The Quist


Near Hereford, Herefordshire

Gloriously designed treehouse for 2-4 between Hereford and Hay-on-Wye, offering complete seclusion and a hot tub

2 Bedrooms

3 Bathrooms

Alfresco tub

Child friendly

Dog friendly

Eco conscious


Walk to a pub


Space & setting.

Whispering woods, singing birds, the soft rustle of squirrels… There’s a smidge of magic running through this 800-acre Herefordshire estate, and at the very top of it, concealed amid ancient oaks and firs, lies the Secret Treehouse. If it weren’t so luxurious it could be straight from the pages of a children’s book. But deliciously luxe it is, with 2 spacious bedrooms, beautifully draped fabrics and not one, but 3 bathing options, 2 of them alfresco to max out the forest views. Exceptionally crafted by its owners (a carpenter and creative) it’s achingly cool, too, and full of quirky contrasts. Cute gingham check paired with an industrial-style plate rack, for instance; wood panelling with exposed pipework and a glossy Smeg fridge. 

It’s off-grid, but entertainment is all around: if you’ve kids in tow, play games in the meadow and run wild in the woodland. Or come with another couple and visit Hereford’s independents and Hay-on-Wye, where bookshops rub shoulders with cool cafes and adventure specialists, who’ll lure you out in canoes on the River Wye or hiking in the Black Mountains. But however you spend your days, end them with a soak in the wood-fired hot tub. Magic, indeed.

Getting here: drive, or train to Hereford and taxi (20 mins)

Matt and Harriet moved back to Hereford from Bristol to bring up their daughter Minnie in the countryside. Matt is a carpenter and builder and Harriet is a creative with a passion for interior design, so it made total sense to combine their skills and create this serene treetops space.

My Kip favourites

They love
“Literal forest bathing: start each day with an outdoor shower, looking out into the oak canopy.”

We love
Watching the sun set over the wildflower meadow, and luxurious soaks in the deep stone bathtub.

You may not love
Minimum 2 or 3 nights (see Specifics). No WiFi.

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  • "Just so so dreamy, I wish I could live here. The interiors were so tasteful and luxurious. "

    Zoe, June 2022


Off-grid cabin powered by solar panels and bottled gas.


  • Black Mountains
    Black Mountains
  • Sunbathe on the deck, explore the estate’s woodlands and meadows, and walk to the local pub for lunch (2 miles)
  • Pack swimmers for a wild dip at Bredwardine river beach (15 mins’ drive). It’s a blissful spot for paddling, swimming and lounging with a picnic, admiring the grand old brick bridge.
  • We love mooching along Hereford’s ancient shopping street, which winds up to the awesome cathedral. The little town is full of great restaurants, too: try Sensory & Rye for brunch (seasonal local fare), En BBQ for Korean grills and superior sushi, andThe Bookshop for an award-winning Sunday roast.
  • Idle along the River Wye in a canoe: the Glasbury to Symonds Yat stretch is the most picturesque, with the added incentive of a fantastic pub at the end.
  • Literary lovers’ Hay-on-Wye is a 30-minute drive, with indie bookshops at every turn. There are also excellent cafes and markets, as well as a beautiful river beach ‘The Warren’, just a short walk from the centre.
  • Explore the Black Mountains on foot: Cat’s Back Ridge and Hay Bluff are both circular walks with immense views of the Brecon Beacons.


  • Off-grid treehouse on a private 800-acre estate
  • Gas central heating
  • One super-kingsize bedroom upstairs, one super-kingsize/twin bedroom downstairs
  • Travel cot and highchair for hire
  • Bathroom with standalone stone bath and double sinks
  • Alfresco hot shower on deck
  • Eco toiletries and bathrobes
  • Kitchen with basic ingredients and 1st morning’s breakfast
  • Order a supermarket delivery in advance
  • Sofa area
  • Decking with alfresco furniture and wood-fired hot tub
  • Storage space for bikes
  • No WiFi though good phone connection
  • Dog friendly (downstairs only; extra charge)
  • Walk/drive to pubs and shops (2 miles)
  • The owners are available by phone
  • Booking conditions: 2-night min stay midweek (Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri) and 3-night weekends (Fri-Mon)
  • Reduced occupancy prices for 2 guests, using only 1 bedroom: £295-£375/night
  • Remember to pack: wellies/walking boots. Bikes. Downloads as there’s no WiFi

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