Castles, UFOs And Private Jets: 23 Unbelievable Treehouses That Are Better Than Your Dream House
After reading this, you'll definitely want to quit your jobs and move to the wilderness
Everyone wants a treehouses – whether they’re 8 or 80 years old. But why?
Maybe it’s some primordial instinct to live like apes? Or just a childhood fantasy come true? I mean, who didn’t want to live in that epic palace of a treehouse in Hook.
We’ve picked out 23 of the very best treehouses in the world to distract you from whatever you’re meant to be doing today…. Trust us, it’s worth scrolling through.
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
This is a genius idea – rescue a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 from San José airport in Costa Rica and turn it into a luxury hotel suite. The furniture inside is made from handcrafted teak, it’s got two queen size beds, air con, flat screen TV and views of the ocean. Just check out the interior…
Architect Peter Bahouth from Atlanta, USA built three treehouses in his backgarden (why does everyone in America have such ginormous gardens?!) named ‘Mind’, ‘Body’ and ‘Spirit’. They’re all connected by wooden bridges. Spiritual stuff.
Just north of Auckland, you’ll find this yellow treehouse restaurant perched in a 40m high redwood tree. It’s like having dinner in a giant wooden egg.
Sanya Nanshan, China
Big Beach In The Sky is a great name for this wooden palace, tucked high up in an old tamarind tree, overlooking the South China Sea in the Sanya Nanshan region of China. It’s just a matter of steps from the sea – and it sleeps six people, so you can literally pretend you’re Swiss Family Robinson.
Created by German architects Baumraum, this ultra-modern treehouse is made of native oak and inside the walls are decorated with tree leaves, so it feels like you’re lying in the treetops. Which you, technically, are.
Treehouse? Check. Turrets? Check? Hot tub? Double check. This has got to be the most well kitted-out treetop pad yet.
Around The Oak, Germany
German treehouse extraordinaries Baumraum are back again with this 11m high hideout. Domed windows, a bed and a sun terrace. What more could you need?
Holmes Beach, Florida, USA
It doesn’t get more idyllic than this beach treehouse overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, right? Shame the owners were told by the local authorities they had to tear it down (it violated building codes) or face a $500 fine per day!
The Mystery Treehouse
We’ve no idea where this masterful creation came from, but we like it. A lot.
Vancouver Island, Canada
Handcrafted wooden balls with beds on Vancouver Island, Canada? Yes please.
Long Island, New York, USA
Not towering above us, but probably the cosiest cabin we’ve seen so far. Apparently it’s called Falcon’s Nest, according to photographer Pete Nelson who’s made an entire book filled with mega treehouses, called New Treehouses Of The World.
I mean, c’mon, that spiral staircase just says it all. You can actually stay here – it’s just €129 per night!
Blue Forest build luxury treehouses for a living – and they’re based in the UK. Just look inside this one – it’s swanky as! It’s two treehouses – one for kids, the other for adults – joined by a rope bridge. That secret trapdoor leads to a games room by the way. You can check out more on their website here.
Deer and bear are commonly spotted wandering under this treehouse, suspended 50ft off the forest floor in Washington, USA. Heidi and Paul Danilchik built it to remember Heidi’s dad, a keen mountaineer. Read more about how they built it here.
Koh Kood, Thailand
Fancy eating your dinner in a bamboo pod, hoisted above the forest in Thailand? The Soneva Kiri resort in Koh Kood, Thailand just made restaurant dining even better – your waiters will serve your food via. zipline. I know, it’s like something out of Thunderbirds.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
When interior designer Alexandra Meyn couldn’t find a job, she knew there was only one thing for it – she had to built in a treehouse… in the middle of a city. She only had a $400 budget, so sourced cheap materials and found windows to construct it. There’s a whole New York Times interview with the lady herself here.
Fall City, Washington, USA
Just 30 minutes drive from Seattle, you’ll find a warren of treehouses hidden in the forest that you can stay in, or even just take a tour around. This one – Temple of the Blue Moon – sleeps two and you can even hear the river from your bed.
Elkhorn, Wisconsin, USA
I think we’ve just found the best place on earth. This treehouse is part of Camp Wandawega. It’s a proper rustic camp in the middle of the Wisconsin wilderness. I mean really rustic. They even recommend you take this questionnaire before arriving, to see if you can handle toads in the shower and an 80-year-old squeaky bedframe. Still it looks pretty rad…
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