Gallery: 6 High-Flying Treehouses for the True Escapist

 
Summer is here, and there’s only one thing on our minds - vacation! And what better way to escape hot and sticky city life than visiting a treehouse retreat? Part childhood fantasy, part all-natural oasis, these tree houses range from rustic to luxurious. Check out our gallery to see six of our absolute favorites - from Sweden's stunning Treehotel to Baumraum's elegant treetop retreat, Dre Wapenaar's raindrop-shaped Treetents, and the swirling Yellow Treehouse Restaurant.

TREEHOTEL

FINCA BELLAVISTA

BAUMRAUM

FREE SPIRIT ECO SPHERE

YELLOW TREEHOUSE RESTAURANT

TREETENTS

Head up to the Pacific Northwest and buy or rent your very own hanging treehouse that looks more like a place an Ewok or Jules Verne would call home. The spacey spheres, designed by Tom Chudleigh, are handmade from fiberglass and local woods. Strung up from neighboring trees, each pod can sleep up to four, and can be hooked up to an electric line.

German Architects Baumraum are known for their extraordinary treehouses, and this one at World of Living is no different. Located in Rheinau Baden-Linx, Germany, this treehouse rests on spindly spider legs, almost 3 storeys above the ground. Inside, the vaulted ceilings are lined with giant oak leaf wallpaper, which emulates a tree canopy. Guests can relax on the rotating chairs, and take in the views of the park.

Want more treehouse goodness? Check out the rest of our roundup here or by clicking through our gallery.

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4 Comments

  1. natalie09 August 11, 2012 at 4:36 am

    you can see the interior. just click on the name of the tree house below, it will send you to more pictures.

  2. angeloak August 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Do tree houses hurt trees? According to TreeTopBuilders, “Yes. Let’s just get that out of the way. You can’t walk within twice the radius or drip line of a tree without compressing the soil where its roots are trying to absorb nutrients from the air pockets that used to be there before you compressed it. Digging holes or using pin foundations (for posts to support the treehouse from the ground) cuts some of the small absorbing roots, even when no big roots are cut. Drilling holes into trees to install tree house fasteners hurts trees. Treehouses are not natural and I have never seen a tree house that did not at least temporarily cause the tre e some amount of stress.” http://www.treetopbuilders.net/faqs.html

  3. woodbadge237 July 13, 2011 at 6:31 am

    Would love to see the interiors of the wonderful creations as well as some of the other designs you show

  4. ssocolick July 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I would have loved to see the insides…

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