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Sandy Hightower

Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, Limited Spanish

Colorado River Frontage on 6 Private Acres, Pet Friendly

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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

This Central Texas Hide-away on 6 private acres 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.

Please email us for rates and for booking as we do not process online to save our guests the costs of the new service fees.

Well-behaved canine guests are always welcome.

Bring your fishing equipment, kayaks & canoes to enjoy the wonderful Colorado River. Access the river and park at river level via a gravel path a short walk from the house.

We now offer complimentary to our Treehouse guests, another property 5 minutes away by road. This property has a great beach, fishing access and a place for our guests to get out after their canoe, kayak or tubing trip from The Treehouse. By water, this private property is accessed after a 2 to 3 hour trip by water. By car, it is a 5 minute drive. More information about this property is provided at the time of booking.

Relax in your own 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.

When comparing rates of other properties, please note that at The Treehouse Vacation Cabin, we do not charge an extra cleaning fee or security deposit. Email or call to book. We strive to offer our guests a great stay at a reasonable cost.

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 or Bastrop River Company in Bastrop and follow the Colorado River Trails.

. Sit back and watch the birds, including wild turkeys, Bald Eagles, ducks, woodpeckers, cardinals, and hawks.

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

· Take a walking or driving tour of Historic Smithville

* Have a tasting at Bone Spirits, Smithville's own distillery

· 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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sandy Hightower (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish, Limited Spanish

About Sandy Hightower

After a 30 year career, I chose a vacation rental business 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

Why Sandy Hightower chose Texas Hill Country

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.

The Colorado River at this location has continued to have a good flow of water even in the extreme drought of recent years. It is an attraction for kayakers, boaters and fishermen.

For birdwatchers, the area offers many opportunities to see land and waterfowl.

Seasonal fly-fishing opportunities are available.

What makes this cabin unique

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. We even provide the firewood.

The deck below allows for gatherings of family and friends.

The Colorado River offers bass and catfish galore! The river is a popular place for kayaking and canoeing. If you don't have your own equipment, there are 2 companies in Bastrop that have rentals and can assist you on the river.

The Treehouse is a great place for family reunions and weddings. The covered patio is a large area for set-up and the grounds allow for tents, blow up bouncy houses and plenty of parking.

There are 2 RV hookups for additional guests who wish to bring along their own home.

Adjacent to The Treehouse property is a farm with Texas Longhorns and horses. Our guests love to see the animals.

The Treehouse property is located 3 miles east of Smithville. A short drive from Austin (40 miles) and about 1-1/2 hours from Houston and San Antonio. It is only 25 miles from I-10 and Hwy 290. Our guests love the easy access.

Our guests treat and consider The Treehouse as their own vacation home. They know when they arrive that the house is very clean, well maintained and outfitted. They only need to bring along their food and personal items. Once they visit, our guests come back again and again!

Unlike other vacation rentals, at The Treehouse we do not regularly charge additional fees for cleaning or deposits for nightly rentals when paid via credit card. Please email or call to book The Treehouse Vacation Cabin.

Note: For special events, additional deposits/fees may apply.

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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Colorado River Frontage on 6 Private Acres, Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.714286 based on 56 reviews
Galveston, Texas

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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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Treehouse was perfect. It has everything you need to relax, the location is very private yet quite close to town when you need groceries or want to antique shop. Smithville is a great town to explore! The property is well-kept, the beds (there are 6!) are comfy, and the place was very clean and well-stocked with everything I needed. I just brought food. The smoker style BBQ is huge and they supply everything to cook on it, just bring your own grillables. There was wood for the fireplace and the outdoor fire pit, even firestarters to make it easy. My dog was in heaven running around in the mud on the banks of the Colorado River, which you can access directly from a little gravel path to the side of the house. Serene, beautiful, and quiet. And the stars at night! So beautiful. I could not have picked a better place to spend the weekend. Add to that friendly owners who invited me to their antique shop in town where I met them and chatted for a while. There was even a bottle of wine and a "happy birthday" banner waiting for me as I had mentioned I was celebrating my birthday in the cabin. Just a wonderful experience all around.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very happy you had a great birthday at The Treehouse. We really enjoyed visiting with you at Dream Train Antiques. My grandson is still talking about his visit and promises to be watching out for you on TV (and beyond). Thanks for your review. We really appreciate you taking your time to share your experience. We are hoping you will come back again (and again) to see us in Smithville. It's not too far away and you are always welcome!
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Perfect Relaxing Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We are so thankful to have found this rental! Our family loved the weekend we spent here. The home itself is great and so unique! Everyone loved the home. Anything you could think of was provided, you literally just have to bring your food. The home was very clean and ready for our family. Our goal on this vacation was to spend time with our family and especially our son who is entering is senior year in HS. We planned nothing and let the day play out as it will. This resulted in a very relaxing atmosphere in which many of us snuck in a nap, strolled the river, the property, and went to the adjoining property to pet the horses. Our family made full use of the river, (wading, fishing, canoeing, rock collecting, shell collecting) and just sitting with our feet in the running water. We made good use of the game closet at night and had family game nights. The smores by the firepit were fantastic and the BBQ grill was busy every night making our dinner. Being able to bring our dogs was a blessing to our family, since they are a part of our family too. The property owners were great people and a pleasure to meet. Our family is already talking about our next relaxing vacation at the Treehouse Cabin :)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anniversary weekend

  • 5 of 5

My husband and stayed the weekend for our 1 year anniversary. It was the perfect place to relax and get away. The property was very clean and relaxing. We enjoyed the scenery and the local state parks near by. We even were able to bring our pet which made it feel more like home. I would recommend this place if you are looking to have a peaceful time. We highly enjoyed ourselves and will defiantly be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so honored that you two chose The Treehouse Vacation Cabin to celebrate this special event. So very happy you had a great time. Looking forward to your return visit! Wishing you many, many happy years together.
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Awesome! We could not have been happier.

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been happier with the Tree House in Smithville. It's very cozy and well maintained. The deck was awesome. The river was beautiful. It is secluded and peaceful but still close to town. Its a great place for nature lovers. Smithville is a charming, friendly town. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful & relaxing stay at a peaceful property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay at The Treehouse! I am now refreshed and ready to charge into next week! If you are looking for a quiet place to stay in the country, away from all the buzz of the big city, check out the Treehouse! We had such a good time. My favorite part was just sitting out on the upper deck in the morning with a cup of coffee and watching/listening to the birds as they chirped and sang in the treetops in the soft light of the sunrise.

The owners obviously go to great lengths to make their guests have everything they need for a fun and relaxing stay. They have stacked wood (free!) to use for the fireplace and for the outdoor firepit. There are box games and puzzles for kids and adults to play, a trail to the river to exploration, BBQ grill area, swinging chair and even provided the items to make S’mores for around a campfire! They have maps, suggestions, and points of interest listed on the table for the guests. What they don’t provide, Mother Nature does in peacefulness and natural beauty.

Did I mention that the Treehouse is pet friendly! Our family dog was able to enjoy everything with us! Just like at home, we covered the sofa & chairs at night to keep it “fur-less” for the next guest ‘cause our doggy likes to sleep on the sofa! The owners even provided a little doggy doorway gate to keep our 4-legged family member out of the bedroom (because she probably would have seen that as an opportunity to jump in bed with us, even though she is not allowed to at home!) It is great to have such a nice place to stay that allowed our dog too!

I hope to come back in the spring some weekend with my girlfriends to have a girls weekend away for some relaxation, shopping the antique stores in Smithville and maybe just sipping some wine on the deck with our feet propped up! Thank you for a great time!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: J.G.-Thank you very much for posting your review and very kind words. We are so glad you had a great time at The Treehouse Vacation Cabin. We hope that you will be coming back to visit again soon,for S'More fun!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Smithville Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Nearest Train
42 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 95
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

The rate of $184.00 a night is for double occupancy. Nightly rate for additional guests is $23.00 each. We have sleeping accommodations for up to 10 guests. Hotel tax of 13% is added to these rates.

No Additional cleaning fees charged or security deposit required when paying with credit card.

We are pet friendly and the night rate for our canine guests is $22.00 per canine.

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.

We do have 2 RV sites on the grounds for others wishing to be part of the visit. The nightly rate for 2 guests in an RV is $49.00 a night. Additional guests in the RV are $12.00 a night.

Guests visiting during the day only are welcome. Additional rates may apply, please ask.

If you have any questions about The Treehouse, please give us a call at 512-879-8656.

Please note: Hotel tax of 13% is added to these rates. Homeaway auto-calculation for the cost of your stay may not be accurate, so please confirm the cost of your stay before booking. Thank you

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Texas Hill Country Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 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!
  • 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!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
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.

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