Blackberry Wood Treehouse, East Sussex
Blackberry Wood’s Tolkienesque treehouse, set on a woodland campsite in the South Downs, playfully draws upon the asymmetry of nature. Much of the wood used was sourced directly from the surrounding forest, with great curvaceous branches seemingly growing through the floor, while re-purposed scaffolding planks lend a sense of solidity. Sprouting branches form wonky railings and a staircase up to the mezzanine eyrie, snugly sleeping two, with a second double bed cocooned beneath the bows, backed by a great wall of novels and nature books. Jaunty windows, light fittings inside perforated teapots and door handles made from old trowels add to the storybook charm, though the Tower Shower enclosed in the circular turret is surely the most fairytale feature. Perch in the window seat and the green surroundings promptly draw you back outside. The woodland subtly shelters the campsite’s other glamping treats – a converted bus, gipsy caravan and Sixties RAF search and rescue helicopter.
Treehouse stays from £175 per night (other glamping options from £40 per night); Streat, Nr Ditchling (01273 890035, blackberrywood.com)
Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders
Each of the seven roulottes (Romany-style gipsy caravans) in this Scottish wild flower meadow has its own particular colour scheme and thematic décor. From the red and gold oriental wagon beside the loch and Indianinspired retreat among the trees, to the Celtic artwork and Moroccan fabrics of their buttercupsurrounded abode. What they do all share is a moody sense of resplendence – think chaise longues, mahogany furnishings and antique bronze fittings – along with yoga sessions, beauty treatments and pre-arranged massage therapies. The largest roulottes – Zenaya and Gitana – also have wood-fired hot tubs, hidden away in a secret spot where you can bathe beneath the stars. It’s four miles to the market town of