Have You Slept in a Treehouse?

When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to have a treehouse in our front yard. My dad built it around a big tree, avoiding putting even a single nail in the tree. It was essentially a raised platform over a small creek, and I loved it.

As an adult, treehouses continue to fascinate me. Maybe it’s the child in me or the lover of fantasy worlds (like the elven villages in Lord of the Rings), but there’s something magical about living among the trees.

So for a while now, my bucket list has included the idea of staying overnight in a treehouse (or eating in a treehouse restaurant). A few months ago I spotted a treehouse in the middle of Missouri on AirBnB, and we made plans to rent it for a few nights in the middle of October.

That timing turned out to be perfect. We pulled into Spring Lake Ranch last Wednesday and found ourselves surrounded by fall foliage, a peaceful pond, and the treehouse itself. There were other cottages and camping plots, but we were the only people there at the time.

The treehouse isn’t actually built into a tree, but we could definitely feel the elevation from the view and how the entire structure swayed back and forth if we moved around:

The inside also felt like a fancy treehouse–lots of wood panels and even a ladder to get to the bedroom loft:

There wasn’t room for a table, but we made use of the bed as a gaming surface, playing what we thought was the most appropriate game for a treehouse: Everdell.

I’d say that the only downside–which really didn’t have anything to do with the treehouse itself–is that there was a skylight directly above the bed, and directly above it was a tree dropping some sort of giant nut on the skylight throughout the night. When you’re alone in a forest, random “bang” sounds on the window aren’t exactly conducive for a great night’s sleep, but we made it work.

So I’ve now stayed overnight in a castle and a treehouse…and I must admit I’d still like to try out others too! If you have any recommendations for lodging/restaurants in castles or treehouses, please let me know.

Have you ever stayed (or eaten) in a treehouse? How was your experience?

8 thoughts on “Have You Slept in a Treehouse?”

  1. Wow! Laura and I have looked at that place but haven’t stayed there yet. Sounds like an enjoyable spot minus the skylight and giant nuts. Your quest for unusual rooms got me thinking…an undersea room would be super cool. The closest thing I found is actual rather nearby in Illinois — it’s a themed hotel and also includes a room that makes you feel like you’re in a spaceship (https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/illinois/themed-hotel-il/).

    There’s also this undersea resort in Key Largo, FL: https://jul.com/overnight-stays/

  2. Pretty awesome. We built a raised platform between three Cypress trees out on the bayou as kids. It was actually pretty high up got older brothers to help out. Had a raft we made out of pallets and filled the bottom with milk jugs and styrofoam. And a rope pulley system to pull you across the bayou on the raft. Was pretty awesome. I told myself I was going to have a treehouse for my kids. Live on 3/4 of an acre but all the trees are tiny. 😔
    We stopped once at a massive tree house church in Tennessee kinda around Chattanooga once. You should look that up if you drive to see your parents again. It was pretty cool.

  3. That looks awesome to stay in for a while.

    Something similar, but a bit further away for you is that you can stay in a Hobbit House. If you are ever in Europe and specifically Sweden that might be a fun option. 🙂


    I’ve been looking at staying there when we were planning our holiday until coved came along..


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