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The Famous FloatHouse

Bedrooms 3
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 Notes:

1. We really prefer direct conversation with our guests, but HomeAway now forbids that. Please visit our website before booking. Type: Float House Austin or similar.

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

3. It's a cabin. No granite countertops, no big screen TV with all the channels.

4. Not "toddler friendly", but our toddlers absolutely love it!

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, the best-value rental on Lake Travis. It's so unique the Austin Statesman did a three page story on us. Pics and words just don't do justice.

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 3-4x'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.

On the front, there's a large deck with an oversized picnic table that's in the shade for most of the hot afternoons. The breeze is almost always blowing. 100° in August? - no sweat. Very few, if any mosquitoes. 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.) There's a balcony above with two hammocks.

The rope swing is king - undoubtedly the best in Texas - it will take your breath away (it still does mine after thousands of times). We have a canoe and two novice kayaks. There's a water slide, and a float pad. Inside, there's a full size 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. The moon rises can be exquisite.

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. "The owners have thought of everything" is another.

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.We are 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. It’s a flood control reservoir, and you have to build above the flood plain. 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. Especially 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 “trip organizer” - "book it dano" - you will be the hero. Trust me.

Rick & Ann

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Rick DuRapau
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Rick 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.

Rick DuRapau purchased this house in 2003

Why Rick DuRapau chose Trails End At Lake Travis

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
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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.
  • 3 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
  • Three full-sized bedrooms - not like the bedrooms on a House Boat. The den has a queen size sleeper sofa.
  • 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.


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The Famous FloatHouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Best place on Lake Travis

  • 5 of 5

The Float House is always incredible. I've been 5 times and am already planning my next trip. Thanks Ann and Rick!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Stay!

  • 5 of 5

The DuRapau's have thought out everything needed for an incredible stay! A place to dock your boat, challenging rope swing, slide, fish light, fire pit, great showers, plenty of sleeping room, fishing poles, pool table, completely furnished, including items you may forget to bring! We caught everything from Perch, Catfish, Bass and even a snapping Turtle. Almost caught a Gar! I am sure I am forgetting to mention something but we had an incredible stay and will definitely return! Thank you Ann and Kenrick!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful place!!! Being right on the water and being able to dock your boat right at the house is a super plus!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome experience

  • 5 of 5

The Famouse Float House is a unique, one of a kind place! Ann and Rick are great host and we will definitely visit again!! Thanks for the great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Float House for two nights for my daughter's 18th birthday and I know it will be one she won't forget! The house had everything you could need and was very spacious. My daughter and her friends LOVED the rope swing, fishing at night and playing shuffleboard and pool. It was really a wonderful stay on beautiful Lake Travis. We definitely would rent it again! The owners were very sweet and thought of every little detail to make our stay enjoyable. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Floathouse is the best!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a wonderful long weekend at The Floathouse! The owners have really put a lot of thought into making the best rental on the lake. They are at a great spot on the lake - not a ton of boats or other people around - even on Memorial Day! The rope swing is very fun too! We had a blast. Overall, the property is well thought out, has everything you could need, and is really just the best. I would stay here again in a heartbeat and found it to be a great value for the amount of people we could comfortably fit. Thanks Ann!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 6.0%

Note: Summer 2 Night Stays OK in mid-week, if that's all that's 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.