Staying at Living Room Tree Houses

Standing outside Living Room Tree Houses

Living-Room Treehouses are one of the most in demand tree houses in the UK.

And the popularity of these unique treehouse holidays are absolutely justified.

At the end of July (2016) we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend 2 nights in one of their stunning treehouses. I had to keep pinching myself to make sure the experience was real.

And real it was – authentic, unique, and a world away from our usual routines.

Standing outside Living Room Tree Houses

Before we went I spent some time researching all the things to do in North Wales. Wales has been on my hit list of places to explore for some time.

But do you know what? The moment I laid eyes on our beautiful treehouse (Pen y Bryn was her name), it was love at first sight. I knew I wouldn’t be able to drag myself away – even if it was to indulge in the stunning sights and activities that Wales offers.

I wasn’t alone in my refusal to leave Pen y Bryn. Just one glance at the boys told me they were more than happy to swing through the trees, chop fire wood and play board games.

What kid wouldn’t want to do this? Moreover, what adult wouldn’t?

Dan in the trees Living Room tree houses

Mark and the other owners of Living-Room Treehouses have carved out a truly idyllic paradise. Although there are 6 treehouses in total, we felt completely alone.

And I mean that in a good way!

Walks close to Living Room Tree House

Although we would have happily hibernated in the treehouse for the whole duration of our holiday we did venture out. Living-Room had kindly provided a map showing us local walks. On the first evening we walked across the fields to the local pub which served tasty fresh local food. As delicious as it was we were all eager to get back to our treehouse, light up the wood burning stove and play some board games.

For once the kids were looking forward to getting into bed – the magic of a treehouse!

Chess on the terrace of living room tree houses

There is something very special about waking up in a treehouse. The sun streaming in through the windows tempted us out on to the terrace area to enjoy our breakfast – which the local squirrels had invited themselves along to, much to the amusement of the boys who rapidly gave them all names (a quick glance through the guest book showed us we were not alone in the squirrel naming thing).

Breakfast on the terrace Living Room Treehouses

The outdoor shower was an unexpected delight. Heated by the wood burning stove, there is something quite embracing about showering outside (you do get privacy, although my 3 still took delight in trying to peek through the terrace up above).

As we woke up on our second morning I knew I didn’t want to leave. As we reluctantly packed up and walked back across the field we vowed to return as soon as we could. As we approached the car the lovely owners had left a parting gift on our windscreen – a beautiful print of the treehouse we stayed in.

Well done Living-Room Treehouses for creating such a special place.

Thank you for having us.

To find out more about a treehouse holiday at Living-Room Treehouses in Wales please see their listing on Unique Sleeps.

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Unique of the Week: Living Room Tree Houses

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Living-Room Treehouses in Wales are a truly enchanting and magical escape from the everyday stresses of modern life.

Tucked away in a stunning and remote location the tree houses will fulfil every childhood (and adult) dream of a tree top adventure.

These uber-chic tree houses are the creation of Mark Bond & Peter Canham; imagined, designed and built especially for you.

Living Room Tree House Wales

When did you open?

We built our first two tree houses, “Lofty” and “Bryn Meurig Bach”, in 2011. We now have 6 treehouses for guest to stay in.

Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the business?

We wanted to build real tree houses, high in the trees, that pushed the boundaries a bit in tree house design. Also, we love the landscapes here, and felt that tree houses, designed to fit seamlessly into the natural environment, would be a magical way to spend a holiday.

What time of year would you recommend to visit?

The tree houses are lovely to live in all year. They have wood-burning stoves, that heat the space and the water beautifully, and are very cosy. We often have people who visit in the summer, and come back in the winter to sample a different season.

So, every season has its own beauty, particularly when viewed from 30 feet up a tree!

If a visitor only had 1 weekend, how would you suggest they spend their time?

Cosy up in front of the fire and send the children off to play in the woods!

Or go for one of the amazing walks that start at your Treehouse door!

Or spend the day sitting in the wood-fired Hot Tub!

Or chop wood, build a den, lie on a hammock and watch the clouds!

Just spend time with the people you love, far away from the outside world!

Can you recommend any special places to eat in the area?

There are some great restaurants close-by: ranging from the vegetarian “Quarry Cafe”, in Machynlleth, to the “Brigands Inn” gastro-pub and the “Number 21” bistro.

Local produce is very high quality here, so look out for lovely lamb, and, as we are close to the sea, fresh seafood dishes.

What type of guest is your accommodation suitable for?

The treehouses are romantic for couples, and magical for families. Each is located in its own natural environment, around a 5 – 10 minute walk from the car park, so an enjoyment of the outdoors is good, but not required!

The treehouses are easy to live in, and have everything you need to be very happy and cosy, deep in the heart of nature.

How would you best describe Living-Room in 3 words?

Not sure …

Magical and memorable?

Definitely not Normal?!

We have had lots of lovely comments about the tree houses – but our favourite, from a family who stayed in Gwdy Hw (pron. Goody Hoo), was simply …

“From now on, everything that is good in our lives will be called ‘Gwdy Hw’”!

A Family Tree House Experience (2 nights) costs from £399.00 and a Tree House Experience for Two (2 nights) costs from £379.00. They are closed in January but open for the rest of the year. For more information please see their listing on Unique Sleeps.

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6 Things To Do In North Wales

6 Things To Do In North Wales

North Wales has it all – beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and a rich and intriguing history.  No matter who you are and what you like to do, there is a wide and versatile choice of things to do in North Wales.

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Formerly referred to as the Kingdom of Gwynedd, North Wales today is best regarded for its large expanses of lush green terrain, mountainous regions, lakes, and coastlines. The landscape of North Wales ensures the perfect weekend holiday of hiking and outdoor exploring.

Besides the physical, North Wales also boasts a rich history of unique Welsh culture and language which is still ingrained in life today. Visitors are encouraged to experience not only the natural beauty that abounds, but also to immerse themselves in local customs brought on by a unique heritage.

1. Give Yourself a History Lesson at Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle North Wales

For history buffs, Conwy Castle, located just along the river, is a must. Between 1283 and 1289, construction began under the direction of Edward I. Building costs amounted to a total of £15,000 with the goal of walling in the city. Throughout history, the castle has served a vital role in many battles, including the English Civil War, which ultimately resulted in its surrender to Parliamentary armies. Yet today, UNESCO calls Castle Conway one of the most pristine examples of military architecture during the late 14th and early 13th century.

From across the water, the National Trust Conwy Suspension Bridge extends to the entryway of the castle. Eight large towers, two looming gateways, and a large bowed hall at the centre define the castle’s interior. The inside leaves nothing without thought. Rooms include the kitchen, hall, and public chambers, as well as more hidden private and royal chambers. Since 1986, Conwy Castle has been included in the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I World Heritage Site.

The site is open all year, although opening times vary from season to season. Between 1 July and 31 August, the castle opens from 9:30am until 6:00pm, with last admission thirty minutes before closing. It’s easily accessible by rail (Crewe-Llandudno Junction/Holyhead route), bus (No 5, Llandudno-Conwy-Bangor/Caernarfon) or bike (Route No.5 (150m/164yards).

To plan your next visit to Conwy, check out their website.

2. Explore the Far-Reaching Snowdonia (Snowdon)

Snowdonia

Snowdonia gets its name from a Welsh phrase meaning, “the place of the eagles.” It’s a beautiful stretch of green landscape stretching 838 miles, and includes mountains and rocky regions (nine separate mountain ranges), as well as lake alcoves. Any trip to North Wales would be lacking without a day (or several) spent here.

The national park offers a little something for all of its visitors—all the way from the serious hiker to novice explorer. It’s the perfect place for family fun activities, like canoeing, kayaking, and even zip lining.

Snowdon offers diverse animal and plant life, including ash, hazel, and oak trees.

The parks also includes coastline, home to the Dyfi, Dwyryd, and Maywddach estuaries. Greenwood Forest Park, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Fairbourne Miniature Railway, Electric Mountain, Cadair Idris and Anglesey Boat Trips can all be found within the Snowdonia National Park grounds.

Operating hours vary based on individual attractions, but function more or less throughout the year.

Access to the park is made easy by car, train or by plane. Accommodation on the park grounds is also possible.

Find out details about planning your next visit at Visit Snowdonia.

3. Take In The Beautiful Coastline Of North Wales

Barmouth Beach North Wales

North Wales boasts some of the best beaches and coastal towns. With close proximity to Liverpool, Birmingham, and Manchester, it’s an easy weekend getaway.

Some of the most popular waterfronts are located in Prestatyn, Rhyl, and Colwyn Bay, and also include portions of Snowdonia National Park. Families can spend the day at the SeaQuarium or Welsh Mountain Zoo, and the afternoon and evening along the water nearby.

Each beach has something unique to offer.

Barmouth Beach is located just at the tip of the Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay, ideal for a fun day of hiking and birdwatching.

The beach at Anglesey, a near off island, makes for a relaxing and peaceful respite.

Llandudno is a mix of seaside bliss with a serene, yet energetic atmosphere—those looking for an afternoon of arts and crafts will find themselves at home here.

To plan your next coastal holiday, take a look here.

4. Squeeze Inside the Smallest House in Britain

smallest house in Britain

If you’re up for a quirky add to your itinerary, pay close attention or you just might pass right by. That is, past the Smallest House in Great Britain, 1.83 centimetres across, and just over three metres wide. If it weren’t for its bright red frontage, this must-see attraction, situated in Conway among other terraced homes, might go unnoticed.

Although the home hasn’t seen any tenants in the past hundred years, nevertheless, it has a rich history. It was once home to a fisherman nearly two meters tall, and an elderly couple prior to that.

See for yourself the practical innovation needed to live in such a tight space.

The home is open to the public from 10-6 during school summer holidays, and 10-4 at other times (they may close early in case of bad weather).

Entry is £1 for adults and 50p for children (16 or under).

For more information, check out The Smallest House.

5. Stroll Through Bodnant Gardens

Bodnant Gardens North Wales

Barring rainy weather, visitors to North Wales should definitely give some of their time to the Bodnant Gardens. Not only are the gardens rich with a wide variety of plant life, but have stood the test of time too.

Over 150 years ago, the McLaren family and head gardeners carried out their vision to add to an already diverse landscape, including the Carneaddau mountains of Snowdonia.

The collection welcomes daffodils, magnolias, azaleas, and Himalayan Blue poppies in the spring; roses and water lilies in the summer; seeds, berries, and late roses in autumn; and hellebores, dogwood stems, and camellias in the wintertime.

Although most visitors may spend the day or the afternoon at the gardens, Bodnant also offers residential and holiday cottages on the property.

For more information about booking your stay or spending the day at the gardens, go to Bodnant Estate.

6. Sample the Local Flavour

North Wales offers fine dining and cooking classes, but has also made a name for itself at local food festivals.

With a multitude of food festivals to choose from throughout the year, there is something for the whole family.

Take for instance the Real Ale Trail where you can use the hop on and off festival bus to travel between pubs, sampling award winning ales as you do.

Honey lovers won’t want to miss out on the Conwy Honey Fair. This historic festival dates back over 700 years and aside from honey, there’s plenty of other produce and crafts on offer.

Perhaps with the most picturesque backdrop, the Portmeirion Food Festival in Snowdonia (December), includes an evening of entertainment—live music and cooking demonstrations—with samples of local wines, fish, meats, and cheeses.

For more information on checking out one or more of these festivals for yourself, check out Visit Wales.

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