Want to get away from it all? Feel the need to escape back to nature? Do you yearn to experience the unspoiled environment in all its glory? You might be interested in the latest set of rooms, designed by innovative hotel company TreeHotel. Situated in Harads in Sweden, a short distance from the Lule river and set in glorious surroundings, these tree-rooms have been created to blend seamlessly into their background, rendering them invisible.
The premise behind these extraordinary treetop rooms is to give people the chance to experience nature within the trees, and was inspired by the film ‘The Tree Lover’ by Jonas Selberg Augustsen. The film features three men who leave the city and head for the country-life, where they go back to their roots by building a tree house together.
But although the tree-house rooms do signify a return to nature, they have a unique and contemporary design, complete will all mod cons. The tree rooms are set near the village, which comprises of around 600 people and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. The rooms are suspended around 4-6 meters above ground, and have been designed with the environment in mind, considering the ecological impact the rooms would make on the surroundings, and completed using sustainable construction and energy solutions.
Once you arrive at the Treehotel in Harads you meet with your hosts, Kent and Britta, who are located at Britta’s Pensionat. There you will be shown to your very own tree-house, and left to enjoy the tranquility and quiet of the forest space.
Meals are served back at the Pensionat, or if you prefer a little privacy, you can ask for them to be sent to your tree-room instead. Depending on what time of year you decide to book, there are a number of activities available for you to partake in. Most guests however, do choose to spend their time with their loved ones, simply enjoying the peace and quiet, and relaxing in the stunning scenery.
Features of the tree-rooms include state of the art insulation, and all are kept toasty hot with the additions of underfloor heating. The heating is powered by local green hydroelectricity, and the lighting, as you would expect, consists of low-energy LED-systems. Toilets in the rooms are environmentally friendly, completely odourless and powered by electricity, whilst the bathrooms feature water-efficient sinks with running water sufficient for washing hands, face and brushing teeth.
The company plans to have a total of 8-10 rooms, all situated within the forest area around Harads. Currently there are five unique tree-rooms, and in addition to these five, there is a tree sauna, which houses up to 12 people, also located within the forest.
For more information, or to book, visit the homepage at Treehotels.
© Peter Lundstrom, WDO – www.treehotel.se