The Pine tree ball house
A globe in a pine tree and a dome in the olive grove
- Unique shape: a ball hanging on a tree
- Very spacious inside, 3 levels
- Extensive outdoor area: terrace with luxury lounge set
- Secluded location in Mediterranean woods and wine field
A complete globe, hanging in the tree, with an additional dome as access. Experience this unique manual work - built by a civil engineer to play mathematics in real space :) It is raw and refined at the same time, made out of the common building materials available on our small island. Set in an olive grove, 3 km away from the next village, with a marvelous view to the Mediterranean sea. Enjoy the natural surroundings, the calm, the sound of the wind, and the inspiration of this fantastic dome treehouse.
This house is off-grid (solar panel provides low voltage electricity) and you will need some physical fitness to climb the ladders. Please read the details below.
This property consists of a geodetic dome on the ground and a geodetic globe on the tree, connected to each other.
You will enter into the dome at ground level. The ground level consists of a sofa set, a dining area, a kitchen, and a bathroom/ toilet.
From here, you will climb the timber stairs and a ladder to access the treehouse. You will arrive at the bottom of the treehouse. There is a comfy bed (140 cm x 2 m) and a bench to sit and to enjoy the space.
Climb another ladder to get to the top level. On the top floor, there is a double bed (140 cm x 2m), and some armchairs, so you can sit back and marvel at the ceiling stretching as a perfect hemisphere around and above you. The view from the window is opening across the woods and vineyards to the sea and a mountain range beyond.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
You need to be in good physical condition to climb the ladders and to climb onto the top floor. The passage from one space to the other via the ladders is about 100 cm wide, which might feel narrow to very large persons.
KITCHEN on the ground level:
- A sink and running water for dishwashing.
- a gas stove
- pots, pan, tableware etc. for preparing your own meals
- no refrigerator: you can store your food in a picnic cool box and plastic containers.
There is a very comfortable terrace with huge lounge seats outside. Besides, there is a set of wooden benches and a table for having breakfast or dinner in the garden.
In the garden, at some distance from the dome house, there are 2 hammocks and a swing seat in another pine tree.
WATER AND ELECTRICITY:
The tree dome is off-grid, but there is a water tank for domestic use.
A solar panel provides low voltage electricity for basic lighting in the house and for a water pump for running water. So you will be able to take a shower and wash the dishes in the kitchen.
No Wifi internet access. However, the area is covered well by mobile phone networks.
There are also several solar lamps and battery fed lamps that you can carry while moving around.
COMBINED RENTING OF AN APARTMENT
By renting out this treehouse, you will at the same time rent an apartment in the area of Korcula town, 3 km of the treehouse. This apartment is located in the owner’s house. Consisting of a bedroom, bathroom, living room with sofa bed and kitchen, garden terrace. You are free to use the apartment as a „back-up“, e.g. in case of bad weather that might make your treehouse stay less comfortable. It is up to you to choose where you will stay, at the treehouse or in the apartment. The owner will send you photos of the apartment on request.
Number of double beds: 3
taxi transfer service can be arranged. Rent-a-bikes or rent-a-scooter locally available. Day activities like restaurants, visits, wine tasting, guided walking tours are available.
How to get there
Korcula town on Korcula island is connected by ferries to Split and Dubrovnik. Both cities have airports with int'l flights. Split has also a train station and good overland bus network connection.
The nearest village on the island is Lumbarda, a 5 min car drive from Korcula town (where ferries are landing).
From Lumbarda village, there is a small paved lane through the vineyards and fields to the tree house.Distance from Lumbarda: 10 min by car or scooter, 20 min by bicycle.
rent-a-bike is available in Korcula town. A taxi would also take you there.
In Lumbarda village, there is a grocery store, some cafés open all year and restaurants operating May to mid October.
About the area
As this tree house is set on a pine tree in the olive groves stretching between Lumbarda village and Korcula town, it is away from the settlements. No neighbouring buildings in this area! You will be alone, on your own, in the nature.
Settling on Korcula 10 years ago, me and my family have been loving this beautiful island ever since. After life in the big city of Berlin/Germany, we especially like the green country-side of this Mediterranean island. While many tourists tend to come for a beach holiday, which is surely lovely, we as the locals do appreciate the islanders's life that is much more about growing wine (very superp wines, actually:) and making olive oil. The country-side has been cultivated for 2 milleniums here, and walking in the olive groves or cycling is surely a wonderful experience.
Around 2017, a local friend offered my husband a piece of land in the fields which hadn't been used for a long time. And there was a pine tree, which splits into 2 tree trunks, somehow magical. It motivated him to build a tree house right around this tree. 2 years later, it is finished! It was built out of mere pleasure and interest in constructing an unusual house (he's a civil engineer).
So, we are happy to use this as a weekend cottage, and to invite friends to share the very relaxing experience to be out there, on the tree. Because it´s great to be alone in the fields, where you will just hear the wind and birds and the rustling of the tree, and your own heartbeat.
I´ve been renting out two apartments in my own house in near-by Korcula town, for 4 years by now. I´ve had always lovely guests, and it has been a great and rewarding engagement for me to host people from all around the world. So, I'd love to share the experience of the tree house with you, too. You are very welcome!