BREATHE DEEPLY A Cozy Austin Cabin

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · Twin Creeks Rd, Manchaca, TX 78652, United States
Tamara
Your host, Tamara
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The Space

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.)

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
NO TV
wireless internet - fast
washer/dryer available
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
private patio

Extra Charges:
hosting events- at this point, only small parties-all equipment needs to be rented by event host. charge is for setting only
additional parking available next door up to 20 cars: must be prearranged by bnb host.
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.
a Tx BBQ
1 bottle Texas Wine or 6 pack of local Texas brewed beer accompanied with dark chocolate or Texas pralines or pecans
fresh flower arrangement
bonfire-when burn ban is off

Guest Access

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.

Getting around

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.
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. Due to the minerals in the water, there is a slight off-white tinge in the bath and toilet.
Rest assured, prior to guest coming, there is a thorough cleaning routine completed whether it is needed or not.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and Other pet(s)

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  • Tamara was an amazing host! The cabin was clean, quiet, and beautiful. Tamara goes above and beyond to make your stay worth it. The breakfast is fantastic and we had s'mores at night. She has great stories to tell! The amenities in the room are holistic and make the stay even more comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone!

    July 2014
  • I had a very comfortable stay at Tamara's Cabin. I was in for just one night because my friends were getting married at the Hummingbird House down the street. I can't remember the last time I had such a restful sleep. The cabin has all the amenities that you could ask for and she even stocks the fridges with water. I'd recommend her place to anyone!

    June 2014
  • Great stay! Tamara was a wonderful host, and so accommodating to us and our young twin toddlers. She baby-proofed the cabin for us, and did everything she could to help make this a relaxing stay for our family. The garden was beautiful and very calm, and we all slept wonderfully!

    May 2014
  • My wife and I attended a wedding just a few miles from Tamara's place. We enjoyed our stay very much. Tamara was a fantastic host, always there if we needed her and also left us to our own devices as we came and went. Highly recommended for an easy stay. I wish we could have enjoyed the grounds more, but the rain kept us inside for the most part.

    May 2014
  • Tamara was the perfect host. She was always easy to reach if not at home and she was as discreet or attentive as we needed her to be. She also made us the best pecan waffles that we ever tasted. Our stay at her beautifully appointed cabin set in her lovely garden was a delightful experience from beginning to end. It was an oasis of calm and beauty. I highly recommend this host to you!

    May 2014
  • Tamara was a very nice host.She gave us great ideas where to go in Austin.
    We loved her eclectic garden.
    The cabin is very cozy with everything you need . The cast iron bath tub is wonderful.
    We had a very nice stay.

    May 2014
  • Had a great stay at Tamara's Cabin. I loved all the little details she has put into the cabin, from oil lamps to greet us when we came in at night, to herbal teas, to her whimsical sense of design (loved the teapot fountain!). She was very hospitable, fun to talk to, and made us pecan waffles for breakfast (yum!). The only drawback was the tub; we couldn't figure out how to rig it to be a shower, but then we didn't ask, so that's on us. Overall, great stay for a weary traveler!

    April 2014
  • We arrived at Breathe Deeply after a long weekend, and in search of some time to simply relax. Our experience there was great! Tamara was very hospitable, showing us around the cabin and her 3 acres of explorable property. The cabin was really cozy - it has a comfortable bed, two chairs in the living area, and two (with a dining table) in the kitchen. There is a beatutiful garden in between the cabin and the owners house, which was just awesome to sit down in the chairs and relax in.

    At night, Tamara lit a bunch of candles in the garden area, made us a fire, and even brought us smores! In the morning, she brought breakfast tacos from a nearby place.

    I would suggest that if you want nothing else to do but relax, this is the place for you. It's close enough to Austin or San Marcos to do some sight seeing and shopping, but honestly, I would go here for one or two nights just to get away.

    April 2014
  • What a weekend! It was our 17 year anniversary and we loved every minute! Tamara took such time and care to our experience..everything from candles and fire pit in the garden patio to the homemade pecan waffles. We will return and oh Hans the rooster is now a good friend!

    April 2014
  • Charming cottage, super clean, convenient and very close to downtown. Tamara was a great host. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it highly to anyone.

    April 2014
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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 incredible sons; 1 an elite athlete and fireman, the other a Waldorf educated aspiring doctor who wants to travel the world...
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