BALI MEETS AUSTIN IN THIS SPECTACULAR ARTIST'S RETREAT 14 MIN. TO DOWNTOWN

Sharon Drinkwine

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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BALI MEETS AUSTIN IN THIS SPECTACULAR ARTIST'S RETREAT 14 MIN. TO DOWNTOWN

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Private + Eclectic 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath Loft Living w/ Views 14 min. to Downtown

Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition. Watch the segment here http://tinyurl.com/n7t674x / Ask about my mid-week discount program

Welcome! If you're an artist, writer, musician, foodie or ridiculously famous, skinny-dipping, nature-buff your search for a secluded yet accessible Austin home-base is over. Situated on two acres of private green-space on a non-through street, this private oasis offers easy access to ACL, SXSW, F1 (Formula One) and downtown Austin. Perfect for artist/writer retreats, corporate relocation, girlfriend getaways, small weddings, foodie reunions and romantic weekends.

Hi, I'm Sharon. In 2008, I flew to Bali and filled a container with art, architectural pieces, furniture, marble and building materials. When I returned to Austin I built my dream home in the Sunset Valley neighborhood, a tiny township within the city of Austin. 'Austin's best kept secret' has large lots, many old and beautiful trees, horses and abundant wildlife yet its only 14 minutes from downtown. In 2010 my home was awarded five stars (the highest honor) by the Austin Green Building Program and was featured in the Cool House Architectural Tour.

The two story, naturally lighted artist's loft, has a flexible floor plan to accommodate a wide range of groups, from families on holiday to small wedding parties to corporate clients. Because I make my living designing and building things, my home is filled with textiles, art, art materials and works in progress. When you arrive you'll notice my obsessive compulsive attention to detail throughout, custom carved teak doors, polished concrete and pebble mosaic floors, natural clay wall finishes, custom light switches, etc. I've been told there's something about the space that fuels the imagination and inspires a sense of play, making it perfect for corporate brainstorming sessions and artist/writer retreats.

The very private outdoor living space offers numerous ways to enjoy the warm Austin weather; eat breakfast in the large screened porch, sip mojitos on the deck or paddle around the lap pool as deer, foxes, mexican eagles and hummingbirds frolic nearby.

This posting is new, so the list below is not complete (I'm still working on it!), but here are just a few of the amenities you will enjoy during your stay...

WHOLE HOUSE FEATURES:

- Tall ceilings and lots of natural light

- Wireless internet

- onsite free parking

- Sleeps up to 12 people in luxury linens, 100% cotton sheets, world textile coverlets, vintage wool blankets, new pillows and comfortable mattresses. A variety of sleeping arrangements can be arranged.

- Bath and pool towels

- Alarm system

LIVING and DINING ROOM:

- Large open living space with two story windows overlook the private green-space

- Large sectional sofa can sleep three

- Raised dining room just off the kitchen with custom dining table and lighted art niche

KITCHEN: The fully equipped large kitchen with wrap-around counters that open onto the screened outdoor living and dining area is perfect for parties, foodie reunions and cooking classes.

- Gas stove

- Wall oven and microwave

- Dishwasher

- Coffee grinder, french presses and automated coffee maker

- Toaster oven

- Cooking equipment (cookie sheets, baking pans, pots and pans, salad spinner)

- Kitchen staples (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.)

- Outdoor gas grill on the patio

BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS:

The ground floor 'Garden Room' Master Bedroom features...

- Large windows that overlook the pool area. Lots of natural light

- Custom roman shades for privacy

- The custom Balinese teak bed is larger than queen-size and super comfy

- Private bathroom with large soaking tub with a view, white pebble mosaic floor, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

- Walk in closet

- Private entrance offers access to the pool and outdoor shower

The second-floor 'Sun Room' Master Bedroom features…

- Large windows that overlook the pool and green-space

- Custom queen-size bed on wheels. (Roll it next to the windows and wake up surrounded by sky)

- Enough room to comfortably fit the second large bed if needed

- The next door bathroom includes a vintage custom etched claw-foot tub/shower, venetian plaster finish, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

The ground floor 'Patio' Bedroom features…

- Private entrance

- Outdoor patio with table, chairs and custom iron gates

- King-size bed or two comfortable twinXL beds

- Walk in closet

- Private bathroom with walk in shower, carved sink, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

A fourth full bathroom just off the main living space features a tub with a shower, a small vanity area, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

SECOND FLOOR LOFT AREAS: The entertainment/conference room that overlooks the main living space features

- Computer desks / conference table

- Lots of comfortable seating, including 12 Haworth conference chairs

- Can be configured to sleep four

- Brand new 60' plasma smart tv with Netflix online streaming, dvd player, Hulu, etc.

The 'Lookout Loft':

- A tall light table that works as a desk

- Two desk niches

- Closet space for clothing and suitcases

- The space can be configured in a variety of ways:

--- One king or two twinXL beds make it a sleeping loft

--- A series of folding teak tables can be set up to make it a work space.

--- I have six yoga mats, now its a yoga studio!

OUTDOOR AREA

- Large teak deck with a gas grill

- Year round 50' ozone lap pool

- Outdoor shower overlooking the 2 acre lot and dry creek

- Private patio just outside the 'Patio' bedroom

- A large private yard and a dry creek to explore

- Deer, foxes, raccoons, Mexican Eagles, hummingbirds galore

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Sharon Drinkwine

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I'm an artist, designer, foodie, film buff and collector of Outsider Art. (I'm an antique show, junk shop and eBay addict!). I designed my house to revolve around the kitchen and the art studio, the two places where I'm most happy. Well, make that three places, I'm happy swimming in my pool too. And oh yeah, I'm happy hanging out with friends on my porch, eating fresh food we just dragged home from the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (only two blocks away). And I'm happy taking walks around my neighborhood visiting the horses and hiking on the nearby nature trails. I guess I'm just generally happy. You see I was born and raised in upstate New York, where the winters are long and cold. Now that I live in Austin, where the weather is warm, the people are friendly and the culture is lively, I'm in heaven!

Sharon Drinkwine purchased this house in 2009

If you're looking for an out of the ordinary experience with privacy and luxury amenities, and you don't mind driving FOURTEEN MINUTES to where the action is, this is the place. Watch the 'Sweet Retreats' video here: http://livewellnetwork.com/Sweet-Retreats/episodes/Vacation-Rentals-in-Austin-Texas/9427925

Ask about my mid-week discounts!

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Reviews

5
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
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5

AMAZING HOUSE FOR A GROUP!!

  • 5 of 5
10 of us girls went to Austin for a bachelorette party and staying at Sharon's house was an amazing experience. There was plenty of room and bathrooms for all eleven of us to hang out comfortably and get ready whenever we needed to. The house is absolutely gorgeous with lots of fun details. Sharon was so wonderful and attentive to everything we needed both before and during our stay. The openness of the house allowed us to hold conversations wherever we were which was very nice. The screened in porch was a fun place to relax and visit with each other especially while listening to the rain. We even had a private chef from culinary misfits cook us dinner one night and the space was perfect--we were able to watch him cook in the kitchen while we hung out in the living room. The location was great--fairly close to downtown and there is an heb and other shopping nearby just in case we forgot anything. Overall I would certainly recommend this house for anyone visiting Austin!!
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Brianne, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. And thanks for mentioning Eric from Culinary Misfits. He's one of three wonderful personal chefs that I recommend to my guests, each with his/her own specialties, talents and personality. Quite a few past guests have told me that having an in-house cook is much more fun than going out, and often ends up costing much less than a restaurant meal with a bar tab.
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REALLY INCREDIBLE!

  • 5 of 5
Words can't convey how wonderful this house is! The pool, the living area, the beds, the towels, the creams and shampoos, the well appointed kitchen …. just a few of the reasons we will be returning to this gorgeous house. Every detail was taken care of, to make this one of the best VRBO's we've every stayed in. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
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5

THE BALI HOUSE IS AMAZING.

  • 5 of 5
You will be impressed the minute in you walk in the door. Sharon has done a great job on every asset of the home. The decor, beautiful. The yard and pool, very private and relazing. The beds are high end quality and very comfy. We celebrated as a family with our daughter before her wedding day. There was 12 of us and we never felt crowded. The home is spacious, but yet very cozy. We loved the place so much that we extended our stay 2 nights. Sharon is very easy to work with and attentive to her quests needs. Thank- you for a wonderful stay. The Scully Family.
  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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5

UNBELIEVABLE HOUSE AND AMAZING OWNER

  • 5 of 5
Sharon's Loft House was the perfect way to do Austin. Her attention to detail of every aspect of the home is obvious and impressive. She is there for support but not too intrusive. I would highly recommend and am already thinking of a re visit next year. 5 stars.
  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
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5

THE LOFT HOUSE IS PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
The Loft House is so gorgeous and it has an amazing amount of amenities. I came for 3 nights with 11 girls for a bachelorette weekend and it was perfect for our needs. We lounged by the pool, hung out in the open air living space and we even built a fire in the fire pit and relaxed there at night. We cooked in the amazing kitchen and partied to the awesome stereo system that floats through the entire house and out onto the screened in porch. I would recommend this house to any group coming to Austin. Sharon is a dream to deal with and we are lucky she shared this wonderful space with us. I hope to come back again soon!
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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5

TRUELY AMAZING, INSPIRING HOME TO SHARE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

  • 5 of 5
This house is perfect for entertaining! We hosted our small wedding reception here and had a private chef come and prepare a special dinner for our guest. Everyone LOVED the house and it created such a wonderful ambiance for our party. The screened in porch overflowing from the kitchen was probably my favorite room, but each room definitely had something special to offer. It felt like we had been transported to an exotic location!

Sharon was so great to work with. Very responsive to any questions we had during the planning process and the house had just about everything we needed!

We hope to come back and stay again soon. Such a special place!
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
11.2 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US Highway 290 / Highway 71
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Hyde Park Bar & Grill
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

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Austin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
ACL Festival 2014 1st wkd
Oct 2 2014 - Oct 5 2014
4 night minimum stay
$3,600
Flat fee
 
 
ACL Festival 2014 2nd wkd
Oct 9 2014 - Oct 12 2014
4 night minimum stay
$3,600
Flat fee
 
 
Formula One 2014
Oct 30 2014 - Nov 2 2014
4 night minimum stay
$4,500
Flat fee
 
 
SxSW Interactive/Film
Mar 12 2015 - Mar 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
SxSW Music
Mar 20 2015 - Mar 23 2015
3 night minimum stay
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$700
$4,200
$14,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit 1,000
Cleaning Fee 200 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes FAQs:
- The renter must be over 25, all children must be over 12.
- No smoking or pets.
- If more than 8 guests, one time fee: $20 per extra guest.
- Check-in after 3 PM, check-out is at 11 AM. Pre-approval is required for changes.
- Special events and parties are allowed with owner approval and separate contract.
- See sections 15, 16 and 17 of the rental agreement for the Cancellation Policy.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Garden Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large soaking tub with a view. Pebble mosaic floor.
    Outdoor Shower - shower , outdoor shower , Easily accessed from the pool, Garden and Patio Bedrooms.
    Patio Bathroom - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower. Carved stone sink. Marble tile.
    Clawfoot Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Just off the Sunroom Bedroom. Custom etched vintage tub.
    Center Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Handcarved marble pillar sink. Serves the entire house.
  • Glamourous bathrooms all! Javanese marble, carved stone sinks, a custom etched vintage claw-foot tub and other artistic touches throughout. Towels, hair dryers and magnifying makeup mirrors are included.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Garden Bedroom - 1 king , The King bed can be made into 2 TwinXLs at your request.
    Patio Bedroom - 1 king , The King bed converts to two TwinXLs at your request.
    Sun Bedroom - 2 queen , An extra Twin bed can be added at your request.
    Sleeping Loft - 2 king , Semi-private loft area: Choose two King beds or 4 TwinXLs.
  • Sleep soundly in the high thread-count linens. Wake up to stunning views of private green-space or a private patio. The bedrooms can be configured in a variety of ways... The Garden bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. The Sunroom bedroom: Two Queen beds sleep two singles or couples. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. The Patio bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. Sleeping Loft: Two King beds can be broken down to make 4 TwinXLs. Every bed (including the extra TwinXLs) has a ventilated memory foam topper and is very comfortable.
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time).

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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