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We now have unlimited Wi Fi! Come enjoy this beautiful house on our 270 acre, rural, four generation family ranch. Located right on Lake Austin next to 1000's of acres of wildlife preserve, only 20 miles from downtown Austin. This 2,500 sq. ft. house, which is only a 2 minute walk to Lake Austin, has 3 bedrooms with 2 baths. All of which have breathtaking lake views and large balconies. Enjoy nearly a mile of waterfront, a private cove for swimming, a picnic area under ancient oaks and a playground for children. Catch bass right off our dock, where you can also keep your boat or enjoy excellent birdwatching. The house has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, 54' flat screen with DVD and Blue-ray, a fireplace and an elevator for wheelchair use (upon request). We can sleep up to seven people with 1 king size bed, 1 full size sleeper sofa and 3 twin beds. Both bathrooms are equipped with spacious bathtubs. The only permanent residence on site is the owner's, and is 100 yards away. Allowing you to enjoy ultimate privacy. This house is not intended for large gatherings, parties, or as an events center, but is perfect for family vacations, work retreats, or simply getting away from the city to enjoy the quieter side of life. We know ya'll will enjoy this sanctuary on Lake Austin as much as we do!
Main Bathroom is very spacious with a luxurious bathtub, that has a charming view of the garden.
Second bathroom also has a luxurious bathtub perfect for soaking. ...moreless
There is a 54' flat screen with DVD and Blue-ray. 15 channels but no full spectrum cable. ...moreless
There are many DVDs and Blue-rays for your viewing pleasure. ...moreless
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Wonderful Lake views from everywhere in the house ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
The kitchen has a spacious bar perfect for breakfast. The dining table has capacity to sit twelve. There is also a smaller luncheonette table near the lake view windows. Outside dining available. ...moreless
Seating for 12 people
Elevator available for wheelchair access upon request...moreless
Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$200
Damage Protection deposit of 200 dollars will be returned upon completion of stay given there has been no damage occurred.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Located only five miles away, is the major recreational mecca of Lakeway, on Lake Travis.
Offering everything from scuba diving, boating, water skiing and sailing to golf, tennis and health spas.
Austin, the live music capital of the world, is only 20 miles away. Here you'll find world renowned festivals such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Festival. As well as hundreds of excellent restaurants and live music every day of the week.
Year Purchased: 1949
About the owner: I, Pam Murfin, and my life partner of 45 years, Don Gardner, are both Texas natives who have lived on Horseshoe Bend Ranch, full time, for over 35 years.
During the course of this time we have raised two magnificent daughters, hundreds of animals and spent a good portion of our lives stewarding this land.
Don is a certified consulting arborist with over 40 years experience.
Our interests run far and wide, but we are happiest when sitting on the porch with a glass of ice tea surrounded by our loved ones.
Why the Owner Chose Lake Austin: Horseshoe Bend Ranch was purchased by William Minor Murfin, my father (Pam), when I was six.
Since that time it has been a piece of my heart.
I grew up riding horses over these hills and water skiing on this sparkling lake.
When I was a child we would drink water straight from the lake!
This beautiful hillside, overlooking the Colorado River (Lake Austin), was once a camp for Comanche natives and countless unnamed tribes before them.
We have found hundreds of arrow heads and artifacts in evidence of this.
Our private creek, a breathtaking natural limestone waterway that runs the length of the property, was once home to hundreds of honeybee colonies. Hence the name Honey Creek.
Ancient native live oaks, pecans and junipers tower overhead, offering shade on this ranch named after the unique geographical location in which it is found.
At one time our land was used for farming cattle, turkeys and Angora goats. Now our focus has turned to wildlife preservation. We are allowing the native vegetation to return, creating natural habitats for local fauna.
This has helped foster an already amazing refuge for birdlife, making the property a perfect place for birdwatching. We are home to the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler.
This 270 acre, 4 generation property, is a one of a kind, true gem, amongst some of the last undeveloped Texas hill country.
The Unique Benefits at this House: First and foremost...beautiful Lake Austin, which is always cool and fresh. The perfect getaway for boating, swimming and fishing. Also, Horseshoe Bend Ranch has a stunning natural private cove, perfect for swimming, which leads up to the quintessential hill country limestone creek.
Picnic under ancient live oaks.
Enjoy the wildlife and excellent birdwatching among native plants and abundant wildflowers in spring.
The entire house has a breathtaking view of Lake Austin, the bend in the river by which our ranch was named and the 1000 plus acre natural preserve that borders our property.
In the heat of the day rest in the cool house and at night cozy up by the fire place.
You can enjoy the full front balconies with epic daytime views and unparalleled star gazing at night.
We are but minutes from all amenities and only 20 miles from downtown Austin, but you will feel like you are on your own totally private piece of Hill Country paradise.