5 Luxury Treehouses That Aren't Just For Kids

Young or old, who doesn’t love a treehouse?

When you’re young, they offer a space of your own to getaway with your mates, and a tiny taste of adventure as you brave an inevitably rickety homemade ladder to clamber up inside.

Desirable “must-haves” might include ropes, a lookout deck and more than likely a secret password, to truly make the place your own.

As an adult, you can have all that and more. So much more. From your classic built-in-the-tree designs, to some extraordinary feats of engineering and architecture, here are some of our favourite luxury treehouses to make your inner child squeal with delight.

Pinecone Treehouse, USA

Just like a pinecone, there's a strong symmetry to the geodesic structure. Photo: Alissa Kolom
Just like a pinecone, there’s a strong symmetry to the geodesic structure. Photo: Alissa Kolom

This fully glazed pinecone treehouse is about as far from your traditional kids’ design as it’s possible to be.

Designed and built by O2Treehouse, and suspended high in a Californian redwood forest, it offers the ultimate experience with nature.

The bathroom also blends in with the trees. Photo: Alissa Kolom
The bathroom also blends in with the trees. Photo: Alissa Kolom

The 9.4 square-metre geodesic structure has 64 diamond-shaped windows, and a ladder so long it’s likely to take your breath away – especially if you’re scared of heights. But with the outlook that offers, surely it’s worth it.

“When in a tree everything in the world is right; a calmness comes that brings with it creativity, imagination and play,” said O2Treehouse founder Dustin Feider.

An extra-long ladder provides access. Photo: Alissa Kolom
An extra-long ladder provides access. Photo: Alissa Kolom

Fairytale Treehouse, South Africa

The House Paarman treehouse was designed by Malan Vorster.
The House Paarman treehouse was designed by Malan Vorster. Photo: Adam Letch

Who could imagine a brief for a cabin-like one-bedroom hideaway on this tree-rich site in Cape Town would lead to the creation of this three-storey beauty?

Designed by Malan Vorster, the building barely touches the ground, with steel “trunks” piercing the floors and ceilings, just as they would in a traditional treehouse.

Each floor comprises a square-shaped living space and semi-circular areas, circumscribed by overhead steel circles.
Each floor comprises a square-shaped living space and semi-circular areas, circumscribed by overhead steel circles. Photo: Adam Letch

It’s complex architecture is based on a square, with each side divided into modules that determine the diameter of a circle on each side of the square, creating a pin-wheel layout.

In reality, the result is an open and spacious fairytale hideaway that, thanks to the walls being glazed on three sides, is flooded with natural light and has space for a patio, dining alcove, and even a plant room. Bliss.

The views from the upper level bedroom are expansive, to say the least.
The views from the upper level bedroom are expansive, to say the least. Photo: Adam Letch

Origin Treehouse, France

The Origin Treehouse was designed by Marco Lavit.
The Origin Treehouse was designed by Marco Lavit. Photo: Marco Lavit Nicora

Dreaming of getting away from it all? Sitting 10m up a giant oak tree in a small forest in France, the Origin Treehouse is a hotel room with a difference.

Inspired by a bird’s nest, architect Marco Lavit used interlocking wooden slats to create the octagonal space which wraps around a 100-year-old oak tree.

The trunk of the 100-year-old oak is a central feature. The ladder leads up to a private rooftop terrace.
The trunk of the 100-year-old oak is a central feature. The ladder leads up to a private rooftop terrace. Photo: Marco Lavit Nicora

The interior is light and bright, with huge windows and customised furniture.

To get inside, you have to climb to a platform on a tree that’s 30m away to be able to access the walkway that takes you into the heart of the nest. But this isn’t any old platform – this one has a heated spa and lounging area.

The Inhabit Treehouse, USA

The Inhabit Treehouse overlooks the Catskills mountain range in Woodstock, New York.
The Inhabit Treehouse overlooks the Catskills mountain range in Woodstock, New York. Photo: Martin Dimitrov

This picture perfect treehouse cabin in Woodstock, NY, is the ultimate woodland escape.

Designed by Antony Gibbon Design and fully wrapped in timber, the cantilevered cabin makes the most of its outlook over the lake and to the mountains beyond, through floor to ceiling glazing in the open plan living area.

The wood interior is warm and cosy.
The wood interior is warm and cosy. Photo: Martin Dimitrov

It’s not hard to imagine firing up the woodburner and cosying up in style while you sit back, relax and watch nature do its thing.

If you’re after a more immersive experience, there are balconies either side of the living area and a large terrace underneath that leads to the lake and a hot tub.

In the kitchen, the oven, cooktop and sink are all positioned within the island.
In the kitchen, the oven, cooktop and sink are all positioned within the island. Photo: Martin Dimitrov

Part ship, part treehouse, USA

The five-storey treehouse was built in 1978 by architect William Isley.
The five-storey treehouse was built in 1978 by architect William Isley. Photo: Zillow/Erik Hecht

Nestled among 60-metre-tall cedar trees just outside Seattle, this is no ordinary treehouse.

The impressive five-storey home, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, was built using reclaimed wood and, in a nod to the local maritime industry, salvaged ship parts.

The living area includes four salvaged wood beams from a 100-year-old Douglas fir tree.
The living area includes four salvaged wood beams from a 100-year-old Douglas fir tree. Photo: Zillow/Erik Hecht

Porthole windows feature on the ground floor, alongside salvaged wood beams from a 100-year-old fir tree in the living area.

Former owner Jason McLennan, the designer and environmentalist who worked on Leonardo Dicaprio’s eco-friendly resort in Belize, described it as “nature’s paradise”.

The ground level opens out to an outdoor pond.
The ground level opens out to an outdoor pond. Photo: Zillow/Erik Hecht

“Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact,” he said. “You feel like you’re in a special place when you’re there.”

Source: https://www.domain.com.au/living/5-luxury-treehouses-that-arent-just-for-kids-972320/

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