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!
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.
Wonderful rustic cottage within driving distance of Austin. The plants and animals on the property are beautiful and entertaining. Tamara was more than helpful. Overall a smooth and enjoyable stay.
We had a lovely time here with Tamara. The cabin was comfortable and welcoming and Tamara the same. We enjoyed a fire and glass of wine that evening - very nice. Kitchen is well equipped, bed is comfy and oh that bathtub is lovely
Tamara was very attentive and communicative. She prepared a fire for us and had Chris there to give us a tour. Her breakfast was good. She replied as soon as we texted her what we wanted and gave a time frame and held to it. Everything was well presented and maintained. We enjoyed drinking tea and coffee in the courtyard and talking to the friendly kitty you joined us. All in all we will definitely be back next year.
Staying with Tamara was amazing; the cabin was, as advertised, cozy and comfortable, and the grounds are beautiful. The animals are so cute and the cat, Mowser, is the sweetest kitty I've ever seen. The location is perfect considering how quiet and peaceful the area is. Tamara also brought us breakfast tacos in the morning and made fires for us before we got back at night! It was wonderful! We spent every night by the fire. Would definitely come back.
Cute, cozy and clean. The main house is close but the cabin still feels private and the setting is peaceful. Tamara was welcoming and helpful, there if we needed her but discreet and left us to ourselves.
Tamara is a doting host who is in close communication with her guests and pays attention to small details. She provided me with fresh daffodils next to the claw-foot tub that drew very hot water from a spring below. Soaking with the scents of the lavender salts and the daffodils was one of the highlights of my trip. She has upgraded since the pictures have been taken with a beautiful stone surround for the wood-burning stove and a corner desk, which came in handy since I never totally leave my work behind. My only regret is I didn't have an opportunity to get to visit with Tamara when I was there. I would say that this is my favorite Airbnb location so far! She has Six out of Five stars from me!
Tamara is a very warm and welcoming host! Her cabin has everything you need for a stay in the Austin area - comfortable, warm bed, endless hot water, and several beautiful outdoor leisure spaces. The location is just outside the city limits so you can basque in rural tranquility, but you can get downtown in about 15 minutes. I was traveling with my dogs, and Tamara's property was perfect to tire out my pups after a long car ride. When the nights are cool, Tamara will start a fire in the place of your choosing (there are three fire pits and a wood burning fireplace in the cabin) - just let her know when you will be arriving, and she will make sure everything is in order. Highly recommend - I absolutely loved my stay in this cabin, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know 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 aspires to travel the world...