The treehouse at a glamping site in East Sussex cost £200k and took three years to build
The owners of a luxury glamping campsite have built a spectacular new treehouse for guests to stay in – costing nearly as much as the average home in Britain.
Eva and Tim Johnson spent more than £200,000 making the handcrafted treetop structure which has four bedrooms, a fully working kitchen and a balcony.
The amazing treehouse, called Piggledy, took three years to construct with Mr Johnson doing much of the work himself.
According to the UK House Price Index the average house price in Britain is now £226,185.
Mrs Johnson said they wanted their Blackberry Wood campsite, in Ditchling, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, to be a unique experience for guests looking to escape to the countryside.
The pair had already transformed a helicopter and London bus for guests to stay in and built a slightly smaller treehouse.
Mrs Johnson, 46, said: “Tim had always had a childhood dream of building a treehouse.
“When we applied for planning permission on the first one we built, we didn’t really think we would get it.”
She continued: “They are very fairy tale like. Tim did everything himself on the first one, but we had help from local craftsmen on this one.
“The whole thing, from putting down the initial foundations, took three years to complete. It’s a very labour intensive job.
“We haven’t dared to add up the total cost of the treehouse, but we know it has cost us more than £200,000 to build.
“When you start the project, you don’t really know if you will get rentals on the treehouse to make back your money.
“But the response has been amazing to it, we have been pretty much fully booked since we started accepting bookings.”
The couple have been running the campsite for 14 years, quitting their full time jobs to renovate the site in 2003.
Mrs Johnson previously worked as a teacher in a secondary school, while Mr Johnson ran a backpacking tours company.
Their latest treehouse addition starts at £175 for guests to stay in.
Mrs Johnson said they had bought the campsite to allow their children, Charlie, 13, Ziggy, 10, and six-year-old Vida to grow up in the countryside.
She said: “We did all this for the kids really. We wanted them to have a place to grow up in the countryside.
“I was pregnant with Charlie when we bought the camp site – it was filled with these horrid, old static caravans.
“We could work on the site while having the children around us.
“And now there are always other kids around for them to play with and they have slept in all the bits
we have transformed.”
The treehouse was built using diseased elm trees which were felled in Eastbourne and then processed at a sawmill in nearby Heathfield, while the interior is lined with disused scaffolding planks.
The kitchen has a full working hob, microwave and toaster for guests to use during their stay.
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