THE days of my fiancé and I gamely trying to fit into one bath in the name of romance — cue slipping, spillage and taps in all the wrong places — are a distant memory tonight in the northern Cotswolds.
I’m reclining in one vast wooden bath on the wraparound terrace of my stylish treehouse, one of three that have recently opened as part of The Fish Hotel’s £4million revamp. Sitting next to me in a second tub separated by a candlelit lantern is my fiancé, who has already popped the minibar’s complimentary prosecco. I watch the sun set through the leaves of the canopy, listening only to the sounds of the birds, and breathe a sigh of complete relaxation, which I put down to the throb of nature and the luxury of my own water temperature preference.
‘You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate the sheer awesomeness of treehouses,’ the hotel says. How true — it’s just such fun. When we wheeled our bags along the wobbly rope bridge that led to our door, perched up an old oak tree, we grinned giddily.
Inside, it’s all wood interiors under curved walls and there’s a ‘hygge’ theme, reflecting the Scandi-inspired design. At one end there’s a big, comfy bed with lovely linen and a stylish retro radio. At the other, an L-shaped sofa with blankets and books, as well as a big TV, is ready for chilly nights — as is the treehouse’s underfloor heating.
This isn’t just a romantic retreat for adults. The spacious second bedroom with bunk beds is perfect for children, stacked with board games and other amusements, and the hotel offers a host of activities to keep kids entertained, from archery to Segway tours.
After our civilised his-and-hers soak, we clamber down from the trees for a memorable dinner at the hotel’s new seafood restaurant, Hook, headed up by the former two-Michelin-starred chef Martin Burge (mains from £17, thefishhotel.co.uk/eat/hook-by-martin-burge). A peaceful evening is spent on its terrace, tucking into the catch of the day while admiring the beauty of the UK in the sun.
USP: Aside from its luxury treehouses, which are few and far between in the UK, The Fish now has the brand-new Hideaway Huts (converted shepherd’s huts, each with outdoor tubs and wood-burning fires); a private cinema available to hire for £15 per person; and an Instagrammable welly room, kitted with snazzy boots in every size, along with maps of walks around the local area.
Who goes there? Long weekenders escaping London. It’s also popular with walkers and dogs are also welcome in some rooms, including one of the treehouses.
Venture out: The Fish’s 400-acre Farncombe Estate is perfectly located for exploring Worcestershire’s villages. It’s just a 25-minute walk (or five-minute drive) through rolling hills to the honey-hued village of Broadway, with its quaint tearooms, pubs and galleries. Be sure to visit Broadway Tower, an 18th-century folly on the top of Broadway Hill. Pack a picnic (which The Fish can provide) and take in the panoramic views stretching to North Wales.
Treehouses at The Fish start at £370 a night for up to four people, including breakfast, thefishhotel.co.uk