EXPERIENCE NATURE IN THE TX HILL COUNTRY WITH PROXIMITY TO SHOPPING & DINING

Mike Murphy

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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EXPERIENCE NATURE IN THE TX HILL COUNTRY WITH PROXIMITY TO SHOPPING & DINING

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Experience ranch living in a nicely appointed, very private stone cabin

Los Madrones, a private ranch in western Travis County, in Central Texas, offers visitors the opportunity to 'rent-a-ranch' for a while, for nature photography, birding, or just relaxing. The 400-acre property features limestone bluffs, Little Bee Creek, open pastures, and hilltop vistas stretching past the Colorado River. Ranch owners Julie and Mike Murphy converted the property to wildlife conservation in 2000, and have managed it since then to improve habitat for turkey, quail, and other species.

Four or five pairs of Golden-cheeked warblers nest on the property every spring; and with luck, ranch visitors may observe and photograph this endangered species.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Guestbook comments from the owner
Truly awesome experience, it's hard to imagine that Los Madrones is only 25 miles from Austin yet a world away in terms of peace and quiet. The Casita is beautiful and the ranch is ripe for exploration. Thanks for your hospitality! I enjoyed every minute.
May 2013
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Mike Murphy

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Speaks dutch, spanish, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.2
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
average rating of 4.25 based on 12 reviews
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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
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Dripping Springs Texas Hill Country
4

SWEET HILL COUNTRY AIR!

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed our stay, we have been to many cottages & guesthouses around the area. It's more on the rough cut side with a steep trip up a rocky road. "Glampers" maybe not for you...We did not mind the terrain at all and were overall impressed with the sweeping views the climb provided. The cabin is just as it shows in the pics. It's rustic & had several charming aspects! If you are a birder, this is your perch!! We had a little one with us and there were many learning opportunities with various bugs, birds, rocks, bones, and a few dogs next door at owners property. We enjoyed coffee on the porch & a few nice sunrises!
Great people & we were blessed to step into a different world for a few days for an authentic Hill Country experience!!
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

  • 4 of 5
The Casita was nicely decorated and very neat and clean. The kitchen was stocked with extras such as drinks, juice and frozen vegetables. The hot tub had a great view of the hills. Mike and his wife were very friendly and accommodating. Loved walking along the creek on the property! Will definitely be back
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
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Dripping Springs Texas Hill Country
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GET AWAY

  • 4 of 5
The property is gorgeous! There is so much to explore, we hike and jumped in the stream. The cabin is cozy and simple, perfect to get away from technology. The hot tub was a bonus and has an incredible view. I am not sure if it is in the description or not but the stove doesn't work or it is not connected, so if you bring groceries in and are planning to cook you might want to plan for using a grill! We had a great time and the location is perfect for going wine tasting or just exploring hill country!
  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
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BEAUTIFUL VIEWS BUT OVERGROWN....

  • 1 of 5
Inside of Casita was fairly clean, however, there were alot of spider webs especially in the bath room. the common areas were very overgrown as well. I understand it's a wildlife ranch but when you pay to stay, we would expect that it be a bit less neglected. I also called prior to booking and spoke with Mike specifically with two requests. Does it have a fireplace and a hot tub? I was told yes to both only to find upon arrival the hot tub had been broken down for quite some time. I must admit we felt somewhat deceived and were not even offered an apology, much less a discount. I felt an e-mail or phone call in advance would have been appropriate. Not much privacy either since the Casita is only approx. 100' from their home and not all the windows in the Casita had blinds on them. Kind of weird.
Be aware that if you plan on bringing your own food as we like to do there is no grill, only a large smoker and the oven/stove inside is not hooked up.
While it was still too warm at night for the fireplace, the local burn ban had just been lifted so we spent our evenings around the large fire pit and were able to enjoy the night sky with all the stars.
There are two state parks 15 mins west that we went to and they are both two thumbs up! Dripping Springs is 15 mins south and it was good times as well.
We did pretty much enjoy our stay although most likely will not return.
  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Owner's Response: I sent the following email to our guest Oct. 11, but have had no reply. I mailed a refund check for one day's stay on Oct. 16.

Mike

hey, Scott,

I'm sorry to hear that y'all had such a miserable time at the ranch, I wish you'd said something to me while you were still here.

I would like to respond, though, to the review, below.

Re: spider webs, I'll talk to the house cleaner about doing a better job removing those. We've been reluctant to get a pest control service, but I will now see if I can find one that uses organic methods. While insects play a significant role in our ecosystems, I agree it's not everyone's cup of tea to see one, or their evidence, inside their residence.

Re: overgrown common areas, thanks to this fall's timely rains, the native vegetation has rebounded from the summer's drought. When I attempted to fire the lawnmower for the first time prior to your arrival, it failed and is now in the repair shop.

Re: hot tub, the part I was waiting for arrived two days after y'all departed, it's been fixed and now is ready for future guests. I apologize that it was NOT ready in time for your stay.

Re: smoker, I've put a small Weber kettle grill next to the smoker, so guests can choose whichever they prefer. Guests can still utilize the microwave, the toaster oven, or the electric skillet to cook inside the Casita.

I realize that none of this will make up for your less than satisfactory experience, but I will offer to refund you one night's stay in hopes that will temper your dissatisfaction a bit. Please mull this over and let me know your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Mike
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A LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE!!!

  • 5 of 5
This is a fantastic place to really relax and unwind, and get back to nature! The ranch is huge so you can do plenty of exploring. There's a beautiful creek on the property and a fantastic waterfall where you can take a dip.. And the best thing is that it's on the ranch, so you have it completely to yourself! What a treat! There are lots of birds around the property and other wildlife to look out for. We spotted a deer! The casita is plenty big enough for a couple and even a couple with a child. There is also plenty of stuff nearby, including a large outdoor mall 10mins away with lots of shops and restaurants. If you want to go hiking, biking of swimming there is also Hamilton pool super closer, reimers ranch and other state parks like perdanales, which is where we went for a great bike ride and swim in the river. It was a perfect getaway from the city and Mike and Julie were superb hosts!! We have recommended it to all our friends and we hope to come back again next year!
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
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Dripping Springs Texas Hill Country
The Woodlands, TX
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GREAT HILL COUNTRY LOCATION

  • 3 of 5
Great location with lots of things to do within 15 minutes. My 23 month old daughter loved watching the birds at the birdfeeder. Beautiful pool/waterfall along the creek inside the properly.
  • Submitted: May 21, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Austin Amtrak
Car: recommended

Other Activities: rock climbing & mountain biking is 4 miles away at Reimer's Ranch, a county park.

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Availability & Rates

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Dripping Springs Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$120
$3,160
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dripping Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our Casita has one double bed and one futon in the same room. In a pinch, there's a cot that can also be set up.
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Books
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
Attractions:
  • pond
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
Notes:
Los Madrones features 400 acres of beautiful Texas hill country for our guests to explore. The ranch has a 3.5 mile road that loops around the back of the ranch, and guests are encouraged to walk it to view the terrain. Other trails lead to Little Bee Creek, culminating in a beautiful waterfall.
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