Like something out of a fairy tale — and seriously, even the main character’s name is Lord Northumberland — this 6,000 sq ft. tree house is the world’s largest. Located on the grounds of Alnwick Gardens, about 95 miles north south of Edinburgh, Scotland, the leviathan soars 56ft. above the ground and is connected with 4,000-square-feet of suspended walkways. There’s even a 120-seat restaurant — as well as wobble bridges, classrooms, turrets, and God knows what else. Naturally, this building was also built sustainably with the website saying Canadian Cedar, Scandinavian Redwood and English and Scots pine were all used in construction. Unfortunately, it appears that most of those were imported, so no points for you! From the website,
“The unique dining experience on offer in The Treehouse is nothing if not unusual. The roaring log fire in the centre of the room, the living tree complete with green leaves growing through the restaurant, the fascinating craftsmanship which has created screens from fallen branches and the dimmed lighting combine to create an other-wordly, magical environment. The delicious menus include a fantastic range of locally sourced produce, helping The Garden encourage and support local producers.”
Locally-sourced food? Points awarded! Apparently, if you’ve got deep, deep pockets, you can even rent the whole structure. What a phenomenal party — and drunken hazard — that would be.
All in all, construction (which was completed in 2005) cost roughly $7 million. Plans are already underway for an addition that would bring accommodations up to 1,000 people and include a “play area with a maze of rope bridges, platforms and aerial walkways, with wheelchair access.”
I’ve got to meet this Lord Northumberland guy.