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The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos Guest House

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


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

More Details

Kristin Sheffield
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 22, 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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Heritage Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • 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 ...
  • limited accessibility ...
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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(53 traveler reviews)

The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos Guest House
average rating of 4.8490567 based on 54 reviews

The property was beautiful, charming, and safe. The furnishings were so nice and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

The Palmers guest house was less than 10 minutes away from every thing my son and I had planned on participating in. The Restauraunt and staff were so accommodating and the bed was the best. The place is perfect for two people with a private car port and little sitting area in the back. Very comfortable, centrally located and it was hard for my son and I to say good bye!! We shall return! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean, well located cottage. Adjoining Palmers restaurant was fabulous too.

  • 4 of 5

Very cute, well maintained cottage with a nice outdoor courtyard. Walking distance to lots. The staff and restaurant were fabulous. Would recommend a weekend stay.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love, love, love this guesthouse! Best in San Marcos!

  • 5 of 5

Second visit to the Palmer Guesthouse and will stay here again and again. House is gorgeous, well kept, and has all the amenities and then some. Beautifully decorated and you cannot beat the location. Walked to Texas State, the square, and all over town. It's my place next time I visit. Kristin is wonderful, very responsive and awesome. My son just finished his freshman year at Texas State and as we move through the next three years, this guesthouse will be my place to stay. And then there's Palmers...... awesome food!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and clean. Conveniently connected to the great Palmer's restaurant. Nice wine, restaurant voucher, and coffee! Kristin is very pleasant.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad Palmer's and the award-winning Palmer's Guest House exceeded your expectations. Come back and see us soon and remember to pick up one of our beautiful new custom stoneware mugs to enjoy Palmer's signature coffee at home!
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Nice, cozy and modern guest home!!

  • 4 of 5

My son and I were traveling through San Marcos, on our Texas Road Trip and we stayed one night in the Palmer Guest House. There were so many things to see and do in San Marcos I wish we could have stayed longer! We went next door to Palmer's for a yummy dinner and enjoyed sitting in the restaurant's courtyard, a red brick patio, decorated with a beautiful center fountain, trees dazzled with little white 'Christmas lights', and walls covered in ivy. My son and I enjoyed the food and our server was quick and so friendly. The house was clean, the bed was very comfortable, and the restroom (shower only) was modern and felt new and clean (included shower gel, shampoo, conditioner). We were only able to get a few channels (may be user error) but there was a DVD player and some DVD's provided (not many kid movies - bet we watched Marley and Me). One tip: look for the covered parking out of the front door; I came in the back and did not even see that there was parking for the house until the next morning, so I just parked at the restaurant lot.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you can come back soon to enjoy the San Marcos River and all of the wonderful places to explore in the Hill Country. Kids love the Wonder World Caverns and a trip to Schlitterbahn too!
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Bulverde, TX

surprise getaway

  • 5 of 5

I planned a surprise weekend getaway for my husband and myself. We stumbled across Palmers 8 years when we met in San Marcos for our 1st date (he lived in Austin and I lived in SA). We fell in love with each other and the restaurant. I was researching places to stay in San Marcos for a getaway and go back to Palmers and somehow found out about the cottage. I was so excited and could not wait to take my husband back there. He was totally blown away by the cottage. It is so quaint and adorable. We love the food at the restaurant as well. I had the pesto pasta with blackened Salmon and he had the trio plate with steak, shrimp and sausage. It was just like we remembered. We went to the falls at Rio Vista damn and had a great afternoon. We plan to re-visit at least once a year if not more often and discover more things in San Marcos. Thanks Kristin for everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you discovered the Palmer's Guest House to make your romantic weekend getaway back to Palmer's PERFECT! We love being able to offer this hidden gem to our best guests and hope to help create many beautiful memories here with you for years to come.
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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

Heritage Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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