Rowling to build magic treehouses for children
JK ROWLING usually uses her imagination to create magical worlds for children. Now she is using her money.
The multi-millionaire Harry Potter author is spending €321,000 on two linked treehouses at the bottom of her garden for her young son and daughter. Each child will get their own two-storey house that will be almost 40ft high and feature bay windows.
The youngsters will be able to crawl into their tree houses through tunnels to be built into the garden and the two homes are linked by a rope bridge.
Her nine-year-old son will be able to make a quick escape through a trap door and fireman's pole, while her seven-year-old daughter can use a spiral staircase or stainless steel slide to leave her tree house.
The houses, built on stilts, look like they could have come from one of the boy wizard's adventures and are so big they need planning permission.
Drawings submitted to Edinburgh Council show that one of the houses features a perch for what appears to be an owl and a "nature box" built into the roof for birds to nest in.
Neighbours in the same cul-de-sac had to put up with months of disruption as Rowling's garden has been remodelled, but one neighbour said the author was "extremely nice and well liked".
She lives with her husband, Dr Neil Murray, their two young children and her daughter (19) from her first marriage.
A source at Edinburgh Council said it would be "highly unlikely" that Rowling would not get permission for the tree houses. (© Daily Telegraph, London)