Spending a night in a tree house is a unique experience in contact with Nature. Never thought to surprise your partner with a romantic weekend, or let your children dream to live among the trees like tarzan? Tree houses are becoming more and more trendy. Perhaps to recover the instinctive relationship with nature that sometimes seems lost.
Widespread in North America and North Europe, where children often have their own private shelter on the tree in the home garden, tree houses are also spinging in Italy, for example in Tuscany and Lazio (central Italy), Friuli Venezia Giulia and Piedmont (north Italy), Abruzzo and Calabria (south Italy). At the same time, is growing the demand for accommodations in which to live a relationship of respect for the environment (and full immersion in nature).
The focus is on essenciality: natural materials, minimal spaces (obviously a tree house can not have all the comfort of a traditional hotel), silence and nature. In short, return to the origins.
Historically, there is nothing new: in the jungle of New Guinea, for example, people have always built their houses on trees, and they continue to do so today. Life among trees is part of our history, it is in our genome, although today for obvious practical reasons we have almost forgotten about it.
It’s hard to think of going back to living on the trees (though someone has done it, like the inhabitants of s small community in Italy). But we can only make the unique experience of a night in a tree house. Why not?
If “sleeping in a tree house” is in your list of things to do at least once in your life, below is a useful address that you can consider for your next holiday in north Italy.
Tree Houses: two beautiful (and eco-friendly) treehouse in Piedmont (North Italy)
One of the best eco-sustainable treehouses mapped by Ecobnb in Italy is that of Serra di Pamparato, a tiny monicipality of 300 inhabitants at 964 meters above the sea level in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont.
In the silence of secular woods rich in chestnut trees, surrounded by beautiful mountains, there are two amazing and eco-friendly tree houses, completely made of natural materials. From the terrace of the house, surrounded by tree branches, you have an unforgettable view of the mountains. Inside the tree house is wrapped in the scent of red cedar wood (which also has beneficial properties) and circus wood (which has an incredible relaxing power, beneficial to the heart and the psyche). You can enjoy to be surrounded by the warmth of natural wood furnishings.
One night for two people in the tree house starts at 135 € and includes organic and local breakfast: fruit juices and bio yogurt, local eggs, organic and local cheeses, and the typical local sweets named “Pamparato biscuits. You can have breakfast on the cottage’s terrace admiring the magnificent view of the tree branches.
The tree house is the ideal starting point to discover the unspoilt landscapes of Piedmont, rich in hiking trails of different lengths. From here you can also discover the largest elliptical dome in the world, visiting the majestic Vicoforte Shrine (ten miles from the tree house). Or stay enchanted in front of the dizzying walls and cyclones of Bossea Grotto (info and rates: Bossea Cave). Or even visit the city of Mondovì, cradle of the Baroque Piedmontese. Taste the unique wines of the Langhe and visit the Alba truffle festival. Dive into the warm and beneficial spa of Lurisia (info and offers: Terme di Lurisia) or (for free) in the fresh waters of the Casotto river to find cool during the summer.
I asked Ileana, the owner, how the project of his two tree houses was born. “An escape from the city” – she told me – “Turin was too tight. So we built our small house (with a large vegetable garden) in the Pamparato Mountains. At first we thought we would use it only on the weekend or during the holidays, but before we finished the work we realized that it was there that we really wanted to live. ”
Ileana also tells me of her childhood in a large farm in Romania, and the fact that her relationship with earth and nature brings her back to her origins is an essential aspect of her life she can not give up.
A few years after their transfer to the mountains, the tree house project was born: “to create a unique place where other people could appreciate the contact with the nature, the silence and the scent of the trees.” The two tree houses have been made by the Canadian company Artisan Log Homes and furnished by the Turinese company Of course, with scented woods, such as pearls and beech.
Future projects? Ileana tells me with enthusiasm about her farm activity, just taken. Two and a half acres where she grows chestnuts, strawberries, and vegetables. The products are sold directly to tourists during the summer. And you can enjoy it also during your breakfast on the terrace between the branches of the tree.