With the morning comes an even deeper appreciation of the building’s coordination with its surroundings. The skylight over the bed brims with blue (hopefully), birdsong wakes you up (when did that last happen for you?), and you notice how often daylight changes tone when there#8217;s so much of it streaming through the multi-shaped windows. That’s before you’ve even stepped outside, where there’s a carefully positioned (hot) outdoor shower, hammock, pizza oven and barbecue on one terrace, trumped by a hot tub and sauna up on top deck, almost, but not quite, overshadowing the mega slide for kidults to slither down to the leafy lower level.
Guy Mallinson’s dream was to create a treehouse that was both entirely in sync with its woodland surroundings #8211; so almost like a #8216;tree#8217;, really – but still comfortable enough for any adult, no matter how fearful of spiders or anything remotely #8216;Bear Grylls#8217;, to luxuriate in. And once you’ve experienced it, it#8217;s not surprising that the result, The Woodman’s Treehouse in Holditch, West Dorset, has both been featured on George Clark’s Amazing Spaces and earned the coveted #8216;Small Project of the Year#8217; 2017 RIBA Award in under a year since its completion.
Ammonite has a phenomenally pretty range of craft gin bottles, and the friendly owner may let you sample what#8217;s inside them. It also sells the mediocre tasting but delightfully packaged and named local delicacy: Dorset Knob biscuits. ammonitedorset.co.uk
Make Christchurch in Dorset your next weekend away