Trawscwm Treehouse at Squirrel's Nest: Our comprehensive guide of the hotel and facilities
Trawscwm Treehouse at Squirrel's Nest is one of the UK's most unique properties, combining luxury facilities with the great outdoors
Trawscwm Treehouse offers breathtaking surroundings in a secluded part of the Welsh countryside, with everything you need for a luxurious escape, including comfy beds, a fully-equipped (and stylish!) kitchen and a family-sized hot tub for evening stargazing.
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TRAWSCWM TREEHOUSE SNAPSHOT
Property size: Two bedroom with a kitchen, living room bathroom and terrace
Grounds: Part of a 130-acre working family farm in Mid Wales.
Surroundings: The stunning Welsh countryside with two other treehouses onsite - Prince Llywelyn Treehouse and Cadwollens Treehouse.
Extras: Terrace with sun loungers, a hot tub and children's play area
Self catering? The property includes a full-equipped kitchen but there are a number of pubs and restaurants nearby
Trawscwm Treehouse (pronounced ‘trascoom’) is the ultimate destination for luxury glamping, with cozy and stylish décor that looks as if it could be straight out of the pages of an interiors magazine. The setting is a remote farm in Mid Wales' stunning countryside, making it the ideal nature holiday.
Whether you're looking for the perfect UK weekend getaway or a week-long adventure with your family, we'd recommend this. With the beautiful Welsh countryside providing opportunities for activities like forest bathing and wild swimming, and some of the best spa hotels in Wales within driving distance, this secluded spot still has plenty of activities within easy reach. However with such a cozy base, it's tempting to take some time to completely hide away in this idyllic retreat.
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This is a destination for those who want an escape where they can be truly immersed in nature and experience a different kind of UK staycation to the usual B&B in a pretty countryside village or seaside town.
WHAT MAKES THE SETTING OF TRAWSCWM TREEHOUSE SO SPECIAL?
Set within the rolling Welsh hills, the setting of Trawscwm Treehouse feels truly secluded, with only a few sheep (and if you visit in spring time, their lambs too) to keep you company. But this is all part of the appeal; it's easy to leave your worries behind in a setting as remote as this one.
It's a scramble to get to the treehouse itself (and we'd definitely recommend arriving in the daylight!) as access to the property is through hilly terrain and over rickety bridges, which only add to the fun. Wheelbarrows are provided for guests to bundle their essentials into as they make their way across the fields, but you shouldn't need to bring too much as everything you need for a relaxing break is available at the property itself.
If you are looking to venture out to civilization, there are plenty of options nearby in the towns of Llandrindod Wells, Llanbister and Knighton; the property recommends The Banc (opens in new tab), The Radnorshire Arms (opens in new tab) and The George (opens in new tab). With great food, stunning scenery and sprawling countryside, Wales is one of the best places to visit in 2022 if you don't want to venture out of the UK.
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE?
As well as the cozy and comfortable interiors, including a king-sized bed, and two twin beds in the loft area for children, there are a number of other facilities onsite for guests to enjoy, including:
- Hot tub: There's a large hot tub on the decking, overlooking the Welsh countryside. It's easy to use and toasty warm - perfect for star gazing.
- BBQ: Enjoy long summer evenings outside with a BBQ on the decking area, alongside a table and chairs for al fresco dinners.
- Roll-top bath: The roll-top bath is a real statement feature, surrounded by greenery with views out to the hills.
- Children's outdoor play area: With toys to keep the kids entertained outside, as well as a selection of games and books.
WHAT IS THE TREEHOUSE LIKE INSIDE?
All three treehouses at Squirrel's Nest have been beautifully crafted by owners John and Laura, who built Trawscwm Treehouse first, using locally sourced oak, larch and western red cedar. The interiors are bright and colorful, with an emphasis on exposed wood and cozy soft furnishings.
As well as a modern kitchen and lounge space, there's a full-equipped kitchen with a hob, oven, toaster and kettle, so you can be full self-sufficient during your stay.
Trawscwm sleeps up to four people, based on two adults and two children. The double bed is downstairs in an alcove off from the kitchen, while kids will delight at the excitement of clambering upstairs to the twin beds in the loft space, with views over the open plan living room and kitchen area. Babies can also be accommodated and we can supply a travel cot on request. The bathroom is spacious considering the usual treehouse layout, with a walk-in shower, toilet and roll-top bath with floor-to-ceiling windows providing views across the hills.
Trawscwm Treehouse comes stocked with complimentary muesli, Welsh tea, ground coffee and coffee pods for the machine, as well as olive oil, salt and pepper. Milk can also be provided upon request prior to your arrival.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER PROPERTIES AT SQUIRREL'S NEST?
There are two other properties on the Squirrel's Nest site, but they're spread out with fields in between them, meaning each treehouse still feels very secluded and private. The two other treehouses are called Prince Llywelyn Treehouse and Cadwollens Treehouse and each have their own unique character and interiors:
- Cadwollens Treehouse: The smallest of the three treehouses, Cadwollen sleeps up to two people with a double bed in the loft space. The main standout feature of this treehouse is the freestanding copper bathtub looking out towards the hills. This property also features a hot tub on its own extended deck for panoramic views of the local wildlife, with a surrounding string of fairy lights for a nighttime dip.
- Prince Llywelyn Treehouse: The largest of the three treehouses, Prince Llywelyn is perfect for larger groups and is the property for celebrations, or wider family get togethers. This treehouse sleeps five people, but can also accommodate another two on the suspended hammock overlooking the downstairs area. This property also features a spacious decking area with a large hot tub.
LOCAL LANDMARKS AND POINTS OF INTEREST
The Squirrel's Nest properties have enough on offer for you to want to hide away for the duration of your holiday, but if you do want to venture out, they're a great base for exploring Mid Wales. Just some of the local landmarks include:
- Elan Valley Dams: 21 miles
- Red Kite Feeding Center: 18 miles
- Water Break It's Neck Waterfall: 16 miles
- Phil Price Rally School: 5 miles
- Offas Dyke Center: 11 miles
- Llandrindod Wells Lake: 12 miles
- Llandrindod Golf Club: 14 miles
TRAWSCWM TREEHOUSE VERDICT: SHOULD YOU BOOK?
If you want a break from the ordinary and a relaxing retreat that feels like an adventure, too, this is the place for you. Children will delight in the magic of being so close to nature, with so much opportunity to observe the local wildlife. For those who like to be able to easily wander to a local shop or pub, this may not be the best property for you. But that being said, there are plenty of amenities just a short drive away.
Squirrel's Nest is a particularly magical place in the spring time, where baby lambs can be spotted across the fields. This makes this property one of the best places to visit in March or April. It's also a great choice for the summer, to truly make the most of the surrounding decking, luxurious hot tub, loungers and BBQ.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAWSCWM TREEHOUSE
- Star rating: n/a
- Is it family-friendly? Yes
- Is it pet-friendly? No
- Is spa use included? n/a
- Is breakfast included? Welcome pack on arrival
- Is there free wi-fi? Yes
- Rates: Rates vary within season and occupancy - guests are able to experience the estate from £300 per night
- The nearest town is Llandrindod Wells, about a 20 minutes by car
- The nearest train station is Llandrindod train station, which is 12.9 miles away
- Minimum stay: Two night minimum booking per stay. One night Sunday stays are available.
- Check-in days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
- For more information and to book, visit thewanderlist.uk/properties/trawscwm-treehouse/ (opens in new tab)
Lauren is the former Deputy Digital Editor at woman&home and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren worked on the woman&home brand for four years before going freelance. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine.
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