*(SXSW MARCH 9TH-19TH THERE IS A 4 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY REQUIREMENT)*
Huge private room with private entrance and private bath. Vaulted ceilings and stained concrete floor.
Shared kitchen in our off grid community.
Handmade furniture throughout which are built on site in our solar workshop.
Relax and refresh in our abundant nature and gardens and pool (in season)
or energize taking in our Solar powered electric system or rainwater catchment, permaculture or other various healthy choices.
we are a house of 4
Benjamin, who considers himself a foodee, commonly making saurkraut kefir or a number of his other creations. Amanda, a local country western singer and booking agent.
Seaton, loving life and doing tai chi or building his WOW water business - locally made refreshing healthy beverages,
or Lori who loves Hawaii and recently spent the summer working with autistic children on a local horse farm.
From time to time other rooms are open if one of us is travelling, or our guest room as in the photos seen.
we also have a '48 greyhound bus outfitted to Elvis when he's in town and a vintage Spartan travel trailer underway for yogis,festival goers, and all sorts of mystic travellers.
AND you might consider us a seaonal place since we do not have any central heat or air conditioning. this is partially a health and lifestyle choice/ doing more with less and a function of our being off grid and generating our power exclusively from our on site solar.
that said, the pool is quite cooling and we are in a breezey area set in the woods. And in the winter we have a fireplace and 2 woodstoves often going.
Our water supply is similar and we ask you be sensitive to this resource, both in staying with us and whereever you can.
Enjoy yourself and think good thoughts. Know we are doing our best to conserve and contribute to the ease and flow by living with less and getting more out of it. Whether it's a shorter shower or fewer lights on.
Enjoy and respect the abundance of other life that shares our land - be it plant, insect, water soil, silence or smiles!
Deer fox raccoon, yes armadillo and possum, owl coyote - to name a few.
Coleman's place is great. He's got a bunch of quiet land, wood stove heat, solar power, the space was huge, the other guests were super nice, and he was easy to communicate with.
Coleman invited us to make ourselves at home in our large room heated by a wood-burning stove, and explore his beautiful green property. Although I felt like I was staying out in the country, we were very close to the city center. Coleman is an interesting and sincere person- be sure to ask him about his latest project!
Coleman has great communication and he is prompt to respond. The place is a nice, hidden and green spot in the middle of Austin concrete jungle. He put the wood stove on for me during the chilly days while I was there. It is a rustic place where the bed was comfy, the shower was hot and the wood stove just gave a relaxing warm feel to it. I really enjoyed my stay and the conversations with him.
The experience that I had staying at Cole's place was exactly what the Dr. ordered (two weeks!). The inside of the house was inviting and comfortable to relax in, and the outside was serene and tranquil. Coleman was one of the nicest persons that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. And, if I am correct, I believe I made a friend to stay in touch with. As I was staying for two weeks, I happened to meet a few other people at Cole's house through Airbnb, and made a few more friends too. I highly recommend Coleman as an Airbnb Host. He's friendly, enjoyable to be around, lets you have peace when you need it, and he can teach a lot about the health of living. I loved staying there, and when I go back I'll be staying there again.
We had a very pleasant stay at coleman's during the acl festival. Coleman is very hospitable and received us even though we arrived in the middle of the night. He was also very helpful in providing directions, and guided us in the right direction when it was time to continue our road trip. We couldn't have had a better host! The room was spacious and nice, in the middle of this green lounge not far from the festival area. Only problem we had were the mosquitos. Highly recomendable!
The location was great. Close to major thoroughfares in S. Austin, but removed from the congestion and city scene. The house was large, and my room was huge.
I don't need A/C, blow dryer or microwaves, so didn't have a problem with the solar energy. I didn't even turn on the fans.
This is not the place for your typical traveler. But if you want to do your bit by contributing to the environment with an eco-friendly stay, this is a good option.
My first Airbnb experience and not quite what I was expecting. I booked 9 nights as I am traveling cross country and decided to stick around Austin a little longer. I have stayed in hostels, hotels, friends couches, campsites, rustic cabins, etc., and this house was by far the dustiest and least taken care of property I've seen.
Leaves, dust, webs, living (and squished) cockroaches, and more dust was very present throughout the house. My room also had numerous termite problems in the ceiling, and wood remnants covered the furniture. The 3rd day I swept out my room and removed massive piles of dust from under my bed and both rugs, it clearly hadn't been cleaned for a long time. I broke the cheap plastic broom sweeping so much. I showed the dust to Coleman who picked up some of it with his hands and gave me a dustpan for the rest. My bathroom had dead spiders on the shower floor and the shower itself hardly worked. I sincerely believe it has been a long time since anything has been cleaned here.
The outdoor area was completely disregarded. Weeds towered over any sort of backyard, the back porch was a mess with branches one day, clothing the next, random wood pieces another. The pool was awful. Not sure why it is 'closed' as it was 90+ degrees most of the time I was there. It was a disgusting brown and I helped 2 drowning frogs get out and onto land, which means there are probably families of dead bloated frogs on the bottom. Most nights I'd come home to find the house pitch black and all the doors wide open.
Coleman himself was distant and unwelcoming. He didn't make me feel at home at all except for offering tea one morning. Otherwise he was short and pre-occupied. The other permanent resident there didn't say more than 'Hi', I don't even know what his name is. Very odd situation and I made sure to get out of the house as much as I could. One night another guest was standing outside with no instructions on where to go or how to reach Coleman so I got my flashlight and helped him (he was staying in one of the trailers).
The positive side of staying here was the cost and the 'retreat' factor which just basically means it's a backwoods type house. Quiet nights would have allowed better sleep if I could breathe properly but a handful of nights I woke up congested and needing to clear my sinuses from all the dust I was inhaling.
I don't consider this place an Eco-retreat, let alone a place to relax and refresh, which is all too bad because the house has fantastic potential as you can tell from the pictures.
And to clarify, I did not communicate this with Coleman. I regrettably stuck it out and accepted it as part of the experience. I would not stay here again.
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I enjoy meeting new people and sharing the world I've carved up on in Austin. i love nature and peace it brings me. I grew up in New Hampshire and also love to travel.
I once had a pig named Penelope. and I like handmade items antiques gardening and all things mystical.
It's important to me to do what I can to keep our planet healthy and share ideas that make this happen gracefully and including all people.