When it comes to original and deliciously different, nobody does quirky places to stay quite like Canopy & Stars, and with their new curated by kids section, it's even easier to find your perfect retreat. So if you’re questing for quaint or searching for stunning, treat yourself to a tour of some of the quirkiest family homes in Europe this summer.

Quirky places - In the trees – Treetops Treehouse, Devon

1/14  In the trees – Treetops Treehouse, Devon

Treetops is a captivating treehouse, so thoughtfully designed into the enormous branches of a 250 year old oak tree, it looks almost organic. Just don’t expect a backwoodsman experience: this artful eyrie is as luxe as it is lovely – the bathroom even has a freestanding, copper bath. Cocoon-like bunks and cute ladders beguile kids to bed, there’s a woodburning stove for cosy evenings, and the outdoor deck is perfect on those sweet summer days Devon does beautifully.

Why families love Treetops Treehouse

Set in the grounds of the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel, you can even escape from driving in this treetop hideaway: Eggesford Station is minutes walk away on the historic Tarka train line which runs between Barnstaple and Exeter.

  • Hire bikes at Barnstaple Station and cycle the scenic Tarka Trail
  • Delve into Exeter’s eerie Underground Passages
  • Spend the day at Crealy Great Adventure Parks
  • Meet the wild residents at Exmoor Zoo in Barnstaple
  • Explore the North Devon countryside all around Treetops

The lowdown

  • Sleeps four
  • Two bedrooms, family bathroom with bath and shower
  • Kitchen, outdoor deck with BBQ
  • Underfloor heating, woodburning stove in living room

From £270 per night, based on a family of two adults and two children.