About the property
- House2500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
Historic Tarrytown Residence along Lake Austin/ Scenic Drive:
This historic Tarrytown residence, built in the fashion of a normandy farm house in 1906, boasts a spacious stone structure adorned with hand-hewn beams and rare old-growth-long-leaf-pine-wood floors and cedar timber pillars. The living room is accented by a two-story stone fireplace and is flooded with light from a wall of windows in the adjacent sunroom. A large wet bar greets the kitchen entry and additional dining space. The large stone courtyard is outfitted with a fire place set the stage for relaxing nights outside and easy entertaining. The courtyard and backyard are shaded by a canopy of live-oaks while the perimeter of the property is surrounded by stone fencing that exude the comfort and seclusion of unique old world living.
***Also located on the property is a smaller cottage suitable for 2-3 guests which is HomeAway property #3694617 if you are trying to group guests together using both homes or possibly looking for a smaller property.
The property's grand limestone exterior exemplifies old Austin stone architecture. When the rubble filled dam broke on lake Austin around 1900 the shores were lined with large chunks of limestone. Subsequently many of the houses on the eastern side of lake Austin were constructed with limestone from the lake shores.
The home and its out-outbuildings were built in 1906 by Judge Batts after whom ‘Batts Hall' at the University of Texas was named. He was a Texas Supreme Court Justice famous for creating the Texas railroad commission. Mrs. Batts was an artist and the first director of the University of Texas Art Department. The building known as the ‘cottage’ was built as a weekend retreat for the judge and his wife. Her paintings of flowers can still be seen on the original hand-hewn beams on the lower floor of the cottage.
Once a B&B the property quickly became a favored honey-moon retreat and was voted ‘Austin's most romantic retreat'. With many movies were being produced in the Austin area actors and film makers have stayed at the property of the likes of, Luke Wilson (‘The Wendell Baker Story’), producer Linda Obst (‘Hope Floats’), and Peter Berg while writing the screen play for ‘Friday Night Lights' and most recently Ryan Gosling while filming ‘Song to Song’.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
We first stayed at the house as renters via Homeaway two and a half years ago. We loved the property so much that we purchased the home in December and are carrying on the rental legacy. We hope that you will enjoy the house's heartwarming soul as much as we have!
Corinne purchased this House in 2013
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great place to stay. Felt right at home!
Great location, home and owner.
Scott, we loved having you stay with us! Kyle is indeed the dog whisper 🙂. Y’all were the perfect guests! Thank you you for taking such good care of the house.
What a gem!
This home is like a fairytale and the location is breathtaking! Nestled under oak trees on the Colorado River we found ourselves relishing in the charm of this homestead with the most delightful patio. Corinne is the most precious host. We usually spend all of our time out and about but this weekend we found ourselves not wanting to leave the patio. Thank you----we will definitely be back. (We will miss Arlo, Bobbo and your sweet short term house guest, Janelle.
Tracy, it was such a delight having you, Bill, and the kids stay with us! Thank you for treating the house as if it were your own and for enjoying it! Sharing the property with good people like you are what it’s all about to us. We can’t wait to have you back!
We had a great Easter weekend. The house is perfect. Very clean and well stocked and equipped. The owners are perfect hosts. We will rent it again!
Libby, thank you for staying with us! It was such a delight hosting you and your boys! We’re so happy the house was the perfect backdrop for your weekend adventures. 💕
This was a perfect place to stay. The home is rustic and beautifull. It had everything that you could ask for. It is close to all Austin has to offer. Corrine was the perfect host. Even loved the neighbors and their puppy Fenway!
Charming, idyllic location with all the comforts of home
Our family of three stayed at this awesome Tarrytown property over Labor Day weekend and had a wonderful time. The home is rustic, beautifully (and comfortably) decorated, and stocked with everything one might need to prepare great meals and take in college football (there are three TVs!). The AC works great, as does the wifi. The beds are super comfy, which is important regardless if your vacation is a day or a week.
While the house and all its amenities were spectacular, the highlight of our trip was our interaction with Corinne. She was a warm, welcoming hostess who helped us make the most of our weekend, suggesting boat rental companies and running routes for our active family. We were particularly delighted to confirm that the cottage across the courtyard was the location of our engagement over 21 years ago! It's wonderful to have such a history with this beautiful property and its owners. The welcome bottle of wine was put to good use as we toasted our 20-year relationship from the cottage rooftop.
I encourage anyone looking for a unique and memorable Austin experience to rent this property. As with its owner, the home is a true gem.
Everything we hoped for and more!
From the moment we entered through the private gate of this beautiful Scenic Drive home we were transported back in time. The photos are true to the uniqueness of this Home Away gem that delivers in every way. The home is nestled in a safe and beautiful community close to everything we wanted to experience in Austin.
Beautiful, comfortable oversized sofas make the gathering room a place you can relax and just sink into after enjoying a day in city. Enjoying a glass of wine on the deck overlooking Lake Austin in the evening was one of the highlights of the day for my family.
The bedrooms are spacious and decorated beautifully. Comfy beds with hotel quality linens were another welcome treat at the end of a long day.
Three lovely baths with soaker tubs and hot water with consistent strong water pressure was 10/10! Towels galore and wonderful smelling soaps were just another plus.
The kitchen is charming and fully stocked with everything imaginable right down to the gourmet coffee that was such a nice treat in the mornings.
We always love when the owners don't occupy the home so you have the best of both worlds without trying to maneuver around personal items.
Every nook and cranny of this home is such a joy to explore. The courtyard is lovely with a babbling fountain I could sit and listen to for hours.
From my first conversation with Corrine I knew choosing her property to spend our first trip to Austin was going to be something special. I always felt Corrine was available to us if we needed anything even though I only needed to tell her how much we were enjoying our stay. Thank you Corrine for your southern hospitality and your desire to make our stay so memorable. You are the benchmark all vacation rental owners should strive to meet, and I'm counting the days to do it all over again!
Perfectly located for the major downtown Austin events such as ACL and SXSW, as it's an easy bike ride to the Townlake Trail, Mayfield Park, Zilker park. The property is located along Lake Austin just minutes from Austin’s storied Hula Hut and Walsh Landing where there are restaurants and cafes as well as boat docks to put in kayaks, paddle boards, etc. It is a perfect location to be in the middle of downtown, but have peace and quiet at the end of the day!
***Also located on the property is a smaller cottage suitable for 2-3 guests which is Homeaway property #3694617 if you are trying to group guests together using both homes or possibly looking for a smaller property.
Parties and Events: A magnificent ancient live-oak tree shades what may be Austin's finest courtyard/party space.The house and its grounds make a beautiful setting for small parties and special events! Please contact us directly for more details.