The Dragonfly — Harads, Sweden
The Dragonfly is another treehouse suite located at the Treehotel. At nearly 560 square feet, this is by far the largest treehouse at the hotel. Situated on the lush hillside, the large panoramic windows present truly awe-inspiring views of the valley below. The exterior is made out of sheet metal and is covered in wood to more aptly mesh with the surroundings. Over time, the wood will slowly darken to more seamlessly blend with the lush pine tree forest. The Dragonfly is designed to accommodate up to four adults for about $940 per night.
Punta Jaguar — Matapalo, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Punta Jaguar is a three-story treehouse in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle. The structure has no exterior walls, allowing for better cross-ventilation, and, most importantly, breathtaking 360-views of the surrounding forest and wildlife. That said, guests can always close the large curtains if they prefer to wallow in the dark. The first story includes a living room and two bedrooms, while the second and third each house additional living quarters. You can be the king or queen of your own jungle oasis for a single occupancy rate of $206 a night, or split the treehouse with friends. Your call.
Lago Lomita Vineyard Treehouse — Monterey Bay, California
This Airbnb treehouse listing — located in Los Gatos, California — is situated on the grounds of the Lago Lomita Vineyards. At 400 square feet, the treehouse may not be the spacious; however, the views are virtually unparalleled. The large deck also offers guests the chance to take in the exceptional sights of Monterey Bay. It’s able to accommodate two guests at a time, too, rendering it a steal at $220 a night. Sadly, wine is not included. Check out this listing on Airbnb for more information.
Aroma(n)tica Treehouse — Alessandria, Italy
The Aroma(n)tica Treehouse is proof that not every treehouse sits in a densely lined grove of trees. The quaint structure rests on a sprawling estate overlooking the rolling hills of Italy, flanked by the pungent fragrances of linden trees, magnolias, hollies, and a mélange of aromatic herbs. The property also features an 18,000-square-foot garden, along with an age-old wine cellar housing an ancient press and barrels of wine. The minimalist, one-bedroom space serves as an Airbnb, accommodating up to two guests for $160, with easy access to nearby hiking trails and cycling routes exploring the surrounding scenery. The front porch and chic interior design are subtle, sure, but that only adds to the bare-bones appeal. Find out more here.
Origin tree house — Raray, France
Architecture studio Atelier Lavit built this treehouse in the woods of Raray, a commune in northern France, near the castle Chateau Raray. Despite the ancient surroundings, the treehouse itself is unmistakably modern, with the exterior composed of straight, interlaced wood planks. Atelier-Lavit claims the geometric design draws on birds’ nests for inspiration. With 23 square meters (roughly 247 square feet) of space, it’s a cozy building, with a bedroom, bathroom, and lounge with a view of the surrounding forest. The interior has a raw look, brimming with natural light, so renters can feel at home among the trees. The addition of a suspended bridge leading to the treehouse, and a rooftop terrace, make it a cool spot for adventurous travelers.
Photo: Marco Lavit Nicora/Atalier Lavit
The Minister’s Treehouse — Crossville, Tennessee
A minister named Horace Burgess built this massive treehouse after, as he put it, receiving divine inspiration; while praying, he claims God said “If you build me a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” Burgess built the 97-foot tall, approximately 10,000-square-foot structure over the course of roughly a decade. It allegedly contains more than 80 rooms, including a church and a belltower, and many have called it the world’s largest treehouse.
Although Burgess made the treehouse open to the public, the Tennessee Fire Marshall closed it down in 2012, as it did not meet regulations. Despite the closure, people still hop the fence and explore, as many a review on Yelp and TripAdvisor will attest.
Photo: Michael Hicks/Getty Images
The Bird’s Nest — Harads, Sweden
If the angular-birds’-nest look of the Origin treehouse is too artificial for your taste, how about something a bit more organic? Another stunning installation at Sweden’s Treehotel, The Bird’s Nest mimics the look of its namesake, at least on the outside. The inside looks like a modern hotel room, with beds and a living area, although not a ton of window coverage. Treehotel has a restaurant nearby, so guests won’t need to forage for seed.
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