Photo of the sauna at Happenoak Treehouse
A hand-built oak haven with an elevated Finnish-style sauna and indulgent al fresco bathtub, beautifully secluded in peaceful Cambridgeshire countryside.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Surrounded by soothing Cambridgeshire farmland and intriguing marked trails – some of which lead to friendly local pubs – HappenOak Treehouse is the perfect setting from which to explore the glorious English countryside.

It’s just… in order to do that you’ll have to leave: a task that could prove extremely difficult!

Hand-built by owner Bruce himself, with a little help from his sons, HappenOak Treehouse was intended to be a private retreat just for the family to enjoy. But the project was so successful – and visiting friends’ feedback so overwhelmingly positive! – that Bruce decided to open HappenOak’s doors to guests, too.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll see exactly why the treehouse is so loved. Overlooking a ten-acre field, there’s a marvellous sense of being completely at one with nature, far away from life’s endless hustle and bustle.

(Bruce’s family joke that they’re “on safari” when they stay themselves, and since there’s almost no end to the wildlife you can spot – including deer, hares, badgers, and a wide variety of feathered friends – you can see what they mean!)

Finished to an extremely high standard and meticulous attention to detail, there’s plenty of treetop luxury to enjoy, too. For starters, how about relaxing in a raised, illuminated Finnish-style wooden sauna-with-a-view… heated by a clever system that you can turn on and off from the bedroom?

Or you could choose to take a soak in the enormous double-ended bath that showcases the surrounding field and hills. Complete with a hot top-up tank that means you can relax for as long as you like, there’s also plenty of room for candles and the obligatory glass of bubbles.

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At a glance

  • A lovingly hand-built treehouse with a Finnish-style sauna and al fresco bathtub-for-two, peacefully secluded in rural Cambridgeshire.
  • Ideal for a romantic escape, the treehouse features full self-contained facilities, with a well-equipped kitchen and a walk-in shower.
  • You’ll be provided with a generous selection of foodie items, including sourdough bread, milk, eggs, and home-made muesli, plus teas and fresh coffee.
  • Relax on your private deck, with a book in the Nest swing chair-for-two, or enjoying a romantic al fresco barbecue.
  • The local village is half-a-mile away, with shops and pubs in walking distance. The city of Cambridge is 9 miles away, and there are plenty of attractions in the surrounding area.


  • Adults Only
  • Dog Friendly


Underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth speaker. Luxury kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton linen, dressing gowns, blankets, TV and selection of DVDs. Bathroom with walk-in shower, toiletries, cotton towels. Lounge and kitchen with combi oven/microwave, electric induction hob, kettle, toaster, fridge with freezer compartment, selection of staples including milk, bread, tea/coffee, eggs, home-made muesli, herbs and condiments. Deck with gas barbecue, Nest swing chair, table and chairs, 2 deck chairs, large double-ended roll top bath, raised Finnish-style sauna with glass front. Provided: torches, umbrella, hairdryer, iron/ironing board.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, stargazing, local pubs, shops, historic sites, vineyard tours, gardens.

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Stay outside and prepare a sizzling supper on the gas barbecue, or use the well-equipped kitchen to whip up a romantic feast. You’ll also be welcomed with a generous assortment of foodie staples – including local sourdough bread, farm-fresh milk, eggs, herbs, and condiments – to lay the foundations for a delicious stay!

When the day is finally over, switch on the underfloor heating and fire up the Bluetooth speaker, or snuggle up in the downy kingsize bed and watch a film from the DVD selection provided.

Ease into your morning with fresh-ground coffee and a bowl of home-made muesli on the deck, to a background chorus of birdsong. What you do next is up to you… freshen up in the shower, relax in the Nest swing chair-for-two with a good book, or lace up your walking boots and explore!

The sleepy village of Balsham is a mere half-mile across the fields, or take a longer stroll in the nearby Wandlebury Country Park. Chilford Hall and Vineyard is a lovely place for a garden stroll and a wine-tasting tour (whichever you prefer!) while the bustling, historic city of Cambridge is just nine miles away.

All perfect ways to while away some time before seeing in another sunset from HappenOak Treehouse… your brand-new home-from-home.

Things to note

Check in from 3pm, check out by 12pm. Minimum 2-night stay. Pets are not permitted.

Where you'll be staying

Balsham, Cambridgeshire

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