When you think of a treehouse, many don't see them as structures that cater for everybody. That is all about to change...
Say hello to Liberty: brand new treehouse, part of the new Treedwellers collection found in Finstock, Oxfordshire, and one that has been built with accessibility in mind, and for the mobility of all.
Whilst technically not the first structure in the UK to call itself an 'accessible treehouse', Liberty is surely the coolest? One of only a handful that can claim to be accessible by those with disabilities or who are less mobile. With the same effort for modern, clean, and minimalist spaces as all other treehouses on the site, Treedwellers offers a stylish and bohemian chic that makes up the space-age structure's interior.
On the outside, Liberty is a brand new, eco-friendly treehouse built with environmentally-friendly materials, and decorated with specially-curated art pieces, and superior quality finishing touches which all combine to create a decadent holiday experience in a serene part of rural England.
Liberty, like the other treehouses on site, is a super-quirky, and ultra-modern treehouse, built for couples or small families and set back in a private position on a custom-built retreat in the Oxfordshire countryside. The outer shell is circular, and 'donut-shaped', which offers an extremely interesting twist on the traditional ideals of a treehouse. Almost a complete deconstruction, Liberty is a treehouse for the 21st Century.
The main structure is accessed by all from the rear of the unit, on an accessible walkway, which sits at ground level. The main living area of the treehouse is perched at the same level to allow it to be accessed by all, and the supporting frame of the treehouse is built down into a natural fosse that brings the essence of the treehouse to life.
Also at ground level, next to the treehouse, you will find an accessible parking space on a solid and suitable concourse. Due to the nature of accessibility, Liberty has been crafted to allow a car to remain beside the treehouse for ease, so at this treehouse only, your vehicle does not need to be returned to the main parking place.
With an eco-construction and custom circular-shaped exterior; a mixture of rusty, COR-TEN steel-coloured aluminum gives Liberty its distinctive, look.
Treedwellers is a place for diversity and a celebration of ‘forward to nature’ spaces that ensnare the senses but also seamlessly blend into the tranquil surroundings of the Oxfordshire backdrop 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.
Approximately 15-miles northwest of Oxford, Finstock is a small but lively community, with a popular village pub and a wonderful community-run shop.
Sleeps 4 in two luxury king-size beds, with linen and bedding provided.
Spacious, hot disabled access shower, toilet & hand basin with mirror. There is also a frestanding bath. 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. Up to two children may share the second luxury kingsize bedroom.
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 available beside the treehouse, for ease of access and to cater for guests with varying disabilities. The occupants of Liberty do not need to return your car to the parking spaces near the main entrance.
Check in from 4:00PM 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. Access off and on the platform at Finstock is accessible via ramp.
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 focal point 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 allow for up to four people in two king-sized beds.
The luxury kitchen and dining facilities are set within an open-pan living space with all the basics covered, including high-end crockery, cutlery, exquisite finishing touches. The kitchen includes a fridge cooking hob, sink, and coffeemaker.
The living space is centered around a rustic wood-burning fireplace and bench seat that make up a beautiful, comfortable living area with a fantastic sprinkling of lights. There are large windows on both ends of the treehouse, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the main living space that allow for natural light to seep in, and your mind to wander out into the woodland.
Heating and lighting are in ample supply, allowing the treehouse to be frequented year-round, Power and warmth are provided by several sources; the wood-burning fireplace in the main living area is one of them, but the treehouse also benefits from underfloor heating and has an uninterrupted supply of electricity, which the site draws from 100% renewable sources.
The Bathroom facilities are provided on one end of the en-suite wet room with a hot shower, toilet, and washbasin with a mirror. Plush towels are provided so you won't need to bring these with you.
Outdoor space is provided by the front-facing decked area, which is accessed by the floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the main living area. The deck is designed to be used and more importantly enjoyed.
Here you can really take in the natural environment that has been curated by the Treedwellers folk. Wildlife in the form of deer, badgers, and other animals that live in the woodlands are likely to make several appearances during your stay, as you share in their natural space, together.
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
Internet access and mobile phone signal are excellent. 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 that everyone or all abilities can enjoy. It was very clear early on in the initial conception process that this Treedwellers site had to be a place of inclusivity, and that it could be accessible to everyone.
The site boasts 6 other amazing and unique treehouses, 5 of which are exclusive to Quality Unearthed and can be found here.
Oxfordshire is a beautiful, quintessentially English county, and it only takes mere minutes from Oxford’s city centre, either by foot or car, to know you’re in the middle of rural England, and deep in the countryside. There are many accessible things to do in and around Oxfordshire, and which will cater to any and all mobilities.
Guided walks and routes
There are many popular and accessible paths from the city centre across to Port Meadow, a flat green field that makes for a pleasant perambulation. The River Thames lines one side of the meadow – you can amble along the towpath beside it then slightly further on to reach The Perch, a conveniently-placed pub that’s ideal for a midway drink or two.
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.
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.
Nestling in the Evenlode Valley, and found by calm, meandering roads nearby to Finstock is Charlbury, a vibrant yet picturesque Oxfordshire town. It is the nearest hub to find great places to eat, a variety of shops and bars to Treedwellers.
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.
A note on bikes
Cycling is one of the most popular ways for students and residents to get around Oxford town. As such, fences along sidewalks are often packed with bikes. However, great strides are made here, and signs placed throughout Oxford reminding people to park their bikes responsibly, so that wheelchair users can pass by unhindered.
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