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Pickwell Manor Treehouse – A Weekend Break in North Devon

a large treehouse in a woods
The Den – the largest Pickwell Manor Treehouse

We recently explained to my Husband’s parents that we were going to stay in a treehouse for the weekend and they were both quietly thoughtful. “What, all 4 of you?” was the response and we said well, yes! Unless you want to have the kids for the weekend.

“It’s going to be a bit cramped isn’t it?” was the reply (completely avoiding the request for babysitting services) and we then realised that they were envisaging us clambering up a tree to sleep amongst the birds in a little more than a shed for the weekend.

I can confirm that treehouses have certainly moved on from the days when your dad would hammer together a few old pallets to create a house amongst the trees. We had the absolute pleasure of staying in The Den, a treehouse that sleeps 4 people at Pickwell Manor in North Devon, with plenty of room for all the family!

Pickwell Manor Treehouses

a manor house with manicured gardens
The main house of Pickwell Manor

We had previously stayed at Pickwell Manor in their Constance apartment which has a roof terrace, kitchen diner, 2 bedrooms and a large living area (see my blog post about the Constance here) but I was completely intrigued about the two treehouses that were nestled in the trees around the manor.

a treehouse in a wooded area with a large wraparound balcony

They were building the 3rd treehouse, The Den, at the time which would provide their first family treehouse accommodation.

Eco-Friendly Accommodation

children walking up some wooden stairs towards a tree house

The owners of Pickwell wanted to make it possible for all their guests to feel connected to the woods and surrounded by nature, so they came up with the idea of creating bespoke, handmade treehouses in the woods designed for couples or the perfect family retreat.

The Den was built by Round House Designs of Bristol and fitted out by local craftsmen, however, it is the interior design that really brings it to life. All the heat and light comes from Pickwell’s solar panels and the water is supplied by their natural spring so it is also a fabulously eco-friendly place to stay.

Balcony Views

Looking out towards the sea

I would say we spent the majority of our time out on the balcony playing card games, reading and enjoying the view. There are binoculars provided and my Son thoroughly enjoyed using them, looking for birds and exploring the view out to sea. 

children playing a card game on the balcony of a treehouse

Inspiring Interior Design

Being surrounded by the beauty of nature and views out to the sea, you would have thought that Pickwell wouldn’t have placed huge importance on the décor inside the treehouse but once again they have excelled at the interior design.

a large king size bed with blue panelled wall and a pink sofa in a tree house
a large king size bed with blue panelled wall and a pink sofa in a tree house
a kitchen area with a breakfast bar, wood burning stove, bubble lighting and ceiling beams in a treehouse
a kitchen with views out into the woods of a treehouse

Walking inside through large patio doors, you are led into a huge room which houses a large and extremely comfortable double bed, two sofas nestled around a wood burner and an extremely ample kitchen area.  

Underfloor Heating

a wood burner and bubble lighting in a treehouse

The dark blue-panelled back wall dominates the room and envelopes you in cosiness. The wooden beams from the treehouse are left exposed in the ceiling helping you to feel more connected to the architecture of the building and the clustered sphere lighting really takes centre stage.

There is also underfloor heating throughout and it was a real welcome in the morning when you got out of bed to use the bathroom to be met with warmth!

WC and Wet Room

a toilet with sink and yellow patterned tiles

There are three doors blended into the panelled wall and they lead to an exquisitely designed WC and shower room/wet room. The third door leads you into a large cupboard where you will find household appliances like an iron and hairdryer, and space to hang up your clothes.

A Very Well Supplied Kitchen

Kitchen shelves with a toaster and coffee maker

The kitchen has an oven, electric hob, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and all the tableware you will need for your stay. There is a large breakfast bar which overlooks the woods, which is where we sat to eat our evening meals.

a breakfast bar with stools that sit under a large bi-folding window

The windows above the breakfast bar are bi-folding so can be opened up completely leaving no barrier between yourselves and nature.

Bunk Room

a bunk room in a treehouse

Walking past the kitchen to the right is a cosy and well laid out bunk room for the kids which they absolutely loved (and spent about an hour fighting over who was sleeping on the top). Each bed has a little window looking directly out into the woods, a bedside light and a genius idea of inserting drawers into the steps to put away clothes and kids’ toys.

Connecting Nature with the Inside

a breakfast bar on the outside of a treehouse looking in through the window to the kitchen

One of our favourite parts of the treehouse had to be how they incorporated inside and out seamlessly so it felt like you were living in the trees.

The windows along the breakfast bar are bi-folding so you could completely open them out to give you the most fantastic views of the trees whilst eating your breakfast, with another breakfast bar on the other side so you could sit outside in the sunshine whilst enjoying your morning coffee.

a family sat at a bar next to open bi-folding windows which open into a kitchen

Hot Tub Fine Machine

people enjoying a hot tub outside

However, the piece de resistance of the treehouse for us had to be the hot tub! Once we had settled in and made ourselves at home, we headed straight to the hot tub which was off the balcony and down some stairs in its own little area.

a seating area next to an outdoor hot tub

The hot tub is large, it could easily fit my family of four in it. It also has a private little seating area which is snuggled under the tree house and perfectly situated to keep you out of the wind and rain if the weather turns.

Night and Day

a decking area of a treehouse with outdoor lighting and festoon lights

Clever use of lighting around the hot tub meant that we could use it during the day or night. However, we found the best part of the day to jump in was first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee whilst the kids were still indoors slowly waking up!

There’s nothing like being in a hot tub when it’s cold outside and all you can see above you is trees. Truly magical.

The Grounds and Activities

Pickwell manor tennis courts

After using the hot tub, we had a little walk around the gardens. Pickwell Manor is set on 6 acres of grounds with views over the Devon countryside and coast. They have an Italian garden with mature shrubs, a tennis court, an animal area and plenty of woodland walks.

kids on a tyre swing in the woods

The kids loved the tyre swings and exploring the woods and as the whole area is secluded and off the beaten track, we were quite happy for them to run off and explore it for themselves. There are also communal BBQ areas and a fantastically supplied games room.

a large patio area with seating and tables outside a manor
Pickwell Manor
an old chapel with virigina creeper on it

The 16th-century private chapel apartment at the back of the manor, with Virginia Creeper. You can also hire this out!

Good Night

a dark blue panelled wall with lit wood burner and kids sat on the sofa

The Den comes alive at night and after a busy day of hot tubbing and exploring, we were quite happy to have a quiet evening indoors, playing games and reading. We lit the wood burner and had hot chocolate before putting the kids to bed.

After all the Devon fresh air, they fell to sleep pretty much straight away! Which was the same for the adults! Zzzzzzzzz.

Things to Do Near the Treehouse Devon

Croyde Bay

There is plenty to do at Pickwell Manor, especially if you are staying in a Treehouse. We didn’t feel the need to stray too far from the grounds but we visited Croyde Bay which is only a 10-minute drive from Pickwell and we had the most delicious Sunday lunch at the Rock Inn in nearby Georgeham.

sand dunes at Croyde Bay

North Devon itself is stunningly beautiful, whether you visit it in the Winter or Summer. Nearby Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Putsborough Sands and Watermouth Bay are all worth a visit. You’d be hard-pressed to find such an amazing choice of beaches in the UK in my opinion!

a sunset over Pulborough bay in Devon
a path leading down to Verity statue at Ilfracombe
Nearby Ilfracombe and Verity, the statue

10/10 Would Come Again!

a girl looking at a sunset in North Devon

Once again, we had the most enchanting stay at Pickwell Manor and it is fast becoming one of our favourite places to stay and visit in the UK. The accommodation is comfortable, stylish and well thought out, and the grounds make your stay peaceful and relaxing.

Staying at the Pickwell Manor Treehouses helps you to reconnect with nature and the location is stunning with so much to enjoy and see as a family of four. Thank you Pickwell!

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