A super Airbnb find in Asheville, NC reminds me that treehouses are increasingly popular and can be found as alternative hotel lodging in destinations all over the world. This recent discovery in Asheville is an even more novel stay. The Serenity Treehouse featured in this article is the only sanctuary in North Carolina supported solely by the trees with a certificate of occupancy. You may be among the first to spend a summer vacation like a childhood dream this summer.
A first of its kind in North Carolina, the Serenity Treehouse offers accommodation for four in a beautiful living area. It also has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with stand-up shower, and a second floor ‘love nest’ with a cozy full-size bed and a Juliet balcony. The house is designed for couples, but the downstairs couch pulls out providing space for two additional guests, which makes the treehouse also a good choice for families with two children, or for a party of friends. I spoke with one of the visionaries behind the vacation playground taking shape within a mountain residential development. Caroline Parrish told me of her’s and her husband’s longtime plans for the mountaintop near Weaverville, NC:
“Our dream has been to share the uniqueness of this place, and of this fascinating treehouse experience with people who travel to Asheville.”
Parrish also told me of future plans to build more of these sanctuaries in the trees, as well as eco-friendly underground homes akin to the “Hobbit” ones from the famous Lord of the Rings films.
Sanctuary in the Trees
The treehouse is designed to harmonize with nature, following the wood cabin features specific to North Carolina. It’s the kind of architectural structure you expect to find in the forest, but standing on solid ground instead of relying on tree branches for support. This Woodfin treehouse is the first of a lot of 20 that will make a unique vacation rental complex on Baird Mountain in the Serenity development of Asheville.
The project is a vision by Michael and Caroline Parrish who joined forces with building contractor Robert Anderson, to develop a vacation destination designed to complement the natural environment. “Treehouse Guys” stars James Roth and Chris Haake of the DIY Network also offer their expertise, along with treehouse pioneer Michael Garnier who is known for his Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort. The project was publicly revealed in August 2016 in the 11th episode of The Treehouse Guys, Asheville Crash Pad.The video below from local real estate broker Jeff Stewart shows a piece of the treehouse experience we hope to enjoy this summer.
The Serenity Treehouse is available to book on Airbnb. They have free Internet if you cannot escape your social media schedule, or if you want to share your experiences in the trees with friends and family who could not join you. You can contact them on Airbnb, or directly on Facebook at Treehouses of Serenity.