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Walk to Downtown Austin, the University of Texas, Whole Foods and Pease Park

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View of the gazebo and grounds with Pease Park beyond.

View of the gazebo and grounds with Pease Park beyond. Carriage House, which is a separate addition to the main house. Carriage House porch. Bedroom # 1, two full beds. Bedroom #2, one queen bed and a private porch. Private porch off bedroom #2, top floor Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite with private entrance. Bathroom of bedroom #3, with step in shower. Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite w/ private entrance.  Queen sized bed & futon Carriage House kitchen. Carriage House kitchen / dining area. Carriage House living area. Gazebo View to the south Bevo University of Texas tower Texas capitol building Austin City Limits music festival at Zilker Park SXSW Downtown Austin Town Lake Texas bluebonnets Downtown Austin at dusk Allen's Boots on South Congress

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Last updated: 04/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Old Enfield house description

This is the guesthouse adjoining a historic Austin property in the west campus neighborhood. It is situated on Carringtons Bluff, overlooking downtown Austin and Pease park. It is located adjacent to Shoal Creek, 8 blocks from the University of Texas and 1 mile from the state Capitol building. Close to bus-stops and only one block from Pease Park, which has hike and bike trails going all the way to the river. The porches upstairs and down overlook a large lawn and beautiful views of downtown and the park.

The guesthouse consists of 3 stories. The lower floor is a studio bedroom/bathroom layout with a separate entrance. The kitchen and living area are on the main floor, with the remaining two bedrooms upstairs.

The main house, 5 bedroom 5 bath, is also available and listed separately (#3530277).

More about this property: Located adjacent to Shoal Creek, and prior to the days of refrigeration, this property was originally used as an early Austin dairy farm. The oldest portion of the structure and porch was built around 1877.

By 1911 store owner Charles W. Morrison and his wife Mary had purchased the property and reconfigured the previous wooden structure to now face magnolia street. This is the current ground floor of the main house. Its lofted ceilings and expansive double hung windows made it well situated to capture breezes blowing above the bluff.

In 1922, Joseph O’Reilly, a store owner and agent for the Texas oil company (Texaco), purchased the property. By 1935 O’reilly added the west addition to the main house. This addition has airy upstairs bedrooms and a ground floor expansive bay window, capturing wonderful views of the Austin skyline through the branches of an impressively large live oak tree.

By 1938 19th street was relocated to the south and is now known as Martin Luther King Boulevard. Also during that time the stairs on the west of the property headed down the cliff-side to a chicken coop and goat pen. In 1949 renovation of the house resulted in replacement of the original wooden front porch with concrete.

In 1958, Kathleen Molesworth purchased the home. Prior to purchasing the home she had a significant career in the foreign service during WWII and was also the first female to be awarded an MBA from the University of Texas. Her influence on the house is remembered by the remodeling the exterior of the ground floor with stucco, addition of two bathrooms in the main house. After her death in 1984, her nephew Nick Classen inherited the property. He constructed the guest house addition creating a duplex property. It was during this time that the property was first used as a boarding house and then a bed a breakfast. Carrington bluff bed and breakfast was celebrated as a venue for weddings and a perennial tailgate location for many years.

There are 5 bedrooms, and 5 baths in the main house, along with kitchen, dining room, living room and a large utility room. Details of interest include a well drafting fireplace and long leaf pine floors.

The two story guesthouse addition has a large garage, three bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and an open kitchen/breakfast/ family room with wood floors.

Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House
  • 1476 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible
          • Pets Considered:

            pet addendum and additional fees required...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Indoor smoking will automatically incur a $200 penalty ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            This bathroom is ensuite, in the separate 3rd bedroom...moreless

          • Bathroom 3

            ...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • As this property is owned by the founders of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, all rentals include free movie passes to the theater....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Television
              • DVD Player
              • Books

              Theme

              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic

              Car

                  • Recommended

                  Attractions

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Live Theater
                  • Library
                  • Churches
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Synagogues
                  • Festivals
                  • Playground

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking

                  local services and businesses

                  • Fitness Center
                  • Laundromat
                  • Groceries
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Location Type

                  • Downtown:

                    This property has a great view and beautiful lawn and is a quick bike ride or walk into downtown Austin, the University of Texas campus and the museum district....moreless

                  • Town:

                    This property has a great view and beautiful lawn and is a quick bike ride or walk into downtown Austin, the University of Texas campus and the museum district....moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Golf
                  • Tennis
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                  • Swimming
                  • Basketball Court

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining:

                        The kitchen, living and dining room are arranged in an open floorplan....moreless

                      • Dining Area

                      forms of payment

                          • Accept Credit Card

                          General

                          • Heating:

                            Central Heating...moreless

                          • Linens Provided
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Air Conditioning:

                            Central Air...moreless

                          • Living Room
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Internet:

                            wifi available ...moreless

                          • Parking:

                            The property has parking for four cars in the driveway....moreless

                          • Hair Dryer

                          Kitchen

                          • Kitchen:

                            The main house and the carriage house both have full kitchens....moreless

                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Oven
                          • Microwave
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Dishes & Utensils:

                            Standard dishes, cookware and utensils supplied....moreless

                          • Pantry Items:

                            basic staples, spices, and paperware supplied....moreless

                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Toaster
                          • Ice Maker

                          Outside

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Deck / Patio
                          • Lanai / Gazebo
                          • Lawn / Garden
                          • Tennis:

                            The house is walking distance to the Caswell Tennis Center....moreless

                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Great Location and Amazing porch

                            Great Location and Amazing porch

                            • Guest Jen B.
                            • Date of stay 04/11/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/14/14
                            This house a peaceful oasis smack dab in the middle of Austin. For the price and location you really can NOT beat this place. Valerie, the property manager, was extremely attentive and responsive with any questions we had throughout the weekend. The best feature about this property is the porch/backyard. It is perfect for sitting around in a group, having a glass of wine or beer, and just chatting. Straight perfection for Texas nights. The location is hard to beat as well, only a 3 minute car ride to 6th street and whole foods, and 5 minutes to campus and the guad. The house was very clean and the linens were above par for most rental units. Anytime I'm back in Austin with a larger party, I will only be staying at the carriage house.

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                          • This place was amazing and super convenient.

                            This place was amazing and super convenient.

                            • Guest Anthony J.
                            • Date of stay 04/03/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/08/14
                            We stayed in the guest house for the weekend. The place was very clean with a huge outdoor with amazing views area to relax in. I was able to take a nice stroll to campus and to anything downtown. The space was very large with plenty of room for the guests. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!

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                          • Wow! What a great place!!!

                            Wow! What a great place!!!

                            • Guest Kathryn M. (Simmesport, Louisiana)
                            • Date of stay 03/26/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/03/14
                            I'm always in charge of booking our lodging when we travel. Sometimes I do "okay", but this time, I definitely hit a home run! Our daughter's wedding in Austin on March 29, 2014 called for us to have a comfortable place to finish the final preparation for the happy celebration. I found The Cottage and what a lucky find! It was just a few blocks away from the wedding venue - The Texas Federation of Women's Clubs of Texas Mansion. The Cottage was spacious, spotlessly clean, and conveniently located too. The two upstairs bedrooms were bright and one even had a balcony to enjoy. The kitchen was totally equipped and having a washing machine and dryer at our disposal was nice too. The third bedroom we called a "man cave" and it fit the bill. I knew a house was the best idea so that we weren't cramped in a small hotel room. The owner was top-notched! She answered all my phone calls and texts and was always ready to help with questions and she provided assistance as needed. We truly appreciate all that she did to make us fell "at home". We hope to visit here again one day soon!

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                          • Great Location & Hospitality in Austin!

                            Great Location & Hospitality in Austin!

                            • Guest Amy M. (Pittsburgh, PA)
                            • Date of stay 02/12/14
                            • Review Submitted 02/25/14
                            My parents, my 3 boys (ages 6,4 and 1) and my husband and I all stayed at the Carriage House this February for the week of my sister's wedding. The location was perfect as it is a walk away from a great trail (Shoal Creek) and playground at Pease Park. It is also walking distance to Guadalope and other UT-area shops and restaurants. The home was clean and neat and had everything that we needed during our stay. We appreciated the pantry items that are frustrating to have to bring on a plane or buy for such a short stay especially. The main living area is cozy, but plenty of space for our needs. The bedrooms are super spacious and allowed us to accommodate our family's needs very comfortably. The owners were so helpful whenever we would have a question or need. They even outfitted the house with the baby gear we would need for my youngest and had some toys on hand too. It was perfect. The backyard is an oasis and our boys were happy playing on the different terrains with diggers and cars or playing wiffle ball. We entertained several evenings and the large grill and patio with the lovely view of downtown Austin couldn't be better. We loved this location, the home and the responsiveness of the owners. I am sure that we will be booking it the next time we all visit Austin together. Thanks, Valerie and Tim!

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                          • Amazing downtown Austin property !!

                            Amazing downtown Austin property !!

                            • Guest Samuel H.
                            • Date of stay 02/20/14
                            • Review Submitted 02/25/14
                            We stayed in the Carriage House (the smaller of the two houses on the property) as members of a friend's wedding party. The house was perfect for our needs, very comfortable beds, awesome outdoor spaces for cooking out and entertaining out-of-town guests and blocks to the wedding venue as well as downtown Austin nightlife. We appreciated the fact that the home wasn't filled with personal items as it is used for a vacation rental only and not occupied at other times. The property manager lives one block over, is from Austin, and was available night or day to answer questions or help us with tips for dining, shopping and relaxing in the vicinity. We will definitely stay again and hope to plan a family reunion on the property utilizing both houses.

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                          • Outstanding urban oasis for an Austin visit

                            Outstanding urban oasis for an Austin visit

                            • Guest Amy M. (Pittsburgh, PA)
                            • Date of stay 02/12/14
                            • Review Submitted 02/21/14
                            We were so thankful we stumbled on this house as the rental for my family (my husband and our 3 young boys) and my parents for our stay in Austin during my sister's wedding week. We rented the carriage house and it was spacious and had just what we needed in all respects. The owners are extremely responsive and so helpful. They even had baby toys waiting for us upon arrival because they knew we were traveling with little ones. The yard and the view are outstanding and made this visit incredible to have that landscape just outside our door. We hosted several casual dinners on the patio and it was just lovely. We hope to stay here again next time our family congregates in Austin to visit my sister. I highly recommend this home!

                            Owner response: Thank you so much for your comments. We're so glad everything went well for your sister's wedding and hope see you and your wonderful family again very soon.

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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          University of Texas Graduation
                          May 16 - May 18, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $750
                          flat fee
                          ACL Music Festival Weekend 1
                          Oct 3 - Oct 5, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $750
                          flat fee
                          ACL Music Festival Weekend 2
                          Oct 10 - Oct 12, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $750
                          flat fee
                          Formula One 2014
                          Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2014
                          3 night min stay

                          $1,500
                          flat fee
                          SXSW Interactive/Film
                          Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2015
                          6 night min stay

                          $3,000
                          flat fee
                          SXSW Music
                          Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2015
                          5 night min stay

                          $3,000
                          flat fee
                          My Standard Rate
                          3 night min stay
                          $200
                          $1,225 $4,500
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Management Fee $100
                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • Tax Rate 15%

                          Notes:

                          Rates are for the 3 bedroom carriage house. see Homeaway # 3530277 for the main house.


                          Cancellation policy:

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                          Last updated: 04/15/2014
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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: Austin Bergstrom International Airport at 10 Miles
                          • Nearest Train: Amtrack at 2 Miles
                          • Nearest Motorway: I-35 at 1.5 Miles
                          • Nearest Beach: Galveston at 214 Miles
                          • Nearest Barpub: Freedman's at 0.39 Miles
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Freedman's at 0.39 Miles
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2013

                          About the owner: We founded the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have lived in a historic home a block away from the Carrington House for over seven years. We love the neighborhood so much, will raise our family here and intend to grow old(er) here.

                          Why the Owner Chose Old Enfield:
                          We purchased the historic Carrington House for two reasons: first we did not want the property to be compromised by a possible conversion to student housing and second, we use the property to house our visiting managers who are training at our Austin theaters.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          In addition to the historic details of the main house and the proximity to both downtown, the Caswell Tennis Center and Pease Park, Carrington House has one unique benefit: free tickets for all guests to the Alamo Drafthouse CInema!


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                          Speaks: english, french, spanish

                           

                          Photos

                          • View of the gazebo and grounds with Pease Park beyond.

                            View of the gazebo and grounds with Pease Park beyond.

                          • Carriage House porch.

                            Carriage House porch.

                          • Bedroom #2, one queen bed and a private porch.

                            Bedroom #2, one queen bed and a private porch.

                          • Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite with private entrance.

                            Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite with private entrance.

                          • Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite w/ private entrance.  Queen sized bed & futon

                            Bedroom #3, the stand-alone suite w/ private entrance. Queen sized bed & futon

                          • Carriage House kitchen / dining area.

                            Carriage House kitchen / dining area.

                          • Gazebo

                            Gazebo

                          • Bevo

                            Bevo

                          • Texas capitol building

                            Texas capitol building

                          • SXSW

                            SXSW

                          • Town Lake

                            Town Lake

                          • Downtown Austin at dusk

                            Downtown Austin at dusk

                          • Carriage House, which is a separate addition to the main house.

                            Carriage House, which is a separate addition to the main house.

                          • Bedroom # 1, two full beds.

                            Bedroom # 1, two full beds.

                          • Private porch off bedroom #2, top floor

                            Private porch off bedroom #2, top floor

                          • Bathroom of bedroom #3, with step in shower.

                            Bathroom of bedroom #3, with step in shower.

                          • Carriage House kitchen.

                            Carriage House kitchen.

                          • Carriage House living area.

                            Carriage House living area.

                          • View to the south

                            View to the south

                          • University of Texas tower

                            University of Texas tower

                          • Austin City Limits music festival at Zilker Park

                            Austin City Limits music festival at Zilker Park

                          • Downtown Austin

                            Downtown Austin

                          • Texas bluebonnets

                            Texas bluebonnets

                          • Allen's Boots on South Congress

                            Allen's Boots on South Congress

                          $200 per night (USD)
                          6

                          3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

                          View calendar: Updated 04/15/14
                          Minimum stay: 3 nights
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