The Tree House. Just One Window, Just One Door.

If you go walking in Wensleydale: if you go for a walk from Jervaulx to Jervaulx via Thornton Steward, you’ll come across this tree home, at the edge of a field, commanding views over the valley.  It has just one door and, importantly for Monday Window, just one window.

It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but I always like to imagine a doting grandfather, tall and rangy from a tough life’s farming and probably reminiscent of the BFG, lovingly creating a little refuge for his grandchild in this hollow tree.

I couldn’t fit in it, neither could you.  Perhaps the grandchild is too big now.  But I know a couple of young people who’d love to play there.  Perhaps you do too.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

53 thoughts on “The Tree House. Just One Window, Just One Door.”

      1. I had an old trap (as in pony and trap), with the wheels taken off, as a den. It was super! I also had my own personal rowan tree that was perfect for climbing and I could watch the world go by, but no-one could see me. Inner Child? What on earth do you mean?


  1. Were you able to peek inside? For some reason it makes me thinks of the Milly Molly Mandy book I inherited from my mother, as they had a tree house up in the boughs of an oak.

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      1. For me, the chapter including Milly Molly Mandy was a standout in Lucy Mangan’s Bookworm. How lovely to have one of the older copies of the book, Carol!

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  2. Jervaulx sounds very French, doesn’t it? Any ideas? I wonder if many moons ago religious monks were in the area and left the name? I love quirky things like this.

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    1. That’s because it is. Jervaulx, Rievaulx, Fountains etc. were all Cistercian abbeys. Their founder was Bernard of Clairvaux, and active links were maintained with France throughout the mediaeval period.

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  3. You recommended this walk to us in our Yorkshire holiday and I too have a photograph of this bijou home


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