As part of Stylist’s Made By Girls takeover, 15-year-old travel editor Napanari reviewed the Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds – and was delighted by a treehouse with a twist.
When you hear the word ‘treehouse’, you might expect a square, dad-made structure in a back garden. It’s kind of rough, and the floorboards don’t quite align, but there’s a sense of nature and comfort hanging in the air. That was my initial thought but, as part of the luxury Fish Hotel in the Cotswolds village of Broadway, I expected this treehouse might have an upgrade in the architecture. I wasn’t wrong… it was like nothing I’ve seen before.
The Fish opened its treehouses in May, taking the concept of a hotel to a completely different level. The 400-acre estate sits on top of a hill, all 19 buildings, huts and houses intertwined with nature, complementing both the modernist architecture and the natural landscape. My mum and I stayed in ‘Twiggy’ and, as soon as I walked in, I felt amazed by how beautiful it was. Speechless, and full of excitement, I couldn’t wait to explore.
The porch is built around a tree, and the house itself is an oval shape. Unusual, right? But, inside, the neutral tones and bleached wooden panels make you forget you’re in a treehouse.
I felt inspired to grow up and achieve a lifestyle in which I could live in a house decorated so beautifully, with the warmth and comfort of family, especially being there with my mum.
The Fish’s main building, The Lodge, is where all the fun happens with the lounge, the bar, the games room and the best bit… The Hook restaurant. A seafood restaurant serving delicious sea bass and lemon sole. If seafood isn’t your favourite, the Farncombe Estate’s culinary director Martin Burge offers a rib-eye steak, lamb chump or orzo pasta with cauliflower couscous, Berkswell cheese and toasted pumpkin seeds.
I love travelling and experiencing new things, so a night in a treehouse was amazing. I wouldn’t change anything about the trip, apart from if I could have stayed longer!
Rates for treehouses start at £370 on a B&B basis; thefishhotel.co.uk
Words by Napanari, age 15, who hopes to one day combine her passion for travel with a love of drama and public speaking by becoming a presenter.
Images: Fish Hotel