Husthwaite, North Yorkshire
The stuff of childhood dreams - with an enviable forest location and outdoor log-fired hot tub, it’s a truly magical Yorkshire retreat
Please note: minimum stay for this property is: 2 nights low season & 3 nights high season
Rufus' Roost is owned and managed by Barney Smith.
Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views over the White Horse of Kilburn, Rufus’ Roost is a truly whimsical hideaway. Built amidst the forest of a Medieval Manor, it’s in a spectacular location. With top-draw eco-credentials, the owners ensure that the treehouse has minimal impact on the environment around it - hardly surprising considering the family have been preserving this area for the last twenty years. Their hard work shows in the abundance of wildlife in the local surroundings. Add to this, cosy interiors and a large terrace complete with an outdoor log-fired hot tub and you know you are onto something very special.
A fabulous boardwalk zig zags through the forest to deliver you to Rufus’ Roost’s front door. The build itself is spellbinding with feature windows and turrets to boot - it definitely has a touch of the fairytale about it. Once inside, you’ll be welcomed by an open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining area. With character by the bucket-load, you can’t help but be impressed by the double height ceiling, modern wood burning stove and exceptional staircase (complete with a bannister constructed solely from branches). The kitchen is well-equipped and gleamingly modern with breathtaking views over the Yorkshire countryside.
There are three bedrooms (two doubles and a bunk on the mezzanine). All promise a great night’s sleep, with thick duvets and blankets to cosy down under. The bespoke chunky bunk beds are great - and add that special sense of adventure for any little ones.
The magic continues out on the large terrace - the perfect spot for some al-fresco dining. With a log-fired pizza oven, woodland BBQ and firepit, there’s plenty of opportunity to flex your outdoor cooking prowess. After dinner it would be rude not to take advantage of the glorious views from the log-fired hot tub.
Children are well catered for with a whole forest to explore, trees to climb and a stream to play in. And on a more practical level, the thoughtful owners have gone the extra mile, providing a travel cot, highchair, sterilising equipment, and a milk and food warmer for the tiniest of explorers.
Once settled in your new forest surroundings, you are actively encouraged to explore - there are even binoculars and a bat monitoring station to help aid your wildlife spotting. Once you’re done discovering, there’s a fabulous indoor den to delve into. Accessed by a slide (naturally), there’s more entertainment in this room than you can shake a whittled stick at! With bean bags, cushions, TV, games console, movies and a popcorn machine. It’s such a great room, you’ll almost be wishing for rain.
The local area has lots to explore too. Although it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere, you are in fact just a few miles from the market towns of Thirsk and Easingwold. And if you fancy travelling a little further, you’re only 17 miles from York with its remarkable gothic cathedral, winding Medieval streets and bustling cafes.
LBA - 45 mins by car
April to November
(3, 4, and 7 night stays ONLY)
Monday to Friday £1200
Friday to Monday £1200
(15% off ALL 7 night stays!)
November to April
(2, 3, 4, and 7 night stays ONLY)
Friday to Monday (or any combination thereof) £1200
(15% off ALL 7 night stays!)
We do not offer 1-night stays, or 2 nights over a weekend
Check in from 4pm
Check out by 10am
Bookings are for up to six people
Bedding and Towels are provided
A damage deposit of £250 is added to all bookings and is returned after departure, (subject to there being no breakages/damage and LEFT AS FOUND is adhered to; i.e. to leave the property in a similar condition as you found it when you arrived; this means making sure all crockery/pots/pans/etc are clean and put away, rubbish taken out and please place used towels and robes in the shower).
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