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Elegant Historic Landmark - Heart of Soco District!

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Last updated: 04/10/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Travis Heights house description

Designated a historic landmark by the City of Austin, the c.a. 1937 Castle on the Hill is an excellent example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture. An arcaded porch with steel framed casement windows extends along the front of the house; a smaller porch of identical design is located at the back. The property is also equipped with first-class, luxury amenities such as Viking appliances, Central Heat & Air, Security System, High Speed Internet Access and Satellite.

Located three blocks from the popular entertainment district of South Congress Avenue (SoCo) and one block from Stacy Park, the Castle on the Hill is perfectly situated to meet all your needs! Please visit our Virtual Tour; the link is below.

The Castle on the Hill - behind the scenes: 'The John House,' or more commonly known by the local residents as 'The Castle on the Hill' was featured by the historic preservation committee for the Travis Heights Neighborhood Association for exemplifying the rich, historic architecture of South Austin.

The owner's residence is located in the historic stone cottage south of the main house. Owners are available to provide guests with suggestions on restaurant options, live music venues and much more!

Property Type

  • House
  • 3500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

              • Balcony Bedroom: 1 king

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              • Tree House Bedroom: 1 queen

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              • Fireplace Bedroom: 1 queen

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              • Meditation Bedroom: 1 queen

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              • Main Floor Bedroom: 1 double

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              • The Balcony Suite has a cozy side balcony that is entered through French doors and overlooks the carriage house and south lawn. The Tree House Suite is tucked away in the northwest corner of the house and is shaded by a canopy of trees just outside the bedroom windows. At night the beautiful Austin skyline is visible through the north windows. The Meditation Suite overlooks the front balcony to the east and the meditation pond to the north, creating a wonderful contrast to the city skyline just above the trees. The Fireplace Suite has the original fireplace and windows that overlook the south lawn and front balcony. The Main Floor Bedroom is located on the first floor and overlooks the front porch and meditation pond. Please visit our Virtual Tour!...moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Upstairs WC: toilet, tub, shower

                Separate cast iron bathtub and walk-in shower...moreless

              • Dowstairs WC: toilet, combination tub/shower

                Clawfoot bathtub with handheld shower...moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • By request, extra charge: Private Chef (Vegetarian or Vegan Chef also available), in-home massage, private or group yoga lessons (2 blocks from property), and housekeeping service. The south lawn is encircled with an array of beautiful trees and landscaping, from Monterrey Oaks to Possumhaws. The house is equipped with a full security system (and includes motion, glass break, door and window detectors), central air central heat, golf clubs, iPod docking station, CD and DVD library, Bose Stereo System, and an HD 42” flat screen television. All kitchen appliances are Viking, including the Professional Series Viking 48” Custom Sealed Burner Range (with warming oven) for all of those culinary enthusiasts....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • DVD Player
                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • VCR
                  • Radio
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Games
                  • Music Library
                  • Video Library

                  Theme

                      • Historic

                      Attractions

                      • Arboretum
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Library
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Theme Parks
                      • Water Parks
                      • Coin Laundry
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Restaurants
                      • Live Theater
                      • Zoo

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Antiquing
                      • Walking
                      • Shopping
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sledding
                      • Boating
                      • Horseshoes
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Horseback Riding

                      local services and businesses

                      • Fitness Center
                      • ATM/Bank

                      Location Type

                          • Downtown

                          sports and adventure activities

                          • Snorkeling/Diving
                          • Hiking
                          • Jet Skiing
                          • Rafting
                          • Wind-Surfing
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Kayaking
                          • Spelunking
                          • Basketball Court
                          • Tennis
                          • Sailing
                          • Fishing
                          • Cycling
                          • Golf
                          • Swimming

                          catering options

                              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                              Dining

                                  • Dining Area

                                  forms of payment

                                      • Accept Credit Card

                                      General

                                      • Wood Fireplace:

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                                      • Iron & Board
                                      • Wireless Internet:

                                        High Speed...moreless

                                      • Parking Off Street
                                      • Parking On Street
                                      • Alarm Clock
                                      • Water Cooler
                                      • Filtered Water
                                      • Firewood
                                      • Laundry Soap
                                      • Paper Towels
                                      • Security System
                                      • Shampoo
                                      • Basic Soaps
                                      • Toilet Paper
                                      • Telephone
                                      • Air Conditioning
                                      • Heating
                                      • Linens Provided
                                      • Internet
                                      • Towels Provided
                                      • Washing Machine
                                      • Clothes Dryer
                                      • Parking

                                      house cleaning

                                          • Housekeeper Optional

                                          Kitchen

                                          • Kitchen:

                                            All Viking appliances, including a professional range with 6 burners, oven and warming oven....moreless

                                          • Cooking Utensils
                                          • Dishwasher
                                          • Refrigerator
                                          • Freezer
                                          • Oven
                                          • Microwave
                                          • Coffee Grinder
                                          • Ice Maker
                                          • Lobster Pot
                                          • Pantry Items
                                          • Stove
                                          • Coffee Maker

                                          Outside

                                          • Patio
                                          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                          • Terrace
                                          • Balcony

                                          Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool:

                                                Community lap pool available to neighborhood (one block from residence)....moreless

                                               

                                              Reviews

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                                              • Fabulous house!

                                                Fabulous house!

                                                • Guest Anonymous
                                                • Date of stay 04/04/14
                                                • Review Submitted 04/14/14
                                                Our group of 10 girls thoroughly enjoyed our weekend stay! The house was spacious and upscale. The location was very convenient to soco, The property was clean and the amenities were even better than expected. The owner was easy to communicate with and very welcoming. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family.

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                                              • Brilliant time in a beautiful home

                                                Brilliant time in a beautiful home

                                                • Guest Betty R.
                                                • Date of stay 10/30/13
                                                • Review Submitted 11/05/13
                                                Thank you for letting us stay at your home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here. What a perfect location on a tree lined street, only blocks away from the stores of SoCo. And we loved the windy little park next door. Thanks again!

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                                              • Incredible Stay!

                                                Incredible Stay!

                                                • Guest Betty R.
                                                • Date of stay 11/04/13
                                                • Review Submitted 11/05/13
                                                We drove from Dallas to attend a meeting at the Convention Center. The home was close to everything -- even a park that was only a block away. The home itself is incredible. I've never seen anything like it. It's on this huge piece of property and is elevated from the road. The house is stone with great porches. The interior is really nicely done. Great details throughout. We'll definitely be back for our next stay in Austin. Betty

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                                              • How unique! Vintage charm with modern convenience!

                                                How unique! Vintage charm with modern convenience!

                                                • Guest Anonymous
                                                • Date of stay 03/19/13
                                                • Review Submitted 09/03/13
                                                This place was really cool! It's a very spacious vintage home that has been either well maintained or refurbished to bring the charm of what it should be. I live in S. Tx and when I described it to friends who know the SoCo area they immediately recognized it as "The Mansion"! The house is very open and is excellent for small family gatherings with porches and decks all around. It feels very secure and peaceful, to spite being a short walk from the bustle and vibe of South Congress. The expansive property has the feel of being in the country with the large trees and variety of birds. A short walk to S. Congress for dinner and drinks is a huge bonus. It's a +/- 10 min drive to the downtown Metro Rail station if you need it, an easy drive to the airport as well. The owners are well versed in the hospitality industry. They live on site in a separate cottage and you will only see them if you choose, which could be very handy if they are needed. Thankfully our gathering went smoothly and we had no issues whatsoever with the home or amenities. The entertainment room was well stocked with movies and games to pass any idle time. The water was hot when I wanted it hot (and stayed that way) and cold when I wanted it cold. I would highly recommend this place for anyone visiting the Austin area and will certainly be booking here again myself.

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                                              • Wish we could live here all the time

                                                Wish we could live here all the time

                                                • Guest Richard S.
                                                • Date of stay 03/01/13
                                                • Review Submitted 06/20/13
                                                The home reminds me of some of the beautiful haciendas growing up in Mexico. The stone, tall ceilings, huge rooms. It was wonderful. Thank you for the hospitality.

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                                              • So much to do, so little time

                                                So much to do, so little time

                                                • Guest Paula T.
                                                • Date of stay 10/25/12
                                                • Review Submitted 06/20/13
                                                How to sum up such an amazing home? Let's see... Close to everything One of a kind Huge lawn Spacious rooms Amazing bathrooms Chef's kitchen Lots and lots of trees Incredible porch And the best hosts

                                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                                              • Family trip to Texas

                                                Family trip to Texas

                                                • Guest Mickie D.
                                                • Date of stay 11/10/12
                                                • Review Submitted 06/20/13
                                                Road trip to Austin was the perfect getaway. We drove up to the property and was shocked by how beautiful and unique the home was. We spent four nights and had the perfect time.

                                                Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                                              • This is one of the finest residences in Austin

                                                This is one of the finest residences in Austin

                                                • Guest Bob T.
                                                • Date of stay 02/26/13
                                                • Review Submitted 06/19/13
                                                I've been coming to Austin since 1956 (don't do the math) and I can tell you that this is one of the finest homes in Austin. Travis Heights is one of the few downtown neighborhoods and is in the process of being historically designated due to the rich inventory of architecturally significant homes. The Castle on the Hill, or otherwise known as The John House is, in my opinion, the most impressive (interior and exterior). It was a real treat to stay here for a few days.

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                                              • Loved the stay!!!

                                                Loved the stay!!!

                                                • Guest Elizabeth S.
                                                • Date of stay 04/09/13
                                                • Review Submitted 06/19/13
                                                What a delight it was to stay in the Catle on the Hill. We walked each day for shopping and lunch on the boulevard and took frequent strolls in the park nearby. The residence was better than the photos. In fact, I think it was the most grand of any of the South Congress houses.

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                                              • Best of the Best!

                                                Best of the Best!

                                                • Guest Rachel B.
                                                • Date of stay 03/28/13
                                                • Review Submitted 06/19/13
                                                Our crew came here for a premiere for a film we've been working on for nearly 5 years. We really wanted to treat ourselves and this was the perfect house for that. Everything was exceptional. Can't say enough great things about the owners as well. And SoCo, ahhh, SoCo. What a cool, hip little area!

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                                              2 night min stay
                                              $750

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                                              Fees:

                                              • Pet Fee $50
                                              • Cleaning $125 + tax
                                              • Payment Processing Fee $80 + tax
                                              • Tax Rate 15%

                                              Cancellation policy:

                                              Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.


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                                              Photos

                                              • Chef's kitchen with professional grad Viking stove w/ warming oven, oak floors

                                                Chef's kitchen with professional grad Viking stove w/ warming oven, oak floors

                                              • Dramatic hand crafted oak and cedar staircase entering second floor

                                                Dramatic hand crafted oak and cedar staircase entering second floor

                                              • Front view from the living room overlooking veranda

                                                Front view from the living room overlooking veranda

                                              • Meditation suite with views of meditation pond and front balcony

                                                Meditation suite with views of meditation pond and front balcony

                                              • Balcony suite with private porch overlooking south lawn

                                                Balcony suite with private porch overlooking south lawn

                                              • Tree house suite with silk curtains and oak floors, views of the city skyline.

                                                Tree house suite with silk curtains and oak floors, views of the city skyline.

                                              • Upstairs WC with dressing vanity and clawfoot bathtub and walk in shower

                                                Upstairs WC with dressing vanity and clawfoot bathtub and walk in shower

                                              • Living room, complete with original marble firplace, silk curtain, oak floors

                                                Living room, complete with original marble firplace, silk curtain, oak floors

                                              • Dining room with crystal chandelier, oak floors, silk curtains

                                                Dining room with crystal chandelier, oak floors, silk curtains

                                              • Fireplace suite with views of south lawn and front balcony

                                                Fireplace suite with views of south lawn and front balcony

                                              • Downstairs WC with dressing vanity, clawfoot bathtub and handheld shower

                                                Downstairs WC with dressing vanity, clawfoot bathtub and handheld shower

                                              • North side of veranda overlooking meditation pond and front patio

                                                North side of veranda overlooking meditation pond and front patio

                                              • Meditation pond with Koi fish

                                                Meditation pond with Koi fish

                                              • Stone facade and front wall detailed with original iron railings and gate

                                                Stone facade and front wall detailed with original iron railings and gate

                                              • South Lawn

                                                South Lawn

                                              $750 per night (USD)
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                                              5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                                              Sleeps 10

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                                              Minimum stay: 2 nights
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