We asked guests to design their dream Treehouse. You won’t believe what arrived at our office…

It’s not often we’re left speechless here at Center Parcs HQ, but this was one of the rare occasions.

The spring Lodge, complete with flowers
The spring Lodge, complete with flowers
A summer beach house with bunting, sea shells and towels
A summer beach house with bunting, sea shells and towels
The autumn Lodge with golden leaves
The autumn Lodge with golden leaves
A decorated Christmas tree inside the winter Lodge
A decorated Christmas tree inside the winter Lodge
The Stevenson family's library
The Stevenson family's library
A boat to explore the lake from the private Treehouse jetty
A boat to explore the lake from the private Treehouse jetty
A slide leading straight down to the lake
A slide leading straight down to the lake
A tiny swinging bench in the shade of the Treehouse branches
A tiny swinging bench in the shade of the Treehouse branches
A dining table with chairs, flowers and place settings
A dining table with chairs, flowers and place settings
The whole piece is decorated with cherry blossom
The whole piece is decorated with cherry blossom
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The spring Lodge, complete with flowers
The spring Lodge, complete with flowers
A summer beach house with bunting, sea shells and towels
A summer beach house with bunting, sea shells and towels
The autumn Lodge with golden leaves
The autumn Lodge with golden leaves
A decorated Christmas tree inside the winter Lodge
A decorated Christmas tree inside the winter Lodge
The Stevenson family's library
The Stevenson family's library
A boat to explore the lake from the private Treehouse jetty
A boat to explore the lake from the private Treehouse jetty
A slide leading straight down to the lake
A slide leading straight down to the lake
A tiny swinging bench in the shade of the Treehouse branches
A tiny swinging bench in the shade of the Treehouse branches
A dining table with chairs, flowers and place settings
A dining table with chairs, flowers and place settings
The whole piece is decorated with cherry blossom
The whole piece is decorated with cherry blossom

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Elveden Forest Treehouses, we challenged our Village Life readers to design their own dream treehouse with the chance to win a family Center Parcs break.

First there were the email entries – professional-standard computer modelling, video walkthroughs and even treehouses ingeniously created in Minecraft. Then the amazing pictures and drawings began arriving, from colourful collages by little ones to intricate, detailed blueprints.

Then came the sculptures – every day for weeks, our desks were slowly submerged under giant boxes of beautifully crafted, 3D models of the most imaginative treehouses – from one made of sweets and gingerbread, to an ‘under the sea’ themed creation.

They were all amazing, and as ever, we were blown away by your creativity and commitment.

But one entry had the whole office talking, and staff making special trips to our corner to admire it. It was the clear winner.

The Stevenson family created their ‘Four Seasons Treehouse’ over five weeks. It was painstakingly assembled from dead branches. “Then we made the little houses from lollipop sticks, and the idea just kept on developing,” explains mum Kate.

“Our inspiration came from our breaks at Center Parcs. We’ve been to Sherwood Forest twice – last summer and last Christmas. We loved how different each time was, and thought how amazing it would be to be able to change the season when you wanted.”

There are four miniature Lodges on their creation, each one themed around a different season. Spring is covered in colourful blossoms, and autumn in golden leaves. There are sea shells and rolled up ‘beach towels’ in the summer Lodge, and a tiny, fully decorated Christmas tree in the winter Lodge.

But the detail doesn’t end there. There’s a library with miniature versions of some of the family’s favourite books – including Harry Potter and Robin Hood, an outdoor dining table, set for dinner, a water slide, a hanging bench made from balsa wood and even a tiny sail boat for venturing out on the lake.

The whole thing is decorated with artificial cherry blossoms and the overall effect is, well, breath-taking.

Kate and husband Scott created the work of art with their two children, four-year-old Molly and two-year-old Tom. Although they did most of the structural work (of which there was a lot!), the little ones helped out where they could.

“Molly did most of the painting and flower gluing,” explains Kate, “and the playing with it when it was finished, of course! She came up with lots of ideas too – she wanted the water slide and the Christmas tree in the winter Lodge.” Little Tom, meanwhile, mostly played with the shells and did some painting of his own.

We’d like to thank every single guest who entered our competition – it was such a joy to open all of your wonderful entries.

For their incredible effort, the Stevenson family have won a family break at Center Parcs this summer. The Four Seasons Treehouse, meanwhile, will be going on display in the reception area of our Head Office.

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Maddy Potts

As Marketing Executive at Center Parcs, I’m lucky enough to hear all the amazing stories that come from our guests, our Villages and the wider travel industry. I’ll blog about the best ones, bring you some fantastic competitions and update you on all the exciting new activities and goings on at Center Parcs.