An enchanting treehouse and a selection of luxurious glamping pods with hot tubs and creature comforts, perfectly positioned by a shimmering lake in the heart of rural Essex.
  • Sleeps: 4 per unit
  • Bedroom: 1 or 2 per unit
  • Bathroom: Communal
  • Minimum stay: 1 night (Sun-Thurs)

Located in Ingatestone village, at the heart of rural Essex, Mill Lodge Retreat provides a soothing escape from everyday life.

Simply choose your accommodation from a childhood-fantasy treehouse – complete with a hot tub and a full-stocked minibar! – or a luxurious collection of glamping pods, all nestled in a 6-acre meadow, around a scenic 3.8-acre lake.

Sleeping two couples or a family of four in comfort, the treehouse is secluded amongst a peaceful canopy of trees at the rear of Mill Lodge Retreat, showcasing beautiful views of the lake and surrounding countryside.

You’ll find a cosy double bed on the top floor, with a double sofa bed on the first. You can also expect a wealth of creature comforts that include huge TVs, a PlayStation, and fully-stocked mini and snack bars. There’s even a private fire pit and hot tub area to help you enjoy the sunset and emerging stars in style.

Meanwhile, the deluxe glamping pods each sleep two adults in a pine double bed, with a double bunk if you’ve got a little ones in tow.

Spend your evenings watching your favourite Netflix shows, or challenging your loved ones to games on the PlayStation, helped along with some tasty snacks from the mini bar.

Boasting curved ceilings and Austrian-style cabin features, your toasty pod is surrounded by sweet-scented wildflowers, with calming views of grazing sheep and cows. You’ll also have exclusive access to the water for fishing… or you can simply choose to relax in your private hot tub, instead!

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At a glance

  • A stylish treehouse and 9 luxurious pods, secluded on the site of a 3.8-acre lake in Ingatestone, Essex.
  • The treehouse sleeps up to 4 guests, while each pod sleeps 2 guests plus 2 children. Bedding is provided, but please bring your own towels.
  • All accommodation features entertainment facilities including TV and PlayStation, plus a fully stocked minibar. You will also have access to a private hot tub and firepit.
  • The pods come with private fishing access to the lake (the treehouse is not fishing accommodation.)
  • There are full on-site catering services and generous shower/bathroom facilities a short walk away. Additional extras include an outdoor cinema package and exclusive full lake hire.


  • Family Friendly
  • Hot Tubs


Treehouse and 9 x lakeside glamping pods. 

Treehouse (4 guests): top-floor double bed, first-floor double sofa bed, Wi-Fi, TVs, PlayStation 4, mini and snack bars, indoor/outdoor dining areas.  Private hot tub and firepit with seating.

Pods (2 + 2 guests): double bed, bunk beds, 32-inch Smart TV with streaming services, mini bar, PlayStation 4, Wi-Fi, fitted cupboard with shelf and clothes rail, private furnished decking, private hot tub and firepit, exclusive access to fishing on the lake.

On site: catering, generous bathroom/shower facilities, reception service, bait and tackle shop.

Local Activities

Fishing, shops, walking, nature watching

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What else? Well, you’ll find generous shower and bathroom facilities by the main reception and bait-and-tackle shop, just a short walk away.

There’s also a team of talented chefs ready and waiting to whip up a mouth-watering selection of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (not to mention a few tempting treats… the Mill Lodge Chocolate Dream isn’t for the faint of heart – or waistline!)

You can also select some add-ons to help make your stay complete, such as an Outdoor Cinema Experience. Stream all your favourite movies onto a huge, private screen as you huddle round the firepit wrapped in cosy blankets (or even while relaxing in your hot tub) – goodies and snacks provided, of course!

If you really need to, you could head into Ingatestone by day, and browse its many independent shops. The village was recently named as one of the top ten ‘best places in the UK for a rural relocation’ – and it’s easy to see why.

In fact, you may well consider relocating yourself, as you welcome another glorious sunset from the comfort of your scenic Mill Lodge Retreat decking.

Things to note

Check in from 3pm, check out by 10am. 2 night minimum stay at weekends, or 1 night Sun-Thurs. Check in/out is not available on Saturdays. Pets are not permitted. Outside food and drink may not be brought onto the site (including alcohol.)  

Current Offers

10% discount on stays 5 days or longer

Where you'll be staying

Ingatestone, Essex

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