Halfway back in a 100-year-old grove of redwood trees stands our treehouse inside a “cathedral tree”– a circle of trees sprouted from an old-growth stump. Built using specialized parts and tools from world treehouse headquarters in nearby Cave Junction, Oregon, this two-story beauty is accessed via a redwood spiral staircase leading to the first deck. Constructed from salvag
Halfway back in a 100-year-old grove of redwood trees stands our treehouse inside a “cathedral tree”– a circle of trees sprouted from an old-growth stump. Built using specialized parts and tools from world treehouse headquarters in nearby Cave Junction, Oregon, this two-story beauty is accessed via a redwood spiral staircase leading to the first deck. Constructed from salvaged, old-growth redwood from the local mill, it blends in perfectly with the surrounding forest. There you'll find a redwood slab table under a chandelier.
A steel spiral staircase takes you to the upper deck, 22’ above the forest floor. Nestled among the branches, this large space features two cantilevered wings supported by cables. The first has a 12’ bar table atop decoratively etched tempered glass panels from which to overlook the grove, The other wing features an 8’ geodesic dome for reclining and relaxing. The dome has a storage compartment, two full-length pads and two opening windows. You’ll find a swing for your inner child, a dumbwaiter for easy vertical transfer of belongings and a composting toilet under the lower deck.
You will enter the property and park at Tower of Jewels farm. The greenhouses, garden beds, bees, chickens and orchards provide food for us and others in our permaculture group. The farmstead is the base for work-trade and educational opportunities centered on organic, biodynamic farming and permaculture. Please request a farm tour if these ideas and lifestyle interest you.
We are located on two acres approximately six miles north of Crescent City, California, halfway between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California—a comfortable day's drive (350 miles) from each city. We are three miles from the old growth redwoods at Jedidiah Smith State Park, part of the Redwoods National Park jointly managed by the state and federal governments. The tallest coastal redwoods in the world are within 10 miles of us.
Two miles separate us from the ocean as the crow flies, about four miles by road. The nearest beach is Tolowa Dunes State Park where you are likely to see elk herds and porcupines. The beach is lightly used and on a weekday morning you can walk for miles north or south without seeing another person, though you are likely to see seals staring at you from the surf.
The town of Crescent City is six miles south. Here there is dining and entertainment, shopping, a museum, a beautiful crescent-shaped beach with surfing and tide pooling opportunities, the National Park Visitor center, a park with the nation's only beachfront disc golf course and more. The largest coastal lagoon south of Alaska is very close by with a hiking trail that starts less than a mile from the property.
A few miles north is the Smith River, the last un-dammed river in California. It's clear, turquoise waters can take your breath away at first sight. Upstream there is the Siskiyou wilderness and Six Rivers National Forest—no mining, agriculture or human development are allowed to disturb the landscape or water. The unique water color comes from the rare serpentine soil. The area also supports the rare, carnivorous pitcher plant (Darlingtonia Californica.)
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 9 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Redwood Cathedral Treehouse in California.
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This treehouse is an absolute gem. Done sits 2 stories high and the dome has sleeping pads already provided. There is a large jug of drinking water next to the dome. On the intermediate level between the dome and the ground is a small dining table (we brought a lamp - solar luci light) and played cards there before we went to sleep. The owners are incredibly friendly and they are very environmentally responsible. We will definitely be staying here again and are recommending this spot to all our friends.
Like being in an ancient fairytale
This place is absolute magic. I can’t praise it highly enough. The entire property is a wonderland of nature, from the redwoods to wildflowers to gardens to friendly animals on the farm. The treehouse itself is beautifully constructed and one of a kind. I came here solo and felt perfectly safe. Heads up that the animal chatter might mean less sleep but the hosts have earplugs for you right by the bed (I enjoyed the sounds as part of the experience!). David, who built the house and is a co-host, was kind enough to tell me the story of the property and tour the permaculture farm. Seriously- go out of your way to stay here! It’s magical.
Gorgeous, well-crafted treehouse
The Cathedral Treehouse is an absolutely magical place--the lower platform has a beautiful table and two stools, the upper platform has the sleeping dome (it's open to the air, so don't be alarmed) and two adirondack chairs. We had one foggy day and one sunny and we couldn't decide which was more beautiful with the trees and the light. The listing was absolutely accurate--the composting toilet was rustic but things were clean (no TP when we were there but we didn't ask for more so I don't blame the host!), there was some significant animal noise between the neighbors' dogs and roosters, but we didn't mind. The spot was absolutely magical and we're very much hoping to come back again.
Unique and beautiful tree house. We spent two nights here and we felt like we were in a story book. Location is fantastic, place is clean, there is access to running water, and get very safe and comfortable. Hope and her partner were so kind and attentive, and we would definitely come back if we have the opportunity to.
Dave and hope are a great couple/team and have done wonders with their property. I mentioned that I had just proposed to my now fiancé (the other guest) and when we came back that night they had left us a sweet note, flowers, and grape cider. I highly recommend this place!
This place is truly remarkable. I’m not sure which was most impressive: the peaceful garden, the majestic redwood grove, or the artful architecture of the treehouse itself. We were taken aback by the beauty of it all. Dave was a gracious, accommodating host. We felt really lucky to have stayed here.