Treehouse Adventure

Treehouse 6

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to live in a tree, or at least in the woods. After watching Hook all those years ago – with the lost boys living in the trees in those amazing tree-houses – I always wanted to have one of my own.

Treehouse steps

My sister Sarah turned 25 this June and my Mum decided to book us into the West Lexham Glamping site in late August for a birthday treat – which has a number of tents and – of course – treehouses. There are at least three smaller treehouses and a large treehouse called the Sunrise Treehouse, which sleeps around 6-7 people. West Lexham is in Norfolk, one of our favourite places in the UK, so it was a great spot for day trips and exploring.

Front Door

West Lexham is situated on an eco-friendly site – they have a Garden Kitchen for everyone’s use, and use eco-friendly solutions for water and electricity. There weren’t any Wi-Fi or plug sockets in the tents and treehouses themselves, although the Kitchen had plug sockets, and the main areas had Wi-Fi! I actually felt as if it would have been better without, making the experience more relaxing. Having said that, it comes in handy.

What can I say about the Sunrise Treehouse? It was absolutely beautiful. There were trees going through the floorboards and in most of the rooms, so it truly did feel as though you were sleeping in the trees. The house was lit with solar powered fairy lights which gave the place a magical quality, although we did discover that it was so dark in the woods in the evenings that the lights were not enough.

Ivy

There were also candle lanterns but again, these didn’t give enough light for much – we had to use torches for reading and speaking to each other (seeing as Sarah and I needed to lipread). There was a fire in the main area of the treehouse which gave off a bit more light when it was at full blaze. We were mostly too tired in the evenings to talk much, and I had my Kindle which has its own backlight anyway!

Fire Pit 3

There was a firepit in the main area of the site, which we only used once, but Dan and Sarah had a lot of fun building it up. Sarah spent a bit of time burning stray receipts from her bag…

Burning Receipts

Walking to the bathroom blocks in the pitch dark of the woods was a little creepy but I’ve stayed on enough campsites before that it didn’t feel too bad – more like an adventure. We used our iPhone torches to light the way and it was only a couple of minutes walk from the treehouse. It got very cold at night, and as there isn’t any heat apart from the fire, we lit it every evening. I loved the cosiness of it, and the fact that the woods were so quiet, you could hear the crackling of the fire.

Toadstool

There is a part of me that wishes I could escape away from things like this more often, but it was a bucket list experience. We may return one day, as it’s such a great place for exploring Norfolk and relaxing. You definitely need a car for travelling around Norfolk though – especially if you want to go to places like Holkham Bay or Wells – which are about 30 minutes drive away. It’s worth it though – there are so many beautiful towns, forests, and beaches to explore.

‘Of all the delectable islands the Neverland is the snuggest and most compact, not large and sprawly, you know, with tedious distances between one adventure and another, but nicely crammed. When you play at it by day with the chairs and table-cloth, it is not in the least alarming, but in the two minutes before you go to sleep it becomes very nearly real. That is why there are night-lights.’ – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Ana Ávila says:

    This pictures are beautiful! I hope you had an amazing time.

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      We did! Thank you 🙂

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      1. Ana Ávila says:

        OMG! I typed “this”… I meant “these” lol. Sorry, english is not my first language.

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      2. Liz Ward says:

        No worries! 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, your pictures and descriptions really bring out the magic of your experience and of trees. This reminds me of when we moved into our house in Wiltshire, 11 years ago. There were the remains of an apple tree at the foot of our garden, not much more than a stump with a few random branches sticking out. Our kids were 2 and 3 at the time. After about a year my husband was able to build a platform base on top of the stump, and then made a small one-roomed tree house for the kids and their friends which gave a good five years of fun before the tree finally lost all of its roots and had to be demolished. What was extra special, though, was that one day, out of the blue, a lady knocked at the door who had been born and grew up in our house. Crazy as it might sound there was something about her that I liked and trusted and I knew she was telling the truth so invited her in to look around. When she saw the tree house she was delighted as she said that she and her four siblings had loved playing in the apple tree (we never knew how it had come to die) and it gave her a lot of pleasure to see the tree still being enjoyed by the children of the house. Sorry for rambling on and thanks for making me think of happy times. I’ve recently discovered your blog and I’m enjoying it very much. Thank you.

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      Thank you for sharing such a lovely memory. Trees and treehouses have such a magical quality! xx

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  3. The place looks great! Such a fun experience.

    Katrina Sophia

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  4. Karen says:

    The tree house looks beautiful, wouldn’t it be a dream to have one of your own !!

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      It was! I know – I’m still toying with the idea of building one of my own one day. Maybe when I have kids and a garden of my own 🙂

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  5. cardamone5 says:

    Thank you for this lovely post, Liz. I enjoyed it very much.

    Love,
    Elizabeth

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Already imagining having my own treehouse one day…xxx

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  6. diahannreyes says:

    Just gorgeous! I am going to have to look for something like this in my part of the world. Thanks for sharing, Liz.

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  7. justinesusan says:

    Hi there, I really like reading your blog and I wanted to show you my appreciation by nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you’re interested in accepting the award and nominating others, you can check out my latest post for the details: http://justinesusan.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/one-lovely-blog-award-and-nominations/. Keep up your lovely blog! 🙂

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  8. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks – a really charming post. Glad to have happened on your blog and looking forward to more rewarding here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin!).

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  9. Beautiful photos – the whole experience seems magical!

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  10. vivianalatella says:

    What a green life! I love it!

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