by Cassandra R. Elias
In the Spotlight: J.K. Rowling's Kids Play in Extravagant Tree Houses
You'd think it would be treat enough to have bedtime stories told to you by J.K. Rowling, better known as "Mum" or "Mummy" to her 7 and 9-year-old children. Her kids get another huge bonus -- tree houses that cost as much as real ones.
Rowling's husband Dr. Neil Murray, has applied for permits to build two 40-foot tree houses on the family's 17th century Edinburgh property. Plans for the over-the-top tree houses were submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council earlier this month. The plans show the tricked out tree castles that will reportedly cost over $200,000.
The fantasy playground will include a double swing set, stainless steel slide and an attached trampoline. Couldn't they get the less expensive model?
The two-story tree houses have medieval flourishes like conical turrets and will be connected by a rope bridge. The plans contain a few magical elements that Rowling is known for in her fiction.
Her son David's tree house includes a secret tunnel underneath the entrance ramp for quick exits and a fireman's pole around back. Daughter Mackenzie's tree house will have a trap door and rope ladder tucked away inside.
To ensure privacy, 50-foot cypress hedges will shield the tree houses from neighbors' eyes.
The tree houses are being designed by "Blue Forest," a luxury tree house construction company which builds 3 to 4 such houses per month. They tell TODAY.com that this is not the most unusual one they have built. One former client requested a 12-inch door be built so fairies could enter. That client was an adult.
Are these tree houses just too much or do you think it's fine, given who it is and for? Do you have a tree house? Tell us about it!
Photo courtesy of Blue Forest.com.