Couple from London spend lockdown staying in a luxury TREEHOUSE
Living the high life: Couple from London spend lockdown staying in a luxury TREEHOUSE in Somerset fitted with a log burner, dishwasher, and copper bathtub
- A couple from London have spent lockdown in a luxury treehouse and say they are happier than ever
- Sam Harper, 32, and Rebecca Harper, 31, left Fulham a week before lockdown to join family in Somerset
- Mr Harper’s father owns the luxury accommodation which he typically rents out to holidaymakers
- The couple, from Fulham, say they are enjoying a new lease of life away from the hustle and bustle of London
A high-flying London couple have spent lockdown living in a treehouse in the Somerset countryside – and say they’re happier than ever.
Rebecca Harper, 31, and Sam Harper, 32, from Fulham, London escaped to the woodland treehouse in the grounds of Sam’s dad’s and step-mum’s house in East Harptree, Somerset in mid-March, just over a week before lockdown was announced.
The couple, who have lived in London for a decade and work as chartered surveyors, initially planned to stay at the treehouse for a couple of weeks but are still there 13 weeks later after lockdown lasted longer than they expected.
A couple from London have spent lockdown in a luxury treehouse and say they’re happier than ever
Sam Harper (left), 32, and Rebecca Harper (right), 31, left London a week before lockdown to East Harptree, Somerset
Sam’s father and step-mother own a luxury treehouse near their property which they typically rent out to holidaymakers
And they admit friends have been astounded by their sudden change of lifestyle, with Rebecca, who now passes the days tending to their vegetable patch, confessing she struggled to keep a houseplant alive back in London.
She said: ‘Our life here is the complete opposite of what it was like back in London.
‘I wake up to natural light and spend my days tending to the vegetable patch then fill any spare time doing watercolour paintings and calligraphy.
‘It’s idyllic here and I’m happier than ever.
‘In London, we led such busy lives. We were at workout classes or the gym first thing in the morning, then it was a 45-minute commute into central London and out for dinner with friends until 10pm or 11pm at night.
The couple from Fulham, west London, have taken up residence in the luxury treehouse for the duration of lockdown
Mrs Harper said that she has taken to the idyllic surroundings and says she does not miss her life in the capital
The 331 sq ft woodland retreat is fitted with a log burner, dishwasher, copper bathtub and a comfy double bed
The treehouse also has a large screen that allows guests to watch films in the relaxing and peaceful surroundings
‘I’ve always been creative, but there’s much more time to pursue my hobbies now. I finally have time to do painting and I’ve taken up knitting.
‘Around dinner, we’ll go for walks in the surrounding countryside – it’s so beautiful.’
Rebecca and Sam made the two-and-a-half-hour drive from their home in Fulham to the treehouse on 12th March, just over a week before lockdown began on 23rd March.
Sam has been working from the treehouse, which is fitted with electric sockets and wifi, while Rebecca has been furloughed, and is spending her spare time painting and growing plants.
The 12ft high tree house is usually rented out as a luxury holiday home by Sam’s dad, Alan Harper, and step-mum Angela Harper, but coronavirus has forced them to temporarily cease letting the property to holidaymakers.
Instead, Rebecca and Sam have been enjoying relaxing in the 331 sq ft woodland retreat, which is fitted-out with a log burner, dishwasher and William Holland copper bathtub and have been sharing their enviable lockdown life on their Instagram page @TreeHouseDiaries.
And since moving to their treehouse retreat, the couple have been joined by a third member of the family, 9-week-old Labrador puppy, Duke, who will accompany them when they return to London.
Mr Harper says he enjoys the simplicity of life in the countryside and is able to switch off easier than in London
The couple say they have been brought closer together and their fans are surprised that they don’t feel lonely
Sam said: ‘My favourite thing about being here is the simplicity of life and being able to switch off and relax.
‘There’s a sense of freedom here that you don’t get in London.
‘It has made us appreciate the things that we would pass every day in London, but not notice because we were too busy or distracted by something else going on.
Rebecca added: ‘It hasn’t been lonely. Lots of my friends can’t comprehend that we haven’t felt lonely or isolated, but it has brought us closer together.
‘We’ve been growing cucumber, radish and strawberries among other vegetables. We had our first harvest in the last week.
‘Back in London I can’t even keep a house plant alive. It has been such a transformation.’
They have added a third member to their small family, with nine-week old Labrador puppy Duke, who will return to London
Mrs Harper says she has been able to find time to pursue her hobbies away from the hustle and bustle of London
With lockdown now easing the couple plan on remaining living in the treehouse until the end of June, before returning to the hustle and bustle of the capital.
The treehouse will then open to visitors again provided lockdown restrictions remain eased and will soon be available to book through Canopy & Stars – a travel agency specialising in luxury camping.
However, they say their time in the countryside has made them reassess their priorities and for Rebecca, their three months in the woods has brought back fond memories of growing up in the Warwickshire countryside.
She said: ‘It’s a bit like returning to my childhood being here.
‘The last time I grew a runner bean was with my dad when I was young.
‘Staying here has made us question what we have in London. We’ll probably stay living in London, but we definitely want more nature around us in the future.
Sam added: When we get back to London, we’re going to spend more time in the countryside.
‘Being here for 13 weeks has taught us that we didn’t need to be doing all the things we used to do before.
‘I’m still looking forward to getting a metropolitan lifestyle back though.
‘I miss hanging out with friends and going to restaurants.
‘I even miss the sound of passing sirens. It’s the comfort of knowing there’s people around you.’
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