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

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


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

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

Keywords: Home

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Charlotte Bell
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

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 Greater South River City

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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Greater South River City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Baby Crib (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • 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


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The Forest Retreat: Minutes to SOCO & center yet nestled in the quiet forest.
average rating of 4.6 based on 11 reviews
Elgin, IL, USA

Quiet, wooded retreat in a vibrant city

  • 5 of 5

Really loved this place. Small and comfortable with lots of windows opening onto a heavily wooded setting. About a mile to South Congress which is one of the best places to visit and only about 1.5 miles to 6th street where a lot of the music is. Also not far from Barton Springs and the best brisket in town at Terry Black's. Hosts are helpful but not intrusive. Since this is in a heavily wooded area, the hosts advise that renters may hear small animals at night or see bugs on occasion, although they spray for insects frequently. This was not an issue for us but if prospective renters are from an urban area and are unused to that, it should factor into the rental decision. But for us overall, this was an exceptionally nice experience.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely reveiw
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Great location and well appointed!

  • 5 of 5

Very centrally located for walking to South Congress area or downtown. We enjoyed our 5 night stay at Charlotte's home and she was quick to reply to any questions. The guest house is private but it is right next to the main house so there are usually people in the yard. One morning we woke up to someone working right outside the bedroom window but I don't think that is a usual occurrence. Everything was well kept and clean, the kitchen has everything you need if you do want to cook and the living area is nice and spacious. We would definitely recommend Charlotte's home and return if we are back in the area!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review.
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Denver, CO

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: April 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: April 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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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: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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London, Canada

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 between great golf, restaurants and duelling piano bars!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8 Miles
austin bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Continental club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
I 35
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $20
Tax Rate 9.0%

cleaning fee $30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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