Queen-size bed in the main room

Entire home/apt

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed
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Private, detached cottage in Central Austin, ideal for couples looking for a quiet accommodation with easy access to all that Austin has to offer.

(Our City of Austin Short Term Rental Type 1 license can be viewed in the photos section.)

The space

Clean, private cottage with lots of light in peaceful, tree-lined Ridgelea neighborhood in central Austin. The cottage is a separate building behind our house, so you have lots of privacy, though we are on site if you have questions or want to visit with us. It shares a garden courtyard with our residence.

Fully-functioning residential space with three rooms: large living/sleeping area, full kitchen, and bath with shower.

Queen-size, comfortable bed with pillow top mattress sleeps two. Fresh bed and bath linens provided.

Kitchen has table for two next to a sunny window, gas stove, full-size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. We provide coffee, sugar and milk. There is butter, cooking oil and basic seasonings. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, pots/pans and utensils including cooking knives, blender and a corkscrew.

Bathroom has plenty of counter space and a closet. Blow dryer, iron and ironing board. Shower height is 6'6". We provide shampoo, conditioner and body wash. there are two pool/beach towels.

WE HAVE TWO DOGS: Both are rescue dogs. Emmy is the bigger brown dog. She may bark; she is sweet but she's a watchdog and is wary of strangers, so she will be wearing a bark collar. Luna is black/smaller and she loves people. The are in a separate fenced area and cannot enter the cottage yard space or porches.

Guest access

We have a choice of five bikes you may borrow (see pictures.) There are three hybrids, two of which fit most riders and one of which fits average to shorter riders. There is a vintage (1973) single speed Schwinn Speedster that fits taller riders and another vintage single speed that fits average size riders. Each bike has a lock and spare tube/repair kit. We have three helmets available.

We have wifi with good speed and signal strength. There is a 37" flat screen TV with Netflix, local TV channels and DVD player. We have a small selection of DVDs. There is a stereo with iPod dock and CD player, a propane and charcoal grill, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, picnic backpack.

There is ample parking on the street and you should not have any trouble finding a spot right in front of our house. Please DO NOT park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.

Interaction with guests

We enjoy meeting our guests, offering recommendations on places to eat and things to do, making new friends and being hosts, but we respect your privacy too.

Other things to note

We operate under City of Austin Short Term Rental License in compliance with City of Austin ordinance and code. View photos to see operating permit.

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: 35
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

We will accept children age 6 and older.

Please park on the street and ask your visitors to do so as well. Do not park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.

No smoking inside; you may smoke on the front or back porch.

Please turn the AC/heater OFF when you leave for more than an hour.

Please hang and re-use your towels, and refill provided water bottles. Austin's water is fine to drink! Thank you for helping us reduce waste and conserve energy.

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - Our two dogs are in a separate, fenced yard or in our separate house.



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
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

237 Reviews

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Amanda User Profile
July 2017
The cottage was a cozy and comfortable place to stay. I enjoyed being off the beaten path, yet being so close to many great spots in Austin. Ellen was attentive and helpful and he suggestions made our trip even better. I definitely recommend staying here!

Francesca User Profile
July 2017
This place feels like home. A perfect place to relax after a hot day in Austin. Andy and Ellen are chill, knowledgeable, and offer helpful suggestions. Super comfy bed too!

Georgi User Profile
July 2017
The cottage was pretty nice and well located. It certainly has the authentic Austin feel. The bikes are awesome and it's easy to ride around town and the parks

Denise User Profile
June 2017
One or two travelers looking for a quiet and safe home base in Austin, yet with easy access to public transportation...you are done searching. This cottage goes to 6 stars with a comfy bed and everything one desires during a stay - whether it is for a night or a week - clean and welcoming with books, DVDs, bikes, and kitchen supplies. Communication with hosts Andy and Ellen was terrific! Close to stores and restaurants. Can't imagine staying anywhere else in Austin!

Susan User Profile
June 2017
Beautiful old Austin neighborhood! Quiet cottage with all the amenities. And walkable to a couple of good restaurants. Andy & Ellen are really nice and long time Austinites.

Jaleesa User Profile
June 2017
Andy and Ellen have the best cottage with the best price!!! So affordable,and fully equipped with dishes,cooking utinsels and anything else you can think of for a perfect home away from home! My husband and I enjoyed our honeymoon stay at this cottage! Neighbors around are very peaceful and quiet everyone around was so very nice!!!

Kevin User Profile
May 2017
The Cottage is a quaint little place in a great location. I would recommend this for anyone looking to have a quiet stay, but still be close to all the Austin festivities. The bed was very comfortable and the AC worked well - which is key, if you've ever been to Texas in the summer. We loved being able to use the bikes and ride around the UT campus. The hosts are very responsive and friendly. We would stay here again!

Austin, Texas, United StatesJoined in February 2011
Ellen User ProfileEllen is a superhost.

Easy-going couple, longtime residents of Austin, we love Austin music and theatre. Andy is into bicycles and sometimes rides his bike to work. Ellen helps run a small local theatre company. We both have day jobs as legal professionals.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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