New treehouses at Elmore Court will give best seats in the house to huge rewilding project

A Gloucestershire wedding venue is being transformed with 250 acres of nature restoration and six eco-friendly treehouses set to open in 2023 to admire it all.

By Emma Luther  |  Published

Nature is being put centre stage at a Gloucestershire wedding venue, with luxury treehouse viewing platforms for guests to soak it all up. 

The historic 1,000 acre estate of Elmore Court near Quedgeley set aside 250 acres to a major rewilding project in 2020 to allow wildlife to flourish.

It's reintroduced rare breeds of long horn cattle and Tamworth pigs, plus red deer, and Exmoor ponies are set to arrive soon for grazing.

Thanks to work with Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the estate now has a spring-fed lake for wild swimming. And 23 acres of land in front of the treehouses are currently being transformed into a new wetland area, which will encourage wildlife and native wild flowers to return.

There's a celebrity link too, with the introduction of wild farmed wheat for the bakery and pastry kitchen, via a regeneration scheme set up by former Groove Armada musician Andy Cato.

But the cherry on the cake is six sustainable treehouses, which will open in May 2023 with incredible views of it all. 

Tucked away in woodland, a short distance from the exclusive wedding grounds, the treehouses are being built with the environment in mind, with British cedar cladding, corrugated roofs, cork flooring and poplar ply walls - with electric car charging points, too.

Each cabin, sleeping up to four people, will be designed in a natural colour palate with Scandinavian sleek lines and bright psychedelic details from interior designer Tracey Boyd. They'll also feature super king-size spindle beds built by Jamie Fraser, a cousin of Elmore Court owner Anselm Guise.

The treehouses will have a separate entrance and driveway from the weddings. Each treehouse is totally private, accessed by its own boardwalk with a wrap-around deck from which to enjoy the dramatic and varied landscapes.

Guise said: 'By combining rewilding and regenerative farming, we will increase biodiversity, improve the soil, produce food and allow the land to breathe colour and positivity back into our environment.

'As part of the rewilding project, it was always a passion of mine to be able to sleep and relax within nature on the estate. This was the main driver to build the treehouses as sustainably as possible and allow more people to come and stay and see what we are doing here.'

Prices will start from around £350 per night, with a two-night minimum stay. Booking of the cabins, which can be used as self-catering bases for wildlife lovers, will open on Friday 16 December 2022 for stays from late May 2023 onwards.

More on Elmore Court

More from Weddings