We've been told by every single person who has slept in our guest room that it was one of the best night's sleep they'd had...ever! Why? We have a super comfy bed with an air controlled mattress, topped with a memory foam topper, then covered in a hypo-allergenic mattress pad that helps control temperature. We top it off with 400-ct, 100% cotton sheets and a hypo-allergenic duvet. At night, the room is cool (2 fans and cool a/c) and oh, so dark! Makes for a deliciously deep sleep!!
Our home has an open floor plan with plenty of space to stretch out and feel at home.
We've got great outdoor living. Two large decks provide lots of shady outdoor space where you can start the day with a cup of java, relax at the end of the day with a glass of wine or curl up in our over-sized deck chairs with your favorite author. On a chilly night, you're likely to find Frank in the back, stoking a fire in the fire pit. Pull up an Adirondak chair and warm your feet.
You'll have access to a well equipped kitchen (stove, fridge, wine cooler, microwave, VitaMix, juicer, dehydrator, food processor and, of course, coffee maker. We have stainless cookware, dishes, linen napkins...everything you'll need.)
The dining room has a large table with 8 upholstered chairs. A great place to write letters, work on your laptop or even eat a meal (imagine that!). It opens into the living room, which has over-sized leather sofa and chair and an additional rattan chair. There is a wall-mounted flat screen t.v. with Apple TV. (Wi-fi through out, of course!)
The bedroom has an amazingly comfy bed, antique armoire with shelves for your clothes, books and cds for your enjoyment. There is also a television for catching up on local news and programming. Throw in a pair of occasional chairs we brought back from Belize (surprisingly comfortable) and you're set!
There is a separate bathroom adjacent to the bedroom for your personal use. It is equipped with a bath/shower, toilet, and pedestal sink. Lots of hooks for your towel and swimsuit (handy after a dip in Barton Springs!) We supply house slippers and a cozy bathrobe for your use.
We are only a 10-12 minute cab ride from the airport. If we're in town, we can arrange to pick you up at the airport, too. ;-) If you rent a car, there is on the street parking readily accessible. There is a bus route 1 1/2 blocks from the front door. If you wish to use a ride share, you can download the app for Fasten (Austin does not have Uber nor Lyft...long story). Use this promo code to save $5: TM9505.
Access includes your bedroom, your bathroom, the kitchen and all appliances, plates, cups, glasses, utensils, as well as a shelf in the refrigerator. You are welcome to hang with us in the living room/dining room, or chill in any outdoor space (2 decks, back yard and front yard). Our office, master bedroom and bath are private areas.
Interaction with guests
We both work irregular schedules and are in and out throughout the day. We are happy to give you your space and privacy. We can also be available if you need someone to guide you around and show you the ropes. The level of interaction is entirely up to you, our guest.
Other things to note
We have a new bicycle with lights, bell, and helmet. We are happy to loan it to you. We just ask that you sign an agreement accepting full responsibility for the bicycle and accessories. We ask that you please always use the lock provided and return it home each night.
I'm told we need house rules, so here they are: Please be prepared to show government issued photo i.d. when you arrive (you show us yours and we'll show your ours.) You may use the washer and dryer, but please take the crayolas, loose change, etc. out of your pockets first. We have a bike you may use. Please lock it wherever you go and bring it home at night. You may use the kitchen and cookware, etc, but please buy your own groceries. Er...what else...oh yeah, please keep the doors locked at all time, and the door to your room closed to keep scratching kitties out. Please, no smoking anything inside the house. Please use ashtray on decks or back yard if you smoke. We enjoy making our home nice for you, and those who follow, so please leave it nice when you leave. (Translation: Please don't trash our house, thank you!) ;-)
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
My husband and I are from Austin, TX. Its great living in this non-stop town. The rivers, lakes and greenbelts provide great outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, biking, rowing, swimming and more. Besides enjoying the outdoors, we like a night on the town, taking in a night at the ballet, dancing to great live bands, scoping out the local theater scene or just enjoying some sushi and sake. The music festivals are annual events for us: South By Southwest, Old Settlers, ACL, Kerrville Folk Festival and Fischer Fest. We love to travel, too! Our adventures have taken us to Thailand, Japan, China, Greece, France, England, Belize, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico and all over the USA. We enjoy skiing, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and cycling. We like being home, too, cooking, creating or puttering in the garden, growing our own veggies. We are entrepreneurs: Frank has an import business and I have a Oriental Medicine clinic next to the UT campus. As a retiree from the airlines, I have passes which provide us ample opportunity to travel. We share our house with 2 loveable kitties. Meow! We love our life and we love making new friends from all over!