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Elegant Historic Landmark - Heart of SoCo District!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Best location! Heart of SoCo, 4 Beds, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 6-8)

Designated a historic landmark by the City of Austin, the c.a. 1937 Castle on the Hill is an excellent example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture. An arcaded porch with steel framed casement windows extends along the front of the house; a smaller porch of identical design is located at the back. The property is also equipped with first-class, luxury amenities such as Viking appliances, central heat & air, security system and high speed internet access.

Located three blocks from the popular entertainment district of South Congress Avenue (SoCo) and one block from Stacy Park, the Castle on the Hill is perfectly situated to meet all your needs! Please visit our Virtual Tour; the link is below.

The Castle on the Hill - behind the scenes: 'The John House,' or more commonly known by the local residents as 'The Castle on the Hill' was featured by the historic preservation committee for the Travis Heights Neighborhood Association for exemplifying the rich, historic architecture of South Austin.

The owner's residence is located in the historic stone cottage south of the main house. Owners are available to provide guests with suggestions on restaurant options, live music venues and much more! We are a perfect home for families and small groups. We do not allow for events other than overnight accommodations.

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Ian Reddy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2016


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Elegant Historic Landmark - Heart of SoCo District!
average rating of 4.980392 based on 51 reviews

Great Everything

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this incredible home with another couple and really enjoyed our time! Great location. Amazing home. Lovely neighborhood. There was plenty of space to unwind in the upstairs living space or the lower level. Enough parking space and extraordinary amenities. The owners were always available to answer questions and to help in any way they could. We'd really love to go back and would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't wait to stay again

  • 5 of 5

The Castle is wonderful and located in a great place, close to main attractions and in a peaceful neighborhood at the same time, a couple blocks from South Congress, a around the corner from a park. We even walked to downtown. You can also take an Uber that takes less than 5 min.

Restaurants and coffee shops nearby are a great start of the day.

Ian and Angela provide not only their incredible home but a lot of information. At the home you´ll find various guides and tours suggestions.

As hosts they were most helpful, and made the booking process easy.

My gratitude and best wishes!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enthusiastically Endorse This Property!!

  • 5 of 5

The Castle on the Hill is a perfect getaway house. It is beautifully appointed with every amenity anyone could want - from handsome comfortable furniture, to a fully equipped kitchen. We have been to the house twice and it truly feels like a home away from home. The location is perfect - right in Soco but nestled in the cute neighborhood of Travis Heights - and in walking distance to everything. I enthusiastically endorse this property! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wow, this place is AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

I have to agree with all the other reviews...EVERYTHING about the place was first class. The location, the amenities, the rooms, everything! The owners, Ian and Anglea, are beyond accommodating and responsive. The house experience was even better than the Austin experience...and that's saying a lot for this incredible city. This is the place!!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great time

  • 5 of 5

Our group of five stayed at this beautiful home for three nights. We were blown away by the beauty and location. I cant stress enough how amazing Angela and Ian were. I highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot In AUSTIN

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 spent almost one week in this incredible home. The experience was exactly what we had hoped for. We especially liked having a full kitchen where we could make meals at home as one of my children has some special dietary needs. The home is very grand and a real historic and iconic home in the neighborhood.

The property was very elegant and well maintained. The furniture and amenities were exceptional. The location is really central and so many of the places on our to see in South Congress -- and all were reachable by foot. The neighborhood is safe and offers plenty to do, day or night. I can recommend this place, hands down. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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South Congress Avenue, better known as SoCo, is the vibrant arts and entertainment district south of the river. Swing dance at the famous Continental Club or eat some of the best Mexian food in town at Guerros Taco Bar, its all just a stone's throw away from one of the most unique residences in all of Austin -- The Castle on the Hill. Walk one block in the other direction and enter Stacy Park, designed with a public spring fed lap pool on one side and children’s spring fed wading pool and playground on the other. Walking trails weave throughout and lead toward the famous Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail where you will find access to all the outdoor activities imaginable, including canoeing, sculling, kayaing, jogging, and mountain biking. Whether your search involves a raucus night of live music, an outdoor exploration of Austin or just a quiet evening on the veranda, the Castle on the Hill provides a tranquil retreat nestled in the heart of it all.


Rates & Availability

South Congress House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 6 2017 - Mar 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Payment Processing $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

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South Congress House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs WC - toilet , tub , shower , Separate cast iron bathtub and walk-in shower
    Dowstairs WC - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot bathtub with shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Fireplace Bedroom - 1 queen
    Main Floor Bedroom - 1 double
    City View Bedroom - 1 queen , Balcony Room
    Balcony Bedroom - 1 queen , Balcony Suite
  • The Balcony Suite has a cozy side balcony that is entered through French doors and overlooks the carriage house and south lawn. The Tree House Suite is tucked away in the northwest corner of the house and is shaded by a canopy of trees just outside the bedroom windows. At night the beautiful Austin skyline is visible through the north windows. The Meditation Suite overlooks the front balcony to the east and the meditation pond to the north, creating a wonderful contrast to the city skyline just above the trees. The Fireplace Suite has the original fireplace and windows that overlook the south lawn and front balcony. The Main Floor Bedroom is located on the first floor and overlooks the front porch and meditation pond. Please visit our Virtual Tour!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
By request, extra charge: Private Chef (Vegetarian or Vegan Chef also available), in-home massage, private or group yoga lessons (2 blocks from property), and housekeeping service. The south lawn is encircled with an array of beautiful trees and landscaping, from Monterrey Oaks to Possumhaws. The house is equipped with a full security system (and includes motion, glass break, door and window detectors), central air central heat, golf clubs, iPod docking station, CD and DVD library, Bose Stereo System, and an HD 42” flat screen television. All kitchen appliances are Viking, including the Professional Series Viking 48” Custom Sealed Burner Range (with warming oven) for all of those culinary enthusiasts.

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