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Tree House 
Caerlaverock Estate, Dumfries & Galloway

Caerlaverock Tree House was designed and built by Echo for Caerlaverock Estate and is nestled in a small wood on the property, overlooking the Solway Firth and the beautiful view across the Solway to Criffel summit. The Tree House was designed and built to compliment Caerlaverock Estate’s first Echo cabin, The Curve, which sits 400 meters away on the adjacent farmland.

Nearby, the medieval, moated Caerlaverock Castle sits on the edge of Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve; its triangular form was the inspiration for this unique, off grid, small building.  

An elegant timber and steel spiral stair leads up to the Tree House entrance and balcony. Inside the cosy, spruce-lined interior, a central space opens onto three circular rooms. Daylight floods in via skylights and  windows large and small, with integral blinds.

The triangular space accommodates the kitchen, a window seat and the entrance doors along each side, with a dining table at its heart. At each point of the triangle sits a small circular room.  Glazing set below and above the kitchen unit, and handmade timber bench opposite, frames views of the woods on either side of the tree house.  Pendant lights with concrete shades hang over the window seat and kitchen unit, and a timber shelf hangs above the worktop. Natural birch ply drawer and door fronts sit under a solid core worktop, complimenting the timber walls and discreetly housing a gas hob, sink and 12v fridge.

The circular sitting room sits opposite the entrance. Its walls have a collection of tiny windows framing woodland views, each set with jewel like lights illuminating the niches in the curved wall. A copper coloured Erkol Apple Pie Stack, with log burner and tiny top oven, sits on the edge of the sitting room, and beyond is the view through the woods to the Solway and the hills behind. A central skylight looks up into the woodland canopy.

A king size bed sits in the snug circular bedroom. A curtain hangs from a track running round the wall, creating an elegant canopy bed, recalling a medieval interior. Pendant lights hang in front of two slot windows either side of the bed, and a circular rooflight sits over the space.

Behind a discreet curved door, a shower room sits in the third circle, and is finished in large format floor and wall tiles with a copper finish. The basin sits below a small tower with a skylight above, and the shower’s is glazed wall looks out onto the trees; integral blinds provide extra privacy if desired.  

The interior’s natural palette comprises spruce walls, oiled engineered oak flooring, and birch fixtures with small leather, copper and concrete details. Externally, the treehouse is clad in larch timber of variable widths and sits on a steel substructure and central, timber clad service column.

The Tree House is centrally heated by a gas boiler and column radiators, with a log burner for added comfort. Five ground mounted solar panels at the edge of the woodland provide the power supply.

Location :  Caerlaverock Estate, Dumfries & Galloway   

Client : Caerlaverock Wild Cabins 

Year:  2023

Floor Area: 25.9m2

Photos : ECHO

Status : Built 

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