About this listing
This 500 sq. ft. guesthouse is nestled on our tree-filled quarter acre lot in a historic neighborhood, just blocks from the hustle and bustle of downtown -- walking distance to the best restaurants, music venues, and activities in Austin.
Bedroom has a queen-sized bed made up with a down comforter. The exposed rafters make the space feel expansive in the small cottage.
When you open the door of the cottage, you'll immediately step into the kitchen and living room space with a clean, restored-vintage design. The kitchen is equipped with basic cooking tools. Breakfast supplies include oatmeal, coffee, and tea. There is a fold-out dining table for 2-3 people and a fold-out sleeper sofa which converts into a queen-size bed. When you step through the "portal" into the bedroom space, you'll pass by closet space on your right and the bathroom on your left. The large bedroom with exposed rafters boasts a queen bed, mirrored vanity, and dresser. Both the living room and bedroom have window units with A/C and heat. The house will be equipped with extra sheets, blankets, and pillows for the fold-out sleeper sofa.
***NOTE: Our own house at the front of the property will be undergoing renovations from mid-October through May. Guests who book during this window can expect a reduced rate, a protected pathway away from construction, and private access to the cottage via the alley. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this causes and hope our guests will communicate with us about any additional impact.
From the porch of the cottage, under the shade of century-old trees, it's easy to forget that you're right in the heart of Austin. A three-block walk will get you to famous Franklin BBQ, coffee shops, restaurants, a bakery, yoga studio, and boutiques on 11th street. The same distance in the other direction will land you on East 6th, full of food trucks, more great restaurants, and bars. On foot, you can walk to the Convention Center in 20 minutes or UT's Darrel K. Royall football stadium in 30 minutes. In addition, the bus stop is two blocks away, the light rail is a 10-minute walk, and in-town bikes can be rented 3 blocks from the house. For those who prefer driving, we'll provide an overnight on-street parking pass. This is a great homebase for F1 races, as the shuttle to the track leaves from the Convention Center downtown. Please note that our nightly price includes 15% for local and state hotel taxes and we are a locally-licensed Short-Term Rental. Our nightly pricing changes for major festivals (SXSW, F1, ACL.)
We love this neighborhood for its close proximity to everything in this great city. It's a treat for us to host our family and friends in this space and hope you'll love it too.
Our cottage is a restored guesthouse, built in the 1940s in an historic neighborhood. We ask you to respect the house, the property, and our neighbors. There is absolutely no smoking allowed in the cottage.
This cottage was amazing! Walking distance to so many things; 6th and Rainey street, Silo on 7th and more! Quick uber or cab rides to everything else you'd want to see. The cottage was amazing, so comfortable! Awesome hair dryer in the bathroom ladies and an iron in the room so don't waste the suitcase space! Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone!
I cannot begin to explain how much we enjoyed staying here! The whole place is impeccably clean, private and adorable! We were able to walk easily downtown (just a few blocks to get to 6th St.) and explore the city of Austin. Melissa was quick to respond to any questions we had and left with an awesome list of things to do, best places to eat (with her personal reviews). We felt right at home and I slept like a rock in that bed, soft white sheets, fluffy comforter and the shower pressure was a total WIN! I could go on and on about this place! So glad we found this gem!
We had a wonderful experience at the Urban Cottage in Austin. The keypad lock made check-in and check-out super easy and flexible. Once we arrived, Melissa had a parking pass waiting for us, so we could park on the street without getting ticketed/towed. The cottage was great, well air-conditioned (crucial in August), and easy to access the rest of the city. Upon arrival, we discovered a big list of restaurants, bars, and sightseeing suggestions, all close by. The bathroom and bedroom were a perfect size for two of us. We found the bed to be very comfortable. Melissa was very responsive when we had questions. She even went above and beyond and provided us lawn chairs when we decided to wait in line for Franklin BBQ (only 3 blocks away, a must do!). We loved the location- if you are up for a bit of a walk, we made it to Rainey street, Sixth Street, and many restaurants and even breweries from the cottage.
I would highly recommend staying here if you travel to Austin!
Melissa was a great host. Everything was as described and the coffee and drinks in the fridge on arrival was a nice extra touch. The location is great and Melissa's recommendations for stuff to do and places to eat were really helpful
Flawless! The location was perfect and the hosts were extremely accommodating. High recommended to anyone looking for unique accommodations in East Austin.
This was a great place to stay in Austin. Melissa was very prompt and friendly with returning messages and everything was as it had been described.
My wife and I stayed in the cottage for an extended weekend, and the location was awesome for walking downtown to see a concert, with lots of local restaurants and cafe's in the immediate neighbourhood.
The cottage was clean and fresh, and the air conditioners did a good job of keeping it cool, even though it was very hot while we were in town (not that that should be a surprise for Texas in July!).
My only word of warning if you are reasonably tall is that the doorways are quite low. I banged my head quite a few times before I got in the habit of bending right over to walk between the rooms!
We had a fantastic stay in Austin at Melissa's wonderful place. The cottage is clean spacious and very secure. The location was absolutely perfect for the bars and restaurants of 6th street and we had no problems with our car or parking. Everything was sorted for us by Melissa. They even supplied us lawn chairs in our long wait for Franklin's BBQ! We'd definitely recommend the cottage to family and friends visiting Austin and wouldn't hesitate to come back ourselves! Thanks again!
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About the Host, Melissa
I work in education and my husband is a psychologist. We love hiking, cooking, swimming, exploring the awesome events and restaurants in Austin, and traveling around the world. When we're at home, you'd most likely find Dave either planning a wilderness retreat for Veterans or getting his hands dirty in the yard. I'd be reading a book or making homemade ice cream. We have spent a lot of time making a space that is comfortable and welcoming for our friends and family and we hope our airbnb guests find it that way too!