Speekhout Tree House
Hidden in a secluded Baviaanskloof valley is a cute hobbit-like tree house tucked into a dense thicket. The main building has been built into the boughs of an ancient sprawling wild peach while the outdoor picnic and braaing area below is enclosed by ferns, bromeliads and other verdant plants. The tree has been allowed to grow up through the floors, into the rooms and through the ceiling and, like the inside of a yacht, the house (which sleeps six comfortably) has been designed to conserve space yet be warm, cosy and functional. There is a fully equipped kitchenette built onto the trunk, and an outdoor shower on an elevated deck. There is also a skylight above one of the beds which, when opened, affords you a view of the boughs and the stars. The floors are wooden and earthy coloured, the roof is canvas and bamboo and the beds are tucked around branches that flow through the indoor living area. The house feels as alive as the tree is. If you had a tree house when you were a kid, you will fall in love with this place. Bilbo Baggins eat your heart out.