16,000 Sq. Ft. Waterfront Luxury Estate on Lake Travis
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Lago Vista estate description
This spectacular estate perched on Lake Travis transcends the Hill Country…whisking you off to a stately chateau in the heart of France. The column-flanked, tree-lined approach to the classic circular drive sets the stage for the grand home.
This 8 bedroom, 9 bathroom home sits on 12.6 acres with 800 feet of water front. Celebrating the natural stone of both Texas and France, the exterior and interior of the home features detailed stonework custom carved onsite by a French sculptor. Grand columns with custom Corinthian capitals, traditional stone balustrades and two-story waterfall adorn the entrance.
Before even entering the home, one’s eyes are drawn to the surroundings on which the house sits. Smooth lawns, formal plantings and spectacular lake views all add to the feeling of being at a European retreat.
An undeniable focal point of the entry is the large waterfall that flows from a massive window into a decorative pond, adding a soft ambient sound to the entrance.
Indoors, the waterfall continues as it enhances the formal living with the same waterfall ambiance, a step over river, and special lighting for the evenings.
Entry grandeur is continued inside the house, from the sweeping iron and stone staircases to the limestone arches, and dark-wood accented ceilings that carry you into the formal sunken living area. Creamy walls with stone accents and tumbled travertine floors create a cool, elegant feel, while a large two-story wall of windows captures remarkable views. An adjacent full service wet bar, and hidden wine cellar (with handcrafted stone walls) is perfectly located for service to the north-east outdoor terrace.
Escape to France itself from this covered terrace, with walls and ceilings cloaked in ivy. Ideal for relaxing evenings of indulging wine or retreating from the Texas sunlight, this terrace captures the best breezes and views, year-round.
Back indoors a formal dining room showcases mesquite-floors, a small European fireplace and plenty of windows to enjoy the views, it’s a perfect place to linger over a meal with friends.
Across the living room lies a study/office that transcends to an upstairs library. Custom maple paneling covers both the walls and ceiling, which features an iron-railed opening to the second story, flooding the room with light.
The kitchen is fit for a chef; warm natural-wood cabinets contrast beautifully with the limestone and granite accents. The spacious island holds an extra-large sink; an additional sink, high-end appliances and a huge walk-in pantry. An open breakfast bar allows the cook to chat with family at the adjacent breakfast room.
Retreat in luxury to the airy master bedroom, which enjoys lake views from every window. Cool nights call for a fire in the fireplace, while warm evenings invite a nightcap on the breezy private terrace. In the master bath, thoughtful details combine with elegant materials to make the space a pleasure. Two vanities plus a separate makeup counter allow room to spread out; a unique mirrored freestanding wall is an inspired touch. Linger in the corner tub overlooking the vista, or splash in the walk-in travertine shower. No need to share closet space; huge his and hers closets with custom built-in storage mean everyone has plenty of room.
The lower level south wing accommodates five additional bedrooms, a billiards room, a full kitchen, family room, and exercise room. Two large bedrooms with walk-in closets and en-suite baths complete the second floor south wing.
While the inside is stunning, this home was designed to enjoy the extraordinary scenery outdoors. With sun decks and a crow’s nest balcony from the roof there is always a place to relax and feel the breeze.
Landscaped with a nod to a more formal time, the smooth, manicured lawns are accented with gracious walkways, cypress trees and a grand stone staircase leading down to the negative-edge pool. With the appearance of spilling in to Lake Travis, the pool is a breathtaking finale to the grounds.
Precisely situated and built to maximize the breeze and sun schedule, no detail has gone unnoted in this palatial estate. For those that enjoy European luxury at its finest and have the heart of a Texan, this incredible home offers the best of both worlds.
- 16006 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Housekeeper Optional
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20
Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Coffee Maker
- Washing Machine:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Air Conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Pool Table
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Music Library
Pool & Spa
- Private Pool
- Hot Tub
- Deck / Patio:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Outdoor Grill
- Kayak / Canoe
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
- Water View
- Lake View
- Water Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Water Tubing
- Jet Skiing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Winery Tours
- Medical Services
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
ReviewsWrite a review
Amazing family vacation
Amazing family vacation
Cannot say enough wonderful things about the home, the owners, and the attention to detail that was shown in order to give us a magnificent Thanksgiving vacation. Our family enjoyed every aspect of our vacation and I'd recommend this home for anyone who can appreciate true hospitality. We look forward to coming back!
- Guest Susan (The Woodlands, TX, USA)
- Date of stay 11/25/13
- Review Submitted 11/30/13
Owner response: Thanks for taking the time to post your comments. We so enjoyed meeting your wonderful family and are pleased that your Thanksgiving celebration was so successful. We built this home with family in mind so it pleases us to see other families enjoy it also. We look forward to having you return.
Great for Corporate Retreat
Great for Corporate Retreat
We took 7 couples for a small corporate retreat and had a great time! The house was stunning and had everything that we could possibly need, including all kitchen equipment, plenty of towels, and logs in the fireplace! We rented kayaks and had a great time on the lake, and the winery tour at Flat Creek was so close!! The hosts were very welcoming and we truly enjoyed our stay!
- Guest Scott W.
- Date of stay 11/01/13
- Review Submitted 11/12/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Thank you Scott, it was a pleasure meeting you. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you and your company again soon. Paul and Wendy
We had a wonderful stay at the property in the middle of October. Occasion was our small wedding ceremony with closest of relatives and friends.16 people stayed at the house plus we had 4 guests come for the ceremony & dinner. We wanted everyone to have a nice relaxing time in a beautiful October Texas weather, at a beautiful place. And this place IS beautiful! Everything turned out perfect. Most of our family and close friends are from outside of Austin, and this beautiful house having 8 bedrooms, provided enough sleeping space for everyone from out of town to be together for a weekend, feel comfortable and feel like a family. And of course the outdoor space is just gorgeous, we were lucky with the weather and had ceremony outside in bright October sun. Dinner outside was complete with full moon at night. Everything felt special. The lake scenery is spectacular, we woke up to the fog rising from the lake, an amazing scene. We didn't get to use the pool since it got a bit chilly, but I bet it's a lot of fun in the hotter days. Paul and Wendy, had been very responsive and accomodating from the start, from email conversations to helping us make sure we got everything we need to host a 20 people dinner. Tables, chairs, plates, napkins, silverware - place had everything. Thank you for everything! We made a lot of lifelong memories in those two days.
- Guest Elena F.
- Date of stay 10/18/13
- Review Submitted 11/04/13
Owner response: Thank you so much Lena for your kind words. It was a pleasure to be part of your special day and wish you and yours all the best. I don't think you could have had a prettier day or setting. Stay well. Regards, Paul and Wendy.
My entire family arrived Thursday for a family reunion. The home sat majestically on a 12 acre peninsula surrounded with nature and preserved. The grand scale of the house did not take away the feeling of being welcomed. The owners were flexible and prepared their home for us beyond our expectation. The pictures on the website did not do justice to the level of detail and comfort the home offered. It was better than the a six star hotel and the owners helped as every way they can to make this vacation a memorable event. Once you are inside the property, all you need is a good book and a glass of your favorite drink. It was really hard leaving! Thank you for sharing your special dream home with my family.
- Guest antonio q. (-)
- Date of stay 10/03/13
- Review Submitted 10/24/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, people with disabilities, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Hi Tony. Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review for us. We are glad that you were pleased with the accommodations - and we really enjoyed meeting all of your family. You included us in so many of your celebrations that we were starting to feel like part of your family. You treated our home like you would treat your own and it is certainly appreciated. We hope that you will return in the near future. Thanks for being such wonderful guests! Paul and Wendy
This was our first time on Lake Travis and we stayed with three other families (12 adults and 8 kids). The house was amazing from when we first opened the door. We had friends from all over the country fly in for the weekend, and everyone was amazed with how wonderful this house was! The kitchen had everything imaginable and the rooms went well beyond what you would get, even in a nicer hotel. This relaxing, stunning home is perfect for a weekend get-a-way or a week's stay with your entire family! The weather for us was perfect, but with rain I think we still would have had a great time because of the multiple large covered patios, and media room, and game room. Absolutely nothing was less than perfection, exceeding every expectation! It is actually too good to name all the unexpected extras! But I will try to sum it up with this. Leave everything behind- EVERYTHING! It's already here! Furnished to the tiniest detail. Welcoming you to sit on the plush leather sofas or lead you out poolside, or sit fireside on the beautifully furnished patio complete with bar. This home leaves ABSOLUTELY nothing, short of Your good friends/family to be desired! I Love this home! Must experience this!!! We have not found another place like this (of similar size) in Texas. Thank you again!
- Guest Theresa Phillips (Arizona)
- Date of stay 08/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/04/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you Theresa for taking the time to post a review. It is nice to see that someone else appreciates the beauty that we see. It took us three years to build this property and accommodating all of our family was always a priority. We are glad that you had a wonderful vacation and we look forward to seeing you again. Wendy and Paul
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2013
7 night min stay
Dec 30 - Jan 5, 2014
7 night min stay
Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2014
5 night min stay
Apr 1 - Sep 30, 2014
2 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning Fee: $500
- Refundable Damage Deposit: $2500
- Property Damage Protection: $89
- Tax Rate 13%
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- Nearest Airport: Rusty Allen Airport at 9 Miles
Year Purchased: 2001
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Landscaped with a nod to a more formal time, the smooth, manicured lawns are accented with gracious walkways, cypress trees and a grand stone staircase leading down to the negative-edge pool. With the appearance of spilling in to Lake Travis, the pool is a breathtaking finale to the grounds. Rounding out this remarkable property are attached guest quarters complete with kitchen, a separate garage apartment, an equestrian paddock, a barn with 3 to 4 stalls, a pasture large enough for helicopter pad, and an adjustable floating boat dock large enough for 46’ yacht. Precisely situated and built to maximize the breeze and sun schedule, no detail has gone unnoted in this palatial estate. For those that enjoy European luxury at its finest and have the heart of a Texan, this incredible home offers the best of both worlds.
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