Last summer, I stumbled across this article in the Dallas Observer about the Majestic Oak Treehouse at Savannah’s Meadow. After I read it, I knew I had to take my family there! I saw that the treehouse was about to be featured on Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters TV show, so I decided to book right away before it sold out.
We booked last August for this May, and we watched the Treehouse Masters show last fall. My kids have patiently waited all this time for our turn at the Majestic Oak Treehouse!
The concept of going to a farm to stay in a treehouse is a bit out of our comfort zone when it comes to vacations. We don’t go camping, and I’m afraid of heights. But, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to experience something so unique that was close to our home.
Savannah’s Meadow is an 18-acre farm in Celeste, Texas. It’s about a 50-minute drive from our house on the Frisco/McKinney border in the North Texas area. We arrived around 3:30 p.m.
We drove on the gravel driveway until we came to a stop sign. To the right we could see one of the lavender fields and the silo gift shop.
Ron, one of the owners of Savannah’s Meadow, greeted us. He instructed us to follow behind him on his tractor to the Majestic Oak Treehouse.
We parked our van close to the entrance.
This was the door to our private retreat!
Majestic Oak Treehouse
After we opened the door, we walked down a tree-covered gravel path and came upon the deck area with pool and hot tub.
Then, we ascended the boardwalk that curved and climbed to the treehouse. The treehouse sits 24-30 feet off the ground, depending on the area.
Soon, Ron’s wife Susan joined us. They gave us a tour of the place and instructed us on how to turn on the heaters and A/C .
The tree goes right through the center of the treehouse. To the right of the front door is the kitchen. The kitchen had eggs, milk, bottled water, oatmeal, Fruit Loops, hot chocolate, coffee, tea and microwave popcorn.
On the other side of the tree is a futon sofa. A bar extends all the way around the tree.
To the left of the door is another sofa.
If you climb the zig-zag bookshelf, you reach the sleeping loft with three twin beds. This was where my kids were supposed to sleep, but they chickened out due to fear of spiders.
We walked through the main structure and out on this elevated walkway. To the right is the bathroom, and to the left is the master bedroom.
The master bedroom has a queen bed. The walls can be rolled up with a switch so that the room is entirely out in the open air. It was magnificent! (We definitely used the mosquito net, though).
By far, our favorite part of the Majestic Oak Treehouse was the floating sky lounge. Our kids wanted to be on it all the time! The height did not bother me at all. It didn’t seem like a big drop to the ground because there were leaves and branches above us and below us. Up there, the temperature and breeze were just right!
Activities at Savannah’s Meadow
Since there is no TV or WiFi in the treehouse, we turned our electronics off except to take photos. After we got settled in the treehouse, we left to explore the farm. Ron and Susan left us this map:
We walked through one of the lavender fields and saw the wedding chapel. We visited some animals, and rode a canoe around the small pond.
Through the paths in the woods, we found all sorts of quirky treasures.
Care to relax while hanging over the creek?
After dinner, we relaxed by the pool and hot tub. We also played Uno (there were more board games in the treehouse). The next morning, we explored the farm and did another round of swimming before it was time to leave.
See our family music video to get a better idea of what it was like at Savannah’s Meadow and the Majestic Oak Treehouse:
Book well in advance if you want to stay in the Majestic Oak Treehouse on a weekend. Savannah’s Meadow is open April through October, and that treehouse is completely booked for 2017 except for a few weekday nights. The 2018 season is available to book online now, and my guess is that the Majestic Oak Treehouse will fill quickly. The deposit is 30% (around $60 for most nights) and is refundable if you cancel more than 24 hours in advance. Bare Creek Hollow Treehouse and Gypsy’s Grotto at Savannah’s Meadow do not book up as far in advance.
Wait until your kids are past the toddler stage for the Majestic Oak Treehouse. The sky lounge is awesome, but I wouldn’t have felt relaxed or comfortable with my kids out there until they were at least 5 years old. Getting up into the loft beds would also be difficult and dangerous for very young children. Also, one of the best parts of the experience was getting to enjoy the separate outdoor master bedroom while our kids were sleeping in the main part of the treehouse. Since my kids are 6, 9 and 12, I felt comfortable with them there. If your kids are younger, you might wait or try the other accommodations at Savannah’s Meadow first.
Bring bug spray. Use it before you arrive, and reapply every few hours while you’re there.
Bring your own food for dinner. The owners did recommend some local places to eat, but you might not want to leave the farm once you’re there. The Majestic Oak Treehouse has a kitchen with stove and microwave, and there is also an outdoor grill area.
Drink plenty of liquids. It was 85 and sunny during the day, and we were enjoying the outdoor activities without thinking of hydrating along the way. We all became dehydrated without even realizing it. Next time, we will bring more drinks and make it a point to drink often.
Embrace nature. What I really mean by this is don’t expect your experience to be bug-free and critter-free. You’re going to be on a farm in the country. The treehouse is not fully enclosed, so you will encounter spiders and other creatures. If you are totally freaked out by those things, this probably isn’t the right experience for you. (It took us awhile to get comfortable with it since we are used to suburbia).
Maximize your time. Check-in starts at 3 p.m. and checkout is at noon. Plan on arriving as close to 3 as possible and leaving at noon the next day to take advantage of everything on the farm. My kids weren’t ready to leave at noon!
Wear earplugs at night. If you are sleeping in the outdoor master bedroom at the Majestic Oak Treehouse, considering putting in earplugs right before you fall asleep. Listening to the sounds of nature was great background noise to doze off to, but waking up at 4 a.m. to a rooster and then thinking I had been transported to the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disney World because of the loud birds chirping all around me wasn’t quite as fun.
Lower the shades in the master bedroom at Majestic Oak Treehouse. It was so awesome to see the stars as we fell asleep! However, I recommend lowering the shades right before you go to sleep so that the light at the crack of dawn doesn’t startle you awake.
Bring fishing gear. Savannah’s Meadow has a pond where you can fish, so consider bringing your own fishing poles and bait. I suggested to my husband that we buy some fishing gear to try next year, but he gave me the side eye. I think I may be pushing him too far. We are city folk!
Visit the animals. The farm had resident dogs, cats, ducks, geese, donkey and a goat. Ask to see the baby animals, too! My kids fell in love with Sam, the outdoor dog.
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I’m so glad we got to experience the Majestic Oak Treehouse at Savannah’s Meadow! Ron, Susan and their son were such friendly and gracious hosts.
The entire experience felt like a secluded family retreat. We were able to unplug and just spend time with each other without distractions. And since we’re not big on road trips, I loved that it took less than an hour to get there.
The entire farm and treehouse setup is so unique and special. If you’re in the DFW area, you really need to check this place out. If you’re not from this area but have plans to visit Texas, Savannah’s Meadow is worth the drive.
We will never forget our night at the Majestic Oak Treehouse!
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Nancy is a contributing writer for Miles For Family. She enjoys traveling to the beach and is a big fan of Disney. Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids.