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Welcome to Nini's Cozy Cottage: Spring Special for kids and friendly pets!

University Hills and Windsor Park, Austin, TX, USA
  • Cottage
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

Centrally located, kid and pet friendly, privacy fence in backyard with patio!

Nini's Cozy Cottage is an adorable haven in a neighborhood of native gardens, mature trees and dog walkers, yet close to local Eats, Drinks & Music. Just up 183 from the airport, we are centrally located for easy access to all of Austin and its many attractions. We have a private backyard, including a deck with table and chairs to enjoy your morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. We have a variety of toys, books and games for your kids and we welcome friendly pets!

Nini's invites you into a spacious study, living, and dining room with large closet, swiveling flat screen TV with DVD and ROKU, and large dining room table to spread out a project. Set up your laptop at the table and enjoy the WIFI. Extra sleeping space for two in the living room on the full size eight inch futon couch. Relax with a book in the gliding rocking chair!

The bedroom has locking french doors with blackout curtains and sheers, queen size bed with three inch memory foam topper and a plethora of pillows, hooks for clothing, suitcase and drawer space, alarm clock, ambient lighting and blackout curtains and sheers on the windows.

The Euro-style kitchenette includes sink, stove, dishwasher, mini-fridge, microwave, dishes, cutlery, blender, coffeemaker and complementary coffee from local roaster. The bathroom features a working bidet and walk in shower with handrails. All linens included. Ceiling fans throughout. New AC and Heater will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

Guests have their own front door entrance and will be provided with a key. We also have a back door, deck with table and chairs and a small back yard for our guests, their children and dogs. We just installed a six foot privacy fence and guests may exit the back yard through the gate leading to the front yard.

Children and infants welcome. Driveway parking available. Smoking allowed on back porch. Please respect the earth and use the streamline recycling bins located next to the trash cans!

Nini's Cozy Cottage is fully licensed with the City of Austin OL#(hidden). 15% State and Local Hotel Occupancy tax collected and paid.


Gretchen Smith

Member Since 2016
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Response time:
within two days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Gretchen Smith

I have been honored to live in the exciting and ever changing city of Austin since 1990 and have been enjoying the myriad of cultural festivities, arts and social activism that the capital has to offer! I have a degree in Environmental Science and started a Rain Garden business called Wetlands In Waiting in 2015. My passion is creating beautiful sustainable butterfly gardens that are naturally watered by rainfall!

Gretchen Smith purchased this Cottage in 2016

Why Gretchen Smith chose University Hills

When I bought this home, I immediately began to plant hardy Texas native plants which attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the yard. The backyard at Nini's is planted with tangerine Esperanza, periwinkle Plumbego, pink and raspberry Salvias, crimson red Crepe Myrtle tree, yellow Four O'clocks, edible red Chile Pequin, and pink and yellow Lantana.

What makes this Cottage unique

Sunrise filtering through the tall trees in the back offers the perfect background for your morning coffee on the back porch... Morning sun can be enjoyed in the bedroom or blocked out by dark curtains. The dining room table can be expanded for an extra large project or family gathering. Setting sunlight illuminates the living room and the study for an enjoyable evening in. A glass of wine in the moonlight in the private bakyard can be the perfect ending to your day!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4


          • 1 Bathroom


                • Away From It All


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          Driveway parking
                        • Towels Provided


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Kid friendly dishes included. Knives and cutting board.
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Pantry Items
                              Blender, large bowls, pots and pans, sports bottles, tupperware included.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Antique dining table has leaves to expand it for a large project or family gathering.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                      Adult and kid books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Kid games and puzzles
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      Nini's Cozy Cottage Pandora
                                    • Television
                                    • Toys
                                      Toys for a variey of ages


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Grass lawn with butterfly attracting native flowering plants.


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • smoking allowed
                                              Smoking allowed on the back patio.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Massage


                                                    • library
                                                    • arboretum
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • synagogues
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • boating
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • horseshoes
                                                        • miniature golf
                                                        • outlet shopping
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • shuffleboard
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • water tubing

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  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.

                                                                  6 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Cozy cottage

                                                                  Jessica D.

                                                                  Perfect place to bring the dogs along with you

                                                                  great value

                                                                  Steven L.

                                                                  Wonderful space. Owner was very proactive making sure all our needs were met.

                                                                  Clean, comfy and quiet

                                                                  BONNIE U.

                                                                  This is our second stay at Nini's Cozy Cottage- I think that says it all! Good location, comfy bed, clean, with very thoughtful touches- coffee, tissues, a very usable kitchen, off street parking- we'll be back!


                                                                  Pamela T.

                                                                  So convenient to get wherever you need to go. As a previous review stated. The bed is amazingly comfortable. The shower was also awesome. I enjoyed having the outdoor space. The weather was perfect for sitting on the deck. Small beautiful backyard for my dog. Much more relaxing than a hotel. And same cost! I recommend.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so glad that you were comfortable and enjoyed your stay! Hope to see you again here at Nini's Cozy Cottage!


                                                                  Rebecca K.Hull

                                                                  Very nice property. Met our needs very well. Especially nice having small fenced backyard for our little dog. The place was very clean and very well stocked.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Becca and Charles were fantastic guests! Super nice and excellent to communicate with... Happy to be a part of the New Baby in the Family excitement: Congrats again to these doting Grandparents! Would definitely recommend them as guests and hope to see them back at Nini's Cozy Cottage again!

                                                                  Cozy Austin cottage that is perfectly located!

                                                                  Lisa W.

                                                                  My family stayed here for a weekend getaway to Austin to catch up with friends. The property is located in a very Austin neighborhood and it was super easy to get everywhere we wanted to go from this location. The cottage was quiet and very comfy. My toddler especially loved the toys and puzzles and was upset when we asked him to leave to go to play at the Thinkery! The owner is very helpful and responsive via text. She provided us coffee and cream to help us get going in the morning. Long story short, this is a great place for a small family with a little one and in a great location. I hate leaving such a great review because I would like it to stay as my secret Austin spot.

                                                                  Owner's Response:


                                                                  You are too sweet! I'm so glad the toys worked out! You guys were great and I hope to see you again in the future!

                                                                  Sincerely, Gretchen


                                                                  University Hills and Windsor Park, Austin, TX, USA

                                                                  Austin is a mecca of International foods and specialty microbrews, Hill Country wines and local spirit distillaries. Nini's cozy cottage is close to many restaurants including Ethiopian, Salvadorian, Thai, Sushi, Indian, Chinese, Hondoran, Cuban, Southern Down Home and of course, Tex Mex and BBQ. We are close to the Mueller District with HEB grocery store and many stores and restauants. Guests can walk around the block to take a 30 minute busride downtown for a green option leading to the State Capital, museums, the boardwalk and lake trails, and the infamous 6th Street for bars, discos and live music!


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