Chapelle at Treehouse Utopia, a Texas Hill Country Retreat

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The first of the four rentable treehouses at Treehouse Utopia, Chapelle is a resplendent riverside refuge.

$475/night – 2 nights minimum

Chapelle roosts at the heart of the otherworldly property, standing sentinel over the emerald river and basking below the glorious canopy of its twin cypress hosts. Duality is a recurring motif in Chapelle’s design: two trees, two decks, two identical arched windows – one pointed east and one west to frame glittering views of sunrise and sunset.

Everything about Chapelle is crafted for couples—it’s a quintessential romantic retreat.

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As soon as she lay eyes on the twin cypresses, Treehouse Utopia owner Laurel Waters knew they called for a chapel-inspired treehouse. Our architects and carpenters crafted Chapelle to manifest Laurel’s vision, taking advantage of the cypresses’ prodigious girth, mighty height, and unswerving linear shape. Chapelle is cradled between the two trees, its vaulted ceiling and church-like windows at home in the soaring space.

The Treehouse Utopia property feels like a prehistoric oasis in the midst of the shrubby (yet sublime) landscape of Texas Hill Country. To arrive at Chapelle, visitors wind around a steep bluff, dropping down into a dreamland dotted with herculean trees and slivered by the languid Sabinal River.

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Chapelle rises 17 feet off the ground, supported by over ten treehouse attachment bolts and knee braces.

A staircase weaves to the entry deck, passing through two elevated landings on the way.

The crew crafted the natural branch railing posts from local Texas mountain cedar, also known as ashe juniper.

The exterior siding is made from reclaimed barn wood, re-milled for shiplap. The roof is capped in standing seam metal.

Laurel contributed many of the furnishings from her personal collection of antiques she has acquired on her travels through France. The plant stand to the left of the bench on this entry deck is one of Laurel’s antiques, and the planters are French Anduze pottery. Laurel offers similar items for sale at her antiques shop on Utopia’s main street.

Our architects designed the 470-square-foot treehouse as a sort of “S” that curves between the two trees. The lights on the deck came from Kichler Lighting.

Beyond the sliding glass door lies an airy central room, bookended by twin Gothic windows by Marvin Windows. The tall, vaulted ceiling soars overhead and is punctuated by a series of exposed rafter ties. Deep-hued reclaimed lumber lines the walls.

Laurel brought the hand-painted silk table runner and the chairs from France. Interior designer Christina Salway matched Laurel’s French country aesthetic with the rustic dining table.

The three other treehouses at the resort nest near Chapelle. Each has a distinct theme, but remain united by their overarching atmosphere of romance, intimacy, and magic. The names of the other three are Biblioteque, Carousel, and Chateau. You can learn more about all four treehouses, here.

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