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Colorado River Frontage on 6 Private Acres, Pet Friendly

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

This Central Texas Hide-away on 6 private acres offers 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.

We strive to offer our guests a great stay at a reasonable cost.

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. Access the river and park at river level via a gravel path a short walk from the house.

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.

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

. Attend events at the Circuit of the Americas as

short drive away.

· 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 canine.

*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

Sandy Hightower
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish, Limited Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Sandy Hightower

After a 30 year career, I chose a vacation rental business because of the opportunities 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 Smithville

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.

The river access and uniqueness of the river at this property has allowed us to partner with The Texas Parks and Wildlife.

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!

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed staying here this weekend. It was very peaceful and private. The views amazing and wonderful. Perfect amount for the amount of guests we had here and everyone is raving about The Treehouse. We will definitely be back for another getaway weekend.
Nov 2017
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Smithville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • River not constant level & access is not guaranteed. River use is at your own risk. Care must be taken due to unpredictability of the river flow.
  • Use of firearms is prohibited, including BB guns & pellets are not allowed. No ATVs or off-road vehicles. Fireworks allowed with permission & no ban
  • With advance notice, parties are allowed. Extra fees may apply. Adequate adult supervision required
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
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Colorado River Frontage on 6 Private Acres, Pet Friendly
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 65 reviews

Simply Breathtaking!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to escape the noise of the city, then you must escape to the Tree House! My husband and I enjoyed the nature, the river, and the quiet.

Thank you Sandy and Mike for a lovely weekend! 🤗

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very glad you had a great time. Mike and I really enjoyed visiting with each of you on Saturday. So glad The Treehouse was relaxing and that you will be coming back to visit again. Looking forward to your next visit!!!!! Thank you Sandy
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Arlington, Texas

Serenity & Solitude

  • 5 of 5

We loved our quite, peaceful & relaxing stay @ this spot of heaven in Smithville.

Accommodations are warm, inviting & Sandi even left a welcoming treat for our Lucy Girl.

Sandi & Mike are gracious hosts, We would recommend this get away to everyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you all as guests and so happy you enjoyed The Treehouse Vacation Cabin. Please tell Lucy Girl we'll have her bed ready the next time she is in the area! Wishing you the very best in the holiday season.
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Cypress, Texas

Pleasant retreat along the Colorado River

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time enjoying this cabin near the banks of the Colorado River. The owners' warm, personalized touches that greeted us inside the cabin when we arrived made the stay even more enjoyable. During the day, the cabin served as a base between activities in Bastrop & Smithville. During the evening, the cabin was a comfortable place for family time and for enjoying the surrounding scenery & wildlife. All in all, we had a very nice time & stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post your experience at The Treehouse Vacation Cabin. So happy you all had a good time. We are looking forward to you all coming back again soon!
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Treehouse magic

  • 5 of 5

Treehouse has been our reunion destination for the last two years and we are already looking for dates for next year. It is the perfect location and has everything we need to relax and catch up. It has become a very special place for us to meet from around the state and we will be back without a doubt!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so proud that The Treehouse has become your reunion location. Really enjoyed visiting with some of your friends who came early to get things set up for your event. Thank you for taking the time to post your experience. It has been a joy working with you each year to get the event set up. Just let me know when you all want to come back in 2018 (or before). We'll have it ready! Thank you Sandy
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Everything we needed

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days in the cabin and had a wonderful time. All of our basic needs were met and even our dogs needs were considered. Dog bowls were available and some complimentary puppy treats were provided. The cabin was well situated on the lot. It was back from the road among the trees and was a welcome escape.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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My Husbands big 40!!!

  • 5 of 5

I planned a big surprise party for my husbands 40th birthday. The owners of the property where very polite and accommodating.. The property was well maintained and gorgeously placed amongst beautiful trees, just a stones throw from the Colorado river.. It was a small piece of heaven. Needless to say, the party went off without a hitch. The place was perfect for a large group.. We will deffenitly be going back!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very glad the party was a success and everyone had a good time. It was very enjoyable to work with you. Looking forward to you coming back again soon. Thank you for choosing The Treehouse Vacation Cabin for your special event weekend! Sandy
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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 will see abundant birds & fish, enjoy canoeing, kayaking, hiking and the outdoors. Centrally located with easy drive from Houston, Austin, San Antonio & Dallas. Pet Friendly. Smithville is antique & film making center. Take the time to visit the many movie location sites in the area. Most famous is the house in the movie "Hope Floats" The Colorado River at The Treehouse has water year round, even during severe drought, allowing our guests to enjoy their favorite water activity.

We are proud participants of the Texas Parks and Wildlife River Access Program. TPWD staff & scientists access the river at The Treehouse to monitor fish & wildlife activity along this area. They provide a fish report that we provide our guests.

Buescher State Park is about 5 miles from The Treehouse. It offers more opportunities for fishing, hiking, bike riding and getting close to nature.

Just a 3 mile drive to Smithville offers dining and shopping and the experience of Small Town Texas, with lots of friendly people.

Located approximately 30 miles east of the Circuit of the Americas Track. Easy access from Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Only 25 miles from I-10.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $22 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

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. Canine pets are welcome and the rate for these guests is $22.00 a night each. Hotel tax of 13% is added to these rates.

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.

Hotel tax of 13% is added to these rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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