The Birdhouse Treehouse, a tiny woodland cottage
The Birdhouse Treehouse, as it has been named, sits in an idyllic woodland clearing in Somerset, England. The tiny vacation cottage blends into its forested setting with cedar board and batten siding and roof shingles.
Although called a treehouse, the cottage isn’t actually supported by the surrounding trees and it is much closer to the forest floor than the treetops. However the “birdhouse” label is quite apt if you imagine the round window as the entrance opening to an oversized birdbox.
The wooden cottage has an open L-shaped floor plan. The bathroom is in the outside corner of the “L” where it separates the bedroom space in the short leg from the living area in the long leg. If you wanted the bedroom to have more privacy, it looks like it would be pretty straightforward to close it off with a wall and door.
Contrasting with the cottage’s outer appearance, the interior is quite contemporary. The rounded form of the living room window is reflected in the smoothly curved transition from the walls to the vaulted ceiling. The bedroom also features a gently undulating ceiling. Adding a rustic touch, the kitchen cabinetry was handbuilt from 80-year-old reclaimed lumber while the bedroom storage consists of stacked wooden crates.
Planning a visit to Somerset? The Birdhouse Treehouse is available for vacation rentals.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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It’s a lovely setting and lovely house but I would paint the porch furniture red to give the front a bit of color.
Too much shabby inside for me. I’d either strip the paint off completely or strip and paint the wood—but leaving a small wall or too as shabby for accent. I don’t dislike shabby chic in moderation.
I don’t know… I like the CLEAN look of the pale colors and white. It opens it up too. It is surrounded by trees, so the brightness is an added bonus. I like the shabby chic, and the TALL ceilings and spots of color (yellow and blue) here and there…I’d live there in a heartbeat! The black furniture on the deck look chic too…it’s all a matter of personal taste I suppose. Love this house!