Diehard outdoor camping enthusiasts will probably cast a scornful eye on the extravagances offered by so-called "glamping" (glamorous camping) providers. After all, isn't the point of camping to tough it out in a tent? In any case, glamping is a growing trend, bolstered by increasing numbers of people opting to take a vacation closer to home and in a natural setting, maximizing an unique experience without sacrificing modern conveniences like electricity and hot water.
The Woodman's Treehouse is one glamping location that was recently completed near Dorset, England. Collaboratively designed and built by woodworker Guy Mallinson and architect Keith Brownlie, The Woodman's Treehouse has been carefully situated around an old stand of three oaks, without any bolts or attachments that may harm the trees.True to its luxurious character as a fantastical getaway for adults, after coming in on the bridge, one can see that the treehouse features a huge deck with a 'tree shower', a pizza oven and a slide for grown-ups.
The deluxe interior boasts a lovely hidden rotunda-like space that has a rotating fireplace, copper bath and a king-sized bed.
The treehouse is one of the accommodations available at The Woodland Workshop, a center founded by Mallinson that offers courses on the low-tech, sustainable technique of green woodworking, which involves working with locally-sourced wood that has been freshly cut and still ‘green’. Green woods are easier to tool, meaning no power tools are needed, and with patience and planning, will result in less waste and byproducts like sawdust or noise, compared to conventional methods. According to Mallinson and Brownlie, the treehouse has been built by a team of green woodworkers, and Mallinson explains how green woodworking can benefit the environment:
Throughout my years of cabinetmaking in London I'd been working with timber that had been felled, transported to a sawmill, sawn into planks, moved to timber stacks for years of drying, transported to timber stock holders, transported again to our workshops and then cut up into components, with the wastage (up to 50%) just discarded or burned. Nowadays, timber no longer arrives on a big lorry coming up the King's Road! Instead, I can see the process through from the thinning and sustainable management of woodland to making a wooden product, with no transportation or wastage.
So while it's difficult to say whether living in a luxurious treehouse with plumbing and a pizza oven can even constitute as camping, one can safely say that it does let you indulge in creature comforts in a unique setting, if you're looking to splurge on a vacation without flying anywhere too far. For more information, visit The Woodland Workshop.