber cabin in Outes, Furnas Cabin sits 6-metres above the ground on a series of thin stilts, accessed via an elevated walkway. It has its own wooden deck and hot tub facilities, and inside, there’s a woodburning stove, bathroom, double bed and sofa that sleeps up to three guests. It’s available for £106 per night via Airbnb.
The Cabin, Harads, Sweden
This gravity-defying capsule is suspended above the ground between four trees, overlooking the Lule River Valley in Sweden. The 24m-long floating hut is designed by architects Cyrén and Cyrén Mårten, and has its own bathroom, private deck, accessed via a long, horizontal bridge.
Sleeping two, the Cabin is part of the Treehotel, a series of individual ‘treerooms’ that include ‘The Mirrorcube’ and a sci-fi inspired UFO hut which ‘hovers’ in the air. All offer private accommodation, while a restaurant, sauna, relaxation area and bar are offered nearby at Britta’s pensionat. Prices start from 4,000 SEK.
Shunya Gor, Goa, India
Made from wood, steel and canvas, Shunya Gor is a ‘treetop beach bungalow’ designed to open up to the outdoors and stay cool in the heat of the Goan sun. We’re cheating a little bit here as it’s technically not a treehouse so much as ‘tree-adjacent’, but the master bedroom and verandah are set at canopy level, looking out onto the surrounding woodland.
The rest of the house, including the living room and bathroom, is relatively open to the elements, and there’s 24-hour-housekeeping and a chef on campus. Shunya Gor also has access to a lap and plunge pool should you need to cool off, plus it’s a short walk from Ashwem beach. Available via Airbnb, it’s a steal at £71 per night.