About this listing
We've lowered our prices for summer! Centrally located on the East Side of Austin on a quiet street. Two room, two story, private guesthouse. Queen bed upstairs and queen sofa bed (with real mattress) downstairs.
Welcome to Austin and the Aerie Guesthouse.
Please Note: We are new owners but maintain the same quality and excellent accommodations as Belle, the previous owner. She was an amazing hostess and we promise we will work hard to maintain her high standard!
The guesthouse is comfortable, private, and you can come and go on your own. Quiet, clean and secure. In the second story bedroom you will be up high with windows all around and a view of sky and trees. It is very private and peaceful. The queen-sized bed has a comfortable mattress.
The downstairs has a living room with a comfortable sleeper sofa (and a
normal queen-sized mattress--not a futon) a full bathroom with tiled shower, a small closet to hang your clothers; and a food/beverage area with a small fridge, microwave, electric teapot, coffeemaker, coffee, tea, milk, and oatmeal.
The house was built using the very best green materials and lots of local
purple-heart cedar wood. The addition shares the solar electricity we
generate from panels on the main house. Energy efficient "mini-splits" heat and cool the upstairs and downstairs separately so you will be comfortable no matter what the outside temperature.
Pricing depends on how many people will be staying and how many beds need to be prepared. The regular price for non-event weekdays is $105/night and $115/night for Friday and Saturday; prices include the 15% Austin hotel tax. Typically we charge $20/night extra for more than two guests. We do allow pets but charge an extra fee of $25/dog or cat per reservation. Keep in mind that we do have a dog on site (very sweet and friendly) and chickens in a nearby coop just in case your dogs might bark at them. We also have wireless internet.
During events like SXSW, ACL, Formula One, and home UT Football
games the prices/night will be higher, but reasonable.
We live close to UT and downtown Austin on the East side. We are within easy walking distance of several coffee shops -- Bennu's on MLK,
Thunderbird on Manor Rd., and one of the best Taco/Mexican food outdoor restaurants in Austin -- El Chilitos on Manor. East Side Cafe, In.gredients, and Hoover’s are also within walking distance and are highly recommended.
Two bus lines come within two blocks of the house, #18 and #320.
Interaction with Guests
We've lived in Austin for a long time so we can help you navigate the city if you have questions. We've linked a "guidebook" with many of our favorite eating and walking places. We've done a lot of traveling around the world and have stayed in B&Bs and Airbnbs so we've been the beneficiaries of wonderful hospitality and are happy to be your hosts. We will also respect your privacy and never intrude, either on your space or your time. As hosts who own and live on the property, we try to be welcoming and responsive, but not overbearing or fussy.
Enjoy the unique Aerie and Austin!
Other Things to Note
One night stays are welcome during the week but not Friday or Saturday night unless it's less than a week out and we are not booked. Thanks for understanding...
We ask for reciprocal courtesy and we assume you will let us know if anything we are doing is bothering you and vice versa. If you break something, please let us know and we will work it out. If you have a question about how something works, please call or text. Parking is on the street in front of the house. There is plenty of street parking. What else? The guesthouse has a blow dryer and an iron and ironing board. If you need something, just ask. We are fully equipped but don't want to load you down with all sorts of stuff you don't need.
Firearms, including concealed handguns, of any sort, are not allowed anywhere on the property. Please do not smoke anywhere on the property. As always, let us know how we can make your stay enjoyable.
The downstairs room at night. Roman shades on the big windows. Cozy and comfortable with a flat screen TV.
We really enjoyed our stay at this guest house! Everything was clean, Austin-chic, and the cedar work in the house is amazing! The location is seriously great.
The cedar-walled guest house was beautiful! While Gwen and Richard were away and we did not have the opportunity to meet them, Ann (House manager) was very helpful and made it easy for us to get into the guest house.
My mom and I stayed here and it was absolutely enough room for both of us. The futon and bed were both very comfortable, and the A/C was GREAT for the hot Austin days.
Although it's not a tree house, it felt like one as you looked out over the tree tops in the upper room. The chickens are quiet but fun to "talk to" over your morning coffee (which was provided - along with oatmeal- by Gwen & Richard). Loved it!
I really enjoyed my time here. The host was super responsive and the location was exactly what I was looking for! It was very quiet and peaceful. I would definitely stay here again!
I loved my stay at Belle's guest house! It was private, quaint, and clean. Belle has a lovely yard with trees, animals, and a bird feeder. The home was perfect for just me, but would have comfortably fit 1-2 more. I was happy to have a rental car to get around, but there are definitely a few nice cafes within walking distance. Thanks for hosting my first trip to Austin!
What a great experience. The guest house was very cute and clean, and the pretty backyard with a chicken coop really made it a unique experience. Belle was a good host but I didn't see much of her. I would definitely recommend this space!
Belle is great, and gave us some good tips on finding thrift stores. The neighborhood is quiet and leafy, and perfect for walking around at night. The guest house is lovely. Two beds on separate levels make it great for two people who each want their own space. Great central location. We'll definitely stay there again!
About the Host, Gwen & Richard
Gwen and Richard are both College professors and love Austin. Richard is very involved in the Austin music scene and Gwen loves all of what outdoor Austin has to offer. Richard lives full time in the main house and Gwen commutes from Morgantown, WV where she teaches at the University. They have 2 grown sons and a young daughter as well as a great dog and chickens!
Ann is our Aerie house manager, has lived in Austin for over 30 years and has traveled and stayed in AirBnB properties worldwide.
We won't intrude on your life but we will be available if you need us. Richard or Ann will most times be available to greet you, answer questions and make great suggestions on things to do and places to eat.