£50,000 treehouse being built by Northants company

Every child's dream is to have a treetop hideaway where they can escape to with their friends.

And one 10-year-old boy in Russia is about to see all his dreams come true thanks to a Northamptonshire company.

A luxury treehouse costing 50,000 is being built for him in Weldon.

The 40ft construction will be shipped out to Moscow next month and will sit in a woodland grove next to the home of the youngster's rich Russian family.

It will include a stained-glass window, staircase, rope bridge, zip line and pulley system which can lift a quarter of a ton.

Six people have been working on the treehouse for several weeks, and when it is finished it will be fully insulated and clad in timber with cedar shingles forming a roof canopy.

The firm in charge of the project, The Treehouse Company, works from offices in Wollaston and a barn on a farm just off Oundle Road, Weldon.

Owner Herbie McKenzie said: "I've been doing this for about eight years and this is the biggest we've done. We did one that was longer and had to be supported with steel which went to a family in Essex, but this is the tallest.

"It's so big we had to bring it outside to build it because it was too tall for the barn we work in.

"We've had to build it so the Russian client can look at it and give it the OK before we take it to pieces and take it over there on a lorry.

"I'm going to travel over see it being built.

"I'm going to recommend certain furnishings like a potter's wheel for the ground floor and a plasma screen television for the top floor."

Herbie's partner Carol Shakespeare said: "It's supposed to be educational as well as recreational.

"We're having to work through a translator at the moment but we're sure they'll love it.

"The climate over there is different and obviously they get a lot of snow so we even had to get a structural engineer to make sure it could withstand the rigours of the Russian weather. He's a very lucky boy."

The firm hopes to expand and put similar structures in woodlands in this country for holidaymakers.