PRIVATE ON COLORADO RIVER-FISH,KAYAK,CANOE,PET FRIENDLY-LOTS OF WATER IN RIVER!

Sandy Hightower

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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PRIVATE ON COLORADO RIVER-FISH,KAYAK,CANOE,PET FRIENDLY-LOTS OF WATER IN RIVER!

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One Bedroom, One & half baths & Outdoor Shower, Sleeps 10, Pet Friendly

Enjoy our current special! STAY 6 NIGHTS, GET THE 7TH NIGHT FREE! Note: We do not charge a cleaning fee or security deposit..

This Central Texas Hide-away offers you a secluded and peaceful place to enjoy the sounds and sites of nature. Relax on the upstairs deck & you’ll enjoy the sites of the bountiful species of birds, the colors of beautiful butterflies, and the evening fireflies. The Treehouse is equipped with everything you’ll need to make your trip enjoyable and relaxing. All your linens are provided, all cooking utensils, appliances, BBQ grill, firepit, picnic tables, cable TV, stereo, VCR and DVD players,& sleeping accommodations for as many as 10 in the one bedroom with 2 double beds & 2 sets of bunkbeds and queen sofa sleeper in main room. Looking for a romantic get-away for you and a special someone, cozy up to the stone fireplace-we even provide the firewood! You’ll be sharing your space with only those you choose, as The Treehouse is a single-family unit. Well-behaved canine guests are always welcome. Bring your fishing equipment, kayaks & canoes to enjoy the wonderful Colorado River.

Relax in your own space...no other cabins here: Nestled on 6 private acres among the trees, this hide-away is just 3 miles from downtown Smithville, 12 miles from Bastrop and 43 miles from Austin. But you’ll think you’ve traveled hundreds of miles to find this serene setting.

Relaxing on the upstairs deck, you’ll enjoy the sites of the bountiful species of birds, the colors of beautiful butterflies and the sounds of nature.

When you’re ready to antique shop, you have but a short trip to historic Main Street Smithville where several antique stores are located. There are other places to visit in Smithville for dining and the many sites that were used in the filming of the movies 'Hope Floats' and 'The Tree of Life.' But be forewarned....once you’ve arrived at The Treehouse, you may never want to leave!

Bring your bikes as you may want to venture out on the country road and take in a closer look at the beautiful countryside.

See our webpage at touringtexas.com/treehouse: The Treehouse Cabin is centrally located. Here are some of the things you might want to do during your visit:

· Rent a canoe or kayak from Rising Phoenix in Bastrop and follow the Colorado River Trails.

· Play golf at one of the 5 public golf courses that are close by.

· Take a walking or driving tour of Historic Smithville

· Visit the Painted Churches

· Visit the Shiner Brewery

· Check out the San Marcos Outlet Mall, one of the largest in the country, just an hour away.

· Visit the 2 State Parks that are just a short drive away

· Visit the Railroad Museum in Smithville, or the Antique Car Museum in Rosanky

· Pick fallen pecans in November from the tree-lined streets in Smithville

· Visit Dream Train Antiques-mention that you are staying at the Treehouse and receive a 10% discount

Pet Friendly--and they love it!: Our canine guests love the Treehouse. They can romp in the leaves, chase squirrels, splash in the water and have full run of the property. The outdoor shower works well in cleaning up our canine guests should they get a little dirty! Our canine guest rate is $22.00 a night, per guest.

*Note: We love our canine guests. If our canine guests like to relax in the house, it is their owner's responsibility to be sure the canine guests do not go into the sleeping area, that throw rugs are removed, and upholstered furniture is covered with sheets provided. We hope taking these precautions will minimize the amount of hair and dander that will need to be cleaned. If there is excessive cleaning as a result of our canine guests, the owner may be charged for the additional cost.

If your reservation is for a larger group, please contact owner for an accurate rate quote. The Homeaway auto quote system may not always provide an accurate quote.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
One anniversary, a birthday, and Mother's day later and we're heading home! The place is beautiful and the area around it just as much so! Thank you for sharing this awesome place and for letting us stay here for the weekend!



PS. Stay out past dark, the lightning bugs are the coolest!
May 2014
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Sandy Hightower

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
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I chose a vacation rental business after 30 year career because of the opportunities it offers to meet some really interesting people and offer them a great place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle.

Sandy Hightower purchased this cabin in 2007

The Treehouse Vacation Cabin is located on the Colorado River a short drive from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. It is rare to find such a wonderful piece of waterfront property that is so centrally located.

We fell in love with the property when we saw the park at the water's edge, the birds (including Bald Eagles), the deer, and wildlife. The stone fireplace is very romantic. The deck below allows for gatherings of family and friends. The Colorado River offers bass and catfish galore!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Private on Colorado River-Fish,Kayak,Canoe,Pet Friendly-Lots of Water in River!
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews
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Private on Colorado River-Fish,Kayak,Canoe,Pet Friendly-Lots of Water in River!
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Smithville Texas Lakes
Galveston, Texas
5

May 2012 Stay

  • 5 of 5
Great place to enjoy the outdoors, great access point into Colorado River for kayaking and paddle boarding. The house was very clean and well kept. We enjoyed the solitude & nature. Owner was very responsive to all questions. Will be back for another long weekend.
  • Submitted: May 10, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments! Come back and visit soon.
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Smithville Texas Lakes
5

SO PEACEFUL.

  • 5 of 5
We were so happy to have found this little jewel. Sandy is so kind and considerate.
My Family and I had such a great time here. There was so much to do, thanks to the great info Sandy left for us. We will definitely be returning to this wonderful place among the tree's. Thank you Sandy, for all the little touches you have done to make this tree house such a warm and charming place. Remember to keep the light on for us because we will be coming back.
God Bless,
Laura and Family.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for visiting The Treehouse. We are so happy you had a great time and a safe trip home. Looking forward to your next visit and we will keep the light on!
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Smithville Texas Lakes
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Don't Stay here! Owner Will Spy on You!

Don't Stay here! Owner Will Spy on You!
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Our trip to the treehouse was months in the making. We were looking for the perfect weekend getaway that was not too far from home but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. After reading the owner's website, we knew this would be the perfect place. The owner advertises the home as having easy access to the Colorado river. This was not the case. There was no access to the river. To get to the river, you have to go down a steep muddy hill that is behind the home. Once you get to the bottom of the hill, you can see the raging and muddy Colorado river, however to get to the river you have to go through poison ivy, dense vegetation and muddy ground. This was not our idea of an accessible river that you could "dip your toes in" as the owner stated on her website. She advertises that the river is great for water sports but when you get to the home, she has signs that say the river is dangerous because of poison ivy and snakes. Owner needs to make up her mind! Is it safe or not safe? The home is described as being privately situated on 6 acres. While the home may be on six acres it is still within eye sight of the main road. When you are outside you can see and hear the cars driving by. Not too private! In addition, there are a lot of bugs out there so don’t even think about turning on any of the deck lights at night or you will be covered in insects as the owner does not have bug lights installed. Also, there is very limited wood on site. Be sure to bring your own wood if plan on using the fire pit or fireplace.

The real deal breaker for us came after our return from our stay. The owner sent an email referencing the exact time that she saw us and an accusation that she saw additional guests there. She wanted to confirm so that she could charge us for the extra visitors. We did not have any additional guests and the thought that she was spying on us was very unsettling. We left the property earlier than we had anticipated, so there was no need for the owner to be near the property when we left. Unless you like being spied on while on your getaway, stay away from this place as you will be watched by the creepy owner!
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We make an effort to provide a very clean, safe & enjoyable location for our guests. From the comments you left in the guest book after your stay, I believe you agreed: “Perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. The cabin is such a comfortable place...all the comforts of home with the beauty of nature at your doorstep. Thanks for a wonderful time”

Regarding your comment about “spying”: My husband & I were coming over to thank you for your visit, but when we saw the extra guests, we decided not to bother you.

We consider the location private as we do not allow others on the property; the house is set 300 yds from the road lined with heavy foliage & the house has trees & brush on 3 sides. To see the house, one would have to enter the driveway.

In regard to the river access, there is a gravel road that takes you down to river level. There was a map to this road on the kitchen table. I'm sorry that you took a deer/animal path behind the house down through the brushy area to the water. I am sure that would have been unpleasant.

We have no control over the river or its banks. The river does not maintain a constant level & can flood, almost up to the level of the house. So use of the river is not always possible and is definitely not always safe! In May, we had more rain than in the last 5 yrs so the river was high & muddy. I'm sorry that you thought we had control over the river & could keep it from being “muddy” & brush free.

The Treehouse is in the country & by the river. Along with the best of nature, there is the potential for bugs, snakes, and poison ivy. If our guests are not familiar with rural river areas, we advise of the potential so they can be cautious around the river. However, the acreage around the house is well maintained, to minimize potential contact.

All year, we stack wood outside for use in firepit &BBQ. In the winter months, we stack wood for the inside fireplace. With temps in the 80's, we would not have put wood out for indoor use. We pride ourselves in providing wood for our guests at no extra charge. If you had wanted more wood, you should have given us a call.

Re: “bugs” on the deck. We have used “bug lights” in the past & they work in keeping moths away, but tend to attract mosquitoes, which would be a bigger problem.

Our guests often invite others to join them, are advised this is OK & we can settle up later. We appreciate it when our guests let us know about extra guests.
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San Antonio
5

Our perfect (early) Father's day excursion

Our perfect (early) Father's day excursion
  • 5 of 5
Every year, we choose someplace around a Texas body of water, and the week before Fathers Day - we head to it and "camp" for a few days. This year we stayed at the Treehouse from 6/9-6/12. The Treehouse is truly an amazing find - its a great little raised cottage tucked away on the Colorado River, about 45 minutes outside of Austin. This is an area that I was midly familiar with, as I had just participated in a "Hell Run" at a ranch ourside of the nearest city Smithville a month or so prior. Having been there I knew it was an area of Texas that has some pretty tall trees, and that is something that my family loves. The Treehouse didnt disappoint, as most of the grounds in the back and under the cabin are covered under a large canopy.

The Cabin itself is very comfortable, and is stocked with all of the ammenities a family would. (I.E. pots, pans, towels, TP etc.) The Colorado is a short distance from the river, but unfortunately cannot be seen from the Cabin. Once down on the river though, there is a nice spot that you can picnic at or just relax. That particular area of the river, the water is moving a little too fast to swim or fish - but there are state and city parks that are very close, that will allow either depending on where you are at.

This place is perfect for relaxing and hanging out - even for the dogs!! If relaxing is what you are looking for, the patio area underneat the house provides a large amount of shade for the majority of the day, so a nice cold beer and a book on the patio are just what the doctor ordered. Overall we had an amazing trip, and it was perfectly serene. We would definitely recommend the Treehouse, and will most likely be staying the again, preferrably sooner than later.
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you and your family had a great time at The Treehouse. Thank you for sharing your experience and your kind words. Looking forward to your next visit.

Sandy
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Smithville Texas Lakes
Mansfield, Texas
5

Treehouse

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the Treehouse was very private and just a great place to unwind. When in the area, this will be the place we'll stay !!
  • Submitted: May 25, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Smithville Texas Lakes
Garland, Texas
5

Ideal Texas Hill Country Get Away

  • 5 of 5
This is the perfect retreat for a family or older couple seeking to escape the fast pace of the city. The place is very clean, very well maintained and the lawn was freshly mowed allowing us to walk near the river. The Colorado River is ideal for fishing or boating.

There is ample privacy and plenty of space to roam for your children and your pets. The property is fenced and the upper balcony is fenced as well and has a gate. We enjoyed much time walking the property with our dogs and on the balcony overlooking the forest.

There was an incredible population of cardinals, so that when you stepped out onto the balcony you had this wonderful song of cardinals to accompany you.

This is easily one of the best places we have visited in years and we have visited many vacation rentals.

No sirens, no car radios with the base booming, no fast paced pushing and shoving of the city . . . just an occasional train tooting its horn, the occasional mooing of a cow or the braying of a donkey. Quiet, friendly country sounds are as important to this setting as the high standard of living this Treehouse provides.

The Treehouse gave us the inspiration to dream of having a place like this of our own someday. In the meantime, we definitely plan to return. If a clean, private, spacious country setting is what you crave for your get away, this is the place.
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Smithville Regional Airport
Nearest Train
42 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Smithville
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Bastrop
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Smithville
Car: necessary

The Treehouse Vacation Cabin is located on 6 private acres that border the Colorado River. While enjoying this cabin, you can see abundant birds, fish, canoe, kayak, hike and enjoy the outdoors. Centrally located with easy drive from Houston, Austin, San Antonio & Dallas. Pet Friendly. Smithville is antique & film making center. The Colorado River at The Treehouse has water year round, even during severe drought, allowing our guests to enjoy their favorite water activity.

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Availability & Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$174
$1,044
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $22 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes No Additional cleaning fees charged
We do request a 2 night minimum stay. Holiday weekends may have a 3 night minimum requirement. Stay 6 nights, get 7th night free. Rates may be higher for high demand local events. **** Please check with us for a rate quote as Homeaway, auto rate may not calculate correctly, as per person rate is less for larger groups.
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Amenities

Amenities

Smithville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • River ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - shower , toilet , Full bath with large glass enclosed walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Half Bath with toilet and sink. No bathing facilities
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Our guests LOVE the outdoor shower with hot/cold water!!
  • The main bathroom has a large, glass enclosed walk-in shower. Our half bath is conveniently located off the living room and close to the front door. We even have an outdoor shower with hot & cold water that our guests love!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 4 twin/ single
  • The Treehouse can accommodate up to 10 guests. There is one bedroom. In the bedroom, there are 2 double beds and 2 sets of bunk beds, that will sleep up to 8 people. In the main room, there is a sofa sleeper that makes into a queen size bed, which sleeps 2 more guests. We provide all your linens. Of course, please feel free to bring your favorite pillow!
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Sand Box
  • Wood Deck
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • water parks
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • live theater
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • pier fishing
  • water tubing
  • rafting
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
Notes:
Many of our guests consider The Treehouse as 'their own' vacation home. They arrive, knowing that the house and grounds will be ready for them. They only need to bring their food and personal items. Our guests comment about how The Treehouse is so clean, organized and provides much more than they expected. Our canine guests love The Treehouse. The upper deck is fenced and gated, which allows our canine guests to be outside and their owners don't worry about them running off. We have extra sheets to cover the furniture if our canine guests like to lounge. If our canine guests should get a little dirty, the outdoor shower with hot/cold water helps to clean them up. Should you like to have others join you, The Treehouse has RV connections. Although The Treehouse is private, it is also a great place for family reunions, corporate getaways, and weddings.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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