When I was a kid, we had a vast Chinese tallow tree in the backyard that would have been a perfect place for a treehouse. I used to pretend that I had a treehouse there, and I’d climb to the broad branch, lay back, and read my book for hours. I had another favorite tree across the road in the cow pasture that was a perfect reading spot. I still look for places like that in the tree branches with the birds, solitude, blue sky, and nice cool breeze. Texas has some unique treehouse cabins that 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 live oaks and cedars near Glen Rose, bordering Dinosaur Valley State Park, an oasis for viewing sunrises, sunsets, and infinite stars in the dark sky.
The rustic Birdhouse offers countless views from the bedroom balcony along with modern amenities. Your adventure starts as you climb the stairs to a platform in a tree nearby, then walk the cable bridge into the second-floor bedroom. You’ll find a kitchenette and bathroom down the cedar stairway to the main floor. You’ll find yourself in the trees with the birds, plus wild turkeys, deer, jackrabbits, horses, and some cows visit as well.
The Nest is a combination tree house, Bohemian bungalow. To access, follow the rock path through the portal gate and onto the front porch. See the “nest” constructed of cedar harvested from the property.
The Hive is the newest addition blending a treehouse and A-frame style cabin, with a large porch wrapped around the trees providing a great hangout or room for dining. Follow the rock path through the trees and cross the wooden walkway. Steep stairs access the loft bedroom.
All treehouses have queen beds with electricity, air conditioning, and heating, hot water, a small refrigerator, coffeemaker, 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 guest age is 18 for safety reasons. Also available are the Glamp and the Tower.
Pro Tip: Have lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch at the Riverhouse Grill in Glen Rose, family-owned since 2008, in a historic home one block off the 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 walk through a fairytale forest and sleep in the trees.
Walk up a ramp, past the pool and hot tub, and enter Majestic Oak Treehouse, standing two or three stories above, where you’ll find a fully equipped kitchen and a cozy living area with a loveseat, chair, and futon, with the live tree centered inside. Relax and enjoy a good book on the floating sky lounge or stargaze from the patio deck chairs. The master bedroom features sliding glass walls that bring nature inside, while the bathroom boasts a unique shower with forest views. Upstairs, find a crow’s nest with three twin beds surrounded by the tree’s canopy.
Two or three stories off the ground, walk up a ramp to reach Bare Creek Hollow Treehouse with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Relax in the living room with a comfy sofa and oversized chair, or out the back door, relax on the balcony overlooking Bare Creek that sometimes flows full. Upstairs, find the cozy bedroom with sunrise views of the woods, a full bed in the loft above, plus a full bathroom and shower.
The season here opens on April 1 and closes on November 1. The treehouses have comfortable air conditioning and heating.
Pro Tip: Have lunch or dinner at Venecia Italian Restaurant in Farmersville, serving excellent Italian cuisine, including pasta, seafood, and pizzas.
3. Cypress Valley, Spicewood
Come and sleep in the trees at Cypress Valley near Spicewood, northwest of Austin, explore the spring-fed creek, swim in the pond or pool, or zipline through the treetops.
Yoki treehouse sleeps two or three, with a king-sized bed, two-story deck, living room overlooking the ravine through two old cypress trees, a small kitchen, dining area, and a fantastic private bathhouse, shower, and soaking tub across the bridge.
The Nest, designed for the kid in all of us, is a family-style treehouse with two bedrooms, one queen, two twins, a kitchenette, and a private bathroom. You’ll see round rooms, green roofs, pallet walls, and a slab tabletop.
The Willow and Juniper are single-room treehouses above the cypress-lined creek, with solar power, taking glamping to new levels. Each has a small outside porch for morning coffee and queen beds. Both share bathrooms, picnic tables, gas grill, seasonal swimming pool, and other community space, nestled under an active part of the zipline canopy tour.
The Lofthaven features a 350 square foot aerial yurt built around the old-growth cypress tree, plus a 700 square foot bathhouse 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: Have dinner at Sorellina Pizzeria, an Apis restaurant serving creative and classic pizzas, salads, appetizers, and desserts, with wines and local brews.
4. Treehouse Utopia, Utopia
Surround yourself in luxury at Treehouse Utopia, treehouses constructed in sizable bald cypress trees along the Sabinal River, 80 miles northwest of San Antonio.
Stairs lead up to the Chapelle Treehouse with the queen bedroom directly over the river, a refrigerator, dining area, full walk-in shower, clawfoot soaking tub with stained glass windows and lighting, French antiques, and a lovely deck.
The Carousel Treehouse features a queen bedroom, refrigerator, kitchenette, carousel chandelier, and décor. Enjoy the sitting area, bathroom, walk-in shower, multi-level bedroom, and private deck over the river.
Stay at the Biblioteque Treehouse in the library among the books, with one big main room including the bedroom. Discover an LED twinkle headboard over the bed, a grand collection of books, stained glass, globes, wood ceiling, book nook, a gas-burning fireplace with mesquite mantle.
The Chateau Treehouse, the castle in the sky, is the largest treehouse with two approaches to the 400 square-foot deck. The sitting room leads to a second deck. French silks, peacocks, stained glass windows, barn doors lead to the big clawfoot tub, a tile shower, and a pottery sink. A French spiral staircase leads you to the king bed, sitting area, electric fireplace — all treehouse living at its finest.
Pro Tip: Have lunch or dinner on Saturdays at The Laurel Tree, owned by chef Laurel Waters, where reservations are a must. The seasonal and fresh menu changes weekly, a combination of Texas and her French training.
5. Hobbit’s Nest Treehouse, Bastrop
Hobbit’s Nest Treehouse in the Shire at Lost Pines boasts a queen bed high atop the trees with gorgeous views. Recently added electricity with air conditioning and heat, plus small refrigerator is available. The bathroom has cold water and an incinerating toilet. The outdoor shower has both hot and cold water. Cook outdoors on a propane grill and clean up dishes in a portable sink. The 42-acre property in Lost Pines Forest is eight miles from Bastrop State Park trails and swimming pool and 10 miles to the Colorado River and Bastrop restaurants.
Pro Tip: Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard offers a hangout on the large riverside deck with pizza, draft beer, and cocktails. Enjoy snacks, wings, salads, calzones, sandwiches, wraps, and desserts. Save room for peach cobbler.
6. Honeytree Farm, Fredericksburg
Live Oak Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm, seven minutes from Fredericksburg and one of five treehouses, is a stilted luxury cabin in a grove of oaks on Palo Alto Creek, cozy and bright and surrounded by nature. You’ll see songbirds, armadillos, wild turkeys, and deer. Enjoy a king bed with luxury linens, pretty mosquito netting, and twinkle lights. The book nook sports a twin bed daybed, sheepskins, and throw pillows looking out a round window into the treetops. The bathroom features a double-head shower with an arched door. Find an outdoor tub under the cabin enclosed on three sides, opening toward the creek, plus the complete downstairs patio and adjoining property.
The Sycamore Treehouse at HoneyTree Farm is only three feet off the ground on one side, but a steep creek bank makes you feel high in the treetops. The lofted bedroom has spectacular views of live oaks, native pecans, and wild willow trees. Enjoy a walk-in rain shower and full-size soaking tub, a kitchen furnished with a cooktop, a small refrigerator/freezer, a microwave, a Keurig, and all accessories.
Pro Tip: Enjoy lunch and dinner at Vaudeville and a Friday and Saturday night Bistro Prix Fixe Menu with reservations required.
7. Ryders Treehouse, Baird
Uniquely designed Ryders Treehouse, near Baird, 20 miles east of Abilene, is located in the middle of an 800-acre working ranch, with all the privacy to reconnect and relax. The outdoor screened bathroom and screened-in kitchen with grill for steaks are on the ground floor. Enjoy a fire pit for roasting s’mores, a wine overlook, and a hammock for relaxing. The double bed in the air-conditioned nest upstairs has countryside views. Bring your bikes and ride along the ranch roads. The season is March 1 through November
Pro Tip: Don Luis Café offers Mexican and Cuban cuisine like street tacos, Cuban sandwiches, chicken and rice, roasted pork, chile Relleno, nachos, or beef or chicken fajitas.
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