In the well-known nineteenth century youngsters’s e-book, when the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson have the chance to depart their treehouse on their remoted island, most of the household select to stay. And they didn’t even have the designer luxuries of Dittisham Hideaway’s toe-warming under-floor heating, recent herbs rising subsequent to the entrance door, Nespresso coffeemaker and table-football on the balcony.
Four timbered treehouses are a part of an idyllic rural Devon escape that make-up the Dittisham Hideaway. In addition, there may be an American Dream of a silver-gleaming 1956 Airstream caravan and 5 larger-than-average, artisan-crafted Shepherds Lodges.
Forget any notions of inelegantly clambering up rope ladders and hanging out within the branches.These 4 tree homes – Buzzard, Pheasant, Woodpecker and Owl – will not be perched within the branches. They are high-end residences curling and curving via the timber. The Pheasant, Owl and Woodpecker tree homes are all canine pleasant.
Loosen the paws on a round stroll of the Hideaway property, earlier than heading for South Hams’ hill walks and seashores.
Three days earlier than arrival, we obtain an e-mail with the code to the property’s electrical gate and a second code for the important thing field by Buzzard’s entrance door.
A welcome catering pack of bread, cereals, crisps, jam, orange juice and sachets of scorching chocolate await us. Butter and milk are chilling within the fridge too.
Open plan, below a domed yurt-style ceiling, the kitchen flows into the lounge and the lounge flows into the main bedroom. Sun ray wood struts lead upwards to the glass centrepiece of a roof that offers views to the celebs. Cream, inexperienced and flashes of arboreal brown make up the pastoral palette.
Above the cedar wooden flooring, textiles vary from the tender pure wools of the throws, via bronzey hare sculptures, to the nautical rope piping. A five-foot vast mattress is wearing an eco-friendly, Devon Duvet handcrafted from the wools of the southwest. Thoughtfully designed bedrooms have studying lights, bedside tables and plugs for phone-charging on each side of the mattress. Each treehouse is probably a romantic Hansel and Greta retreat for 2.
Or flip proper from the doorway corridor into household time. Under a smaller yurt dome, there’s a triple-bunked bed room subsequent door to a household toilet.
Sinuously curving and apostrophe formed, bathe rooms characteristic in each the household toilet and the main bedroom en-suite.
An ingenious design, following the exterior curving wall, helps maintain water on the enterprise finish of the rainfall bathe. Environmentally pleasant toiletries are by Basic Earth.
For summer time residing, a balcony curves across the treehouse providing services that these well-known tree-dwellers Tarzan and Jane would by no means even have dreamed of. A hammock and patio furnishings are prepared for leisure.
Next to the BBQ there may be an al fresco eating desk. Pride of place goes to a wood-heated hot-tub. More cerebrally, an outside, outsize chess set is set-up for play.
Inside, the spacious kitchen is so well-equipped that you possibly can host a cocktail party – after which sweep all of the crockery and cutlery into the dishwasher. If truth, there’s most likely sufficient tools to prepare dinner a Christmas dinner. A washer and ironing board are discretely hidden away in a big cabinet.
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A five-minute drive takes company to Dittisham’s carpark after which a downhill stroll to the jetty for the ferries. Ring the bell and a ferry ought to quickly seem for the brief River Dart crossing to Greenway.
Agatha Christie’s former house is now cared for by the National Trust. Following a extra formal timetable, a ferry sails alongside the River Dart to and from Dartmouth.
Few company can resist a go to to the pretty-in-pink, waters-edge Ferryboat Inn. The FBI, because it likes to be recognized, has a menu with dishes identify checking J Edgar Hoover and likewise Agatha Christie and Miss Marple. Comforting sticky toffee-pudding and a zingy treacle tart, are amongst among the greatest puds served within the south-west. Another superlative is the FBI’s declare, exhausting to dispute, to have among the finest pub window views on this planet.
If you might be eager to self-cater, Dartmouth’s supermarkets are a mere 10-minute drive for buying. Then it’s straightforward to drive on to go to crab-sandwich and ferries Dartmouth. Alternatively, you possibly can head west to the white sand seaside of Blackpool Sands or Slapton Sands.
If you tire of self-catering, visits from a personal chef could be booked. As can the providers of a cellular therapeutic massage therapist and a cellular magnificence therapist.
Other good touches
Complimentary wine chilling within the fridge and a decanter of sloe gin is able to pour.
The first bag of logs and kindling, for the wooden burner, is complimentary. Guests may also help themselves to runner beans and peas from the vegetable beds in season.
For 2023, the worth per evening for a treehouse begins from £275 per evening.
The different properties at Dittisham Hideaway, the Shepherds Lodges and the Airstream Caravan, begin from £195 per evening.
The greatest bit
These quirky, top-end treehouses pay homage to the late Peter de Savary’s willingness to again daring design and inventive aptitude – nonetheless difficult the placement.
As you stroll via Dittisham Hideaway’s 12 acres of woodland, look out for Mark Bell’s sculptural assortment, Dancing to the Sounds of Nature, which features a squirrel on saxophone and a spider enjoying the drums.
The ultimate verdict
Forget the glamping phrase. These supremely well-designed treehouses are on one other stage. Peter and Lana de Savary have introduced 5 star lodge requirements to the treehouse.
Dittisham Hideaway is a year-round vacation spot. Whether it’s for gloriously straightforward summer-living or for a comfy spot of far-from-the-madding-crowd winter hibernation.
Disclosure: Our keep was sponsored by Dittisham Hideaway.