Richard Branson's son to marry girlfriend at South African game reserve

Richard Branson's son to marry girlfriend at luxury South African lodge



Richard Branson's son Sam is to marry Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa today.

The Daily Mail reports that the couple are set to tie the knot beneath a sacred tree on the summit of a hill overlooking the South African veldt with 300 of their closest friends attending the ceremony.

Glamorous Isabella is said to have turned down Prince William and with her royal connections there could be some of Kate Middleton and Prince William's friends at the wedding.

Heir to the £3.4 billion fortune of Sir Richard, Sam and his fiancée Isabella have already spent a week at the venue on the edge of the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The reserve is home to a number of luxury lodges located beneath a canopy of ancient trees and to add to the sense of adventure, guests have to cross rope bridges between the treehouse-style lodges where local wildlife passes by.

There is a Treehouse Suite overlooking the Xikwenga Dam and also Safari, Elephant and River Rooms, some with their own private plunge pools.

Sam and Isabella are staying in one of the Elephant Rooms and will spend their honeymoon in the Treehouse Suite.

The Evening Standard reports that guests are also staying in the lodges on the reserve.

According to the Daily Mail, the couple have taken romantic game drives alone and were excited at seeing a lioness and her new cubs, as well as a leopard and her young.

One member of the wedding party said: 'They look unbelievably happy and very excited.'

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Situated in the lush Sable Valley in Kenya, amid the surrounding Shimba Hills, the Ndovu Bonde Sable Valley Treehouses are set in a 40-acre wilderness sanctuary with a balcony so you can view the African night sky. The four-poster bed that can be wheeled for you to gaze at the stars and there's a private Jacuzzi - because who doesn't want to relax in a tub while sipping champagne and admiring the sweeping views of the Shimba Valley?

In mid Wales on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, you'll find the beautiful Living Room Trehouses. Each of the four treehouses are individually designed and sit high in the tree canopy with futuristic and exciting styles. Inside, you'll find kitchens, spring water showers and bathrooms with Swedish compost toilets. There are woodburning stoves that heat the treehouses and the water in the showers. What we love most is that there is no electricity, so the solar lanterns, tea lights and lamps used create a romantic treehouse experience.

The secluded Tree House at Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia is constructed around the branches of an ebony tree and are spread out over a pine deck offering spectacular views of the Zambezi River. The hideaway lies at the end of a hidden path and contains a king-sized bed swathed in mosquito netting, a freestanding bath with gorgeous views, Anatolian carpets and West African artwork. What's more, part of the treehouse is over the water, giving you the sensation of floating!

Treebones on the Big Sur coast in California has gone one step further in giving you the treehouse experience and has a private wood-woven nest perched in a tree on the campsite so you can feel like a bird in a tree! The nest has a wooden ladder for access and a mattress but your will have to bring your own sleeping bag and mattress.

Located in the Waynad district of north-east Kerala, the TranquiliTree offers a luxury family-run home-stay experience on a working coffee, cardamom and tea plantation. Resting on three trees and nestled under a Gulmohar tree, the TranquiliTree has a bedroom, bathroom, a shower, TV and DVD player, plus panoramic views of the estate. We love that you can see the branches in the treehouse!

If you want a magical treehouse experience, head to the Dordogne in France where there are three castle hotels in the trees surrounded by the rolling Dordogne countryside at Chateaux dans les Arbres. Monzabillac with its turret tower is perfect for couples, Millandes is great for families with its high bunk beds for kids and hot tub on the terrace, and the self-catering castle Hautefort is ideal for groups and has a proper kitchen. Each of the treehouses have access to the ground-floor swimming pool and there's even a chef on hand if you need one.

In south-west Germany you can spend the night in a treehouse, high up in the forest canopy at the Tripsdrill Amusement Park. Big enough for six people, the treehouses have a TV, fridge, coffee machine, beds and even a terrance with seating and a view of the lush surroundings of gardens and vineyards.

The new Treehouse Suites at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa are all about the adults - secluded, luxurious and romantic, while in a natural forest setting. Nestled in a wooded valley in the New Forest National Park, the six treehouses are on stilts to give you the feeling of leaving land and sleeping in a floating suite. Each suite has forest views, locally sourced and natural decor, plus a kitchenette.

Located on New Zealand's South Island between Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and Mangamaunu Bay, Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses gives you the chance to sleep among deer and olives groves in its five luxury treehouses built in the canopy of a native manuka grove. As well as spectacular views of the dramatic mountains and Pacific coastline, the treehouses have large windows bringing the trees right into the rooms and the decor was crafted by local woodworkers.

If you're going to climb trees anywhere, it may as well be in the world's largest rainforest, right? The Ariau takes the principle of the tree top hotel and turns it into a luxury resort, albeit 20 meters above the ground. 268 rooms and private tree houses are connected by a five-mile long wooden catwalk which winds through the canopy of trees, giving guests an awesome view of the Green Inferno.

The ideal tree hotel lets you feel close to nature, and at The Outpost the aim is to make guests feel as much part of the vast landscape, as the wild animals roaming below. Twelve cabins overlook 50,000 acres of forest and have retractable walls which mean you can bath with the buffalo, looking directly out onto the Luvuhu River below.

Ideal for families, this elevated, octagonal timber holiday home overlooks a smallholding near Taunton in Somerset. The quirky, octagonal Treehouse has a real home-from-home feel with its Quaker-style kitchen, wood burning stove and private garden - where you can dip your toes in your own personal hot tub.

Putting a new spin on being away with the fairies, the Free Spirit Spheres pods hang like oversized pumpkins in the rainforest of Vancouver Island, looking like something out of a children's bedtime story book. One for those with stronger stomachs, the pods gently sway in the breeze, lulling guests to sleep.

If you're looking for something closer to a fairytale version of treetop living, then the Castle Cottage Tree House in the grounds of this Sussex castle is pretty close to the mark. Wrapped around a chestnut tree, branches entwine the master bedroom, and guests can shower under at the stars thanks to the glass roofed en-suite. Perfect for couples, the treehouse comes with it's own outdoor swing seats overlooking the pond.

The ridiculously idyllic location of these treehouse cabins in Punta Uva is like something conjured out of a film script; its all hammocks from palm trees and beach volley ball at the Jungle Treesort. Your eco cabana overlooks the turquoise ocean, but is completely sheltered and secluded by the Sangrillo tree it is built around.

Located in the high conservation area of Huilo Huilo in Chile, the Hotel Baobab & Spa is built to resemble the native Bao Bao tree. Housed in its bulbous, tiered structure are 55 plush guest rooms, which are built around a real Bao Bao tree and indoor waterfall.

More in common with the classic treehouse of your childhood, this rustic B&B in the woodlands of Oregon is one for the outdoorsy types, with horse riding, hiking and rafting all available on-site. The Out'n'About Treehouse Treesort is ideal for families, where parent and child complexes are connected by an Indian Jones-esque rope bridge.

The village of Harads in Lapland, 60 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, feels like a vision of the future. An area of woodland is something of an architectural playground - where local designers have been commissioned to create the innovative Treehotel. Accommodation ranges from a mirrored cube which reflects back the forest view to a human bird's nest and a sci-fi inspired flying saucer.

Boasting ten luxury suites hidden amongst the fauna and foliage of an ancient forest in South Africa; guests at the Tsala Treetop Hotel can dine al fresco on their private deck which juts out over the tree tops or basque in the decadence of their your own private infinity pool.

The laidback boutique hotel Bunga Raya in Sabah, Borneo has Treehouse villas, which are reached by a jungle walkway high up among the tree tops and boast sea views as well as monkey sightings. Simple yet luxurious, the villas are the epitome of romance, partially covered by trees, with an outdoor Jacuzzi, a private jungle plunge pool and a private balcony.

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