The adventure starts here…
It is always worth pre booking restaurants and taxis. Details of our local pub – The Tytherleigh Arms and many other places to eat and visit can be found on our things to book & do page.
It’s a 5 minute walk down from the carpark to the treehouse so please don’t pack more than you need (see below for details).
If you have pre-ordered frozen pizza dough this will be left to defrost in your fridge on the day of arrival along with any other pre ordered items.
If you did not order when booking then this can always be done anytime before the day before arrival or when on site from the woodland shop.
SELF CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT
Everything will be cleaned, changed over, re-stocked and ready for you by 4pm on the day of arrival, please vacate by 10 am on the day of departure so that we have sufficient time to prepare for the next guests. We are unable to offer early check in or out, If you arrive earlier than expected we have an open air seating area in the parachute shelter workshop tent at the entrance to the site in the woods.
This is where you will also will find our ‘in/out’ board, with a slate name tag for each space on a peg. Please always move your slate up & down depending on whether you are in or out.
The treehouse will be left unlocked with a key inside should you want to lock the door at any point. To open the Woodsman’s Treehouse door rotate the wheel anticlockwise, Dazzle and Pinwheel treehouses have a good old fashioned door handle!
We are on call should a problem arise, the duty manager’s number is displayed below the ‘in/out’ board. This number may change during your stay.
The log burning stove must not be left unattended when lit, therefore sadly we are not permitted to light it in advance of arrivals. However, the good news is that it takes no time to light and to heat the treehouse which is extremely well insulated. We will prepare the fire for lighting & full instructions are on the operating manual for each treehouse in our guests resources website page. Its not a bad idea to have a look at this before arriving if time permits so that you get a really good feel for what to expect.
WHAT TO BRING & WHAT NOT TO BRING
Things to pack:
Food & milk etc.
If you are planning to make pizzas, we supply flour and sell frozen dough, but you will need to bring tomato sauce, toppings & ingredients.
Suitable seasonal clothing for the 5 min walk down into the woods & for sitting out on your deck in the evenings.
Crocs or similar for walking on your deck to the hot tub etc & slippers if preferred inside. We provide bath robes, towels etc.
Things to Leave at home:
Candles or tea lights (fire risk management is paramount – we supply candles in safety lanterns)
Music systems or speakers – we have a strict no noise policy.
Anything that may disturb the other guests.
For a comprehensive list of what we supply with each space please see accommodation comparison.
OTHER THINGS WORTH KNOWING:
There is no land line in the woods, so no wifi or landline contact number but there is a very good 4G signal for those that can’t switch off completely. To contact staff during your stay the duty manager can always be contacted via the current duty phone number (by the in/out board & may change during your stay).
There is insufficient power supply in the village for us to be able to provide fast car charging points. However we do have a normal 13 amp socket that can be used for an emergency trickle charge to get you back to civilisation & a proper charging facility.
If you are travelling by train/without a car whilst this is quite common and encouraged please do plan ahead for your supplies as the local shops are about 2 miles away and taxis need to be pre-booked.
The woods are generally very peaceful, the sounds of nature are very much part of the experience. However occasionally the birds, owls, foxes, deer and other wildlife are accompanied by the sounds of local farming activity. This is very much part & parcel of being in a remote dairy farming community. Farming machinery & tractors, silage cutting, hedge cutting, bulls bellowing, cows mooing & farmers herding in the early morning or evenings or muck spreading smells are usually short-lived with everything returning to normal before long. On rare occasions there may be some noise from a party or wedding in the village or neighbouring cottages, these are rare and generally don’t go on very late. Depending on whether the trees are in leaf & wind direction you may also hear the occasional train passing along the bottom of the Axe Valley.
We hope that you have a fantastic time in the woods. Please don’t hesitate to text or call the duty manager if you have any questions or problems during your stay, if we hear nothing we shall assume all is well. We won’t disturb you unless absolutely necessary.
we hope you have a fantastic time up in the branches
Guy, Sandy, Claire & Sheila.