Is this is the most tree-mendous house you’ve ever seen?

Nestled in among the trees, this is a home like no other

Welcome to the vision that is Ewen Tree House. The stunningly unique home is the vision of architect Richard Hawkes.

The ‘Grand Designs’ style house is one of a new breed, reshaping the architecture of our countrysides.

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‘Buildings can, and often do, enhance the landscape within which they are set’ explains Richard. ‘Sometimes a wonderful landscape can be made even more special by an appropriate architecture. Nothing could be truer than with the Ewen Tree house project, in rural Gloucestershire.'

Ewen tree house

house exterior with wooden frames on window and green grass

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Would you believe this isn't a real home? The images are incredibly convincing CGI images. Showing how the proposed tree house will look once built.

Speaking of the unique property Richards explains ‘We've lifted the house up to blur the relationship of the house with the ground. This provides the opportunity for some unique spaces and architectural opportunities.'

tree house living area with sofa set

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Ewen Tree House is a fine Paragraph 55 enabled project. Richard is the only architect in the UK to have a 100 per cent record of Para 55 approval builds. His own Para 55 home featured on Grand Designs.

What is a Para 55 home?

'Paragraph 55' or 'Para 55' relates to the special circumstance set out in paragraph 55 of the National Policy Planning Framework – that allows new homes to be built in the countryside.

Para 55 states planning consent may be granted if the proposal represents ‘exceptional quality or innovative design.’ New planned houses should 'significantly enhance the immediate setting'. Offering 'sensitivity to the defining characteristics of the local area'

The kitchen

tree house kitchen with white countertop

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It's clear that Richard is the expert of designing homes that blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings.

tree house living room with sofa and white book shelf

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This home will be one filled with natural light. The eye is drawn to architectural interest at every angle.

The master bedroom

tree house bedroom with white bed and wooden storage unit

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This room is the definition of living at one with nature. Imagine waking up with the views, thanks to impressive floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

The bathroom

tree house bathroom with grey designed wall and mirror

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The bathroom plans are minimal, maximizing on the greenery beyond.


tree house outdoor seating with designed cushions and plants

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Beneath the elevated house is the perfcet spot for outdoor entertaining – a clever design element.

tree house with wooden exterior and trees are around

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Fancy taking on this grand design project? Check out the opportunity with Savills.

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Could you see yourself living your best life among the trees?

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.