Treehotel opens the world’s largest treehouse and serves up locally produced gourmet food. But still it’s just like going back into mum’s house and enjoying a home-cooked meal after playing in a treehouse all day, this is the childhood fantasy that we all dream of.

The Treehotel is a world renowned dream property, featured on countless Pinterest boards, bucket lists and in glossy travel magazines.

The owner Kent Lindvall and Britta Jonsson Lindvall were not new to the hotel business. This gracious and hospitable couple have together, been running a well-loved guesthouse and gourmet restaurant called Britta’s Pensionat for many years.

The cabin. This treeroom’s location was based on the idea of creating a platform high up on a sharp hillside overlooking the Lule River valley. You can reach the hut from here via a horizontal bridge among the trees.
The Cabin interior.

An hour outside of Luleå, located in a pristine forest, in the charming village of Harads, this nearly 100-year-old former pensioner’s guesthouse was lovingly remodelled by Britta and Kent in the 90s. They kept the original character and charm of the original building and converted it into a cosy guesthouse and restaurant. Their vision was to create a guesthouse where visitors were treated like they were family members. Kent and Britta are welcoming hosts who obviously love what they do.

The Dragonfly, the biggest room. Unique in many ways, this room can function both as a conference space as well as private suite.
Bedroom inside the Dragon fly.

From the white, turn-of-the-century clothes hanging on the clothesline, to the antiques in the rustic dining room, the sights and smells are wonderful. Britta’s has created a time capsule, preserving the charm and grace of a simpler era where people relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company and the food was seasonal and authentic.

Britta’s cooking is delicious traditional Swedish Lapland food using local ingredients. Bear steaks, local salmon, roe deer and moose served with Northern Sweden’s famous Mandel potatoes and fresh lingonberries are some of the many locally sourced specialities that can be found at Britta’s. Whether staying at the guesthouse, the Treehotel or in the area, a meal at Britta’s is an unforgettable culinary experience.

The Mirror cube. The Mirrorcube is an exciting hide-out among the trees, camouflaged by mirrored walls that reflect their surroundings.
The Bird's nest. The Bird’s nest is built on the contrasts between the outside and inside. The treeroom’s exterior is nothing but a gigantic bird’s nest.

How Britta and Kent came up with the idea to open the Treehotel is a story in itself. After many years of running Britta’s, the first treehouse happened rather serendipitously.

A friend of the couple from the village decided to make a documentary film about the building of a treehouse. Fascinated by the possibilities, Kent asked their filmmaker friend if they could use the treehouse as an additional hotel room. Although this could only be used in the summer, and despite the long walk from the guesthouse to the treehouse, they quickly saw the magic of this concept. They discovered that people loved to stay up in the tree. With the treehouse, people found a connection to childhood dreams and to freedom and Kent and Britta relished giving guests the fantasy experience. They realised their vision was far greater than the simple treehouse that was built in the woods for the film.

The UFO. The room is cast in durable composite material – all to create the lightest, yet strong and sustainable design possible.
The Blue Cone. The room is a traditional wooden structure with three foundations in the ground to give a sense of height and lightness, but also stability.

In 2008 Kent took a group out on an adventure fishing trip to Russia which included three architects from Stockholm. He realised this was the opportunity he was waiting for and once in Russia while sitting around the campfire, he shared their idea for making treehouses as hotel rooms. It was not long before his dream was a reality and the Treehotel was built in the forest directly behind Britta’s Pensionat.

Kent smiles and explains that he cannot say which is his favourite treehouse, just as he cannot say which of his three daughters is his favourite.

The 7th room has large panoramic windows face north and along with skylights in the bedrooms, they will allow guests to watch the magnificent northern lights. Photo: Johan Jansson
Inside the 7th room. Photo: Johan Jansson

Learn more
Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule River, about 100 kilometres from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your tree room. Find out more by visiting treehotel.se.

The seventh and latest room among the tree tops in Harads is conveniently called the 7th room. The room is located ten meters above ground and it was designed by Jenny Osuldsen from the world-renowned design and architect firm Snøhetta.

Best of all, a delicious meal at Britta’s is just an easy 5-minute trek from the Treehotel in the forest. Just like going back into mum’s house and enjoying a home-cooked meal after playing in a treehouse all day, this is the childhood fantasy that we all dream of.

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