About This Listing
Our cozy cottage located in our backyard garden is your own private oasis. Queen bed, hardwood floors, walk-in shower, high-speed internet, and a 1/2 acre lot right outside your door--complete with chickens and the cutest pot-belly pig in Austin.
This fantastic backyard garden oasis has been completely remodeled and is available for rent by the night. Hardwood floors, AC unit, heater, queen-size bed with a fluffy duvet. Fully equipped bathroom with walk-in shower, large closet and a an aquarium for you to enjoy. Small refrigerator and microwave for your convenience. Coffee pot and toaster. Free Wi-Fi!
Enjoy a private entrance onto our beautiful 1/2 acre lot. Take in the fresh air while sitting in the Adirondack Chairs right outside your door or spend the day reveling in all that Austin has to offer. We are 2 1/2 miles from downtown Austin and the U.T. campus. There is a bus stop just a short walk up the street or rent one of our bikes while you are here. Check-out time is 11:00 am (noon) and check-in time is after 2:00 pm.
No minimum stay. Rates START at $75 per night or $500 per week. Also available for rent by the month. Please look at calendar carefully as rates are subject to increase during festivals and other high traffic times (SXSW, ACL, F1, etc.) Price increases are reflected on the calendar!
Guests are welcome to enjoy everything our backyard has to offer. Play with the cats, give treats to the pig, throw the ball to the dogs, sing to the chickens, lounge in the hammock or adirondack chairs.
Interaction with Guests
We LOVE to chat with our guests, but also understand when people are looking for a private retreat. We live in the main house and spend a lot of time on our back porch and in the yard. Come talk to us and visit whenever you want. Or ask our girls to sing for you, do a gymnastics routine, or put on a theatrical play. They love the attention!
What do we love most about our neighborhood? The fact that we have a HUGE lot so close to downtown. It's like having a little bit of the country in the city.
We live a couple blocks away from bus line #20, which goes directly into downtown. It's about a 10 minute ride to the UT campus. 15 minutes to the heart of downtown. Our buses are equipped with bicycle racks too!
We have plenty of parking available if you have your own car, which I highly recommend to guests who want to see all that Austin has to offer.
1. We LOVE pets, but please leave yours at home.
2. Speaking of pets, please enjoy ours while you are here.
3. Smoking (cigarettes, folks; not the special stuff) is okay as long as it happens outside and not in the trailer.
4. Although we want you, the guests, to enjoy the trailer and our yard as much as you can, please ask us before inviting others to join you.
5. Stay up as late as you want, but please keep it quiet after 10 pm. We want our neighbors to continue liking us. :)
I've traveled quite a bit and stayed in many different types of places, but Marcella's cottage was one of the most special places I've stayed. Her warmth, personality and creativity are found everywhere in her cottage. From the sound of happy hens and their friendly piggy, to meeting her precious children and tasting the yummy toffee, we decided that next time we're in Austin the only place we'll want to stay is at Marcella's! Thank you Marcella for the opportunity to be a small part of what your family is doing for those precious kiddos!
All of the other reviews are accurate - this is a very lovely and relaxing spot to spend your days in Austin. The garden shed was wonderfully decorated and super cozy. Everything you need is there, plus the bed is ultra comfy. We were traveling with super heavy packs, and getting to this place felt like an oasis for tired souls. We were only there for a short stay, but wished we could have been there longer simply because it was so chill. Thank you for the hospitality Marcella and fam! Ps - I regret not bringing some toffee home - so good!!!
Meredith and Marcella were amazing hosts. We couldn't be happier with our experience. Our cabin was just like the pictures you see, fully stocked with bug spray, shampoo, and other essentials. The bed was super comfy (I’m serious, really nice). Plus, there was a little welcome gift of English toffee waiting for us. The animals were of course adorable. They also live on the same street as two delicious taco places we ended up going to: Torchy’s Tacos, and Paco’s Tacos. I recommend checking them out!
I would absolutely stay with Meredith and Marcella again. Great home, great location, loved it.
We had a great stay at the garden cottage. The location was great -close to all the places we were trying to get to. Marcella was a great host and even let us use her dryer! And the pig and chickens were so sweet.
My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at the Garden Cottage. The hosts home, garden, animals, and rental properties are so charming! We wish we could have stayed longer & enjoyed the Garden Shed even more…I was ready to move in. Very clean, stocked with everything we needed, and beautifully decorated. Austin is such a fun city and we were so busy exploring that we weren't around much during the day to get to know the hosts, but Meredith was so helpful whenever we needed anything, including jumping our car one morning after we had left our lights on over night. Marcella was very responsive during the booking process as well - wish we could have met. And of course, we absolutely loved the toffee. Will recommend this rental to anyone who is planning a trip to Austin.
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About the Host, Marcella
Hi! My name is Marcella. Here's a little about me:
1) I have an amazing partner, Meredith, and an ever fluctuating number of kids living with us.
2) The reason why the number of kids changes is because we are foster parents.
3) Being a foster mom is the hardest and most rewarding thing I have ever done.
4) I began hosting on airbnb as a way to supplement our income and allow me to stay home with our kiddos.
5) I'm so glad I did, because I LOVE being an airbnb host!
6) When I have some free time, I love to garden or putter around outside doing projects.
7) I love animals but never expected to have quite so many.
8) I also never expected to be washing so much laundry as an adult. :)
9) I make really good English Toffee.
10) I always share some of my toffee with guests. :)