About Us

We follow our own path. Where many tread typically, we step sideways off the grid and into the world of chance, holistic balance, the natural outdoors and sustainability. Years ago, when a dark and neglected patch of Herefordshire woodland came up for auction, we raised our adrenaline-fuelled hands and alcohol-filled glasses at the same time and found that our next round was to be custodians of what is now The Rookery Woods. At the time we were only looking for somewhere quiet to park our bus and plan our future, but we have since learned that plans are nothing and planning is everything.

 

Discovering quickly how much we didn’t know, we started by mastering a chainsaw and then borrowed some machinery before starting to clear undergrowth and let a little light into a dark and overgrown space. Back then there was no intention to build anything at all at the Rookery Woods, but as one thing led to another, the years passed and first by accident and then by design the site slowly developed into what it is today – a thriving ecosystem of self-sufficient treehouses powered by the sun, sheltered by the woods and completed by our two children who arrived along the way.

Heather Badman, Dale Badman and children with boxer dog. Owners of The Rookery Woods

We are so very proud to have carved from a neglected space such an oasis of tranquillity and beauty, and the opportunity to share it with others and provide a future for our children is a gift we feel is too good not to share. It is a space where nature thrives in abundance and a balance, a place which grows out of recognition, it seems, from year to year, and one in which we have already re-planted over 500 native saplings knowing full well that only our children – and perhaps yours – will sit in their shade. It gives us immense joy and pleasure to share our magical space with you.

Pauline
The Rook's View
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Recently stayed at Rooks View and had an exceptional stay. The whole two night experience was wonderful and so relaxing. The tree house was brilliant, very well appointed with everything we needed for a relaxing stay.
Kat
The Rook's View
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The Rook's View at The Rookery Woods is outstanding. The treehouse was beautiful, immaculately clean, luxurious and everything we hoped it would be! It was so quiet and the scenery was stunning. Sitting in the hot tub watching the sun set and listening to the birds was the most stress-free and peaceful I have felt in a very long time.
Laura
The Rook's Nook
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Wow! we stayed here at the rooks nook for a few days for a break away from the kids. Heather and Dale were away with their family when we arrived and we were greeted by the loveliest guy Paul who showed us around the cabin and brought our bags in, everything was perfect.
Becky
The Rook's Nook
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All I can say is WOW!! I booked The Rooks Nook as a surprise trip for my boyfriends 30th birthday and it was amazing!! We had such a lovely and relaxing time. The cabin/treehouse was incredible! The hot tub was clean and pre-warmed for us, ready to enjoy. The BBQ and the pizza oven were brilliant and made for 2 nights of delicious and fun to make dinners!
Kim
The Rook's View
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From the moment we arrived, Heather and Dale were the perfect hosts.

From the gorgeous outdoor claw foot bath, to the tastefully furnished treehouse cabins, these stunning and unique lodges will go without doubt beyond your wildest imagination and exceed all expectations.
Amanda
The Rook's Tower
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Just returned home from the most peaceful few nights in the Rooks Tower. We were honestly blown away by all the details and attention that has gone into this wonderful cabin. It had everything you could want and more - comfy, cosy and so quiet! Perfect to switch off and unwind from the day to day chaos! The hot tub/cinema hideaway was the highlight for sure, we didn't want to get out.
Lawrence
The Rook's View
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My wife and I stayed in the Rooks View last week for our wedding anniversary. What an amazing place. It was so clean and comfortable especially with the log burner. Heather and Dale were so friendly and helpful they couldn't do enough for us.
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