Hill Country Retreat

Henly, Texas

Perched above tall grasses and overlooking a pond with old growth cedar and oak trees Hill Country Retreat is designed as a place to connect with nature. Siting on 40-acres in Henly, Texas the retreat was inspired by the owner’s travels and African safari lodges. An exoskeleton of oil pipe pairs with ipe decking, copper screens, and a canvas roof with long expansive eves to keep guests shaded from the Texas sun. The 16 ft wide x 72 ft long pavilion is set up on 8 ft bays with large swinging doors that run along inland steel tracks. The structure is simple and durable, meant to weather the elements, but also has its moments of finesse, with refined detailing around the doors and screens. An Airstream trailer is dropped into the deck, providing modern glamping amenities to the open-air structure. Going back to the basics, the pavilion was designed with all hand drawn documents and close collaborations with the craftsmen.

Project Team:
Architecture: Clayton & Little
General Contractor: Burnish & Plumb
Structural Engineer: Scott Williamson, P.E.

Chloe Hope Gilstrap

Hill Country Retreat