"...quiet, cozy, clean and warm." (Photo is by guest Christina!)"At night we saw fireflies from the windows..."
River Treehouse on the Sydenham

Private room

4 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Cozy treehouse: sleeping platform (for 2) and tiny woodstove inside; porch and hammock outside. Campfire pit with tripod grill on the riverbank, and place to pitch a tent if there are an extra 1 or 2 people in your group.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 0
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2PM - 11PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Extra people $23 NZD / night after 2 guests
Weekend Price $69 NZD / night
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House Rules

No washrooms at the treehouse itself - it is like backcountry camping in that regard, and we ask you to follow the usual guidelines for that. ("How to S**t In The Woods" by Kathleen Meyer is recommended reading! Or look up "cathole".) Also we ask guests to follow the backcountry rules (leave-no-trace camping) in regard to packing out what you bring in, including the little things like bread bag ties and bottle caps. No smoking, of course, on the property at all. Bring your own sleeping bag, and something to do: your knitting, your camera, the book you are writing or reading. Bring a flashlight. Bring any food and water you will need. Remember to store any food inside at night, or when you are gone, in order to discourage raccoons and chipmunks. Do not feed any wildlife, no matter how cute. This is for their own present and future safety.
Absolutely no open candles. It's just too dangerous with all the wood about. Please use the lighting we provide. Also please do not try to cook over the wood stove that is in the treehouse itself. It is astounding how messy that can be. All cooking must be done outside the treehouse.
PETS: Some pets do well here and some do not. It is no place for a cat, for instance, nor for a nervous dog. The first faint coyote howl or owl hoot and neither of you will get any sleep. Laid-back, well-trained dogs, whether big or small, especially those used to camping, love it here. Please ask, when you request to book, if you wish to bring a pet. Of course, we ask you to clean up after them.
CHILDREN: This is a treehouse on a platform 10 feet off the ground and not at all suitable for anyone who might toddle off the edge. Older children who like camping are a perfect fit, but keep in mind the river, the platform height, and the woods setting.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - The footpath to the treehouse is 1 km of walking. There are stairs to the platform.
Amenity limitations - No wifi, no plumbing, no electricity at the treehouse.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

139 Reviews

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Sylvia User Profile
September 2017
What a magical stay. Lawrene and Harry are delightful hosts. If you are looking for a getaway in a scenic forest, this is the place. Couldn't have been happier.

Janet Clair User Profile
September 2017
I wanted complete rest. Best sleep I had in weeks. Clean fresh air. Short drive from the city but feels like you are miles away.

Fiorentina User Profile
September 2017
Great spot!! Super quiet and cozy, a perfect place for peace and comfort. I saw a lot of different bird types, including a curious woodpecker that would greet me and fly away every morning ☺.

Ian User Profile
August 2017
Such an amazing spot, well worth the trip. We loved it.

Laura User Profile
August 2017
This was exactly what I needed to 'get away from it all.' What a wonderful few days! I can't wait to go back!

Cole User Profile
August 2017
Awesome experience. Great hospitality, and a very unique space.

Reagan User Profile
August 2017
This place is awesome! A short walk through the woods to get there, so pack lightly! (Which shouldn't be an issue because the host provides SO much.) very quiet spot, super beautiful surroundings. We loved our night!

Florence, CanadaJoined in October 2012
Lawrene User ProfileLawrene is a superhost.

I am a professional actor and copywriter and sparetime weaver. Harry is a professional carpenter and sparetime sailor. We love hiking, canoeing, travelling in general, but also the farm we have lived on for over 35 years. We built the treehouse for ourselves originally, just for fun. Thanks to Airbnb, we find we love sharing it with guests. The stories, the laughs, the connecting - it's the best!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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