When I was a child we had a huge Chinese tallow tree in the garden which would have been a perfect place for a treehouse. I used to pretend I had a treehouse there, and I would climb the wide branch, lay down and read my book for hours. I had another favorite tree across the road in the cow pasture which was a perfect place to read. I always look for places like this in the tree branches with the birds, the loneliness, the blue sky and a nice cool breeze. Texas has unique treehouses which are amazing! Here are seven of my favorite properties, some with multiple treehouses, in no particular order.
1. Skybox cabins, Glen Rose
Skybox cabins are located on 50 acres of native living oak and cedar trees near Glen Rose, bordering Dinosaur Valley State Park, an oasis for viewing sunrises, sunsets and endless stars in the dark sky.
The rustic Birdhouse offers countless views from the bedroom balcony as well as modern amenities. Your adventure begins as you climb the stairs to a platform in a nearby tree, then walk the cable bridge to the bedroom on the second floor. You will find a kitchenette and a bathroom down the cedar staircase leading to the main floor. You will find yourself in the trees with the birds, as well as wild turkeys, deer, hares, horses and a few cows.
Le Nid is a tree house and bohemian bungalow combination. To get there, follow the rocky path through the gate gate and onto the porch. See the “nest” built in cedar harvested on the property.
The Hive is the newest addition combining a treehouse and an A-style cabin, with a large porch wrapped around the trees providing an ideal hangout or dining area. Follow the rocky path through the trees and cross the wooden walkway. Steep stairs lead to the mezzanine bedroom.
All treehouses have queen beds with electricity, air conditioning and heating, hot water, small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, but no TV or internet so bring a good book or camera to enjoy nature. The property is gated and the cabins are key coded. The minimum age of guests is 18 for security reasons. The Glamp and the Tower are also available.
Pro tip: Enjoy lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch at the Riverhouse Grill in Glen Rose, family owned since 2008, in a historic house one block from Town Square.
2. Savannah’s Meadow Treehouse Bed & Breakfast, Celeste
Surrounded by lavender fields, Savannah’s Meadow Treehouse Bed & Breakfast, nestled in Celeste, north of Greenville, is a place to stroll through a fairytale forest and sleep in the trees.
Go up a ramp, past the pool and hot tub, and enter the Majestic Oak Treehouse, located two or three floors above, where you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room with a loveseat, chair and a futon, with the living tree centered inside. Relax and read a good book in the floating sky lounge or gaze at the stars from the lounge chairs on the patio. The master bedroom has sliding glass walls that bring nature inside, while the bathroom has a single shower with a forest view. Upstairs, find a crow’s nest with three twin beds surrounded by the tree canopy.
Two or three stories off the ground, climb a ramp to reach Bare Creek Hollow Treehouse with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Relax in the living room with a comfortable sofa and oversized chair, or by the back door, relax on the balcony overlooking the sometimes overflowing Bare Creek. Upstairs, find the cozy bedroom with a view of the sunrise over the woods, a double bed in the loft above, as well as a full bathroom and shower.
The season here opens on April 1 and ends on November 1. The tree houses have comfortable air conditioning and heating.
Pro tip: Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Venecia Italian Restaurant in Farmersville, serving excellent Italian cuisine including pasta, seafood and pizza.
3. Cypress Valley, Spicewood
Come sleep in the trees at Cypress Valley near Spicewood, northwest Austin, explore the spring-fed creek, swim in the pond or pool, or zipline through the treetops.
The Yoki treehouse can accommodate two or three people, with a king-size bed, a two-story terrace, a living room overlooking the ravine through two old cypresses, a small kitchen, a dining room and a fantastic bath. private, shower and tub across the deck.
The Nest, designed for the inner child in all of us, is a family-style treehouse with two bedrooms, one queen-size bed, two twin beds, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom. You’ll see round rooms, green roofs, pallet walls, and a slab table top.
Willow and Juniper are one-piece treehouses above the cypress-lined creek, powered by solar power, taking glamping to new levels. Each has a small outdoor porch for morning coffee and queen beds. Both share bathrooms, picnic tables, gas grill, seasonal pool, and other community spaces, tucked away under an active part of the zipline canopy tour.
The Lofthaven features a 350-square-foot aerial yurt built around the old cypress, as well as a 700-square-foot public bath and kitchenette perched on the edge of a ravine, connected to the bedroom by a 40-foot suspension bridge. Relax and restore in the one-of-a-kind waterfall tub made from local rock and wood.
Pro tip: Dine at Sorellina Pizzeria, an Apis restaurant serving creative and classic pizzas, salads, appetizers and desserts, along with local wines and beers.
4. Treehouse Utopia, Utopia
Surround yourself in luxury at Treehouse Utopia, treehouses built from large bald cypress trees along the Sabinal River, 80 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Stairs lead up to the Treehouse Chapel with the double bedroom directly overlooking the river, a fridge, dining area, full walk-in shower, freestanding tub with stained glass and lighting, French antiques and a lovely terrace.
The Carousel Treehouse has a double bedroom, refrigerator, kitchenette, carousel chandelier, and decor. Enjoy the sitting area, bathroom, walk-in shower, multi-level bedroom and private terrace on the river.
Stay at the Biblioteque Treehouse in the Library Among Books, with a large main room including the bedroom. Discover a glittering LED headboard above the bed, a large collection of books, stained glass windows, globes, a wooden ceiling, a book nook, a gas fireplace with a mesquite mantle.
The Chateau Treehouse, the Castle in the Sky, is the largest treehouse with two approaches to the 400-square-foot bridge. The living room leads to a second deck. French silks, peacocks, stained glass, barn doors lead to the large clawfoot tub, tiled shower and pottery sink. A French spiral staircase leads you to the king bed, sitting area, electric fireplace – all treehouses are living at their best.
Pro tip: Enjoy lunch or dinner on Saturdays at Laurel Tree, owned by Chef Laurel Waters, where reservations are essential. The seasonal and fresh menu changes weekly, a combination of Texas and its French background.
5. Hobbit’s Nest Hut, Bastrop
Hobbit’s Nest Treehouse in Lost Pines County has a queen size bed on top of the trees with a great view. Newly added electricity with air conditioning and heating, as well as a small refrigerator are available. The bathroom has cold water and an incinerating toilet. The outdoor shower has hot and cold water. Cook outside on a propane grill and clean dishes in a portable sink. The 42-acre property in the Lost Pines Forest is 8 miles from the trails and pool at Bastrop State Park, and 10 miles from the Colorado River and Bastrop restaurants.
Pro tip: Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard offers a hangout on the large riverside patio with pizza, draft beer and cocktails. Enjoy snacks, wings, salads, calzones, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. Save room for the peach shoemaker.
6. Honeytree Farm, Fredericksburg
Live Oak Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm, seven minutes from Fredericksburg and one of five treehouses, is a luxury cabin on stilts in an oak grove on Palo Alto Creek, comfortable and bright and surrounded by nature. You will see songbirds, armadillos, wild turkeys and deer. Enjoy a king bed with luxury linens, a cute mosquito net and twinkling lights. The book nook sports a twin daybed, sheepskins and cushions looking out through a round window onto the treetops. The bathroom has a double-headed shower with an arched door. Find an outdoor tub under the cabin closed on three sides, opening to the creek, as well as the full patio downstairs and the adjoining property.
The Sycamore Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm is only a yard off the ground on one side, but a steep creek bank makes you feel high in the treetops. The mezzanine bedroom offers spectacular views of holm oaks, native pecans and wild willows. Enjoy a walk-in rain shower and full-size bath, a kitchen equipped with a hob, small fridge / freezer, microwave, Keurig and all accessories.
Leaf Treehouse, Acorn Treehouse, and Sapling Treehouse are also available.
Pro tip: Have lunch and dinner at Vaudeville and enjoy a Fixed Price Bistro menu on Friday and Saturday evenings by reservation.
7. Ryders Treehouse, Baird
The uniquely designed Ryders Treehouse near Baird, 20 miles east of Abilene, is set in the middle of an 800 acre working ranch, with all the privacy you need to reconnect and relax. The outdoor bathroom and the kitchen with the steak grill are on the ground floor. Enjoy a fire pit to roast s’mores, a view of the wine, and a hammock to relax. The double bed in the air-conditioned nest upstairs offers a view of the countryside. Bring your bikes and ride along the ranch roads. The season is from March 1 to November
Pro tip: Don Luis CafÃ© offers Mexican and Cuban cuisine like street tacos, Cuban sandwiches, chicken and rice, roast pork, chili Relleno, beef or chicken nachos or fajitas.
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