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The Amazing Chapelle Treehouse Built on Twin Cypress Trees, by Nelson Treehouse


This enchanting treehouse sits suspended between two cypress trees overlooking an emerald river. As the name “Chapelle” would suggest, this vacation spot is inspired by a church or chapel, with twin cathedral-style windows and oodles of (electric) candles as decor.

The inside feels ethereal and romantic, with burgundy accents and ornate finishes. The main room has high ceilings, seating overlooking the river, and a lovely table. There’s a large bathroom complete with both a walk-in shower and a clawfoot tub, as well as a bedroom fit for a royal couple.

If the weather cooperates, visitors can enjoy coffee on one of the twin decks. You can learn more about the builder here, or book a stay in the treehouse here.

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This Ornate Treehouse Overlooks an Emerald River, Built on Twin Cypress Trees

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Climb up the twirling staircase to reach the first deck of this amazing cottage in the trees.

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Church-related icons decorate the entire property.

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The exterior looks like a weathered country church.

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Look at the elegant chandeliers and candle display.

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All the furniture feels like you could find it in a cathedral.

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This wide-lens photo gives you an idea for the layout.

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The other slider leads out to the second deck.

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The custom live-edge countertop houses this SMEG refrigerator.

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Enter the enchanting bathroom with a clawfoot tub.

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There’s a walk-in shower on the other side of the bathroom.

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Here’s the royal bedroom with lots of windows.

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The comfortable deck seating overlooks the river.

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You can get up close and personal with this cypress.

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VIDEO: Treehouse Utopia: Chapelle Tour

Highlights:

  • Queen bedroom
  • One bed and one bath
  • Walk-in shower
  • Clawfoot tub
  • Two huge cathedral windows
  • Overlooking the river
  • “Chapel” decor such as electric candles
  • Kitchenette
  • WiFi
  • Mini-split heating and cooling

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife and mama of two little kids. She and her family just purchased a small fixer-upper and are starting a self-sufficient homestead on their happy little acre.
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  • Avatar Joanna Huskey
    October 8, 2020, 6:32 am

    Beautiful

  • Avatar Paul Larsen
    October 8, 2020, 8:53 am

    Its beautiful and well done! I was just wondering if all the bracing that holds the treehouse up is detrimental to the tree and does it need adjusting as the tree grows.

    • Avatar James D.
      October 8, 2020, 2:05 pm

      The bracing is specifically engineered to work with trees and not harm them over time. They’re a family run business that have been doing this for a few decades now and the owner is very passionate about trees, and developed building technology and methods to ensure both the tree and the tree house will last as long as possible.

      Even had a TV show, for awhile, on Animal Planet channel called Tree House Masters… Where they showed the building of many of their builds and even toured other builds by other builders around the world a few times. Sharing design inspirations and building techniques…

      While yes, they typically leave a gap for the tree to have room to grow but depending on how much bigger the tree gets it may eventually need to be adjusted but that can be up to decades later and is just part of the normal long term maintenance…

      • Avatar Paul Larsen
        October 8, 2020, 3:08 pm

        Thank you James. Something I was curious about.

  • Avatar Victoria Banaszak
    October 10, 2020, 4:36 pm

    WoW! I love it! You can really see the amount of work in all the little details.

  • Avatar Nicole
    October 10, 2020, 4:41 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful home. It always makes me cringe though to see a tree having to carry the weight of a house and all that goes inside it, especially with bolts driven into them, a living growing thing. 🙁
    Nicole

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