About this listing
A stone throw south of the Austin City Limits, this cabin is situated in 2.5 wooded acres. Luxurious and quiet. It is inhabited by deer, raccoon, rabbits, owls, lizards and butterflies. There is an old stone well filled by an aquifer (legend states the well was built by Ben McCullough; the civil war hero). A large back yard is used for walks, bonfires and golfing/batting balls. Lounge in the dappled sun on the patio near a running pond surrounded with gardens. Prepare a leisurely bar-b-que. Talk late into the night by the fire pit.
This 100+ yr old cabin has been revived and furnished with love. Time seems to stop while soaking in the deep old claw tub filled with endless hot spring water . Drifting to sleep, become aware of crackling in the wood burning stove, a train whistle and the trickling pond. Breakfast choices are street tacos or waffles...with pecans?
Its possible you'll be tempted to stay all day. However, the center of Austin or San Marcos, with music, swimming, fishing and kayaking are just 15-25 minutes from this retreat.
Sound like a fit for you? More info:
Circuit of the Americas is 18 miles through country roads. It is possible to attend this event and never enter Austin. A toll road will deliver you from the airport to the cabin and the event without the Austin traffic. Also close and south is an after race restaurant popular with race participants.
Note for SXSW and other major events: Consider being in the crowds day and night then retreating by the fire at your quiet abode just 15 minutes south from all the ruckus of Central Austin. Invite your friends to hang with you and perhaps make your own music. Guests under 21 welcomed.
Included in price:
heating with wood burner &/or electric heater. Host can prep the fire. Firewood complementary AC for the summer/fall plus ceiling fan
wireless internet - fast
claw tub with shower
kitchen equipped with small refrigerator, toaster oven, small microwave, coffee maker
large BBQ pit available
of course all towels, quality cotton sheets, feathered quilt, pillows, utensils, dishes, cups, coffee, teas and toiletries are ready for you cleaning when requested.
up to 3 parking spaces
3 fire pits to lounge by
transportation: Round trip transportation to the airport or elsewhere offered by host
public bus stop 3 miles from the cabin, it is easy to grab a ride to the bus stop from the host- no charge.
weekend reservations are a minimum of 2 nights. If you can only stay 1 night, please ask about an exception so that I can attempt to make it work.
Guest have exclusive access to the patio. You are welcome to wander all the grounds with the exception of course, of the private residence.
Coming soon: a sauna is being converted into a cedar silo sauna.
Formula 1 rate includes stocked local wines and beer. Toll road to F1 is less that 2 miles from the cabin and provides a direct shot to the venue, without having to deal with Austin traffic.
WEDDING PACKAGE: Evening before and night of wedding. This facilitates hosting out of town guests the night before and the day of. (note weekends are a two night minimum. this generally is not practical for the newly weds.) However, the events prior to the big event serves as an informal staging area and a place for your guests who need a meet up, changing and rest area prior to the wedding. Before the bride and groom return from the wedding, host will tidy the cabin and light a fire and candles for their special arrival.
Interaction with Guests
I interact with guests as much as they want. Usually, an initial orientation to the cabin and grounds, then texting for the morning "I'm hungry" call, or "I'm returning, please get the fire ready". There are times I am encouraged to visit at the fire and I really enjoy doing so.
Three miles away, there is a public bus which goes directly (no transfers) to the center of Austin. When schedule allows, I offer rides as needed to/from the bus at no additional charge.
Drive to the center of Austin depends upon timing but generally can be between 15 to 25 minutes. There is an alternate route from the airport which avoids Austin traffic, please check your GPS.
Other Things to Note
Your cabin is located on the property where I live. It is private and very safe however it is not secluded; stars are dimmed from the Austin and nearby lights, cars and a train whistle can be heard. Location has become semi country as Austin expands. I am working towards a wildlife/native habitat refuge; with our neighbor, there is almost 20 acres. Under the cabin, on occasions, we are visited by a critter or two. This is a rare but does mutually surprise us all - after dusk of course.
Property is fed by an underground aquifer. Drinking water is filtered. Bathing water has minimal water filtration. Spring water is checked regularly. Bottled water is available although I like the taste of the spring water myself.
Holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas often have a minimum stay of 3 nights required. This is also true for SXSW and F1. ACL is 2 nights. Weekends are 2 nights minimum. Visitors with guests are welcomed, hanging near the fire is a great place to share friends!
Weekend stay requires a 2 night minimum. On occasions, a one night stay is possible so asking is encouraged.
smoking outside only. please use ash trays for the butts
had too much of a good time downtown? with a minimal fee, owner will bring you home safely. Please don't drive and drink.
area is not child proofed, the cabin can be upon request. the pond is 3 foot deep and in the middle of the patio.
bonfires only when the nice firemen say we can. the host will know, believe me...
We do allow pets but not on the furniture. For those allergic to pets, we clean thoroughly, even the walls, and then "air out" after there has been furry friends. As we clean extensively after a pet guest, we will request an additional $25 for the additional cleaning. We will ask for it the day you arrive.
Recycle/compost services are on premise
"Normally", there is no established breakfast time. You text, breakfast appears!
The Lizards are our friends. (Small, green pretty ones, mostly.) One of my main goals is to encourage propagation of butterflies. At times there maybe small children wondering around butterflies accompanied by 2 old ladies wandering around "supervising" adventures. Guests are always welcomed into the wandering wondering be it solo or by "joyning" our adventure!
Cancellations are "strict" but I will offer a rain check.
Arrivals late at night are fine. Please just let me know prior to your arrival so I can make accommodations.