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The Famous FloatHouse on Lake Travis

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-14)

Owners Note: Don't be misled by the lack of reviews. It's just not our style to ask for a review - we’re old school - but our guest book is over-flowing with over-glowing comments. We've had many hundreds of rentals with near zero complaints. We've been on VRBO since it's infancy - back when it was truly peer-to-peer.

Now, of course, everyone's going to say their place is the best. But I'm telling you, this is truly the most unique, the coolest and the best-value rental on Lake Travis. It's what I say every time we go out there. It's so unique the Austin Statesman did a three page story on us.

Part House Boat ~ Part Lakefront Cabin, but so much better than both. It’s kinda like a houseboat but a whole lot cheaper (like about 4x's cheaper) and a whole lot better. It’s a two-story, three-bedroom, full-size (smallish) house, with all the amenities, that floats on the water.

There's a large deck on the front that's in the shade for most of the hot afternoons. The breeze is almost always blowing. 100° in August? - no sweat. Mosquitoes are rare for some reason. The land across our cove is natural preserve, so it feels isolated. Lots of boat parking along side the house. (several guests have said that next time they’re not going to bring their boat, because they never wanted to leave.)

The moon rises are exquisite. The rope swing is undoubtedly the best in Texas - it will take your breath away as it still does mine after thousands of times. There's a full size indoor shuffleboard table, a pool table and lots of games. The underwater fish light attracts tons of fish to watch (or catch if you must). It sets off a beautiful green glow.

Top to bottom, it's designed for fun. You will absolutely fall in love with this place - everybody does. Awesome is the most commonly used word in our guest book.

A great location. We are one of the closest-in waterfront locations on the less developed “North Side” of the lake. 13 minutes to Walmart, HEB, et al, et al, et al. 45 to downtown, 60 to the airport, yet so secluded.

The house is the first place inside a no-wake zone on the “Big Sandy” arm. You have quick access to the main body without all the annoying traffic & commotion.

If you know Lake Travis, you know it’s a great lake, but you know it’s a bitch to get to the water. That’s because it’s a flood control reservoir, and you have to build above the flood plain (a minimum of 3 stories). The water is either way down a steep cliff, or way out a shallow slope. Not here. Park your car at the shore's edge, and walk down some steps (15 average - more in a drought - less when full) to the house. Out on the water, and need a beer? It's 10' to the 'fridge. Sweet. Tie your boat to the side of the house. When you are ready to get-out-on-the-lake, heck, you’re already there.

The FloatHouse is booked solid in the summer, but actually the fringes are the best. Hot enough for swimming by day, and cold enough for a fire at night is as good as it gets. Plus, no one is out - it’s so deserted. Winter is amazing, too. Great for holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving

While its the perfect place for families or extended families, it’s also beyond the perfect place for bachelor/ette type groups. We are somewhat unique in the business to allow these types of groups. Most places ban them. We don’t, because the FloatHouse is just so darned perfect for these types. No driving, and lots of fun things to do. We rarely have regrets.

If you are the hapless “trip organizer” - "book it dano" - you will be the hero. Trust me.


We have a whole lot more information on our website. VRBO hides the link way, way, way down the page - just above Property Photos - where it says 'CLICK HERE - Our Website: More Info.

More Details

Ann DuRapau
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2017

About Ann DuRapau

Ann & Rick DuRapau. Mid 60's, married 40 years, two kids, 6 grand kids (best thing ever). Rick's an inventor type, and new product designer (i.e. he invented the original, black & yellow, plastic folding sawhorse). Inventors tend to see things different than most. The house reflects that. The amazing Ann stays busy, mostly just having fun.

Ann DuRapau purchased this house in 2004

Why Ann DuRapau chose Jonestown

We had a place just around the bend in the late 90's. We wanted something closer to the water that didn't face west. Rick went into his realtor friend's office, and pointed to a spot on the big map on the wall. "If I could have any place on the lake it would be right" Realtor said "funny you should mention that, we just got the listing today". Beautiful cove, first property towards the lake, natural area across cove, great breezes, it's perfect.

What makes this house unique

It's a floating house, and that would be enough. But, the rope swing, the pool table, the shuffleboard table, the layout, the overhang for shade, etc, all make it even better.


Trails End At Lake Travis House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bath Downstairs - toilet
    Upstairs Full Batroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Outdoor shower with hot/cold water.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , There is a kit to convert the two twins into a king.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , There is a kit to convert twins to king.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Twins are a trundle that can be converted to King
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full/Double with brand new mattress.
  • Three full-sized bedrooms - not like the bedrooms on a House Boat.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shuffleboard
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The Ultimate Lake House, Open Floor Plan, Cozy but Spacious Dining Nook (10ish), Indoor Shuffle Board, Poker Table & Chips, binoculars, fishing poles, pontoon boat possibly available for rent.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

The Famous FloatHouse on Lake Travis
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house is AMAZING and Ann is wonderful, if you love life in general this house is more than worth it! The rope swing is safe and geared for all levels of swinging from first time kids to Tarzan... the lake is calm and quiet, theres games.... really exceeded anything I had hoped for.. Thank you so much ANN!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely awesome

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing and we had the best fishing trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Living in Austin, the Float House has become the best vacation home-away-from home place for my friends & I. It's the perfect place to get away from the city, enjoy the outdoors, have a get-together with friends, or celebrate birthdays and holidays. Ann & Rick are amazing hosts... they always make sure the house is ready for us, and it always has everything we need - just bring food, drinks, and friends! The highlight of the Float House has always been the rope swing as it's like no other with 3 different levels to jump from. I love waking up on the lake to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee - and saying hello to the local fishermen that come out early when the lake is calm and peaceful. My friends & I look forward to our annual trip out to the Float House every spring or fall - and sometimes the occasional winter too. This unique, amazingly awesome place will forever have a place in my heart!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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AWESOME. Highlight of every summer!

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Ann and Rick's amazing Float House every year since 2005, and we literally cannot imagine a summer without it at this point. Countless fond memories with friends and family. The DuRapau's are excellent hosts who have thought of everything for a fantastic stay at this place. It's something that we talk about for months leading up to every summer - this year we were itching for our Float House time so badly, we booked twice in one summer! Ann and Rick, thank you for allowing this place to be such a big part of our lives over the years - we'll keep coming back as long as you'll have us!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Float House. We highly recommend the property and would love to come back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Ever!

  • 5 of 5

Best ever! You dream of going back! So relaxing yet so much FUN!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Since we are a house on the water, with so much to do, most people never leave. Indoor Shuffleboard, Pool Table, the Amazing Rope Swing, Underwater Fishing Light, Plus all the Usual Lake Activities


Rates & Availability

Trails End At Lake Travis House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%

Note: Summer 2 Night Stays OK in mid-week, if only available.
Note: Children under 15 - no additional guest fee.
Note: "bachelor party" - $150 additional impact fee.
Spring Break: High Season rates apply.
Memorial Week End, Fourth July Week End and Labor Day Week End: Add $100 per night.

$500 Deposit down, Pay full amount upon arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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