Once you set foot on Bolt Farm, you’ll see why the Bolt family decided to build a remarkable treehouse on their 40-acre property in the small, charming city of Walhalla, tucked in the northwestern part of South Carolina. A couple years ago, Seth Bolt envisioned retreat, where he and the family could stay to unplug, rest, and relax. In talking with his father, Larry, a licensed builder, the two decided to make the vision a reality. The pair spent Father’s Day 2015 building the Bolt Farm Treehouse together.
The creative partnership built an inspirational place, where Seth, a bass player and founding member of NEEDTOBREATHE, could create music, connect with God, and spend time in nature. It’s also a place where his friends and fellow musicians could stay when they visit South Carolina. “When we realized how special this place is and how important it became to us to have a place where the pace of life is slower, we decided to open it to the public in hopes that other busy people would experience it as a sanctuary of rest,” Seth said.
The inspirational scenery and breath-taking views along with the standard of building excellence captured what Seth was looking to accomplish in the luxurious one bedroom and one bathroom treehouse. He said he wanted it to be worthy of his wedding day. In fact, Seth and his wife, Tori, were married at the Bolt Farm in May 2016, and they had their first look inside and stayed for part of their honeymoon. “Being in the treehouse on our wedding day was like a fairy tale! Standing there with my soon to be husband, admiring every little perfect detail knowing that he had this day in mind as he created it was such an overwhelming beautiful display of his love,” Tori Bolt said. The treehouse experience set apart from most vacation rentals begins the moment you step onto the farm and walk up the wooden ramp to the treehouse. Guests are in control of their experience.
Travelers looking for all the small details to be taken care of, including homemade meals delivered to them upon request, enjoying vintage records, board games, co ee, and an outdoor grill, shouldn’t look further than time on the farm in the treehouse. A favorite feature at the treehouse is the window wall, from oor to ceiling is a wall of antique windows that make a spectacular view of the forest. There’s plenty of hiking trails such as Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls in the area as well as exploring the trails at Bolt Farm. And there are plenty of options to dine out.
“There is a lot to discover and enjoy here from the hammock to the double deck to the swinging bed and outdoor shower. We recommend our guests turn o their phones and place them in our ‘5-star phone hotel’ next to the bedside. They’ll get the most out of this experience when they let their inner child run free and play in nature,” Tori Bolt said.