|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
This charming property is centrally located, just north of downtown & UT campus and right next door to the new Dell Children's Hospital. Two parks (with playgrounds, tennis courts, and pool) within walking distance. Bus stop one block from rental - on the bus route to UT. Distance to local attractions: 2.7 miles to University of Texas, 3.6 miles to 6th Street (downtown music district), 3.9 miles to Austin Convention Center, 5.9 miles to Zilker park (location of ACL). Butler cottage comes with a fully equipped kitchen, high speed wireless, fenced in yard, and tons of personality. It is ideal for corporate rentals, visiting family/friends, UT fans (great access to the stadium), music festivals (SXSW & ACL), or just getting to know Austin.
City Wildlife!: Our neighborhood boasts a family of Peacocks. They roam freely and are usually wandering through our and our neighbor's yards in the morning and early afternoon. Their distinct calls can be heard from the trees where they perch in the evenings.
We are Rob and Reyna. We are an Austin couple with 2 kids, a dog, and a cat. Before the kids came, we traveled a lot and used VRBO almost exclusively. So, when we found a house with an attached studio, it seemed natural to rent it out as a vacation rental.
Reyna Bishop purchased this studio in 2005
We live in the house connected to the studio. This is an advantage in many ways. Not only are we more accessible to our guests, but we have a closer connection to the house. It is an old house (1940s) with all the charms and problems that come with that. The neighborhood is friendly and walkable and we love the proximity to downtown Austin.
You cannot find a better place for the price and location. This cottage is located on Airport Blvd and I-35, which only puts you within minutes from downtown Austin or North Austin. I've stayed at this place a few times and always happy with my accomodations. Love the privacy and the "austin vibe" to this little cottage. As a frequent business traveler, having homey feel to my lodging such as Butler cottage is a fresh alternative to bland hotel rooms with fluroscent lightings and stained sheets. I love doing Austin weekends and this cottage always assures me a cool stay for my budget
First off I procrastinated and didn't book the place until 2 days before my scheduled time, but they took care of me right away and had me booked fast.
The place was nice and quiet perfect for a little get away.
There really was peacocks and peahens walking around the neighborhood which was nice.
The place was nice and clean.
It had plenty of dished to cook for yourself (which we did) and plenty of supplies to last the weekend.(Soap/shampoo/conditioner/dishes/paper towels/toiletpaper)
overall I loved it and will recommend this spot to anyone looking to get away.
This spot is perfect for a couple but no room for not for anymore that 2 people.
From the moment my husband and I arrived we felt at home. It was such an adorable studio! It reminded me of living back home in Atlanta and Decatur, GA. Very quaint and relaxing. We brought our bikes with us, so it was super easy to get to 6th street and South Congress. We ate brunch and shopped then rode our bikes back. It felt like we lived there and felt really natural. No pressure of seeing a front desk clerk and having to be around other people in lobby when arriving at a hotel. The entry is very private and feels like a standalone home. When we didn't bike we took a cab to downtown area which only costs around $15 each way. I loved the windows in the bedroom!! So beautiful. The best part about the neighborhood is the roaming peacocks! We went for an early walk and saw a couple of them :) Very COOL! I'm super jealous and now want to live here, but we've decided this our new home away from home. Thank you for keeping it so nice and letting us stay here!
Quiet, private, peaceful property. Very comfortable bed. Super internet and cable service. Excellent, flexible host and nice spot for our dogs!
I suck at making my mind up about things, so as per usual I found this rental that fit our needs and then spent like 3 days looking at others, only to end up coming back to my first choice ! Glad I did because it was exactly what I was looking for in a rental, cozy, convenient, full kitchen, enclosed yard for our dog etc.
It's in a really nice neighborhood that's not far from the freeway, supermarket, other shopping if that's your thing. There are these cool peacocks that roam around which I love ! Reyna had told me that they roost in the trees, so I was thinking oh, like an apple tree ? No ! about 150/200 yards up in the tallest tree in the street ! Crazy :) My dog just stood there stunned, she hadn't seen a bird that big before :) I met Reyna on the Saturday morning over the garden fence while I was on the deck drinking coffee and she was gardening on the other side with her girls. She's really nice, down to earth and is ready to help out with anything you might need. I actually brought some knives and spatulas and a chopping board from my kitchen that I thought maybe the rental wouldn't have, but actually it had everything. And also there is coffee and a selection of tea. There's also plenty of sheets, towels, toilet paper etc.
It's a convenient size for two with a small dog. I loved throwing the curtains back in the morning to get all that lovely sunlight in, and there are squirrels :D I got an awesome photo of one in the tree outside the bedroom window, just posing for the camera.
I wouldn't hesitate to come back here again, especially since I totally messed up and got our checkout date wrong ! Don't be that guy ! :/ Fortunately, she wasn't expecting anyone that day, and after my profuse apologies to Reyna and her cleaning crew, we we able to pay to stay that extra night with no problem :) I feel bad I didn't pop in to say goodbye in person, but it was back to school week for the family and I didn't want to take up their time. All in all, really pleasant stay and I felt safe leaving our dog in there while were out househunting :)
My wife and I were staying at the Butler Studios for a month while she was doing some work at the nearby hospital. We had quite a few unexpected things happen that made the stay a little less than pleasant, but the owners responded to all of them very quickly and courteously.
We didn't expect was the 'liveliness' of the peacocks roaming the neighborhood. They caw out around 5:30AM and again in the evenings around dusk. One of them was seen walking up and down my car and scratched the door with his beak :( There was some peacock eggs right near the entrance of the studio and a few of them got smashed and started to stink. The owners cleaned that up for us promptly.
Another thing I ran into was an abundance of small critters in the apartment. I smashed a few large roaches while I was there. I think the owners were experiencing the same thing though because I saw an exterminator spraying the perimeter of the studio and their house.
The AC went out for a couple of nights while we were there. The owners had a repair man come out very quickly and we realized it was because we were putting the temperature too low at night. As long as we kept it above 72 deg, it worked just fine. We appreciated the owners swift response b/c no AC during the summer nights is rough.
When my wife was working nights, there was some heavy construction going on right outside the studio. They would begin construction around 7AM, which was only an hour after she got home and got to sleep. We ended up having to go stay with a friend so she could get some sleep. That was more of a case of wrong place, wrong time and there wasn't anything the owners could really do about that.
Lastly, on the final night we were there, someone had stolen the spare tire from the back of my wife's vehicle. The owners didn't have to but they helped pay for the loss.
We did love the location of the studio. It was very close to my wife's work and I liked how close it was to the main part of town. The bed was very comfortable and having TIVO was pretty nice. There was a lot of natural light and the kitchen has just about everything you need to cook a meal. We felt the price was very reasonable and the owners really do everything they can to make your stay a comfortable one.
I think we had a case of just being pretty unlucky during our time there. I believe the owners when they say that most of those things have never happened. Give Butler Studios a shot, just watch out for the peacocks.
Butler Studio is in Delwood II nieghborhood, just adjacent to the new Mueller Development. Mueller, once the site of Austin's Airport, is now a thriving Green community with shops, restaurants, food trailers, and a Sunday Farmer's Market all within walking distance.
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2 night minimum stay
|Notes||Rates may vary for special events such as SXSW, ACL, and Formula One. Weekly rate - $575, $1450/month. 15% tax applies to stays less than 30 days and a one time $30 cleaning fee applies to all rentals.|
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