Speekhout Tree House

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes -

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.

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