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

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Sharon Drinkwine

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 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

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

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

Spring Retreat Special: Planning a seminar, corporate retreat or brainstorm session? Book at least two weekdays between two filled weekends and get the third day free. (3 night minimum stay is waived). Offer expires May 31, 2014.

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews
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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
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Austin Austin area
5

Truely amazing, inspiring home to share with family and friends!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
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5

It truly is a Wunderbunker!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
This home was beautiful! Great location! Close to 6th Street and Barton Springs.
It was very clean and very well equipped. The blackboard map upstairs was very helpful with grocery stores and points on interest all marked out. Very clever!
The welcome treats Sharon left were a nice surprise. We would definitely recommend this wonderful house.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
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5

Spectacular Resort Like Property

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
We held our Christmas Family Reunion at Sharon's wonderful resort like property and found it to be everything advertised and MORE. Not only is this home visually stunning and architecturally interesting...it's fully equipped with everything one might need. Host a party or just "get away from it all"....this property does it all and won't disappoint.

What was equally impressive was the owner's attention to detail and business acumen. The house was in perfect shape when we arrived....and we got back our security deposit the same day we departed!

I can highly recommend both the WonderBunker and Sharon Drinkwine!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
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5

Aweome House with Awesome Host

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Not only is the Wunder Bunker the most incredible home I've ever stayed in, but Sharon is an absolute GEM!! I hosted our office holiday party in her home and everyone was amazed with the property. It's perfect for entertaining. Sharon has clearly taken great pride in this home and everything is on point down to the smallest detail. I am a resident of Austin but enjoyed her property so much, I hope to go back and stay there again myself. Thank you for everything Sharon. I cannot say enough wonderful things about you and your home.
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Best backdrop for a company retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
My company was looking to have a retreat in or around Austin and came across the WunderBunker rental. This place had the perfect set up. Not only was the decor stunning inside and out, but we had several spaces around the house to hold meetings which was really nice and I think helped everyone relax and enjoy us all actually being on a work retreat. Flora, the chef, was AMAZING and a hoot. It was such a treat to have her cook for us while we were there...we felt so pampered. I have to say, I was first hesitant to book a local rental for the company retreat but once we got here we felt so far away from town...it really was the best option and such a lovely experience all around. Everyone had such a great, relaxing time I only hope we can stay longer next time around! Thank you Sharon, you have a lovely home and we all had such a marvelous time!! I look forward to future stays!
Helpful votes: 2/2
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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

Austin House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
ACL Festival 2014 1st wkd
Oct 2 2014 - Oct 5 2014
$3,600
Flat fee
4 nights
 
 
ACL Festival 2014 2nd wkd
Oct 9 2014 - Oct 12 2014
$3,600
Flat fee
4 nights
 
 
Formula One 2014
Oct 30 2014 - Nov 2 2014
$4,500
Flat fee
4 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$700
$4,200
$14,000
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
Cleaning Fee $200.00 + 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:
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Family
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:
  • 3 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 , Two King beds convert to 4 TwinXLs at your request.
  • 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 ...
  • Game Room ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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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