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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:
May 23, 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
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome
  • 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! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

The Great Getaway in Central San Marcos Guest House
average rating of 4.86 based on 51 reviews

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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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Fantastic and Perfect little place

  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and I had to come into town for a wedding and though the weekend was a bit of a rush we loved the location and amenities of this little place. Everything was nice, well laid out, all of the little details seemed as if they had been thought of, and everything was very clean. We would highly recommend this location. Plus the accompanying certificate you get to use at the fantastic restaurant next door was well worth it and a great added bonus. We had planned to leave early Sunday morning and miss our chance at getting to use it but instead decided to stay for a little longer and are so glad we did. Restaurant was amazing and the manager came over to our table to check and make sure our whole weekend (stay and the food) had been fantastic.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful weekend getaway! The best way to top off any great weekend is Sunday brunch at Palmer's! Come back soon!
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Palmers guest house is hard to beat!

  • 4 of 5

Stayed at a lot of different places when visiting San Marcos and this was by far the best. If it's available during your dates book it - quick! Comfortable and convenient. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Palmer's Guest House is a hidden gem. It is smart to book early, especially for the shows put on by our award-winning TXST theater department that is now proudly ranked as #6 in the nation! Hope to see you back again soon!
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Thumbs up!

  • 5 of 5

Complimentary wine, real coffee & big shower. Nice.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Palmer's proudly serves the best locally-roasted coffee in town. Hope you got to try some in our new hand thrown stoneware mugs during Sunday Brunch at Palmer's!
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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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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