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. (Circuit of the Americas is 18 miles through country roads.)
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
daily 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.
3rd guest can be accommodated.- comfy quilted floor mat with quality sheets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tamara made us feel completely welcomed and was full of information about the area. The cabin was just as pictured, if not better. She has put in a lot of work on the garden and cabin, which is very secluded and private. It's minutes away from everything but it remains an escape in the woods. We only wish it was located closer to our home because we would use this as a frequent get away.
Tamara was simply wonderful. She is a very kind woman and is very accommodating. We are so grateful to have stayed here in our weekend escape from the city. The cabin itself is cozy and comfortable, and Tamara really made us feel welcome — she offered us recommendations for a local bar (the Moontower Saloon, which we were enamored with); gave us sound advice for kayaking on Saturday; and had a fire waiting for us when we returned from the river. Her property is beautiful, and we are extremely appreciative of the attentiveness she extended to us — we will be definitely be back the next time we find ourselves in the Hill Country!
Once again we had an amazing time with Tamara. We even had time to hang out with her this trip. On Saturday she picked up breakfast tacos and tamales for us.
Tamara was a wonderful hostess. She is such an outgoing and unique lady--her place is gorgeous and there's so much to do. Plus the pecan waffles are unbelievably good! I highly recommend staying here.
My wife and I had a fantastic visit. Tamara was very friendly and helpful. We visited a few of her recommendations, The Salt Lick for dinner and The Moon Tower, a neighborhood, dog friendly, bar with plenty of outdoor seating and local beers on tap. Her property is fun to explore and she offers outdoor fires and breakfast tacos!
The cabin is fantastic and a close drive into Austin and many great locations in Hill Country. It was the perfect size for a couple or one person and fully stocked with everything I needed to be comfortable. I enjoyed my stay and will definitely check to see if it's available if I'm in The area again. Tamara was very helpful in suggesting activities and places to see. It was also fun to learn about her bees (they're a safe distance from the cabin so no need to worry about stings) and I enjoyed her other animals as well. Overall, a great relaxing place to return to after a busy day exploring Hill Country. I wish I could have stayed longer!
About the Host, Tamara
Semi retired pediatric social worker. Interests include child development, holistic education, travel, mindful therapies, anthropology and networking towards the greater good. Hobbies include swimming, gardening, reading/writing and forever tinkering around on the property.
I'm most proud of my 2 sons; 1 an elite athlete and fireman, the other a Waldorf educated aspiring physician assistant who wants to travel the world...