The ultimate tree house from The Master Wishmakers

Robb Report $62m Tree House Press Release

The Master Wishmakers – specialists in magnificent themed architecture and interiors – have worked with the luxury US lifestyle magazine, Robb Report, to create a 20,000 sq ft tree house featuring a rooftop pool, a helipad, and a water operated elevator. This concept will cost one lucky (deep-pocketed) buyer £38m.

Hot on the heels of completing Challis Island – a handmade pirate island in Cambridgeshire, England –  The Master Wishmakers have been up their antics again by designing what has to be the world’s most luxurious tree house. The proposed design entails five separate pods connected to a central trunk that is crafted from load-bearing steel and clad in sustainable hardwood planks, which will be lightly airbrushed by their scenic artists to ensure that they blend with the surroundings.

The five pods are connected to the main trunk via enclosed glass walkways and each pod could house amenities such as a gym, spa, napping quarters with hammocks and tree-themed bunk beds, a vivarium or even a library.

Two years ago, Sergio Rosella cofounded The Master Wishmakers to create everything from luxury playhouses, themed children’s bedrooms and furniture. “Everything we do is about fun,” Rosella says. “It is always bespoke, and we just let our imaginations run wild.” All of the creations that come out of the company’s Northamptonshire workshop are handmade by master craftsmen and they pride themselves on the high standard of design, quality and attention to detail.

Though Rosella’s vision for the gift does not involve a living tree, he sees the project taking shape in a heavily wooded environment where the central structure would be virtually indistinguishable from its surroundings. Ideally, the recipient of this gift already owns a large woodland space in which to build the tree house, but it is not necessary. “If someone lives in the desert, we could easily import the trees,” Rosella says. “As we proved with the construction of Challis Island, this tree house is completely buildable in any given scenario.”

For more please visit: www.masterwishmakers.com/collections/limitless/robb-report-custom-tree-house/

 

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Our Approach to your Bespoke Playhouse, Bedroom, Furniture or Limitless Commission

When commissioning a bespoke creation from us, whether that is a luxury playhouse, a bedroom, a piece of furniture or even something such as Challis Island from our Limitless Collection it helps that you have full transparency over the process.

In our experience this allows the client and us to develop a meaningful and productive working relationship where you’re never left in the dark and always have a good idea about what’s coming next.

We always make sure that you, the client, have direct access to our designers via phone and and email throughout the entire process to put any questions that you might have to them. Perhaps you want to double check what type of wood we intend to use for the floor in your playhouse? Or maybe you simply want an update of the progress being made on your bespoke piece of children’s furniture? In this case they’d be happy to send you photos direct from the workshop.

We deliver unrivalled attention to detail to your bespoke design and we also believe that giving our customer service this same attention to detail is what makes the whole process stress free and wholly personable.

If you would like to see the whole commissioning process in full detail then head over to Our Approach page by clicking here.

Wendy house from Peter Pan

Why kids’ playhouses are also called Wendy Houses

You may know them better as playhouses but most people in England also know them by their other name: Wendy House, but do you know where the name came from?

It was first coined by J.M. Barrie in his 1904 play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (which was subsequently made into a novel and then the famous Disney film Peter Pan). The play features the character Wendy Darling who, after arriving in Neverland, was shot by the Lost Boy, Tootles. Peter Pan and his more loyal and caring Lost Boy tribe members then erect a small house around Wendy with the intention of creating a safe environment for her to recover.

In the play J.M Barrie actually created the house from a tent-like structure so that it was easy to erect quickly whilst Wendy and the Boys sang a song about it:

Wendy

I wish I had a darling house

The littlest ever seen,

With funny little red walls

And roof of mossy green

 

Boys  

With funny little red walls

And roof of mossy green

 

(Music)

 

Boys

We’ve built the little walls and roof

And made a lovely door,

So tell us Mother Wendy,

What are you wanting more?

 

Wendy 

Oh! Really next I think I’d have

Gay windows all about –

With roses peeping in, you know,

And babies peeping out.

 

Boys   

We’ve made the roses peeping in,

The babes are at the door, –

We cannot make ourselves you know,

‘Cos we’ve been made before.1

In 1914 the English illustrator, Alice B. Woodward created the now iconic illustration (below) of Wendy, the Lost Boys, Peter Pan and of course Wendy’s House. This set the precedent for many years of Wendy Houses appearing in British gardens so a massive thank you to J.M Barrie for this wonderful creation!

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1Peter Pan and Other Plays: “The Admirable Crichton”, “Peter Pan”, “When Wendy Grew Up”, “What Every Woman Knows”, “Mary Rose” – J.M. Barrie, 1999

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Princess who?

As part of our ongoing redesign efforts we’ve decided to review the names of all of our Wendy Houses and children’s bedrooms and they all made the cut…but one.

Princess Dreams is the new name for the bespoke girl’s bedroom that was formally called Princess Diva.

Why did we change? Well nobody really likes a diva do they? We hope that, like us, you prefer the new name.

Don’t fret though as the name is the only thing that has changed. This custom girl’s bedroom is still handmade by our master craftsmen here in England and, as ever, we take pride in producing a bedroom of a quality fit for a Princess… Princess Dreams to be precise.

See more here.

 

Drawing by Bianca Rosella

What…again?!

Some of the more eagle-eyed visitors to this site (ok you don’t really have to be eagle-eyed as it’s pretty obvious) may have noticed that we’ve gone ahead with a complete redesign. We know what you’re thinking “Didn’t you redesign the site back in May?” and yes, you’d be right, but we want to make sure that the experience is a goo as possible for everyone and after listening to lots of feedback we decided it was the best option.

Hopefully you’ll find this new site a whole lot easier to navigate as well as finding the experience speedier. As well as this we’ve added the following features:

  • Full, individual product pages with integrated galleries
  • Image sliders
  • Brand new blog
  • Slicker newsletter sign up process
  • Easier contact us methods

We also hope that you think it’s a much better, cleaner looking site and that it’s a little easier on the eye from all the black that we had on the old site. It should also now work like a dream on your smartphone – go on check it out!

The brand new blog is much easier to update so we can regularly keep you in the loop with all the luxury playhouse, treehouse and bedroom information straight from The Master Wishmakers. We’ll also be posting lots of behind the scenes content so be sure to keep checking back.

So have a good poke about and let us know what you think of the new design by replying to this post or sending an email to us by clicking here. 

p.s. We’re sorry for the intermittent service you may have recieved from the site yesterday while we updated to this new version

It’s a Pirate’s Life For Me

“Let’s jump on board, and cut them to pieces.” 
– Blackbeard

Up until this point, The Master Wishmakers have been known for creating the finest luxury playhouses, Wendy houses and bespoke bedrooms but all that has changed with the introduction of Challis Island. As with any great adventure there is always an intriguing and captivating story behind it. Here is Challis Island’s… 

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This was once a geographically strategic island port for the Royal Navy. Stationed there was a garrison of King George’s soldiers and with them came a variety of civilian craftsmen and women, artisans and labourers to help build and develop the island into a busy colonial trading post for England’s gain. However, the island was also just as desirable for both France and Spain, and given that England was not at peace with either of them, meant that they would constantly mount cannon salvos and attacks against the garrison, in an attempt to capture it from the English.

After many years of bloody battles, and successfully defending the island against the forces of the French and the Spanish invaders and despite the bravery of the soldiers, the English garrison became seriously depleted. Having suffered huge losses themselves, the French and Spanish attackers finally diverted their attention away from trying to conquer the small island and eventually gave up because of the more serious problems of rivalry which had developed between them. Fortunately, for the brave and now very weary English soldiers, their withdrawal was not before time, as they feared the worst in the event of another bloody assault on them by the French and Spanish and would not be able to repel another attack! Without the will of King George to send reinforcement soldiers, equipment, arms and ammunitions to the island, the seemingly, eternally besieged garrison (or what was left of it) and civilians, were also running very low on food and supplies of all kinds and as a result, they very soon became week and undernourished. The lack of medical supplies meant that they were unable to treat the wounded and disease and illness had started to spread which was also taking its toll on the impoverished men.
Feeling completely marooned and realising that with the soldiers’ officers now dead and himself, the last surviving Royal Navy officer – a mere Midshipman – decided to take drastic and immediate action to save what was left of his brave men and last surviving civilians to prevent them from being wiped out by the indignity of starvation or illness or both. With the cross of St George waving hardy in his heart, he issued the order to abandon the island, return to the last remaining ship and set sail for the mainland, thus leaving it completely uninhabited.
 After a few years had past and with  England, France and Spain no longer considering that the hard and costly fought over island to be of any further strategic value, a new and more deadly kind of force (or more like a scourge) from all parts of the globe had come to occupy it… PIRATES!

Playing King’s and Queen’s

“An Englishman’s house is his castle”
– English proverb derived from Sir Edward Coke’s The Institutes of the Laws of England, 1628
It’s thought that the United Kingdom is home to somewhere in the region of seven hundred castles – the vast bulk of which were built in the Middle Ages, beginning after the successful conquests of William the Conqueror in 1066. Wales alone holds the world record for the highest number of castles per square mile. But what exactly constitutes a castle and why do we have so many?
The definition of a castle is actually quite loose and it’s one that has spurred debate from academics for many years but it is usually considered to be a large residence that has been fortified for defence purposes. The majority of castles in the UK were built in the Middle Ages, which is a period spanning from the 5th to 15th century. Construction really got into its stride after William the Conqueror was victorious at The Battle of Hastings – which any proud Brit will also tell you was the last time we were invaded (William of Orange was ‘invited’).
Historians largely agree that the reason that the Normans decided to build so many castles was because after the heavy losses suffered at the aforementioned battle, it was necessary to quickly consolidate their new power by building monuments of aggression at key strategic sites. They weren’t just monuments though as they provided his troops with a strong defensive base that allowed them to be guarded against any uprisings by the natives. This speed of building was helped by the abundance of labour and the fact that there was plenty of local materials to be had easily.
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To begin with the castles were of a Motte and Bailey design. 500px-Windsor_Castle_from_the_Air_wideangle (1)A Motte was essentially a large man-made hill that had a wooden tower built on top. This would give the troops a great vantage point to be able to spot trouble coming from a long way off. A Bailey consisted of the living quarters and stables and the whole structure was then surrounded by a very high wall. It’s still possible to see evidence of this style of construction at Windsor Castle, although the
 original wooden Motte was replaced with a stone tower by Henry II in the 1170’s (see photo right).
The fact that the castle has been continuously in use for well over 900 years is a testament to how tough these structures really are. It’s no coincidence that the famous proverb above references castles as according to William Pitt even the King of England cannot enter a man’s house – and he’d certainly have a hard time trying! As a stark contrast to the cold, dark, impenetrable exteriors, the interiors were often lavish (see photo below) and made use of many fine materials. Only the finest master craftsmen were used in many properties and they worked with speed and integrity to build to most wonderful bespoke creations, from every piece of bedroom furniture to the kitchens and everything in between.
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It’s these supreme hand crafting skills and the attention to detail that most impresses us here at The Master Wishmakers and is something that we make sure is at the heart of everything we do. If we consider our Pretty Princess Castle we fully seal the outside from the elements with traditional construction methods, just like those you’d see in a real house today. We also give the exterior of the playhouse a thoroughly modern chemical coat to ensure that each customer is left with a structure that really will stand the test of time and become a real heirloom.
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Everest: 60 Years On

“There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory” – Sir Francis Drake

This very week, some 60 years ago, the first successful attempt was made to scale the infamous peak of Mount Everest. Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, as part of the ninth British Mount Everest Expedition, reached the top in 1953 via the South Col route from Nepal. Capturing the imaginations of adults and children alike, the duo opened a new frontier and paved the way for hundreds of more expeditions.
The awe inspiring height of 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level is only one of the challenges that a climber has to contend with. At this altitude there is also a noticeable lack of oxygen, which can cause severe headaches, confusion and a general decrease in brain function. This means that a person’s breathing may also be 5 to 6 times faster than normal. In an article for the Guardian newspaper, British mountaineer Stephen Venables says, “By the time we were approaching the South Summit… I was only managing two or three steps between each long gasping halt”. His effort paid off though and in 1988 he became the first person to reach the summit without bottled oxygen.
Another major obstacle our intrepid explorers face is the cold. Temperatures often reach well below -20C and at these temperatures the risk of frost bite can become a real danger. This is something that Sir Ranulph Fiennes can attest to having contracted frostbite on one of his hands after taking his glove off for a short period during his attempt to be the first to cross Antarctica in the winter. It would seem that he was right when he said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”
The first serious attempts on the summit of Everest began in the 1920’s and the equipment available could probably be described as primitive compared to the standard of today’s gear. The photo below is a comparison of the altimeter used by George Mallory on his fatal attempt in 1924 alongside a digital Weiku altimeter in a watch (right) which can be had for as little as £40.

Similarly below is a picture of the Bally Reindeer-Himalaya boot that Norgay wore in 1953. These boots were fastidiously handmade from shaved deer skin fabric and if we compare this with the Boreal G1 (right), which features technologically advanced materials such as Carbonglass and Neoprene, you can appreciate how far things have come along.

The sheer challenge, the near-superhuman feats of physical endurance, supreme navigation skills and ambitions somewhat larger than the peak that they set out to explore is what gave us the inspiration to produce Adventurer’s House and we take pride in dedicating it to every brave soul – successful or not – that took on the might of Everest. Each build is in itself a challenge, taking a team of four highly skilled craftsmen over a month to complete and like the tailor made equipment that our explorer’s used, each playhouse (or Wendy house for the more traditional folk) can be bespoke built to individual specifications.
Whatever your ambitions may be; seize them, seize the day and remember to see them through to yield the glory.
See more of the Adventurer’s House here and here.