Inspired by her childhood passion, a Kentucky woman created a treehouse village with her husband and father, making for a unique weekend getaway experience!
If you’re looking for a world of outdoor adventure, you’ll find it at Earth Joy Treehouse Village. Located in Brooksville, Kentucky, about an hour southeast of Cincinnati.
Owned by Shelly Byrne, alongside her father and husband, Earth Joy Treehouse Village is what Byrne calls a “world of adventure in one place.”
The Village has two tree houses, both of which are available to rent, in addition to 200 acres of trails with surprises along the way like a three-person hammock, hobbit tree houses, creeks, ponds, and an abandoned frontier cabin open for exploration.
“Plus, you can sign up for guided tree climbs,” says Byrne. “Bill will take you step-by-step to the top of the trees, and we’ve partnered with a local horseback company to offer horseback riding as well.”
Earth Joy Treehouse Village opened in 2007, and was a long awaited dream of Byrne’s. “My older brother, younger sister, and I would spend hours in our woods pretending we lived in tree houses,” explains Byrne. “We built borders with twigs and used rocks as our furniture.”
It was also a way for Byrne to deal with things that were going on in her life, such as her grandmother losing her battle with cancer. So, Byrne wanted to open up a place of treehouses that would help guests get out and enjoy the outdoors in the same way she did when she was younger.
There are two treehouses at Earth Joy Treehouse Village: The Pete Nelson and The Aliyahs.
Byrne says the Pete Nelson treehouse is famous and is known as the Kentucky Climbers Cottage, and the story behind the build was shown on Treehouse Masters more than 20 times.
The house is comprised of a timber frame that sleeps two adults and four children. “It features an upstairs full loft with a Casper mattress,” says Byrne. “Large barn doors open to bring the outside in and there’s a cozy wood burning stove and large deck. It also has a full kitchenette and an outdoor propane grill.”
The Aliyahs treehouse features a big red oak tree in the middle of the living room. It has a loft that sleeps two, a swinging bridge that leads you to the “snuggle palace” that sleeps four, and has quaint patio furniture, a fire pit, a full kitchenette, and is propane heated.
When you stay at Earth Joy Treehouse Village, you’ll find that the treehouses can be combined with guided tree climbs. The 5-star facility is privately owned and also offers retreats for women, health care professionals, couples, and other team building programs.
Although they recently added The Aliyah to the compound, Byrne says that she and her husband and father will be adding another treehouse to the property as well as all-terrain golf carts that can take guests from the treehouse to the front of the property.