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The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos Guest House

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Property type cottage

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About the property

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

Beautifully furnished, quaint and cozy guest house nestled in the charming historic district of San Marcos. Located just 4 blocks from the downtown square and Texas State University, with convenient access to the Outlet Malls and the San Marcos River.

The Palmer's Guest House is next door to the famous Palmer's Restaurant Bar and Courtyard. Included with your stay is a welcome bottle of Texas Wine and a fabulous meal at Palmer's restaurant. Come enjoy a taste of the Hill Country and everything San Marcos has to offer.

Keywords: Guest House, bed and breakfast, B&B, romantic

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Kristin Sheffield
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Kristin Sheffield

The Sheffield Family has been in the hospitality business for 20 years.

We look forward to your stay!

Kristin Sheffield purchased this cottage in 2010

What makes this cottage unique

San Marcos is located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas, known as the Gateway to the Hill Country.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful guest house.

We slept very well and felt comfortable with its cozy feel.

Added bonus was the great dining experience we had at Palmer's.

Plan on returning when I visit the area in May.
Jan 2011
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos Guest House
average rating of 4.883721 based on 44 reviews

Exactly as advertised. Great location, nice meal in the restaurant.

  • 4 of 5

Will be staying there again in the future. Convenient, clean and cozy.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy bungalow

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very cozy, we loved it. The meal at Palmers and the wine were a bonus. We will be back and will tell friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cute, Clean & Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This guest house is the perfect place to stay in San Marcos. It is walking distance to the town square, campus, Sewell Park and Bobcat Stadium. The guest house was extremely clean, bathroom felt new and updated and all furniture was new and comfortable. The separate living room space from the bedroom was nice to have as well. The best part is being just a few yards away from Palmers, the best restaurant in town. The stay came with a $30 gift card to the restaurant which we used for a wonderful Saturday brunch. The experience was much better than any hotel in town, we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to let people know about the hidden gem of San Marcos! Glad to hear you had an opportunity to enjoy our Saturday brunch with live Salsa music and Sangrias! Hope you will come back soon.
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Wonderful Stay at the Guest House!

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from the Guest House in San Marcos. Our son was attending New Student Orientation at Texas State. From the moment we booked, Kristin was responsive, easy to talk to, and happy to help. We arrived with no trouble, accessed the guest house easily. We had plenty of room, loved the decor, and absolutely ate at Palmer's. Loved it all. We were able to walk to the square and access everything the town has to offer. We will definitely book again at the guest house. Thanks again, Kristin!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful review of the Palmer's Guest House. It is a perfect place for TXST parents to stay when visiting their kids at school. After a fun-filled day in San Marcos you can come relax in your private getaway just a few blocks away. Hope to see you again soon!
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Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

Let's start with Kristin - she is so friendly, and went above and beyond what I am normally used to when renting from VRBO. She called a few days before check in just to check in and see what kind of wine I like. The mini fridge not only had a bottle waiting for us, but she also had bottled water, as well as menus from the attached restaurant. The location is absolutely perfect! We are right in the part of town that I think is the cutest, and we had easy access to the river. Honestly, there is just so much within walking distance. The unit is adorable and so clean. The furniture, especially the bed, is so comfortable. The private balcony in the back is my favorite. The food at the restaurant is on point as well. I really can't think of anything that I didn't like. I will definitely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at the Palmer's Guest House and noticed our attention to detail to make for a wonderful getaway! We appreciate our guests taking the time to tell others about their great experiences at Palmer's, the guest house, and everything our location has to offer. Hope you visit us in San Marcos again soon!
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A relaxing hidden retreat and a great location

  • 4 of 5

What a surprise to find this great guest house! My wife and I loved the location - We were in town for my sons orientation at Texas State University and I am a grad of Texas State, so the fact it was close to the square and just down the hill from campus was awesome. The guest house itself was very nicely furnished from the large leather couch and pub table in the living area, hardwood floors throughout, to the queen bed, ceiling fan, and nice furniture in the bedroom. It reminded me of a little private bungalow out of the 30's with furnishings and amenities of today. The hidden gem is the private patio out the back door, with chairs, table, water feature and greenery. Great for coffee in the morning or the complimentary bottle of wine in the evening that Kristen provides. The gift card for Palmers was a nice touch and appreciated as the guest house is just off the restaurant courtyard but very, very private. Palmers is easily the best/classiest restaurant and bar in San Marcos (It was even back when I was in school). We enjoyed some great hand crafted cocktails and food in the bar area. Kristen was a great host and communicated with us very well from the time we made our reservation and throughout our stay. We plan to stay there on our upcoming visit in August, and whenever we can get there for weekend visits. A great find for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Now that is a 5-star review!!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
San Marcos Skyport Austin or San Antonio airports
Nearest Barpub
Palmer's Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Texas State Golf Course, or Quail Creek
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Palmer's Restaurant and Bar

Float down the crystal clear, 72 degree, San Marcos River - we are located just one mile away from Rio Vista Dam.


Rates & Availability

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%

Rates are based on double occupancy. Each additional guest is $10 per guest, per night. Four guests max please.
A one night stay is available.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Heritage Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tiled walk-in shower, fresh towels, hair dryer and amenities
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Two room suite - Queen-size Bed (1) and bath area are separated by a wall/door from suite area with a queen-size sleeper sofa.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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