FROM up in the treetops, the major downpour sounds virtually biblical.
This is suitable rain, lashing down by the bucketful — exactly the kind of weather you would ordinarily despise if on aweekend getaway in Blighty. But I was delighted.
It was my initial night time of two in Ravendere Retreats’ Treehouse — a glorious picket structure crafted in the cover of the Fuchsia Valley forest in the North Devon coastal village of Lee, in the vicinity of Woolacombe.
Lee has a pretty beach but I experienced no desire in the seaside on my 1st night.
Though most holidaymakers would be praying for sun, the rain offered me with the fantastic prospect to make the most out of my distinctive accommodation.
I threw some logs in the wooden burner and filled a bowl with snacks in advance of wrapping myself in a blanket on the sofa and scanning Netflix for one thing senseless to stare at.
It was finish and utter bliss. The seem of the rain slipping via the trees and on to the decking outside was so relaxing, it was shut to meditative — and the perfect soundtrack to enable me unwind at the beginning of my keep.
That’s not to say Ravendere’s tree-dwelling is not enjoyable without a rainy day — considerably from it.
The outside sizzling tub and sauna can every have your stresses absent into the treetops, in a cloud of steam.
But for these put off by the plan of outside bathing, the huge roll-top tub positioned reverse the king-sized bed delivers an equally rejuvenating soak.
There’s also a pizza oven and barbecue on the decking, this means company can put together on their own a delectable feast whilst using in the amazing views from around the top of the forest.
The encounter would make you really feel definitely a component of character. Buzzards can be heard calling to a person a different as they swoop from tree to tree, jays chatter loudly as they search the forest for acorns and muntjac deer daintily sneak all-around through the woodland underneath.
To be so near to so considerably wildlife without the need of disturbing it is a unusual treat, in fact.
But being in its business with a stone-baked pizza that I experienced just created — obtaining lastly mastered the technique with the pizza paddle — was all the more unforgettable.
Even though the Lee valley features plenty of its personal normal natural beauty, the rest of North Devon has a excellent deal more to shout about way too.
DOLPHINS AND SEALS
The close by seaside at Woolacombe is a single these kinds of spotlight, with miles of golden sands and distinct sapphire waters creating it the fantastic area to devote a day.
Arrive the evening, the smaller sized however just as hanging Barricane Bay delivers holidaymakers the probability to get pleasure from a home made curry with a sunset — the the beachside café cabin is nicely regarded for its Sri Lankan suppers.
But I opted for extra standard seaside fare at Ilfracombe harbour — with a chippy supper overlooking the inky-blue sea.
Ilfracombe is just a brief travel from Woolacombe and is an excellent place to although away an afternoon.
There is all types of enjoyment to be experienced, from perusing the trinket stores, to crab-fishing off the harbour wall.
There is also the option of sea- safari boat outings that set off from the harbour each working day.
Dolphins and seals are acknowledged to frequent the surrounding waters, so hold your eyes peeled for them.
Attendees are taken out on a RIB speedboat to search for them, and they will sometimes put on displays by merrily swimming and leaping along with the boat.
But for me there was enjoyment adequate on dry land just staring out to sea from the Chapel of St Nicholas — which has sat significant on the headland at the harbour given that the 14th century — though tucking into my scampi, chips and mushy peas.
I then returned to the treehouse for my remaining evening, which was expended gazing at the stars and listening to owls hooting at one particular a further from the comfort of the very hot tub — bottle of fizz in hand.
Experienced I not drunk it all, I would have happily stayed there all night.
Being THERE: Stays at Ravendere Retreats’ treehouse are from £210pp, for every night time, minimum two-night time keep.
Sleeps two. To e-book, go to ravendere.co.uk