Unique Texas treehouse offers luxurious lodging

About an hour’s drive outside Austin, a dreamy treehouse awaits guests seeking respite in nature.

Will Beilharz, designer and founder of ArtisTree, has completed the Yoki House, the fifth eco-luxury addition to the treehouse resort at Cypress Valley Canopy Tours in central Texas.

Nestled between two old-growth bald cypress trees, the romantic, rentable treehouse takes inspiration from the spring-fed creek that lies 25 feet below the suspended structure.

“Water is life – one of our most precious resources, and Artistree treehouses are designed to let people experience nature’s resources more intimately,” says Will, who christened the treehouse “Yoki” after the Hopi Native American word for rain.

The theme of water is referenced everywhere from the onsen-style soaking tub in the detached bathhouse to the strategically placed windows that frame views of the babbling creek. The minimalist design uses locally and sustainably sourced natural materials such as elm, cypress and spruce to strengthen the getaway’s connection with the outdoors.

The entry sequence to the 500-square-foot treehouse begins with a 60-foot-long suspension bridge connecting to a rooftop observation deck with a spiral staircase that leads down to Yoki’s curved “front porch,” a perfect spot for bird-watching and morning coffee.

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