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The Forest Retreat: Minutes to SOCO & center yet nestled in the quiet forest.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This craftsman-designed home is located across the river from downtown Austin on a beautiful wooded lot in one of Austin's most desirable neighborhoods, Travis Heights. Walk or bike to major parks, great restaurants in the SoCo District, or even downtown to the fun sixth street music district. We are close to everything yet you feel like you are living in the country.

The house was designed, built and decorated by the owner artists Wolf Sittler and Charlotte Bell. This non-smoking home has sunny rooms, a well appointed kitchen, a patio and lots of windows looking out onto the backyard forest greenbelt. The house has one bedroom with 100% cotton sheets. The kitchen have all amenities including a stove, coffee maker, refrigerator and much more. Our newest accommodation is the Tree-cycle which is a tiny house which can be added on for extra guests. Search for char wolf ventures for the website. For reservations for less than 30 days there will be a 15% hotel tax additional fee to pay once you have reserved.

The feel of the country but are within minutes of the city center and 15 minutes to the Austin Bergstrom airport.

Located on Kenwood Ave: a few blocks south of Riverside Dr. between Congress Ave. and I 35

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More Details

Owner
Charlotte Bell
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Charlotte Bell

Wolf Sittler and Charlotte Bell are both artists. Wolf, a furniture maker, has added details through out the houses. Spalted pecan kitchen cabinets and hand made wood furniture add charm and warmth. Charlotte's photographs grace the walls. The house has all the touches that artists provide plus a well stocked kitchen.

They also have a home in San Miguel de Allende listed on VRBO.

Charlotte Bell purchased this house in 1980

Why Charlotte Bell chose Austin

Austin is the most interesting and young cities in Texas filled with outdoor activities and festivals. The restaurants and shops, near the house, are extra ordinary. In 3 blocks you are on the hike and bike trail with miles of lovely paths.

What makes this house unique

You will be close to everything. The house is in a quiet wooded location but you are minutes from I35 which will take you to the lakes or to the airport. But most people do not travel further than a few minutes from the house since so much is available in the area near downtown.

There are bikes to use as well as a washer and dryer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This one of the most wonderful places that I have ever stayed. The house is charming, super clean and located minutes from downtown and great restaruants. Plus it look like you are in the middle of the country from all the beautiful windows.
Sep 2005
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Amenities

South River City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Baby Crib (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

The Forest Retreat: Minutes to SOCO & center yet nestled in the quiet forest.
average rating of 4.5 based on 9 reviews
Denver, CO
5

Loved the Forest Retreat. Great location, close to South Congress, but quiet and very relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The Forest Retreat was perfect for a weekend getaway. Very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed spending time on the small patio, it really felt like a cottage in the forest! Great location with easy walkable access to many activities.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for staying with us. Your were wonderful guests
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Austin in April

  • 3 of 5

Overall, the accommodations were fine and everything was very clean and comfortable. The owners were fast to respond to any questions I had which was vey much appreciated. The major disappointment was that the deck shown to advertise the property is attached to the main house and not accessible to renters. It was the picture of the large deck that persuaded me to rent this property so this struck me as unfortunately misleading.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The photos are exactly of the the inside and outside of the house. I think you may have confused our house with another you had looked at.
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4

Forested Cabin

  • 4 of 5

Great location in Austin, near downtown, restaurants and lake. Enjoyed seeing the forest and squirrels outside the cabin.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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London, Canada
4

Cozy cottage for two nestled in ravine

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in this accommodation for three weeks - a quiet cozy cottage feel that is surprisingly close to the night action of sixth and SOCO and three minutes to the interstate to jump on the many golf courses in the area. The nights were chilly in Jan so the extra blankets, house coats and portable heater were a very nice touch! The rooms were very clean, comfortable linens and towels. While a gourmet dinner may be a challenge, the kitchen was equipped for daily cooking. The accordion door to the bathroom does not afford much privacy. We enjoyed many long walks around Lady Bird lake, Hamilton pool and Barton Springs...in between great golf, restaurants and duelling piano bars!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minnesota
5

Perfect, private retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely little place, perfect for a couple. It is well equipped and thoughtfully put together - large, windows overlook lovely trees and bring in beautiful light. It is situated in a great neighborhood walking distance to shops and restaurants. We highly recommend it!

Another thing worth mentioning is we had a mixup on the dates we would be there. Char thought we were staying longer than we were due to my original inquiry which I later adjusted. When i brought this to her attention, it was no problem whatsoever. Our bill was adjusted accordingly - no issue at all. We appreciated that kind of graciousness!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review Anna. I hope you can visit us again. Sincerely Charlotte
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Dallas, Tx
5

Forest Retreat getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Forest Retreat was a lovely little cottage in a wooded area in Travis Heights, Austin ,Tx. It's centrally located in a funky cool neighborhood. Walking distance from many desirable locations. We had a great time over the 4th of July holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a delight to have one of our many delighted guests place a response.
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Map

Nearest Airport
8 Miles
austin bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Continental club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I 35
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Curra's
Car: not necessary

We are 9 blocks from the popular SOCO district with fabulous restaurants and fun Shopping. 3 blocks from the River hike and bike trail. 6 blocks to the Rainy street area. Basically we are close to everything.

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Rates & Availability

South River City House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$155
$995
$1,850
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

cleaning fee $30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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