Real treehouses come to life as Airbnb rentals in Southwest Missouri

BARRY COUNTY, Mo. – As treehouses become more popular and available across the country, the Ozarks have seen a recent increase in treehouse vacation rentals.

Just outside of Cassville and two minutes from Roaring River State Park, The Getaway Treehouse Suite is located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in rural southwestern Missouri, off Highway 112.

Half-owner Michael DeShon told The Heartlander that the treehouse was strictly a business venture for him and his wife Brandy.

The Getaway Treehouse Suite is nestled among seven trees and includes a bathhouse adjoining a footbridge. The loft has two twin beds and a queen size sleeper sofa. The bathhouse is heated and includes a spa tub with a bay window overlooking the mountainous region.

Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, a TV with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for streaming services and DirecTV satellite channels. Complimentary tea, coffee, spices, oil, utensils, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, mini fridge, coffee grinder and single burner are available within the kitchenette.

To enjoy the outdoors, a charcoal grill, picnic tables, and fire pits are available on the property.

This particular treehouse sits 12 feet above the forest floor. DeShon says the tree houses are built to move with the trees, and guests may notice a windy day.

“If there is a big wind, you can feel it sway. Not much, but it definitely sways in the breeze,” DeShon said.

DeShon says that since buying The Getaway Treehouse Suite two years ago, business has been doing so well that he and his wife built a second Airbnb treehouse on the same 10-acre property. The new venture was completed several weeks ago and will be called The Hideaway Treehouse.

The 600-square-foot Getaway Treehouse is anchored in trees, while The Hideaway Treehouse is a bit different, standing on stilts with three trees built into the canopy. The new Hideaway Treehouse is 1,100 square feet with additional space and amenities for more guests.

DeShon says that each location’s plumbing is cleverly hidden and most guests will never notice.

“You won’t see any of that from the outside. Everything is somewhat hidden. He goes down the tree, but it’s all covered up. The Getaway (plumbing) actually continues below the walkway, so you don’t see it. The other only has a wooden structure that goes down and everything is hidden. That way, it’s weather resistant and everything.”

The Getaway Treehouse has 229 reviews and a 4.95 out of five star rating.

“We came here for a short anniversary trip and it was such a romantic and cozy setting!” a critic known as Holly wrote last November. “Michael and Brandy were amazing hosts and provided everything we could possibly need. This place is a real gem and we will be recommending it to all our friends and family.”

For more information on The Getaway Treehouse Suite, please visit the Airbnb link here.

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