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London Couple Escape City To Spend Lockdown In Luxury Treehouse

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London Couple Escape City To Spend Lockdown In Luxury Treehouse

While many of us have spent the last 13 weeks getting really familiar with our homes, some people were smart (and lucky) enough to escape to boltholes outside of the city when rumours of a lockdown began to murmur.

One such pair is Rebecca and Sam Harper, 32, from Fulham, who managed to escape their London home for a picturesque, leafy treehouse in the Somerset countryside in mid-March.

The high-flying city couple now say they are happier than even, after their planned two-week stay has turned into 13.

The couple have spent 13 weeks in a luxury treehouse (Credit: Caters)
The couple have spent 13 weeks in a luxury treehouse (Credit: Caters)
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Rebecca and Sam, who are both chartered surveyors, had lived in London for over a decade before they packed their bags and head to the lush treehouse in the grounds of Sam's dad's house in East Harptree in Somerset.

"Our life here is the complete opposite of what it was like back in London," says Rebecca.

"I wake up to natural light and spend my days tending to the vegetable patch then fill any spare time doing watercolour paintings and calligraphy.

"It's idyllic here and I'm happier than ever.

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"In London, we led such busy lives. We were at workout classes or the gym first thing in the morning, then it was a 45-minute commute into central London and out for dinner with friends until 10pm or 11pm at night.

"I've always been creative, but there's much more time to pursue my hobbies now. I finally have time to do painting and I've taken up knitting.

"Around dinner, we'll go for walks in the surrounding countryside - it's so beautiful."

The incredible home is owned by Sam's parents (Credit: Caters)
The incredible home is owned by Sam's parents (Credit: Caters)
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The 12-foot-high treehouse is usually rented out as a luxury holiday home by Sam's dad, Alan Harper, and step-mum Angela Harper, but the pandemic forced them to stop renting it.

Instead, the lucky couple have been making the most of the wooden retreat, which comes decked out with a copper bath tub, log burner and dishwasher.

"My favourite thing about being here is the simplicity of life and being able to switch off and relax," said Sam.

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"There's a sense of freedom here that you don't get in London.

"It has made us appreciate the things that we would pass every day in London, but not notice because we were too busy or distracted by something else going on."

Just to make us even more jealous, Rebecca and Sam have even recruited a new lockdown buddy to make their isolation that much sweeter: a nine-week-old Labrador puppy called Duke.

The couple say their tranquil escape has brought them closer together (Credit: Caters)
The couple say their tranquil escape has brought them closer together (Credit: Caters)
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"It hasn't been lonely. Lots of my friends can't comprehend that we haven't felt lonely or isolated, but it has brought us closer together," added Rebecca.

"We've been growing cucumber, radish and strawberries among other vegetables. We had our first harvest in the last week.

"Back in London I can't even keep a house plant alive. It has been such a transformation."

Rebecca and Sam have been documenting their lockdown on their Instagram page @treehouseidaries.

The couple plan to stay in the treehouse until the end of June, when they'll be heading back to the big smoke with their new puppy in tow.

The couple have been recruited a new lockdown buddy, Labrador puppy Duke (Credit: Caters)
The couple have been recruited a new lockdown buddy, Labrador puppy Duke (Credit: Caters)

We can't lie, we are SO jealous we haven't been spending our lockdown here. Guys, is it too late to trade?

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Topics: Life News, Life

Ciara Sheppard
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