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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country

Claudia reese

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Claudia reese

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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

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Garden cottage with large porch, patio, garden. 1 BR, 1 Bath

Entering the garden gate, you'll walk under an arbor and pass the chicken coop, the organic garden and enter your own private retreat. We have made every effort to make this retreat as green as possible. Just inside the gate you have a lovely patio shaded by native Live Oaks, another garden area planted with Texas Natives, and a large covered porch with an outdoor dining spot, and a wide bench with huge Fat Boy beanbag cushions. Inside the Casita, which is small and efficient, you have a queen sized bed, an Italian love seat and ottoman, a kitchen with granite counter tops and equipped all the basics, an expandable dining table, a closet and a bath with walk in shower. There are handmade tiles installed in the kitchen and the bath. The dinnerware is from our studio. We We harvest rainwater and use it on the vegetable gardens, and use some for the landscaping. When available, we can supply you with some fresh eggs from the chickens and a vegetable or two from the garden. Just ask and we will harvest for you. The hot water heater is tankless on demand, the AC/heater is an energy efficient 18 Seer Mini-Split, and there is a ceiling fan to reduce the need for AC. The floors are hardwood and tile with an area rug in the living area. We use sustainable paper products, bath products and soaps. The furniture and cabinetry was locally sourced and/or reclaimed.

We have 3 fish ponds with Koi and goldfish for you to enjoy.

There is a lap pool on the property, filled with rainwater which you are welcome to use while enjoying the cool water, the flowers and watching the wind generators spin. This is a very relaxing place.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Claudia reese (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2015

About Claudia reese

I'm a studio artist and have made my living making pottery, tiles and sculpture since 1981. I taught in universities for a number of years but found that I loved running my own studio. It gives me the freedom to work on my property and add tiles, sculpture, architectural elements, gardens and out buildings.

Claudia reese purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Claudia reese chose Austin

I bought this property because I love Austin and especially this area. When I found it, the cooling breezes seemed to always be blowing. First I built the studio, then my house and pool, and to capture those breezes, I put in a couple of wind turbines. Just recently we finished the Casita which I'm calling CasitAlegre.

What makes this cottage unique

This 'compound' developed organically. We'd add one building and another just seemed to want to be built. We've been conscious of making it as environmentally green and sustainable as possible. The main house is built with compressed earth blocks, there are many solar panels, and two wind turbines which we've dubbed 'Thing 1 and Thing 2', a vast water collection system, and of course the gardens. So we've been at it for a while, and I still have new ideas of things to build and improve.

When you visit you'll find a wonderful pool for relaxing or swimming, and just outside the gates, good walking routes and great bike routes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect!



Everything was absolutely stunning. We can't wait to go back. It was so peaceful, but also enough to the city so we could enjoy that too!
Sep 2013
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Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
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Reviews

5
based on 19 traveler reviews

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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
5

Country Cottage, Full of Charm

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights with our two dogs and enjoyed every minute. We had planned to see more of Austin, but we found it hard to leave once we arrived. The atmosphere is hill country charm and cozy. The cottage is nestled in a grove of oaks, near the top of hill along the side of the large property. It has a private gated walkway leading past the chicken coop to the inner garden. From there you’ll step onto the roomy, covered porch.

Inside you’ll find a well equipped kitchen with a fridge and stove. Fresh eggs were waiting for us and coffee with a French press. We like to cook so we dined in every night. There are Pots, pans, plates, tools, knives etc. The Local HEB is only 10 minutes away. Take a look through the cabinets and you’ll find the essential condiments as well.

There is a flat screen TV, wireless internet; a queen size bed, a sofa, small work and dining table; also, there is a nice patio table on the deck. The bathroom is fully tiled and roomy with a large walk in shower. Nice fixtures for the vanity sink. The outside shed has a washer dryer. We really didn’t need anything. We sipped our wine in the quiet evenings and enjoyed the solitude.

We took the dogs walking through the Commons Ford Park 5 minutes away. It is a wildlife preserve park along the riverside with winding trails for biking or jogging. There were plenty of deer and birds.

Our host Claudia was gracious and there to greet us and show us the amenities. Before we departed we toured her pottery studio. You’ll find examples of her colorful art in the bathroom tiles, the kitchen dishes, and in statues on the property.

It is a small but well planned space. If you want to get away from it all and still be 20 minutes from downtown. This is the place!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Peace and quiet in a lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a gem! My husband and I were looking for an escape from the cold and Austin came to mind. In my search for a place, I came across La Casita. It proved to be a peak experience - a small home of our own in what felt like rural hill country but was only a 20 minute drive to downtown Austin.

Our Casita was one room with a bed, comfy sofa, table and chairs and a small but functional kitchen. You go down several steps from the main room to a great bathroom. It was comfortable and met all our needs.

I especially liked having our own porch and small garden/yard area, and the chickens at the entry way to the property were friendly and quite - all hens so we enjoyed some eggs.

Claudia is a wonderful host. She is a potter and her studio is on the property along with her house. She was available for any questions, and we so enjoyed using her fabulous plates, cups and bowls for our breakfasts.

I highly recommend this place and will certainly return when our travels take us to Austin again.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Hidden, Relaxing and Lovely

  • 5 of 5

The property is nestled in the beautiful hills area of Austin that is a must see. The guesthouse shares the lot with Claudias mainhouse and charming pottery studio but yet, it retains its privacy well.

The room is cozy and efficient with a modern upgrade. Perfect for a couple that enjoys nature integrated with comfortable living.

Claudia is a gracious host and we felt very comfortable with her around, although we hardly ran into her during our 2 night visit. She let us use her charming custom swimming pool that resembles a fountain/pool you may see outside a fancy building but it's surrounded instead by a cozy shaded area complete with hammock and lounge chairs. Be sure to check out her pottery studio if you can catch her there so you may appreciate all the beautiful ceramics she's placed all over the property including the cottage.

Excellent stay and we will definitely return if we are visiting Austin again. Thanks Claudia!! :)

-Phoebe and Amir

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Loved this hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights in this lovely Casita and we could not have picked a better spot! We arrived very late in the evening to find the garden and porch lit with outdoor lights and the fridge stocked with the basics (what a treat!).

The Casita was very clean and came with all amenities described in great working order. We made use of the Casita, outdoor porch, garden, pool and BBQ. The chickens were much quieter than expected and the whole place just gave off a great and relaxing vibe.

Claudia (& Tuffy) were gracious hosts who were very welcoming but also gave us our privacy.The grocery store, liquor store and other shops were only a few minutes away and downtown Austin is about 15-20min.

My boyfriend and I would recommend this place to someone looking for a little getaway without a doubt!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Dallas-area Texas
5

GREAT getaway and base for exploring Austin!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a wonderful gem in the West hills of Austin! We brought our 7 year old (note: it was made clear that there is only one bed and we were okay with that). We decided not to take our dog at the last minute, but he was welcome there nonetheless.Every morning we greeted the chickens - and they greeted us! Funny that they ended up being a highlight! The grounds are lovely, the ceramic artwork everywhere is amazing. We saw deer and fawns at dawn and dusk (along the drive). And still had modern and comfortable amenities. I highly recommend the fantastic lap pool too. Claudia was welcoming and helpful. On the last morning she loaded us up on veggies from the garden and freshly laid eggs for a breakfast scramble!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Fort Worth
5

Quaint little get away

  • 5 of 5

The Casita is a quaint little efficiency cottage nestled in the oaks and cedars of the Hill Country. We enjoyed our 3 night stay. It was clean and had ample amenities. We chose not to use the pool ONLY because it wasn't adjacent to our cottage, as it appeared in some pictures. Overall, the cottage was nice and the price is right.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Barton Springs Pool
"One of Austin's gems."
South Congress Avenue
"Eclectic and energizing fun."
Torchy's Tacos
"Coming soon to Westlake!"
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
"Great for walking, running, biking!"
Austin City Limits Music Festival
"Great fun for all"
Mount Bonnell
"Wonderful view of the lake, worth the climb."
Zilker Botanical Garden
"Beautiful!"
Barton Creek Greenbelt West
"Fantastic when the creek is running!"
Blanton Museum of Art
"World class art museum"
6th Street
"An Austin must-see"
BookPeople
"Home town book store, great breadth and depth."
Frank
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
263 Provisions, on Cuernavaca Drive
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Barton Creek Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
AMTRACK, downtown Austin
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Capitol of Texas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
263 Provisions on Cuernavaca Drive
Nearest Ski
700 Miles
Taos, NM
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Austin
Car: necessary

This secluded and darling garden cottage is located within a potter's compound. We have a ceramics studio on the property and make dinnerware, tiles and sculpture. Lake Austin is nearby and Lake Travis not too far away. Abundant dining, shopping, movies, and theater within 6 miles.

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Rates & Availability

From $110 Per night

Austin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
$130
 
 
Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 8 2015 - Oct 11 2015
2 night minimum stay
$130
 
 
Formula One Race
Oct 22 2015 - Oct 26 2015
2 night minimum stay
$160
$1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$110
$650
$1,929
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $40 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until reservation is booked.

Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Austin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom and closet area are a separate space off the main living area. Large walk-in shower with sumptuous tiles. Large vanity area. Ample closet space.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Cleverly designed with retractable privacy screen everything (except bath and closet) fits into the one main room.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Minimum age for renters: 25. Children OK but there is only one bed. We now have 10 HD TV channels and WiFi PETS: Pets are permitted in rental with prior approval. $10. per pet/day up to a max of $60.per pet 1. All Pets must be on leashes outside of fenced area. 2. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse. 3. Pets are not allowed on furniture. Any evidence of pets on furniture may incur extra cleaning fees. 4. All pets must be treated with Advantage or similar topical flea/ tick repellent 3 days prior to arrival 5. All pets must be up to date on rabies vaccinations and all other vaccinations including Bordetella. All items above sole responsibility of the pet owner. 6.The homeowners assume no responsibility for illness or injury that may incur to pets while on premisis. 7. 'Vicious or Dangersous Dogs' trained for dog fighting with any tendency or disposition to attack dogs or other domestic animal or humans without provocation not pertmitted.

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