Chateau at Treehouse Utopia

You've heard of châteaux in France: sprawling estates nestled in vineyard-strewn countryside. But a chateau in the trees? We posit that this treehouse, lofted in three breathtaking cypresses at Treehouse Utopia, is the world's first-ever treetop chateau!

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-712.jpg

VIDEO: PETE AND LAUREL WALK YOU THROUGH CHATEAU


Chateau at Treehouse Utopia certainly lives up to the images conjured by traditional French châteaux: it's grand, opulent, and the perfect place to sip wine while soaking in the stunning surroundings.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-979.jpg

The largest of the four treehouses at the Texas Hill Country retreat, Chateau roosts in a peaceful corner of the property. Its two stories hold a sitting room, dining nook, spacious bathroom, and winding turret to a luxurious bedroom. Did we mention the 400-square-foot deck?

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_20183629.jpg

There are two access points to Chateau: the staircase from the forest floor and the epic bridge from the hillside.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_20183674.jpg

It's difficult to convey the gargantuan size of these cypress trees—they truly are spectacular. Their scope and layout made it possible for the crew to install extremely long beams for the substructure of the platform. One steel beam is 40 feet long!

Treehouse attachment bolts with uplift arrestors allow the structure to accommodate the motion of the trees in the breeze—from inside the treehouse, you can hear the hardware "singing" as the trees sway.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_20189842-HDR.jpg

The ample deck to Chateau is a tranquil sanctuary and a perfect vantage point for birdwatchers. Ardent ornithologists will love Treehouse Utopia, as the property is frequented by over 200 species of birds!

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_20189886-HDR.jpg
Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-492.jpg

Farmhouse-style double doors lead from the deck into the elegant sitting room.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-433.jpg

Tall ceilings with exposed beams cap the living room, which holds soft leather seating, embroidered silk drapes, and other antique treasures that owner Laurel Waters collected during her travels through France. A door on the right side of the room leads to a smaller deck with views of the river. The floral painting above the windows is an original work by Claire Basler, one Laurel's favorite artists.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-416.jpg

Colorful stained glass windows and an ethereal chandelier bathe the dining nook in muted light.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-293.jpg

Barn doors with decorative panels slide open to reveal the spacious bathroom.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-311.jpg

Chateau's bathroom is replete with a tiled shower, clawfoot bathtub, toilet, ample countertop, and one-of-a-kind porcelain sink.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-344.jpg

The secret to hoisting a bathtub into a treehouse? Make sure it's acrylic! This custom acrylic bathtub weighs only 80 pounds.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-393.jpg
Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-257.jpg
Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-259.jpg

To the right of the bathroom, an artful turret winds up to the bedroom.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-260.jpg

What's a chateau without a turret, after all?

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-119.jpg

With its king-size bed, electric faux fireplace, seating area, and large windows, the bedroom is a lavish retreat.

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-177.jpg

Imagine waking up to views of the cypress grove and Sabinal River!

Chateau_Treehouse_Utopia_2018-615.jpg

At night, Chateau glows from lighting along its bridge, staircase, and deck.

PeteNelson-LaurelWaters-Treehouse-Utopia-2018-13.jpg

We hope you've enjoyed taking a look at this palatial treehouse! Chateau stretched our concept of what's possible up in the trees, prompting us to dream and build bigger. What a joy to bring a slice of the French countryside to Utopia!

You can book your stay in Chateau at treehouseutopia.com