Designed to be a “return to simpler times,” a new treehouse resort is now open 20 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Candlelight Forest sits on 200 acres in Chickamauga. In addition to two treehouse lodges, the property offers a variety of “nostalgic amenities,” such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, family games and more.

Several lodging options are available for private getaways, corporate retreats and weddings.


Two treehouse properties-Sophie’s Roost and Le Petit Chateau-both sleep up to six people . Sophie’s Roost was named after Chattanooga’s Sophie’s Shoppe, which provided the décor for the entire treehouse. Le Petit Chateau was decorated to resemble a rustic French farmhouse.

Sophie’s Roost has just been listed on Airbnb. Both properties are available on VRBO.

Owner John Tatum invited on a tour of the property this week. He said the two treehouses are just the beginning of a much larger idea and dream.

“We’re planning a community of treehouses and ‘not-so-tiny’ houses,” he said. “Eventually, we would be able to house as many as 20 to 25 different families. It would be great for a large family reunion or a corporate retreat.”

According to Tatum, a “not-so-tiny-house” would be about 800 to 900 square feet, offering “cozy-sized bedrooms” and a focus on a single large room called “the hearth room.”

Candlelight Forest sits atop a wooded hillside on a path decorated with soft lights, hence the name. At the base of the property sits America’s first “This Old House” idea home, which is also available for overnight guests.

The house is a “mountain-esque craftsmen cottage” with a large wraparound porch and plenty of bedrooms. Itwas professionally designed by the staff of “This Old House,” along with Tatum and Nolan Designs of Chattanooga.

Although This Old House serves as lodging for wedding parties at The Homestead, the home is also available for vacation rental on VRBO,along with the treehouses.

In an effort to bring more visitors to the property, Candlelight Forest will offer an upcoming summer movie series, and Tatum said he plans to hold concerts at the venue.

“I had this crazy idea that if we do it … well that people will come,” he said. “Candlelight is our first opportunity to see what we’re doing. We are truly unique, with something for everyone and a getaway for making memories.”

More information is available here.

Treehouse lodging offers an alternative to typical hotel lodging for guests visiting Chattanooga. In addition to Candlelight Forest, Treetop Hideaways-in Flintstone-announced recently the addition of a second treehouse.

The house was decorated by Sophie’s Shoppe in Chattanooga. (Photo: Contributed)

The lofted bedrooms at Sophie’s Roost. (Photo: Contributed)

Guests staying at Candlelight Forest can purchase amenities from The Plucky Peacock general store. (Photo: Staff)

The quaint kitchen of This Old House. (Photo: Contributed)