The owners of a luxury ‘glamping’ campsite have built a spectacular new tree house for guests to stay in – costing nearly as much as the average home in Britain.
Eva and Tim Johnson spent more than £200,000 making the handcrafted tree-top structure, which has four bedrooms, a fully working kitchen and a balcony.
According to the UK House Price Index, which uses data from HM Land Registry, that sum almost matches the average house price in Britain: £226,185.
Tremendous! The Piggledy was built by campsite owner Tim Johnson using diseased elm trees felled in Eastbourne
Cooking up a storm: As if four bedrooms weren't enough, there's also a fully-fitted kitchen with a sink and electric hob
It'll grow on you! The impressive build incorporates live trees throughout the living spaces – as seen in this bedroom
Spacious: An interior look at one of the bedrooms, which also boasts a dining area and two generous skylights
The tree house is festooned with unique features
The amazing build, called Piggledy, took three years to construct, with Mr Johnson doing much of the gruelling work himself.
Mrs Johnson said they wanted their Blackberry Wood campsite, in Ditchling, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, to be a unique experience for guests looking to escape to the countryside.
The pair had already transformed a helicopter and London bus for guests to stay in and built a slightly smaller tree house.
Mrs Johnson, 46, said: 'Tim had always had a childhood dream of building a tree house. When we applied for planning permission on the first one we built, we didn’t really think we would get it.
'They are very fairy tale-like. Tim did everything himself on the first one, but we had help from local craftsmen on this one.
'The whole thing, from putting down the initial foundations, took three years to complete. It’s a very labour intensive job. We haven’t dared to add up the total cost of the tree house, but we know it has cost us more than £200,000 to build.'
They added: 'When you start the project, you don’t really know if you will get rentals on the tree house to make back your money. But the response has been amazing, we have been pretty much fully booked since we started accepting bookings.'
All decked-out: The amazing tree house is so well-furnished it even contains a wood burner and running electricity
Bargain: Although it's a spacious design, the Piggeldy can be rented-out from the reasonable cost of £175 per night
The couple have been running the campsite for 14 years, quitting their full time jobs to renovate the site in 2003.
Mrs Johnson previously worked as a teacher in a secondary school, while Mr Johnson ran a backpacking tours company. Their latest tree house addition starts at £175 for guests to stay in.
Mrs Johnson said they had bought the campsite to allow their children, Charlie, 13, Ziggy, 10, and six-year-old Vida to grow up in the countryside.
Innovative: The attention to detail is impressive, with the owners' hard work clearly paying off
Recycled goods: Deliberately as eco-friendly as possible, the interior is lined with disused scaffolding planks
A labour of love: Having clearly enjoyed the mammoth project, Mr Johnson even made the windows heart-shaped
New ventures: Mrs Johnson previously worked as a teacher in a secondary school, while Mr Johnson ran backpacking tours
She said: 'We did all this for the kids really. We wanted them to have a place to grow up in the countryside. I was pregnant with Charlie when we bought the camp site – it was filled with these horrid, old static caravans.
'We could work on the site while having the children around us. And now there are always other kids around for them to play with and they have slept in all the bits we have transformed.
'We also throw birthday parties for them in the bus as well – they absolutely love it.'
The tree house was built using diseased elm trees, which were felled in Eastbourne and then processed at a sawmill in nearby Heathfield, while the interior is lined with disused scaffolding planks.
And the kitchen has a full working hob, microwave and toaster for guests to use while they stay.
Enjoying a well-earned break: The hospitality manager previously transformed a helicopter and London bus for guests
Customer care: Mrs Johnson said they wanted their Blackberry Wood campsite, in Ditchling, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, to be a unique experience for guests looking to escape to the countryside