The Phoenix Tree

Walterstone, Herefordshire, England

Unique glamping inspired treehouse with private hot tub and outdoor shower offers an off grid romantic stay near Abergavenny.

Key Points

  • Handcrafted treehouse with bedroom up high in the boughs of an old oak tree offers a romantic break for 2 guests near Avergavenny.
  • Outside you can relax in your wood fired hot tub, enjoy an al fresco shower or cook on the BBQ.
  • The lower level offers a cob hearth for warmth plus simple kitchenette facilities as well as a comfy sofa.
  • There is a pub within walking distance for a delicious lazy lunch.


Built and designed by a local master craftsmen, this eco, off grid, romantic, quintessentially quirky dwelling the Phoenix Tree offers a fabulous stay for 2 adults close to the Black Mountains, near Abergavenny.

The Phoenix Tree is an extraordinary treehouse built in and around a resurrected oak tree and is a great place to take in the stunning views of the local landscape and to digitally detox and just be. The bedroom, as with all true treehouses, is up in the boughs with a wonderful lookout view (and has a top quality mattress and luxurious bamboo bed linen). Please note that access is via a very steep staircase with handrails, so not suitable for large pieces of luggage. This is constructed with ingenuity from reclaimed caterpillar tracks, conveyor belt steps and gas pipe rails. Upstairs you can enjoy gazing at the everchanging sky through the skylight in the roof and surrounding reclaimed windows.

The lower level is protected by curved straw and cob walls, and has bamboo roof struts which make a beautiful ceiling. Light a fire in the cob hearth to keep the treehouse cosy, and settle into the sofa as a perfect place to chill out with your favourite book. There is a simple kitchen and you are given 'the bare necessities of life" from a hand operated coffee grinder, a corkscrew, heavy duty pots and pans that can go on the fire, to colourful enamelware to eat from. Cooking can be done in the hearth, on a gas hob, or BBQ. There is an eco composting loo behind a bamboo wall.

Outside is your own private wooden hot tub and funky shower in the dingle, plus a BBQ area with viewing platform, the perfect place for enjoying your morning cuppa or late night tipple. Hot water for the hot tub, shower and washing up only comes from lighting a fire in the wood burner outside, and this takes at least 2 hrs.

Locally you can enjoy hiking in the stunning Brecon Beacons or alternatively if you looking for some adrenaline raising activities, try your hand at mountain biking at the Black Mountain Cycle Centre just down the road, or supertubing in nearby Ebbw Vale. Those interested in history can enjoy a day out at the cathedral city of Herefordt before heading over to a number of castles to explore in the area. There are an extraordinary number of great places to eat, from the famous Walnut Tree and The Hardwick, to the owners local and most favoured pub the Carpenters Arms, which is within walking distance.  

No children. Up to 2 dogs welcome at an extra cost of £20 each per stay, but must stay on a lead at all times due to grazing livestock. 

Monday arrivals for a 4 night stay and Friday arrivals for a 3 night stay. 

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Eco Credentials: 

We are fully off grid with the units running on solar power for electricity and wood for heating. The accommodation does not have plug sockets. We have charging points and a fridge freezer located in the stables (by guest arrival). Hot water is provided by gas boilers. Our wonderful toilets are composters, which we love, allowing us to minimise our impact on the planet. Our farm is organic and we are applying regenerative agriculture principles as well as seeking to increase biodiversity. We use only Eco-Cleaning products. All our bed linen is made from natural materials (bamboo). Toilet paper and kitchen roll are bamboo based so fully compostable.

Room Types

Double Ensuite



 Compost toilet


 Shower - outdoor



 Dining area


Paid Extras

 Extra logs / firewood



 Private entrance

 Seating area

Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks

 Pub within walking distance




 Quiet after 10pm


 WiFi - No access to WiFi


 Private Hot Tub

On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels




 Free parking

 Parking not alongside accom



 Small site (2-4 accoms)

 Solar-powered electricity


What should we bring?

Bring all food, slippers, wellies, a torch and possibly thermals for night time. If you are noise sensitive - earplugs for the morning chorus.

Do you supply wood?

Yes we provide you with a large basket and some natural firelighters. If you need more you can purchase it on site.

Nearest Airport/s

Cardiff / Bristol

Content updated on 6th March 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Rachel Cracknell from The Phoenix Tree