Bastard Balm, named after an aromatic plant in the mint family, is a spacious and unique Treehouse, built for two and set back in a private position on a custom-built retreat in the Oxfordshire countryside. Found on the outskirts of Finstock, neighbouring the Cotswolds village of Chipping Norton, the boutique Treedwellers site sits within the mystic woodland acres of the immersive Oxfordshire wilds. So engrained is the wider site into the nature of the surrounding area, that it is possible to catch a glimpse of local deer and other wildlife from the lofts of the treehouse.
With an eco-construction and custom exterior of dark aluminum gives Bastard Balm a distinctive, brooding look. The composition of the building materials was of huge importance to the owners, who chose a high-quality, ductile metallic finish.
Bastard Balm is a unique, eco-conscious treehouse dwelling on the impressive Treedwellers Finstock site. The structure itself is quirky, eco-design, with a curved, circular canopy, finished in a cool, dark veneer. An exterior, front-facing deck offers outdoor space and a lookout spot to breathe in all that the acres of space can afford.
The interior is a unique blend of contemporary design that creates a bohemian feel to what will be a timeless, warm, Californian style. The use of natural and environmentally-friendly materials, high-end art pieces, and touches of hotel luxury all combine to create a bespoke, high-end experience in a structure to match.
The site has seven separate and unique, boutique-style treehouses to suit a variance of moods, lending itself to different styles and tastes. Treedwellers is a place for diversity and a celebration of ‘forward to nature’ spaces, seamlessly blending modern creature comforts into the tranquil surroundings of the Oxfordshire backdrop, within architect-designed tree houses, without impacting on the wildlife or habitats. The wider area is developed with its natural surroundings in mind, building sustainable accommodation in a beautiful part of the world, whilst returning the former industrial land to nature.
The nearest town is Charlbury, a popular and accessible location for visitors wanting a deliciously satisfying taste of the Cotswolds, with fantastic shops, pubs, and restaurants.
Nearby amenities include the Diddly Squat Farm Shop. Opened in 2020 by Jeremy Clarkson, the amazing farm shop consists of a small barn full of good, no-nonsense delicacies you will love, and things you may need during your stay.
Sleeps 2 on a luxury king-size bed, with linen and bedding provided
Spacious, hot shower, toilet & hand basin with mirror. Towels will be provided.
Stylish kitchen with under-counter fridge, coffeemaker, sink, cooking hob, and plenty of high-quality utensils, crockery, and cutlery.
Wi-Fi is available at this property.
Heating and Lighting
Power is provided by a 100% renewable energy source that produces electricity for the treehouse. There is underfloor heating, as well as a wood-burning stove, with a starter pack of logs included.
Children are welcome at the treehouse, up to the age of 16. A second, luxury pull-out bed is stored in the treehouse, allowing up to two children additionally.
Grounds and Nearby
The site is found set into the woodlands of Finstock, Oxfordshire which is home to some sublime wildlife such as deer and badgers.
Parking for one vehicle is found just 200m from Bastard Balm. You are able to drive your car to the structure to unload, before returning to the car parking space.
Check in from 5:00PM and check out by 10:00AMThese are recommended check-in/out times to allow Covid-19 sanitisation, earlier/later times may be available by request with the owner
The Finstock site is just an hour and half from London Paddington, via Worcester. The nearest station to the Cornbury site is Finstock Train Station around 1 mile away, via the B4022. Via bus, the X9 ‘Witney to Chipping Norton’ bus service stops in Finstock.
Inside the treehouse, the interior is a mixture of upmarket style and simple, boutique flare, all of which offer luxury at every turn. There is an effortless function to the open parts of the structure. The centre of the treehouse is an open-plan living space that offers comfortable seating, dining space, kitchen, and heating in the form of a luxurious log burner.
Sleeping arrangements for the treehouse allows for up to two people on a king-sized bed. There is space on a luxury double pull-out bed for up to two children, aged 16 or under.
The Kitchen and dining facilities are an open plan affair, with all the basics covered, with high-end crockery, cutlery and all mod cons you will need for your stay
A fridge is provided, as well as a cooking hob, sink and coffeemaker.
The open-plan unit also has a luxury bench seat in the centre of the unit, and a dining table and chairs where you can enjoy meals or a glass of wine indoors. The living space is capped off with a wood-burning fireplace and a hanging chair, with side table. The entire unit is topped off with exquisite, hanging lights that warm the room at any time of day or night.
Big windows on both ends of the treehouse, as well as in the main living space allow for an exceptional amount of natural light to drench the unique, bohemian interiors, and accentuate the entire living experience.
The Bathroom facilities are provided on one end of the en-suite wet room with hot shower, toilet and washbasin with mirror.
Heating and lighting is provided by several sources; the wood-burning fireplace in the main living area being one them, but the treehouse also benefits from underfloor heating and has an uninterrupted supply of electricity, which the site draws from renewable sources. The well-insulated windows and build quality ensures that the treehouse stays lovely and warm throughout the year.
Outdoor space is provided by the front-facing decked area, which is accessed by the floor to ceiling windows in the main living area. The deck is designed to be used and more importantly enjoyed. It is an area where you can really get a first-class view at the amazing setting that surrounds the structure.
There are also the immediate grounds and surrounding area to enjoy. The site has parking spaces at the site entrance by the store room, which is just a few hundred metres from the treehouse itself. The treehouse is built on a custom-designed and eco-conscious site. There are paths and walkways dotted through the treelines that ultimately lead to a large clearing at the top of the site, at the edge of a meadow, with amazing views and flourishing wildlife. At different times of the day, you can easily take in nature, and the wildlife in the form of deer, badgers and other animals that live in the woodlands.. The area is also great for bird watching, and Oxfordshire itself is synonymous with amazing bike trails, which you will be able to link up with from Finstock should you wish.
Provided for you
Starter packs of logs for the log burner
Access to the whole site facilities and common areas, as well as the beautiful countryside
Parking for the treehouse is a short walk from the parking space, which is roughly 190m away, and has an allocated space for one vehicle. You are able to drive your car to the structure to unload, before returning to the car parking space.
The site owners have set the parking a short distance away from the treehouse itself, so that as you arrive, you are ensured to take a short, but important stroll through the fresh air, beginning your stay in the right way, as you connect instantly with the natural surroundings.
Internet access and mobile phone signal is good. Wifi is provided, and the phone signal is strong, but it can be dependent on your mobile carrier. Both 3G and 4G are found on site however.Pets, unfortunately, cannot be catered for due to the proximity to the wildlife on site.
The Treedwellers site at Finstock, is part of the wider village of Chipping Norton in North Oxfordshire. This site was designed and built around the idea of being a place where contemporary eco-inspired design can combine with a 'forward to nature' approach to offer spectacular, high-end breaks and holidays, rolled into one outstanding location with some amazing, unique treehouse spaces.
The site boasts 6 other amazing and unique treehouses, 5 of which are exclusive to Quality Unearthed.
The other Treedwellers treehouses can be found here.
Oxfordshire itself is an amazing place to explore; in fact, it's one of those places where getting lost in it is part of the charm.
Oxfordshire has something for everyone. Some of the most ancient and beautiful towns in England are found within its borders, such as Abingdon-on-Thames, the oldest continuously inhabited town in England, nestled on the bank of the River Thames. The county of Oxfordshire has always boasted a strong Royal Heritage, and this is exemplified by Blenheim Palace. Deemed a World Heritage Site, the palace was the birthplace of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, and its fantastic stately home and its landscaped gardens are the home of Countryfile Live.
Heritage and history are bountiful, but the contemporary and modern can also be drawn from these important places. Fans of the Harry Potter franchise will be sure to experience déjà vu as they roam and explore the town of Oxford, where the cobbled streets of this famous University town were used during the filming location for these epic modern tales. Known as the ‘city of dreaming spires, its beautiful skylines are punctuated by amazing Gothic towers and steeples that give the character and age of the town away.
Sandwiched between London to the southeast and Cotswolds to the northwest, Oxfordshire and its green surrounds have an abundance of attractions.
Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum
Celebrating over 400 years, this is the oldest botanic garden in the UK, founded in 1621. Originally, it was established as the Oxford Physic Garden and was used for growing medicinal plants in order to teach medical students. The Garden was the birthplace of botanical sciences at Oxford, but it became known as the Oxford Botanic Garden in the 1830s in order to reflect its role in experimental botany.
Due to the exceptional history and architecture that Oxford offers, one of the most popular things you can choose to do is walk around the area on a guided tour. You can see the filming locations used in the aforementioned Harry Potter films, as well as small-screen appearances from shows like Inspector Morse, and the university’s most famous buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library. There are several tours to choose from, and you can see Oxford on your own terms.
Guided tours can also be found in places further afield, as some companies run guided tours in The Cotswolds.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery
Oxford's first craft distillery and Britain's first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery. The distillery welcomes visitors in the heart of Oxford, for a behind-the-scenes experience to discover their approach to craft distilling and how they achieve this using sustainably farmed populations of heritage grain, as well as bespoke hand-built copper stills. You’ll see what goes into their spirits and truly understand what grain to glass craft distillery really is.
A world-class visitor attraction with a rich variety of sporting and cultural events throughout the year. As mentioned, as it is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, history buffs will delight at the sheer majesty of the Woodstock palace, found just ten miles from Oxford itself.
Nothing sums up Oxford more than a leisurely punt along the river. Visitors can be taken along the famous stretches of the Thames, heading out for the day or simply just out for lunch at one of the stops along the winding river, then punting back into town. It’s like the Oxford equivalent of a Venetian gondola and a true ‘when-in-Rome’ experience.
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