Treehouses: JK Rowling joins the high-flying housing trend

August 1, 2012 at 3:53 PM 2 comments

Author JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books have gained her millions of fans around the world and a fortune said to be worth £650m. But her latest  attempts to create a fantastical world have attracted an unlikely new audience – planners.

The famously charitable writer, who has given away hundreds of millions of pounds to a clutch of good causes, wants to build two turreted treehouses for her children within the opulent grounds of her main family home, which is in Edinburgh’s north-western affluent suburbs. She bought the house in 2009 for £2.55 million and then last year spent £1m+ buying a neighbouring property and knocking it down to enlarge her garden.

This has created space for the pair of stilted, two-storey Hogwarts-esque houses (pictured below) she wants to erect, which have been given planning permission and were designed by UK tree house specialist Blue Forest. They are to be built within their own fenced garden, topped by copper finials and join an existing summer house and garden room within the grounds.

But JK Rowling is not alone in her passion for treehouses. There is a growing fashion for such ‘eco perches’ (as they have been renamed in recent years) and many homes for sale now come with such elevated hideaways thrown in – from the lavish mini-homes to humble, knocked together ‘DIY-dad efforts’.

Here’s five treehouses on the market today on Zoopla.co.uk that capture the spirit (but not the cost) of JK Rowley’s designs.

1.  Blakeney, Gloucestershire – £350,000


The treehouse:
Substantial hideaway at the end of the garden overlooking the main house and nearby rolling hills. Descent is easier than ascent into the treehouse, which has a slide for quick escapes should dinner be called.
Comes with:  Four bedroom cottage.
Hogwarts rating: 5/5
More details on the property

2. Weedon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire – £695,000

The treehouse: Glorified and large sloped-roof wendy house on a wooden platform within a three-acre wood that features winding paths and stone benches nearby.
Comes with: Four bedroom house that’s essentially an eighth of historic 1870s-built estate called ‘Lilies’ broken up during the late 1980s.
Hogwarts rating: 3/5
More details on the property

3. Allens Green, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire – £795,000


The treehouse:
Large stilted and water-tight structure that’s really a mini home with its own stairs, balcony, power and toilet.
Comes with: Cuitie-pie thatched and Grade II listed cottage with four bedrooms and a huge garden.
Hogwarts rating: 3/5
More details on the property

4. Newquay, Cornwall – £359,950


The treehouse: Basically a budget effort that’s a garden shed on stilts in the corner of a lawn-only garden. But someone’s gone to great lengths to put a decent stairway in where other might just lean a ladder.
Comes with:  1970s four-bedroom detached house with a lovely sun terrace all overlooking the estuary at the rear of the town.
Hogwarts rating: 2/5
More details on the property

5. Wellington near Telford, Shropshire


The treehouse: A raised-up hideaway that has, in reality, lost any pretence of being in or near a tree. But nevertheless would make a fantastic childhood retreat for your offspring, who can survey your gardening activities from up top.
Comes with:  An early Edwardian semi with five bedrooms with off-road parking. It would normally be a three-bedroom home but the attic has been converted and two added.
Hogwarts rating: 1/5
More details on the property.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mr Kennedy  |  August 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Wish i had that sort of money, i would build my kids the same sort of thing maybe even build them there own little play house.

    Reply
  • 2. Gill  |  August 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    They require more upkeep than you would think. We had to creosote ours every year because it got so dripped-on by the tree it was built round and under, Good fun though – ours had its best use when our children were teenagers.

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