Pinwheel Treehouse operating manual.

Pizza making

If planning to use your pizza oven please see our lighting the pizza oven page.

Logs & Kindling

We have refilled your log basket, kindling & firelighters, if you need more please help yourself from the log store. There are wheelbarrows by the log store, please return these after use. Logs, kindling and firelighters refills are complimentary to treehouse guests.

If you would like to purchase anything else from the honesty shop, please help yourself and make payment on our  woodland shop page.

Ceramic Log burner.

There is an air flow control lever under the oven door it is essential to open this fully (pulled towards you for open, away for closed) when lighting, once the fire is going it should be closed down a bit or entirely to control the burn/heat.

Always start with just a stack of kindling in order to pre heat the chimney so that the smoke is drawn up effectively, thereafter slowly build up the fire & the glass front will clear once up to temperature & drawing properly.

Don’t dry clothes or towels on or near the woodturner as this is specifically forbidden by the fire officer.

Hot tub

The hot tub will be left empty and needs to be filled with fresh hot water just before use. It will take a while to fill and its best to use lots of hot water 1st as the metal will absorb some of the heat to start with. The bubbles button is by the hot/cold tap wheels.


The mains water is suitable for drinking, the hot water is heated on demand so takes a couple of minutes to arrive, thereafter it is plentiful.


Please store food inside -the squirrels will help themselves in no time to anything edible and unguarded outside! We really don’t want to encourage them with a regular food supply.

No noise policy

Please don’t play music or disturb the other guests with noisy behaviour as sound travels in the woods. Guests that flout these rules & disturb other guests will be asked to leave immediately without any refund. Please switch mobiles to silent and don’t shout when using mobiles!

No smoking

Smoking is prohibited inside but is allowed outside, please be extra vigilant on properly extinguishing cigarettes when on the treehouse deck.

Dairy farming

The woods are generally very peaceful, the sounds of nature & the forest are very much part of the experience. However apologies in advance if once in a while the birds, owls and wildlife are accompanied by the sounds of dairy farming activity and/or country sports. This is very much part & parcel of living in a remote dairy farming community.  Occasionally some of the seasonal farming activities can be noisy and/or smelly… This is not something we can or would want to change & any noise or muck spreading smells are usually short-lived and everything returns to normal before long.

Social media

We encourage those that can to switch off their mobiles, laptops etc in order to get the most out of being in the woods. However we are always grateful when guests spread the word on social media (ideally when back home) please do tag us in any posts if you do- @mallinsonswoodlandretreat 

Thank you.

Privacy & anonymity

We wont disturb you during your stay unless called upon or absolutely necessary. If you have any problems or questions during your stay please don’t hesitate to contact the duty manager on the duty phone (the current number is always displayed below the in/out board at the entrance to the camp).


Fire risk is of particular concern in our treehouses, therefore please don’t leave the woodturning stove, bbq or pizza oven fires unattended.

Do not move the fire pit/bbq from its current position on its steel base plate.

Tea lights and unguarded candles are prohibited – we supply enclosed candle lanterns & candles provided for candlelight.

The bbq uses charcoal and/or logs, the pizza oven & log burning stove use kindling & logs only.

Please leave the embers and ash for us to deal with when we are cleaning – properly dealing with these is critical in order to prevent an accidental fire.

If you are not experienced with lighting a fire it is important to start with a few sticks of kindling & one firelighter, once burnt down a bit gradually add small split logs until there is a good heart to the fire. Thereafter logs can be added as and when.

We are not allowed to pre- light the log burners and leave them unattended before arrival, however it takes no time to get them going and to heat the treehouse on arrival.

We will try and leave a bed of ash & any nice dry bits of charred logs in the log burner when cleaning as this aides starting a new fire.


Please vacate the treehouse by 10 am on the day of departure. We are hard pressed to get everything cleaned to Covid-19 protocols & restocked and ready in the limited time available.

Please sort your waste so that we don’t have to go through it & re-sort it (another Covid-19 risk assessment issue) and empty it into the large bins provided below the treehouse, thank you.


Please sort your own recycling & food waste & leave in the bins provided under the treehouse.

Every council seems to differ – here are the West Dorset categories:

Glass -bottles & jars with metal lids on (no cans).

General waste- plastic film, polystyrene, plastic bags, crisp packets (broken glass wrapped in paper or card)

Recycling – paper & cardboard, tins, hard plastic trays, tbs & bottles.

Food waste – fruit, veg & peelings, meat, fish & bones, tea bags & coffee grounds, egg shells, all other caked and uncooked food (no plastic bags)

Please remember to move your tag on the in/out board to “have departed” so that we know when we can start the cleaning & restocking.

We hope that you have a great time.

Guy & the team