Cottage near Hill Country/Austin

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Opal Ln, Kyle, TX 78640, United States

Relax in this house in the country, among beautiful oak trees and country roads, and still be able to easily travel to the Hill Country and Austin. An outside patio and dining area, fully equipped kitchen and acres of pasture surround you.

The Space

Quiet cottage at the gateway to the Hill Country nestled among a grove (some 200-years-old) of live oak trees. Well-appointed 460 sf cottage (with additional 15 X 20 outdoor dining patio) is a respite all its own.

Love traveling and exploring? Go ..
West, Northwest (in less than 30 mins) to:
Damian Mandola’s Dutchman’s Winery
Driftwood’s Winery & Restaurant
Famous Salt Lick Barbecue in Driftwood
Quaint artsy town of Wimberley
The Blue Hole
Historic Blanco and lavender and flower farms

Go North (25-30 mins during NON-rush hour, about 50 mins if in rush hour), and see:
City of Austin with all its amenities of dining, entertainment, historic spots and natural beauty.

Go South 15 mins:
San Marcos with outlet mall, the Aquarena Springs
Go South 35 mins: New Braunfels with the tourist attractions, tubing, and dance halls.
Go South 1 hr: San Antonio

This listing is ideal for a couple that wants to relax at a Hill Country restaurant, or, cook their own meals with local farmers’ products and enjoy sunset from the patio.

Small cottage with everything a couple needs. Featuring a concrete stained floor, a full kitchen with gourmet cookware, french doors leading to patio (with Weber grill) and pastoral views, internet connection at small office nook, and netflix and dvd viewing on tv.

Refrigerator stocked with local goods for breakfast. Fully stocked pantry. Bar glassware and shakers. Owner will gladly shop for more local farmers’ products.

The cottage is on the same premise as one co-owner's home, but separate from the main house. So, it is close by if assistance is needed, but the cottage maintains plenty of privacy. Suzanne needs 48 hours' notice, however, to accommodate a booking.

It includes one queen-sized memory foam bed, sizeable bathroom with shower and closet space, and plenty of clean towels, linens, and specialty soaps provided. Hair dryer, iron and small ironing board provided. The outside dining table seats four people. Inside features a kitchen bar for two for eating. Secure parking on 3.5 acre lot. Room can be made for 1 or 2 other people (besides who sleeps in the queen bed) on a full-sized auto filling Aerobed in the cottage living room.

SPECIAL NOTE: Because of the drought, we have seen a lot more scorpions around during warm weather. Randomly, one may show up inside the cottage once a month (March-Sept) and you just have to get rid of it. They are not life-threatening, but they have a nasty sting. Also, because of the recently installed hives at our neighbor's property, there are now bees that come to 'get a drink' from the pottery fountain. They do not bother you if you do not bother them. If you are especially adverse or allergic to these critters--bees or scorpions--then this may not be the place for you.

The property owners, Suzanne and Carlos, live on-site with their two teen-aged sons, two dogs and two cats.

Guest Access

Guest may request laundry time (and cleaning items are provided) if needed, which is accessed by the backdoor of the big house.

Please do not go into the barn.

Interaction with Guests

The main host, Suzanne, will be present at the great house of most of the guests' stay. Suzanne and Carlos are working during the week, so during the day may be absent.

The Neighborhood

This area is on the edge of the "Old City" Kyle. We are adjacent to hundreds of acres of pasture, an organic farm next door, and 1 mile from the small main street of the city center. Kyle's main street has antique facades, a square and courthouse and old restored house of author Katherine Ann Porter's childhood and the old restored train station. Nearby is the state of the art library, and a city swimming pool.

Getting around

We are not connected with public transport, so it's best to rent a car. Parking is right in front of the house.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $595 /week
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $30
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Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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  • Peaceful, serene location was perfect for our 2-night stay. Suzanne was welcoming and very easy to work with. The bed was adequate for a 6'4' husband and his wife to sleep comfortably. The setting is rustic casual. The A/C is cold when you need it and the outside breezes were plentiful. Bring apples to feed the horses in the adjacent field. Also, be prepared to be snuggled on the patio by the resident kitty "Ray-Ray" who was the most affectionate cat I have ever met. We would definitely stay here again when traveling the Austin San Antonio corridor.

    April 2014
  • My husband Glenn came down with a cold while camping. We had booked the cottage to have a comfortable stay for our last two days in Texas before heading back to Minnesota. Suzanne and Carlos checked in with us to make sure we had all we needed . We did. The bed was comfortable and we had a quiet and I disturbed stay. I borrowed one of their bicycles to ride around town, and spent a lot of time reading out on the garden patio. Yummy eggs, cheese and tortillas made it easy for me to feed myself as Glenn had no appetite. We were grateful to have a restful stay before our flight home. We would stay again.

    April 2014
  • Suzanne was very friendly, informative, and accommodating through the entire process. Carlos and Matthew were very personable and helpful as well. The location is great to get out from the city proper but still have easy access for both Austin and San Antonio. The cabin was very nice. The kitchen was well stocked and the fresh eggs, milk, cheese, scones, and fruit is a lovely touch. I would definitely stay here again.

    March 2014
  • We were comfortable, happy about the little surprises that this cottage had for us, and very glad we stayed. Suzanne, you make the best scones! We hope to be back there soon.

    March 2014
  • Suzanne was a great hostess and was nice enough to call me to let me know I left my water bottle after I checked out in sufficient time before heading back to Houston. The cottage was super cute and clean. The only downside on the stay was one of the cat on the property. (Animal on property was listed in the description) Very friendly cat, but my boyfriend and I aren't big cat people. We weren't able to fully enjoy the nice patio area because the cat was kind of needy and wanted attention from us. So, if you are a total cat person this wouldn't have bother you.

    My boyfriend and I had a great experience and would plan to stay in this cottage again sometime in the future.

    March 2014
    Suzanne
    Response from Suzanne:

    Thanks, Christi, for the nice review. We would love to have you back again and we would wrangle our very social cat Ray-Ray to keep him away so you can enjoy the patio in the nice weather. -Suzanne

  • We just finished a four day stay while escaping the gray skies in the PNW with a visit to family in Austin and touring of the Texas Hill Country. Horses at the fence and Daisy and Marshmallow (the dogs) to greet us each morning along with the very friendly cats. Suzanne, our host, could not have been more accommodating. The refrigerator was stocked with wonderful cheese, eggs, bread, and REAL milk and great fresh ground coffee. She brought us over warm scones and on Valentine's Day, organic strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. We also lucked out with lemon poundcake that she had baked for her sons. Suzanne had told us about the wine trail that was happening while we were there so we toured a number of the local wineries. She is the manager of Sustainable Food Austin so we got a private tour of one of the local Farmer's Markets which is a "don't miss". The cottage had everything we needed and perfect for a couple. Carlos, the co-owner of the property, and Suzanne helped us build a bonfire one evening when family came "out to the country" to visit us which was also very nice. Austin was within 45 minutes so for guests that want a country feel with easy access to the city, this is a great spot!

    February 2014
  • Suzanne was a wonderful host, with a wonderful place! I booked Suzanne's lovely cottage as a gift for my wife, Jennifer (gave her a couple of days of solitude and quiet away from the kiddos). She returned with rave reviews about the place (clean, cozy, very well-appointed), about the setting (quiet, serene, bucolic), and about Suzanne (warm, hospitable, and happy to give Jennifer her space).

    Would highly recommend.

    January 2014
  • Suzanne very graciously made her cottage available to my fiancée and I during a family visit for the holidays. My mother lives nearby and fell ill with a very serous flu which canceled most of the festivities. Staying at Suzanne's literally saved our Christmas. The cottage is delightful and we enjoyed watching NetFlix each night as we decompressed from our daily holiday drama.She provided us with tasty holiday treats and local, organic for our breakfast. I highly recommend a stay at Suzanne's if you are looking for a place in the Hill Country.

    December 2013
  • The Cottage was a great place to stay for our visit. Charming and off the beaten path. Very easy to get to the Circuit of the Americas. Suzanne was very nice and had some really good recommendations for places to eat. The Leaning Pear in Wimberly was especially good.

    November 2013
  • PERFECT weekend getaway. My husband and I decided to plan a last minute weekend getaway for some R&R and a little wine tasting. Suzanne was the perfect hostess. She not only had everything you would need for a wonderful homemade breakfast, including fresh scones, but she also picked up some meat and veggies for us from the Farmers Market. Carlos was great as well and gave us fresh veggies from his garden right outside. It really was a perfect weekend and we look forward to visiting again!

    October 2013
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Cutter Morning Star High, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of California, Davis
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I work in Austin, but one of my favorite things to do daily is to start with drinking coffee on the patio and listening to the birds. And after a full day of work, it is nice to get back to my home and enjoy the sunset or work in the garden. I love to cook, and have access to plenty of ranchers and farmers because of my work with farmers' markets. I enjoy travelling and searching out the 'road less traveled.' I'd love to share my knowledge about some of the farms and vineyards in the Hill Country and send you on the way to an adventure! I am also just as happy to share recipes and cooking tips or stories about the food with guests as they prepare their own meals.
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