About this listing
"A treehouse, a freehouse, a secret you and me house, a high up in the leafy branches, cosy as can be house" -- Shel Silverstein
The treehouse is indeed a cozy little place perched on four maples 30 feet above a blanket of ferns. Access is by a ramp 70 ft. from the main house, where you'll have a private bathroom with shower. This quiet place in the woods has heat, electricity, and a small refrigerator. The main floor has a single bed, or CLIMB THE LADDER to the loft with a queen sized futon and down comforter. Enjoy the comfy reading rocker or sit on the deck and gaze at Mt. Abraham and the Green Mountain National Forest. The hot tub is a relaxing year-round spa under the stars.
For those less adventurous, there is a guestroom in the main house with a double bed. We have no pets and are very neat and tidy but you may bring your dog (with advance notice). All linens and complimentary toiletries are provided, and you'll enjoy a generous continental breakfast in the sunny dining room in the morning.
We are no longer accepting guests under the age of 5.
Price Includes the 9% Vermont Room & Meals Tax
PLEASE NOTE: We only accept reservations from people with completed profiles.
Private bath, linens and towels, toiletries, robes, outdoor shower in summer, hot tub, wifi.
Many hiking and biking trails, swimming in the New Haven River, skiing at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, great brew pub in Bristol, The Bobcat Cafe..
Bus to Burlington from Bristol
Other Things to Note
The treehouse accommodates THREE with a single bunk on the main floor and queen sized
bed in the loft..
No Smoking inside P
9% Vermont Room & Meals Tax included in price
Breakfast from 8 to 10am
Checkout time is by 12pm
Check-in time is after 3pm
Recommend you bring slippers to wear in the main house and leave boots and shoes in the mud room.
Children under the age of 5 are too much of a liability for us as guests.
We had a magical stay at H & Ellie's Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse. The treehouse is even cooler in real life. The bed in the loft is comfy and we slept peacefully. We loved the yummy homemade pistachio and chocolate chip cookies that were tucked away for us on the desk in the treehouse. We knew they were for us because our names were on the cute little chalkboard above the desk ;) . Ellie and H were/ are teachers. H is also an architect and built their beautiful home, and also built this adorable treehouse as a unique project with one of their sons. Ellie is a published author, and while we were there, my hubby picked up one of her books "While In Darkness There Is Light", and couldn't put it down. He finished before we even left, and now I am in the middle of it. It is gripping! We didn't expect the hosts to be so fascinating and charming! We enjoyed chatting with them over wine and cheese. They are beyond gracious hosts. I didn't even get to the breakfasts yet: scrumptious! Unbelievable 5 star breakfasts with wonderful variety, nice mix of healthy and decadent. We enjoyed their soothing jacuzzi while appreciating the tranquil wooded mountains of Vermont. There are several fun and interesting towns surrounding the treehouse :) ....(including original Ben & Jerry's in Burlington, and their factory in Waterbury ~ though we enjoyed LuLu's homemade ice cream right in Bristol even more!) but we enjoyed relaxing and having some quiet time to unwind together far from the madding crowd, away from electronics and back to nature. This was one of the loveliest little vacations we've had in a long time, and we look forward to returning one day -- to see our new friends as much as to enjoy this wonderful treehouse bed & breakfast getaway. Thank you Ellie & H! :)
We had a great weekend in the cozy tree house. Ellie and H were very welcoming hosts and were great fun to chat with. The daily breakfast is outstanding! We will definitely be back soon. Thanks! Cory & Kate
Absolutely loved staying at the tree house! Beautiful views, wonderful hosts in a unique and amazing structure!
What an absolutely lovely adventure. The tree house fit our party--two adults, one child, one dog--perfectly, with a cozy double mattress in the loft and a single bunk on the main floor. We ate dinner in Bristol, and returned to a beautiful night in the hot tub, complete with colored lights, and a relaxing evening on the porch. The host were gracious, welcoming us with wine and cheese at night and serving us a terrific breakfast in the morning, and were relaxed and available as needed. There were few bugs, beautiful flowers, a full bathroom in the main house and and outdoor shower for hot tub pre- and post-rinsing. Overall, a wonderful overnight.
Everything about this trip to the treehouse was fantastic. Book it!
Sorry I didn't get to meet you, Brian, but H raved about you and Zoe. Well, as much as my introvert husband can rave, that is. I do hope you'll return for another visit. I'll be sure to stick around next time. Thanks for choosing Fern Forest Treehouse for your stay.
Wow, this was such a special experience for my family and me! H and Ellie were amazing hosts-- wine and cheese were delicious, breakfast was incredible, but the conversations we had were the best! We were so happy and appreciative they could accommodate our stay, even though the place wasn't technically available. The tree house itself was a lot of fun-- a cozy home for a night snuggled amongst ferns and four maple trees. H's handywork and love of the craft (and love of hockey and skiing!) was apparent in its design, and fun hints of the details of their beautiful life were scattered throughout the tree house. Oh, and the hot tub was warm and welcoming under the beautiful Vermont stars. My only regret is that we couldn't stay a couple of nights longer! We had a relaxing time, and I hope we can come back. I'll be recommending this place to friends for a long time!
I had such a wonderful time surprising my boyfriend at the tree house! Ellie and H are such amazing and friendly hosts. They were welcoming from the moment we arrived. Little did I know, their house turned out to be on the same road as a monument for my boyfriend's ancestors! They were excited for him and helped him find out more about his past. After we settled in we had a wine and cheese hour (or two) with them. H made us reservations for a lovely restaurant at an inn close by- the food was delicious! Their house is a three minute drive to the bottom of Mount Abe, which was a delightful and rewarding hike. H made a breakfast spread for us before we ventured out to the mountain. Last but not least- the treehouse was more than I could have hoped for. Beautifully created and obviously decorated with care, it was such a cozy and lovely night. I cannot wait to come back!
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About the Host, Harrison
Ellie was a high school English teacher for 25 years and was an Associate Professor at Spalding University in the MFA Writing program. She has five books in print. We designed and built this house 12 years ago. Son Will and H built the treehouse over the course of three summers. H was also a high school teacher and retired in 2009. Your stay in the treehouse includes a generous continental breakfast, a private bath, spa privileges, and a quiet place to relax.