Tree­house hide­away

Fairlady - - FLY FINDS - tree­house-acc. co.za – Liza

IF you’re look­ing for a week­end hide­away far from traf­fic, shop­ping malls and cell­phone re­cep­tion, I’ve got just the thing: the whim­si­cal Sy­camore Av­enue Tree­houses on the Mid­lands Me­an­der in KwaZulu-Natal.

About 18 years ago, orig­i­nal own­ers and artists Bruce and Glo­ria At­wood cre­ated these im­pres­sive struc­tures. In 2009, Glo­ria’s nephew, Gary Els, and his daugh­ters took over own­er­ship to con­tinue the unique con­cept. ‘If we can’t fly with birds, we can at least nest with them,’ says Candice Els.

There are six themed tree­houses that each boast a spa bath, pri­vate bal­cony and cosy fire­places. The Pe­ga­sus tree­house was my home for a night. It has beau­ti­ful views of the Drak­ens­berg – I re­ally felt at one with na­ture, nes­tled up in the trees. They serve a full English break­fast and a three-course din­ner in the evenings.

Gary plans to ex­pand some in the fu­ture. The next tree­house, Nep­tune, al­ready boasts a wooden door with the god of the ocean carved on it.

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