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London Couple 'Happier Than Ever' Spending Lockdown In Treehouse In Somerset

London Couple 'Happier Than Ever' Spending Lockdown In Treehouse In Somerset

Well, it looks pretty nice, but it's a long way from their ordinary lives

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

A couple who swapped their life in London for a treehouse in Somerset just before the lockdown have said that they're now happier than ever living the simple life.

Well, it's not that simple, looking at the sort of treehouse they're living in.

However, it's a long way from Rebecca and Sam Harper's usual lifestyle in Fulham.

They moved to the Somerset countryside and a woodland treehouse owned as a holiday let by Sam's parents on 12 March, just before the UK entered lockdown.

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They both work in the capital as chartered surveyors and had only expected to stay in the wilderness for a few weeks, but have now been there for three months after the lockdown went on for longer than they'd planned for.

Despite the change of pace, they say they love tending the vegetable patch, walking in the countryside, and they've even acquired a new puppy to join their young family.

Rebecca, 31, said: "Our life here is the complete opposite of what it was like back in London.

"I wake up to natural light and spend my days tending to the vegetable patch then fill any spare time doing watercolour paintings and calligraphy.

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"It's idyllic here and I'm happier than ever.

"In London, we led such busy lives. We were at workout classes or the gym first thing in the morning, then it was a 45-minute commute into central London and out for dinner with friends until 10pm or 11pm at night.

"I've always been creative, but there's much more time to pursue my hobbies now. I finally have time to do painting and I've taken up knitting.

"Around dinner, we'll go for walks in the surrounding countryside - it's so beautiful."

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Her 32-year-old husband added: "My favourite thing about being here is the simplicity of life and being able to switch off and relax.

"There's a sense of freedom here that you don't get in London.

"It has made us appreciate the things that we would pass every day in London, but not notice because we were too busy or distracted by something else going on."

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Now, with the lockdown measures easing, the couple plan to return to London at the end of June, and - if you want - the treehouse, which is pretty swanky, will be back on the holiday rental market before too long.

Rebecca concluded: "It's a bit like returning to my childhood being here.

"The last time I grew a runner bean was with my dad when I was young.

"Staying here has made us question what we have in London. We'll probably stay living in London, but we definitely want more nature around us in the future."

Featured Image Credit: Mercury Press

Topics: UK News, Weird