The Tinkers Treehouse is a lovely peaceful tree top hideaway in the Kent countryside, right next to Bewl reservoir. Currently there are two treehouse’s nestled amongst the trees with a good distance apart so you really feel as if you have the place to yourself.
We arrived for our 2 night stay on a Friday evening. We had a Go Ape experience booked the following day at Bedgebury. The treehouse location is only 5 minutes away from Go Ape, so is perfect if you’re looking to combine both. The treehouse we stayed in was immaculately set up in a stylish and modern design with great furnishings and features.
One great feature was the huge walk in shower with big waterfall shower head, which was a real treat, along with the underfloor heating, making the experience all warm and cosy. There was a lovely log burner in the open plan studio style room which had the bed, sofa/seating area and kitchen all connected together.
The kitchen was fully stocked with all the equipment you would need to make a feast. They also provided lots of info on the local restaurants, pubs and takeaways nearby if you didn’t fancy cooking. We were also supplied with some coffee, cookies, all the teas and hot chocolates you could want and a pint of milk.
The outside space had a big balcony with table and chairs to sit on and have your morning coffee listening to the birds. Downstairs on the ground level was a big fire pit where you could sit at night roasting chestnuts and marshmallows. There was plenty of firewood to keep you going both inside and outside for the whole weekend. It was a bit cold outside, so we made the most of the cosy interior for the evening.
The following morning we set off for our Go Ape experience in Bedgebury, Kent in the beautiful arboretum. There were some amazing mountain biking tracks and a bike hire place next to Go Ape, so it makes for a really good day out if you’re feeling active! Not heard of Go Ape? Check out this video;
It was a sunny autumn morning, which was a perfect time to try Go Ape because the leaves had all turned to a lovely golden reddish and burnt orange colour. I’d highly recommend this time of year. It also meant we could collect lots of chestnuts that’d fallen from the trees and roast them later in the fire (which we did and they were delicious!).
Once we’d been kitted out with the harness, safety lines, and hard hats, we assembled for a safety and intro talk explaining all of the key safety issues to make sure you stay safe whilst up in the trees. If you stick to the safety codes and always stay attached then you can’t go wrong!
After the safety demos and a little practise run on a smaller frame, we were let loose on the real thing and started our big climb up the first set of obstacles. I’m not usually scared of heights, but it can certainly get the heart going and cause clammy hands when you first get up to the tiny little ledge and see how high you are. However, as soon as you get started and realise how much fun it is, the anxiety goes away and you’re off!
There are often options for either an easier or more difficult route, just to test the more adventurous. My favourite parts were the zip wires, where you fling yourself off a ledge and glide through the trees until you reach the bottom. Good tip here is to not wear anything white (unless you don’t mind it getting ruined or really muddy). Wear things that are a bit old or that you don’t mind getting mucked up. Not brand new white trainers like the girl in front of me or a white coat which is what I wore! I’d also recommend taking some gloves because some of the wires you hold onto can chaff your hand.
The Go Ape course took around 2 hours to complete. Afterwards, we headed back to Tinker’s Treehouse, with a quick stop for a beer in the local pub.
The surrounding area was lush, green and thick with trees. There were great areas to go foraging and I spent the last morning identifying big mushrooms growing on the Birch trees.
There are also lots of good walks and places to roam nearby without bumping into anyone. We took the short trip around the corner to Bewl reservior and spent some time watching the fishermen out in the boats. You really feel as though you’ve been on a mini retreat, its so peaceful and quiet. It really is the perfect off grid, quiet experience!