downstairs main area with queen sleeper sofa and 3/4 sleeper sofa to the left with TVfully equipped kitchen, even with pizza maker.  Laundry room with washer and dryer is off the kitchen.
Lily Ponds Cottage, natural wonder!

Entire home/apt

5 guests

1 bedroom

3 beds

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About this listing

This cabin is surrounded by woods and wildlife. It faces a spring-fed pond, on 59 acres of woodland trails. Perfect in every season, the cabin offers luxury in serene surroundings where donkeys, horse, longhorns, & oreo boy wonder by: transforming!

The space

Lily Ponds Cottage is a private chalet tucked into the woods outside New Ulm, TX, halfway between Austin and Houston. It faces Lily Pond with a swing on the pond dock, the pond a perfect ecosystem for native wildlife. Both Lily Ponds Cottage and Bluebonnet Cabin are on Curly Q Refuge, a wildlife sanctuary. Linda is a Texas Parks and Wildlife small mammal wildlife rehabilitator in Austin County. 50 acres of woodland paths surround the cottage.

The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 30 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 24%
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House Rules

Please leave the cabin as you found it--greatly appreciated. Please respect the forest where wildlife thrive for all of us to enjoy. It's the perfect place to stop and let your senses absorb such a world of wonder.



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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

13 Reviews

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Laura User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful, hidden, natural oasis! We loved everything about the cottage, trails, small ponds, animals! There isn't anything not to like. Give yourself a break to take in nature and share it with your kids. Linda and David are amazing hosts.

Laura User Profile
January 2017
The location was perfect for unplugging and enjoying nature! We were completely charmed by Linda's animals, from the longhorns to a very talkative parrot. The grounds were lovely as well, and we really enjoyed the fresh bread. If you have very young children who are crawling or walking, you would need to be careful on the "second floor" where the bed is, but nothing to worry adults and older kids.

Melinda User Profile
December 2016
My husband and I absolutely loved staying at this peaceful, restful retreat! Linda went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and special! The homemade bread, bacon, five eggs, butter and delicious orange juice in the fridge was so thoughtful and delicious! We made breakfast and sat on the back porch at the fire pit until noon! So relaxing! Her beautiful longhorns even came to visit! Because Linda had no one checking in right after us, she was flexible with the checkout time which was really helpful since we were going to a 3:00 wedding. We would definitely recommend the Lily Pond cottage to anyone and will definitely rent again the next time we are in town for Round Top! Thank you Linda !

Bill User Profile
September 2016
This cottage is definitely in the woods and the lily pond is fantastic. To say that Linda made us feel welcome is an understatement. Fresh eggs and fresh orange juice in the fridge, and bread in the making when we walked in the door. She checked with us frequently by text to be sure we were doing OK and invited us to visit her farm family too. This was a spur of the moment decision for us to get out of town and everything was perfect. Thank you Linda!

Annie User Profile
June 2016
We walked in to the smell of fresh baked bread! The fridge was stocked with water, orange juice, eggs, bacon and butter. Linda was the perfect hostess and stayed in contact with us before, during and after our trip. The house was adorable and very comfortable.

Stephanie User Profile
March 2016
My two sisters and my mom booked this charming cabin for a weekend of shopping in Round Top. It was quaint and perfect for what we were looking for... A quiet place to hang out and drink wine and laugh until the wee hours of the morning after spending all day shopping in Round Top for the biannual antique festival. The highlight was waking up the next morning to Longhorns strolling in front of our cabin... And then donkeys!!! Coffee by the pond was sublime. Thank you Linda!

Dana User Profile
December 2015
We booked a little overnight getaway for December 28th & checking out on the 29th after the stressful holidays. Linda thankfully allowed us to stay just one night and accepted our last minute plans. She even called early on the 28th to let us know that we could check in before the normal check in time if we wanted to that the cabin was ready for us. When we arrived, we were quite impressed with the secludedness of the cabin and the property was beautiful - the Lily pond was much larger than it looked in the pictures. There was fresh bread baking - smelling yummy when we walked through the door that was a huge plus. The Lily Pond Cottage looked great from the exterior, the interior could use alot of updates and a thorough cleaning. The cowhide couches are rustic and aesthetically pleasing, but not very nice to sit on. The cow hair poked through my pj's making me have to lay a blanket over the couch just to snuggle with my husband in front of the little electric fireplace. I wish there would have been a note there giving us some history about the cabin, hosts and property - maybe a little map showing the hiking trails on the property. Our cell signal was weak (which was a wonderful thing for staying disconnected from the world) so we couldn't check the website to see if there were instructions that we might have overlooked and we preferred to not bother the host keeping our stay romantic and private. We took a hike down the driveway and found a few unmarked trails, the property was not that expansive that we feared getting lost but signage would have been nice. Lots of animals tracks and piles of debris. Linda invited us to come the next day to her petting zoo, we love animals and have farm animals ourselves but passed anyway. Linda invite us to go check out the inside of the BlueBonnet Cabin while on our hike. The Bluebonnet cabin faced the main road, not as secluded as the Lily Pond Cottage. It was newer construction and much more visually appealing. It felt clean even though Linda said it wasn't ready for guests-the same rustic feeling, but newer/cleaner appliances, furniture and amenities. We have been guests at several B&B's/cabins in Texas, this was the first time that we left not feeling we had a positive overall experience versus the money we paid. I waited a week before writing this review, and even now I have re-written it 3 times...I don't want to come across as a negative person, a germaphobe or a snob. I wanted to write a review focusing on the positive attributes only, but decided that would not be fair to future guests or the hosts. In the cottage's current condition, the cost should be no more than $75-100/night max. We would suggest staying in the Bluebonnet cabin over the Lily Pond Cottage to anyone interested.
Linda User ProfileLinda is a superhost.
Response from Linda:
Thank you, Dana, for your constructive commentary. I will get on those things right away. I so want everything to be perfect!
December 2015

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New Ulm, Texas, United StatesJoined in February 2011
Linda User ProfileLinda is a superhost.

I'm a wildlife rehabber for Texas Parks and Wildlife and off two rental cabins to observe the nature of nature.

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