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There's something wonderfully romantic about a treehouse break. Not only do you get to indulge your inner child, it's also an escape in the true sense of the word: spirited away in the treetops, there's nothing to distract you but your travelling companion(s), a bottle of wine, wildlife and bird song.

With summer finally hitting home this week, we take a look at five boutique treehouse escapes where luxury meets the great outdoors in the best way possible. Forget sleeping bags and soggy ground mats - these places come complete with hot tubs, wood burning stoves and sleek interior design. Wave goodbye to city life and get set to bed beneath the boughs...

1. Bagthorpe Treehouse, Norfolk

A leafy welcome awaits in this African-inspired hut, situated beneath a great Holm oak in the grounds of Bagthorpe Hall. With a king-size four poster bed, copper bath and giant veranda, it's the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy the Norfolk wildlife from your vantage point up in the canopy.

From £215 a night (sleeps 4), canopyandstars.co.uk/bagthorpe-treehouse, 01275 395 447

2. La Palombiere, Bordeaux

Fairy lights, champagne in the fridge, gourmet dinners on demand... this hideaway in the woods of a traditional French manor house has it all. After waking in your canopy bed, you can order breakfast on the tree-side terrace before exploring the surrounding wine country. There's even a mezzanine with giant bean bags and a TV for kids (or kids at heart).

From £210 a night (sleeps 2 adults and up to 3 children), canopyandstars.co.uk/la-palombiere, 01275 395 447

3. Gwdy Hw, Powys

Gwdy Hw (pronounced Goody Hoo) is hidden away within a maze of walking trails that run through the Welsh Mountains. A spiral staircase leads up to a delightfully rustic hideout with a wood burning stove and piping hot spring water shower - features that can't fail to delight.

From £137 a night (sleeps 4), canopyandstars.co.uk /living-room/gwdy-hw, 01275 395 447

4. The Treehouse at Harptree Court, Somerset

No luxury is spared in this sumptuous treetop hotel, complete with Persian rugs, leather armchairs, toiletries from Arcania apothecary, a fridge full of local delicacies and even Wi-Fi. It's based in the grounds of the grade II listed Harptree Court, so guests can enjoy the manor's facilities, including a tennis court and croquet lawn.

From £245 a night (sleeps 2), canopyandstars.co.uk/the-treehouse-at-harptree-court, 01275 395 447

5. Châteaux dans les Arbres, Dordogne

If it's la crème de la crème of treehouses you're after, look no further than Châteaux dans les Arbres, in the rolling countryside of the Dordogne in south west France. There are three woodland castles to choose from, each with their own turrets, hot tubs and even an on-call chef if your fancy a gourmet dinner à deux.

From £200 a night (sleeps 2-6), canopyandstars.co.uk/chateaux-dans-les-arbres/monbazillac, 01275 395 447

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