STUNNING COMPOUND ON LAKE TRAVIS IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms6
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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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STUNNING COMPOUND ON LAKE TRAVIS IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

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House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 12-16)

This spectacular vacation compound on Lake Travis can accommodate groups of families or friends. Two authentic 1850's log cabins offer private bedroom suites while a huge timber-frame building provides central living, dining and a gourmet kitchen designed for multiple cooks, all with lake views.

The 3 historic buildings that make up Moriah have been meticulously restored into a private retreat in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Moriah has been featured in the Austin American Statesman, Country Home Magazine and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

For larger groups, see the adjacent property VRBO #165802.

Keywords: Vacation Compound

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
What an incredible compound you have built! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay....full of friends, food, forts, fishing and bocce ball! We can't wait to plan our next stay here! Thank you for sharing this truly special place!
Mar 2006
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In 2000 we (two sisters and our families) purchased this property to accommodate our large family gatherings. We had been frustrated over the years with the facilities we had found to accommodate our vacations together. In designing Moriah, we took the best features of the various places we had visited to create a compound specifically for several families to vacation together with ease.

Shortly after we bought Moriah, another sister (one of six sisters, and, yes, we have one brother) bought the adjacent property. Now, between the two properties, there is room for us all to be comfortable even when all 28 show up.

The Owner purchased this house in 2000

We chose this location because there are activities for people of all ages. Volleyball, ping pong, swimming, boating, walking in the country, sitting on the porch - no one is ever bored. Located just one hour from Austin, it is easy to get away even for just a weekend.

We love the fact that the bedrooms are in buildings so that those who are sleeping aren’t disturbed by the people who are awake - no matter how boisterous they become. The kitchen, optimized for multiple cooks offers two sinks, two dishwashers and two refrigerators. A refrigerator for drinks is located at one of two entries to the kitchen so that the cooks aren’t disrupted every time someone comes to the kitchen for a drink.

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
average rating of 4.8125 based on 16 reviews
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Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
Austin TX
5

Team build success

  • 5 of 5
I took a group of leaders from my work out to Mariah to get some good team work time and the property was absolutely perfect. From the cabins to the stars out there it was magic! Thank you
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
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Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
Austin Texas
5

Perfect House

  • 5 of 5
Amazing weekend at a great property. We had a lot of rain over the weekend and came to really enjoy the large porches. It would be nice if there was a TV in the main house
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
2

Too rustic. Hard water smell and dusty all over

  • 2 of 5
City folks used to city amenities may want to pass this one up.
The cabins and the main house are too rustic, right from the decor to the whole experience. It starts with no TV and no wifi. The water is terrible and smells of sulphur making brushing, showering and cleaning almost nauseating.
The beds, sofas, cushions and blankets are dust bombs. The whole place smelled super dusty because it was so. The upholstery looked like it has not been cleaned in decades.
The chairs in the verandahs were caked with dust.
Dead trees and branches are all over the property. The grass is cut only around the cabins and the rest is growing wild making it visually draining.
We felt the pictures represented a very different house than what it turned out to be. We definitely will never return.
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some of this group's comments are valid and we've taken steps to address them and other comments indicate that they did not appreciate being in the Texas country side. I'll address their comments one by one:
1. We offer neither wifi or tv. This is true and should have been clear from our VRBO listing. There is good cell service.
2. Grass is cut only around the cabins. This is true. We have three acres and mow more than half the property. The remaining part is mowed twice a year when it has reached about 18 inches in height and is then left in a natural state until it reaches that height again.
3. The house is dusty. This is absolutely false. I challenge anyone to find dust in this house. However, they are correct that two of the three sofas had become quite tired looking and we just had both couches re-upholstered.
4. The water smells bad. This problem was fixed immediately after their visit.
5. There are dead trees and branches on the property. Two summers ago a large wild fire surrounded our property, burned down our storage building and killed some trees. They are correct that we had not removed the trees killed by the fire but we have since had them removed. We even had the 7 foot tall stump to one of the trees carved into a large fish which now stands with it's roots still in the ground.
business
Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
Austin, TX
5

Knitting Mamas Regular Twice a Year Handwork Retreat

  • 5 of 5
Twice a year for the last three years we have been holding knitting retreats at Moriah. We have become so sentimental about this beautiful property that even just the thought of us having it somewhere else are just plain silly. We have made several requests requests over the years of the owners that were responded to in a very timely manner. The owner has always treated us fairly and with kindness. We are reserving our spots for the next 10 years!!! We highly recommend Moriah.
  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
5

Awesome Property!!

  • 5 of 5
The pictures do not do this place justice. Two cabins with two rooms each and each with their own bathroom, and a main cabin with multiple living areas and a huge kitchen. Not to mention the incredible patios and grounds! The decor is very impressively designed and the amenities are truly turn-key; they have thought of everything and made it all available to you. The only negative comment I can think of is that we had to buy some coffee grounds along with our groceries.. now that is saying something! Highly recommended... looking forward to my next stay.
  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Stunning Compound on Lake Travis in the Texas Hill Country
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p71848vb
(650) 269-1378 (California, USA)
Smithwick Lake Travis
5

Fabulous find near Austin

  • 5 of 5
The first time I arrived at Moriah was in the dark. The directions I had were excellent, though the final marking for the driveway was impossible to see until I turned around and my headlight caught it. That's how wonderfully dark it is out there. The lights from the house beckoned me from the road and I followed them in the utter quiet until I reached the huge front porch of the main house. All the ladies for the knitting retreat were gathered around in the couches and chairs inside, knitting and laughing.

The next day I really got to explore the place and all weekend long I kept thinking about how I had to come back to this place. We were all so comfortable - plenty of comfy chairs to sit and knit in all day inside, multiple gathering spaces outside as well and even spaces to go when I craved solitude. There is a nice walk to the water below - though the drought made for mostly just a trickle.The kitchen is large and the dining room inside and outside accommodated our really large party comfortably.

I keep dreaming up other group retreats and family reunions I can take there...
  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 1431

Located on 3 acres of secluded waterfront, Moriah is only 10 minutes from Marble Falls which offers restaurants, golf, movie theaters, antiques, live theater and great shopping.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Smithwick House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall
Aug 15 2014 - Oct 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
$900
$4,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$900
$4,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 11.0%
Notes Please contact the owner to discuss special events that will include a larger group than just the group staying on the property such as weddings or parties.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Amenities

Smithwick House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
Entertainment:
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • boating
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • hunting
  • golf privileges optional
  • water tubing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
Private Dock
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