Tour this Swiss chalet-meets-fairytale tree house

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Heidi Danilchik grew up above the tree line, exploring rugged landscapes with her mountaineering father. When he passed away in 2001, Heidi and her husband Paul, decided to pay homage to her outdoorsy father by building their very own house nestled in the forest of Port Orchard Bay, Washington. They recruited Peter Nelson, the co-owner of the TreeHouse Workshop, a company that designs and builds tree houses.

With its intricate woodwork, meandering pathway and cosy sleeping nooks, the house itself is a mix between a Swiss chalet and a fairytale getaway. “A lot of people see their home as an escape, but the TV is always going,” Heidi tells Seattle Met. “Here, deer bed beneath the house. The occasional bear walks by. It’s our own little world—but it’s got WiFi.”

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