Fit for a fairytale
This enchanting forest hideaway peppered with fairy lights could be something straight out of Peter Pan – Wendy would have certainly approved. The designer of this charming treehouse in Atlanta built his first when he was just eight years old. Still indulging his inner child even now, this elaborate design spans across seven trees and is linked by rope bridges. Inside, it’s a treasure trove of salvaged artefacts, collected treasures and ephemera from yesteryear. Apparently, it was voted as Airbnb’s ‘most wish-listed property in the world’ in 2016 – it’s not hard to see why.
There’s nothing better than sitting inside a toasty log cabin wrapped up in blankets when it’s snowing outside. Time passes slowly in this remote part of Norway, which is perfect for simply spending time gazing out of a big picture window into the majestic landscape of the Fermunden National Park beyond.
A novel stay
Bookish couples will love this secret room in the forest of Upstate New York – warm red oak envelopes this tiny yet substantial library, which holds more than 2,500 books. Cosy up by the wood-burning stove, pull out a treasured tome and wile away the afternoon together in fictional lands while watching the snow quietly fall outside.
We’re guessing things would literally get pretty steamy in this stunning grotto-inspired sauna, which is perched on an island’s edge in Georgian Bay, Ontario. It’s got jaw-dropping views over Lake Huron, which has inspired its wavy wood-clad interior.
This light-filled pentagonal terrace is the perfect perch for early evening drinks and watching the setting sun as it casts a golden glow over the treetops. The humble shed was turned from a one-storey cabin into a handsome three-floor summer home in Quebec.
Star of the show
There’s no better place for romantic star gazing than this Dutch country home. Built atop an existing 1950s holiday property, the jewel in the crown is the rooftop extension with a huge expanse of glass – here, you can lie in bed and watch the stars above the treetops.
Among the lush Brazilian rainforests, this stand-alone weekend retreat mimics indigenous Brazilian houses hidden between the leaves. Kind of like a spaceship that’s just surreptitiously landed, this playful, corrugated man-made shelter is a great hideout for bird-watching through the massive arched window.
For those looking for a truly secluded spot for a romantic getaway, what could be better than one of these cabins in northern Norway? Each hut unveils a private panorama across the sea from the cantilevered viewing box – plus there’s your own terrace for warmer summer evenings.
On the move
This cute mobile home is perfect for couples suffering from wanderlust – they can travel to their hearts’ desire with these custom-made micro shelters designed by Tiny Heirlooms. Stripped back to the bare essentials, these offer refuge from the constraints of conventional 21st-century living.
Literally live in your own little bubble for a weekend – this contemporary treehouse, the ‘Baumhauskugel’ has room enough for two on this medieval-themed Robins Nest retreat in Germany. Each treehouse is accessed by a series of hanging walkways and have peaceful terraces up among the branches.
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