Inspired by the waterway views from some newly purchased land in Maine, builders and artists Loren Francis, Ida Lennestål, Marsha Dunn and Philip Francis decided that the best structure to take advantage of the vistas would be a tree house.
Seguin tree dwellings are located in Georgetown, Maine.
Consequently not just one tree house, but three of them. Seguin tree dwellings contains a series of beautifully designed arboreal abodes perched on a hill on 21 forested acres. The tiny houses were built for visitors to this island in Southern Maine as well as for retreats, special events and to host artists-in-residence.
Each of the dwellings have multiple buildings connected by rope bridges.
The smaller buildings can be used as living or sleeping spaces.
The three structures each have their own name and multiple pods that are connected to each other by rope bridges and walkways. Souhegan or “Watching Place” was built first and features a wood-fired hot tub placed on a deck overlooking a local waterway. Souhegan has two stories and two buildings and includes a master bedroom, a kitchen and dining area, full bathroom and screened porch. The second building can be set up as a second bedroom or as a living space. Souhegan can even be used in the winter with the use of electric heaters.
Each dwelling has a main bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
Nearby Madawaska was built with vintage and salvaged materials when possible. It also has two structures. One is a bedroom with a wall of windows and a king bed. The second structure has a kitchen, dining space, full bathroom and screened-in porch. Madawaska means “Where Two Rivers Join” and the two rivers are the Black and the Kennebec.
The main buildings’ second stories are accessed by curved stairs.
The third tree house is named Isle Au Haut (High Island) and is also a mix of vintage materials. Its two structures contain a separate bedroom and a kitchen, dining space, bathroom and deck with views. The kitchens in each of the dwellings include a two burner stove, sink, fridge, toaster oven and pots, pans and coffee makers. The dwellings can be rented for $189 to $299 per night.
Photos by Seguin