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Beautiful Lake House on 200 acre Family Ranch-Amazing Views-Private Creek-Wi-Fi

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

We now have Wi Fi!

Come enjoy this beautiful house on our 260 acre, rural, four generation family ranch. Located right on Lake Austin next to 1000's of acres of wildlife preserve, only 20 miles from downtown Austin.

This 2,500 sq. ft. house, which is only a 2 minute walk to Lake Austin, has 3 bedrooms with 2 baths. All bedrooms have breathtaking lake views and large balconies.

Enjoy a beautiful cove for swimming, a picnic area under ancient oaks and a playground for children.

Catch bass right off our dock, where you can also tie up your boat or enjoy excellent birdwatching.

The house has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, 54' flat screen with DVD and Blue-ray, a fireplace and an elevator for wheelchair use (upon request).

We can sleep up to six people with 1 king size bed, 1 full size sleeper sofa and 3 twin beds. Both bathrooms are equipped with spacious bathtubs.

The only permanent residences on site are those of the owners, and are 100 or more yards away, allowing you to enjoy blissful privacy.

This house is not intended for large gatherings, parties, or as an events center, but is perfect for family vacations, work retreats, or simply getting away from the city to enjoy the quieter side of life.

We know ya'll will enjoy this sanctuary on Lake Austin as much as we do!

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Patricia Ann Murfin
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Patricia Ann Murfin

I, Pam Murfin, and my life partner of 45 years, Don Gardner, are both Texas natives who have lived on Horseshoe Bend Ranch, full time, for over 35 years.

During the course of this time we have raised two magnificent daughters, hundreds of animals and spent a good portion of our lives stewarding this land.

Don is a certified consulting arborist with over 40 years experience.

Our interests run far and wide, but we are happiest when sitting on the porch with a glass of ice tea surrounded by our loved ones.

Patricia Ann Murfin purchased this house in 1951

Why Patricia Ann Murfin chose Hill Country

Horseshoe Bend Ranch was purchased by William Minor Murfin, my father (Pam), when I was six.

Since that time it has been a piece of my heart.

I grew up riding horses over these hills and water skiing on this sparkling lake.

When I was a child we would drink water straight from the lake!

This beautiful hillside, overlooking the Colorado River (Lake Austin), was once a camp for Comanche natives and countless unnamed tribes before them.

We have found hundreds of arrow heads and artifacts in evidence of this.

The creek, a breathtaking natural limestone waterway that runs the length of the property, was once home to hundreds of honeybee colonies. Hence the name Honey Creek.

Ancient native live oaks, pecans and junipers tower overhead, offering shade on this ranch named after the unique geographical location in which it is found.

At one time our land was used for farming cattle, turkeys and Angora goats. Now our focus has turned to wildlife preservation. We are allowing the native vegetation to return, creating natural habitats for local fauna.

This has helped foster an already amazing refuge for birdlife, making the property a perfect place for birdwatching. We are home to the endangered Golden Cheeked Warbler.

This 260 acre, 4 generation property, is a one of a kind, true gem, amongst some of the last undeveloped Texas hill country.

What makes this house unique

First and foremost...beautiful Lake Austin, which is always cool and fresh. The perfect getaway for boating, swimming and fishing. Also, Horseshoe Bend Ranch has a stunning natural secluded cove, perfect for swimming, which leads up to the quintessential hill country limestone creek.

Picnic under ancient live oaks.

Enjoy the wildlife and excellent birdwatching among native plants and abundant wildflowers in spring.

The entire house has a breathtaking view of Lake Austin, the bend in the river for which our ranch was named and the 1000 plus acre natural preserve that borders our property.

In the heat of the day rest in the cool house and at night cozy up by the fire place.

You can enjoy the full front balconies with epic daytime views and unparalleled star gazing at night.

We are but minutes from all amenities and only 20 miles from downtown Austin, but you will feel like you are on your own private piece of Hill Country paradise.


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(22 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Lake House on 200 acre Family Ranch-Amazing Views-Private Creek-Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Great ranch house. Dream spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday here. The living area was a great place to cook, play games and watch tv. We cooked almost every meal and the kitchen was set up to make thAt easy. My sons loved the big lawn for tossing football and playing basketball. The lake was fun. My kids even swam. Very very private and relaxing

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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A Piece of Solitude and Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Off the beaten path, down the dirt road, on the south side of Lake Austin less traveled amidst beautiful rolling hills you will find a piece of solitude and beauty. Nature trails, a small boat dock to keep a boat and the perfect part of Lake Austin less traveled.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Beautiful, scenic property in great location.

  • 5 of 5

Our family truly enjoyed every minute of our stay at the lakehouse. The house offered everything we needed and more! We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

The listing description was very accurate and the property was well maintained and clean. There are only two bathrooms however a lot of space and mirrors to accommodate a larger group. The customer service was stellar and they were extremely responsive and reachable. I would definitely recommend this to my friends or family!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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What a Gem!

  • 5 of 5

My family and i just got back from a weekend at Horseshoe Bend ranch (2 adults and four 18-20 year olds). Everyone had a great time. We wish we could have stayed longer! The house is lovely, very clean and comfortable. The property is beautiful and VERY secluded. Even though it was hot (summer in Texas!), we were lucky enough to see a deer, a roadrunner and lots of other birds. We don't have a boat, but really enjoyed swimming and floating in the lake with inner tubes. Evenings were so quiet and peaceful. It is a great place to send quality time together. We really hope to visit again and stay longer next time.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Unique and secluded

  • 5 of 5

This property has something for everyone. No matter if you are a porch sitter, a water sport person, a fisher person, an outdoor explorer or a sit in the airconditioning and just look out the window at the beautiful views kind of person. This property is so unique in that it is very secluded thanks to the family property surrounding the house. This is the outdoors so expect wildlife (wanted and some maybe not so wanted - but just be aware of your surroundings and enjoy nature!!). The house is very comfortable with tons in amenities!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Car: necessary

Located only five miles away, is the major recreational mecca of Lakeway, on Lake Travis.

Offering everything from scuba diving, boating, water skiing and sailing to golf, tennis and health spas.

Austin, the live music capital of the world, is only 20 miles away. Here you'll find world renowned festivals such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits Festival. As well as hundreds of excellent restaurants and live music every day of the week.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Damage Protection deposit of 200 dollars will be returned upon completion of stay given there has been no damage occurred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • Main Bathroom is very spacious with a luxurious bathtub, that has a charming view of the garden. Second bathroom also has a luxurious bathtub perfect for soaking.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main Bedroom - 1 king
    2nd Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    3rd Bedroom - 1 twin/ single
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • All bedrooms have sliding glass doors that open onto spacious balconies with epic lake views. There are tables and chairs for lounging or enjoying meals.
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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