Blending modern elegance with rugged wilderness, Verte – hidden in Devon’s Chevithorne Barton estate – is a restorative, wild-but-luxurious tree-house escape. Always taking bookings but almost always booked up, you’ll want to snap this one up way in advance.
Look Inside: Light-Filled Grown-Up Treehouse Tucked Away in Devon
Enveloped in the Devon wilderness – with floor to ceiling windows that really make the most of it – Verte is a grown-up treehouse tucked away in the Chevithorne Barton estate, home to the UK’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Oak trees.
A RIBA award winner – which celebrates outstanding architecture – the treehouse is tall and broad, yet blends in seamlessly with the wooded landscape, with a unique shape of its own. Perched on a hill, Verte celebrates its surrounding environment, with cathedral-like lightness and high ceilings. Wraparound windows peer into bird nests outside, and natural dappled sunshine floods the property in the morning, accompanied by nearby birdsong.
A large dining table – carved from timber found on the estate – encourages togetherness, as does the circular fireplace which, in colder months, takes centre stage, crackling as guests gather round. Four bedrooms offer quiet escapes, but you will most likely want to venture into the woodfired hot tub or surrounding nature: in spring, wander through magnolias; in autumn, soak up the blaze of colour and feel the crunchy leaves beneath your boots.
Further afield, wildflower meadows, tree swings, a flat lawn and two rowing lakes allow for easy recreation, whether that’s a family game of football, a paddle, or simply relaxing with a good book. Nearby, Exmoor National Park is ideal for hiking lovers, with tors and ravines, cosy tearooms, gentle rivers and a dramatic coastline.