Water Forest Retreat Tree House is a 168 sq ft. private heated and electrified tiny home with stained glass windows surrounding an oak tree nestled in 100 acres of forest. Enjoy your favorite drink out on the deck up in the trees while watching the birds. There are 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails with a brook, waterfall, marsh and pond. Come here to hike or just relax in this beautiful forest. We also have an OCTAGON and HIKER’S HAVEN house. Please click on our profile picture to read more.
Regarding the Corona virus, We are very diligent about cleaning all surfaces including door handles and light switches with Lysol. We also supply sanitizer wipes and hand sanitizer.
Water Forest RetreatTree House is a great place to rejuvenate and enjoy all that Nature has to offer. Here you can hike, meditate, relax, read, write, mushroom hunt, fish, create art, music, photography, bird watch, cross country ski, snowshoe along with many other activities.
The space, which is 168 ft.² or 15.6 m² has electricity, but not running water. Hand sanitizer is provided along with a wash basin or you can use the sink at the main house to wash your hands. Soap, wash cloths, and towels are stored in a container under the bed. On top of the cabinet there is complimentary hand made glycerin soap. Bottled water is provided or you can fill up a container at the shower as the well water is very good. The composting toilet is conveniently located in the tree house and is vented so there is no odor. Toilet paper is provided. There are directions on the bathroom wall on how to use it. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY so that it will function properly.
The tree house has a locking door and six large windows with screens and shades for privacy. A key will be provided when you arrive. There are two stained glass transoms above the front windows and two more in the apexes. The space has a queen size bed with a comfy hybrid coil memory foam mattress. There are 400 thread count sheets with plenty of pillows and quilts along with a faux fur throw. Two bed side tables with Tiffany style lamps complement each side along with two tall white birch logs decorated with branches and fairy lights. Behind the bed side tables are USB ports with cords so you can charge your iPhone. Above the bed hangs a stained glass panel and a ceiling fan for your comfort on warm nights. There is also an electric fireplace for cold nights or you can just enjoy watching the flames without heat. On very cold nights we also supply a propane heater, though the electric fireplace is usually sufficient.
There is a cabinet which stores some camping essentials such as a propane camp stove, dinnerware, cutlery, cutting board, sugar and sugar substitutes, spices, creamers, pots, pans, lighters, scissors, wine bottle and can opener, a mirror, extra light bulbs, mugs, dish drying cloth, umbrellas, first aid kit, paper towels, Lysol cleaner, flashlights, propane, insect repellent and a battery powered lantern. A Kuerig coffee machine is provided with assorted coffees, chai latte, tea, hot chocolate, and hot apple cider. There is also a turquoise inlaid wooden table with two chairs where you can dine, write, or use your computer and a small wall rack for hanging clothes. On top of the rack are two wine glasses. Under the bed there are an assortment of games. Two pottery mugs are provided which Nancy made. The mugs are for sale at 28.00 each. Atop the cabinet is a bowl of snacks and a book binder with more information, maps, menus, and directions on how to use the coffee machine, propane stove, propane heater and electric fire place.
There are 2 1/2 miles of well maintained wood lined hiking trails with some that follow Goldmine brook to a waterfall that once hosted a grist mill back in the 1700's. You can still see the large stone foundations. Along the trails you will see many of the iconic stone walls that are unique to New England. Maps are provided in the book binder and trail markers are posted along the way. There are many benches and chairs along the trail where you can sit, relax and enjoy the scenery. While hiking the trails walking poles or sticks are suggested as the terrain is hilly with some stone steps and steep areas. Two walking sticks hang on the wall in the tree house. Because of the terrain hiking boots are strongly recommended. Due to the nature of the trails no ATV, dirt or mountain biking is allowed. These are hiking trails only. We ask that you please respect the private sign as this trail leads to the Octagon where guests may be staying. There is a good distance between the buildings so you will not be able to see each other even in winter. We wanted to make each site secluded and private. While hiking, please stay on our side of the brook as the opposite side is owned by our neighbor.
It is a five minute walk to the spring fed pond which is part of Goldmine brook. The brook is rated class A and supports a myriad of wildlife including river otters, mink and great blue herons. If you like to fish bring your gear to try for pickerel, large and small mouth bass, white and yellow perch, shiners and native trout. Previous guests have had great luck fly fishing here. Since the pond is small, we ask that you please practice catch and release.
If you are looking for a place to swim, canoe or kayak visit Gardner Lake state park in Salem which is only 15 minutes away. ( you will have to supply your own canoe or kayaks) Depending on water flow, you can also take a dip right here in the small pool below the Goldmine brook waterfall which is a 20-25 minute walk down the trail. Looking for some ocean fun? Bluff Point state park in Groton is another good choice. Here they have a beach along with hiking trails. Bluff Point is about 24 minutes away. Both places are free of charge. Please check out our guide book on Airbnb by clicking our profile picture for more things to do in the area.
The outdoor living area is conveniently layered with crushed stone. Enjoy a fire in the fire pit and meals either outdoors or in. On the deck there are two chairs and a mosaic glass table for outdoor dining along with a propane grill and a Mayan style hammock that seats two people. At ground level there is a fire pit with additional tables and chairs along with tiki torches for extra light and ambiance. Seasoned wood is available for 5 dollars a box or you can bring your own. You can also use any of the wood on the forest floor as long as it is not being used to mark the trails.
There is a Walmart and Big Y one mile away where you can buy food, drinks, ice and other supplies. Looking for a liquor store? Bozrah Wine and Spirits is one mile one the right heading west on route 82. Since there is no refrigerator you will need to bring your own cooler or you can borrow ours. If you do not wish to cook there are many good restaurants close by. We provide a few menus in the book binder for you to look through. Some restaurants even make deliveries or you can use a delivery app. such as door dash.com
Enjoy a hot private outdoor shower down at the main house. The distance to the shower is about a one minute walk. The shower is private while you are using it , but is shared with other guests. Plush towels, washcloths and soap are stored under the bed in a container. Shampoo and conditioner are at the shower. There is a sink here where you can wash your dishes. Under the bed there is a black plastic container to use for dirty dishes. Dish soap and scrubber are provided at the sink. There is a dish drying cloth in the cabinet back at the tree house. Due to freezing temperatures, the shower and sink are not available in winter. A wash basin is provided for sponge bathing. The basin is stored under the bed. Simply use the coffee machine or camp stove to make hot water. Guests staying two nights or more during this season are more than welcome to use the inside shower up at the main house. In winter we will take care of washing the dishes.
Because of the distance, Wifi is not available in the tree house, but is available in the parking area and pottery studio which is a walking distance of about 300 feet. If your device is supported by an Internet provider you will be able to get online.
For the nature enthusiast, take part in a guided nature walk where Nancy will discuss the history, plants, animals, geology and mushrooms found in the area. The walk costs 10 dollars per person and lasts about an hour and a half. We usually cover 2 miles and may go off trail. You might want to bring something to drink, a snack, and your camera.
BEFORE YOU BOOK, please keep in mind that this is a fancy form of camping (glamping!) that is semi off grid ( no running water in the Treehouse) with all that camping entails including insects, animals, sudden weather changes, rocky paths and hilly terrain. It is a one minute walk from the parking lot to the tree house and shower. You may get to hear our resident barred owls, red fox, eastern coyotes or possibly come across a white tailed deer while hiking the trails.
The distance from the parking area to the tree house is about 300 feet with 170 feet of that being in the forest. Since the tree house is small please pack appropriately. We will be more be more than happy to help you with your luggage.
Smoking is not allowed inside the tree house, but is allowed outside of it.
For people staying two nights or more I will leave you a check in text to see how you’re doing.
Bert and I will do everything we can to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Please feel free to contact us at anytime during your stay if you need anything. We look forward to hosting you!
We live at the end of a cul de sac in a quiet residential neighborhood that Nancy's father and grandfather built in the late 1950's. The tree house is nestled on 100 acres of forest with a brook running along one side of the property.
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