"The photos on the listing don't do this property justice. While the description is correct, I feel there is so much more to charm and thoughtful design that has gone into the creation of this gorgeous space. I plan on visiting again the next time we need a spot near downtown Austin. It was so much more restorative than staying in a big fancy hotel downtown like I had originally planned.
The neighborhood is fantastic and does appear to be an eclectic transitional neighborhood. I'm a native Houstonian that has transplanted to an area where those transitional neighborhoods don't exist. In our hometown, we have beautiful Victorian homes and bungalows crumbling because no one is investing in those older areas. It was so refreshing to see revitalization progressing an older neighborhood again.
My three-year-old daughter and I stayed here in late January and loved being able to sleep with all the windows open. Upstairs it feels like you're in the trees. The linens were sumptuous all natural fibers. My daughter and I wanted for nothing during our stay. The tiny fridge and coffee pot was more than adequate. The owner also has provided coffee, tea, sweeteners, oatmeal, and complete place settings for meals. Since we slept with the windows open, we were lucky enough to wake up to the sweet little clucks of laying hens waking from their coop to eat. The property is a little bit bohemian, eclectic, ecologically conscious, but mostly picturesque. It is complete with cottage gardening, rainwater collection, chicken coop, and an apiary on the property. The thoughtfulness of the design made me feel very much at home.
The night we arrived, I met my Aunt at the neighborhood restaurant Salt and Time, and it was everything I hoped for and more. They are a deli and butchery that specializes in pickled items, local sustainable meats, and their vegetables also come from a local co-op. The ice cream place next door, SPUN, was a delicious treat too.
My plan was to check out the next morning and leave my truck parked in the neighborhood. Then ride my bike with my daughter downtown for our event. The bike ride was relatively easy compared to the other options of public transit, traffic, or parking downtown. Google maps provided a great "mostly flat" route to the capital.
The house manager was helpful and kind through the entire booking process and stay. I highly recommend this property to anyone traveling to Austin, Texas."
Guest: Jessica S.
Date of Stay: January 2017
Review Submitted: January 25, 2017