A timber clad retreat inspired by nature in the English countryside


This timber clad retreat called ‘Verte’ is a wonderful self-catering holiday home nestled on a hillside in Chevithorne, a quaint village in England, United Kingdom. This ‘grown-up treehouse’ was built on the Chevithorne Barton Estate, home to the world-famous oak collection.

Offering simple modern elegance, this award-winning escape features an angular design composed entirely of larch cladding that was sourced from the surrounding property. Inside you will find a cathedral-like space with enormous windows that invite nature inside.


NEED TO KNOW: This property is available as a luxury vacation rental on the website Unique Homestays. It sleeps up to ten guests (6 adults and 4 children) with a minimum four-night stay.


ACCOLADES: Verte won the RIBA South West Award in 2019 and was shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year that same year.


The main level was designed for togetherness while upstairs you will find four peaceful bedrooms that provide a wonderful escape.


A large table in the main living area is the centerpiece of this space, fabricated from a beech tree that fell in a storm. This same tree was used to construct the stairs, created from a process known as “spalting” which makes a unique pattern in the wood.


What We Love: This timber clad retreat seamlessly merges indoor-outdoor living within a picturesque property. Large windows frame idyllic views that promotes relaxation, what one would want in a holiday home. This dwelling is the perfect escape for those that love outdoor adventures and connecting with nature. We are loving everything about this beautiful home, especially the cozy fireplace — so perfect for crisp autumn days!

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the perfect getaway home with loved ones? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other spectacular England home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: A delightful seaside cottage retreat in Cornwall: The Oyster Catcher and Off-the-grid English home nestled on a secluded lagoon.


Above: The door can be left open to let fresh breezes and the sound of nature flow into this cozy living space.


The open concept living space is the hub of this fabulous abode, with wraparound windows framing views of the prolific oak trees. Natural light pours into this home on spring mornings, making it desirable for guests to spend long breakfasts at the beautiful dining table crafted from fallen wood found on the property.



During cooler months, the modern, circular fireplace becomes the focal point of this dwelling, crackling with comfort as the early evening darkness envelops and hoot of owls echoes between the trees.


Above: The snug is an idyllic place to hang out with loved ones and watch a movie when the sun goes down… or when its raining!


Above: Located on the main level, this master bedroom provides a dreamy retreat after a long day of activities.


Above: Soak in this freestanding tub while enjoying views of nature.


Above: This double bunk room is the perfect spot for the kiddos.


Above: A layering of natural materials are used throughout this inviting home.


Above: This cozy guest bedroom offers sunlit views of nature.


Above: This family bathroom will leave you feeling invigorated after a day of rural adventures.


Outside you will find beautiful wildflower meadows, a wood-fired hot tub, tree swings and two lakes that are connected by a waterfall that can be used for water activities. There is also a nearby park called Exmoor National Park that is famous for its ponies, unspoiled coastline and dreamy night skies.


Above: Dine al fresco at this luxury self-catering home that is surrounded by nature.

Above: This angular home features larch cladding that was sourced from the surrounding property.


Above: This home was designed to blend seamlessly within its surrounding environment thanks to a grass roof.


Above: A wood-fired hot tub is placed in an idyllic setting, guaranteed to melt away your daily stresses.


Above: This home melds with its lovely surroundings, featuring a green roof and plenty of outdoor spaces to soak in the beauty.


Above: The home’s larch cladding helps it to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings.



Photos: Courtesy of © Unique Home Stays +44(0) 1637 881183

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Stacey Purcell
1 year ago

Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this place.