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The LoftHouse: Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat

Sharon Drinkwine

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

Sharon Drinkwine

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2015
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The LoftHouse: Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Austin House Rental Photos and Description

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 and also known as the "GQ Jam in the Van Artist House". Ask about the Loft House's mid-week discount program and 2 day weekday minimums.

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, 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 the Loft House 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.


- 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


- 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


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 'Sleeping Loft':

- Closet space for clothing and suitcases

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

--- Two kings or four 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!


- Large teak deck with a gas grill

- Fifty foot 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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sharon Drinkwine (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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About Sharon Drinkwine

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

Why Sharon Drinkwine chose Austin

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.

What makes this house unique

Ask about my mid-week discounts!

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
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based on 27 traveler reviews

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The LoftHouse: Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

One word AMAZING

  • 5 of 5

I came over from the UK with 12 of my friends and family for my sons wedding. How lucky I was to have found this house. It made our holiday. Such a fun house to socialise in. Sharon the owner has everything you need if not she wil go out of her way to get it. We all loved breakfast in the morning sitting round the bar. The fire pit and BQ was a great hit. I can not recommend this house highly enough.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Lorna! And thanks also for posting photos of your stay on our facebook page. ( You're now enrolled in the Loft House Loyal Friends discount program, which includes pricing discounts and free night's stays. We hope to see you back in the states soon!


  • 5 of 5

Everything from check-in through check-out was perfect. The house is everything you want it to be and more. Sharon is absolutely incredible. There were muffins to welcome us when we arrived. A fridge with soda. Tea. Coffee. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Sophisticated and Beautiful Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

We chose the Loft House this past December Holiday Season, for our Business Party because of it's sophistication and style. The Loft House is a gem and it suited us perfectly.

The color schemes and lighting create a calming yet uplifting ambience.

The decor of Balinese artifacts mixed with an eclectic Art Collection accentuates it's uniqueness.

Ms. Drinkwine graciously offered to work with our budget and gave us a very reasonable weekday rate. I believe every amenity imaginable is available and if not, the Hostess found a way to accommodate our special requests.

Don't miss an opportunity to experience this haven and enliven your senses while retreating into it's otherworldly-ness.

If you want to impress your guests, the Loft House is sure to WOW them.

We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Great House, Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

Everything we hoped for and better. House was amazing. Great artwork, great "little touches" that made our stay special. Sharon met us upon arrival and explained everything about the house. She checked on us during our visit to make sure everything was fine. It is such a cool house, certainly out of the ordinary. If you want a memorable place to stay in Austin, this place is it.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I celebrated my birthday with my family this past summer and it was a wonderful experience. It took me a while to write this review because I had no idea how to put into words how much I loved the house and owner.

The home is PERFECT. It is in a great location in Austin but the house itself takes you into another world. Everyone in the home kept saying the felt like they were in an exotic island or somewhere else besides Austin.

There are so many details in the home that will keep you awe and inspired.

I feel so lucky to have been able to make memories in this beautiful house. Sharron your design and help during our stay was first class. Thank you and I look forward to the opportunity to stay at you home again!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! I'm so glad that your family birthday celebration was fun for all and felt like an escape "into another world". That's such a high compliment because I strive to create an atmosphere that's exhilleratingly (is that really a word?) exotic yet comfy and casual at the same time. As a result my departing guests often tell me they felt like they truly "got away from it all". (It also gives me a good excuse to travel and collect more cool stuff. :-)


  • 5 of 5

I am going to keep this review simple as i could write a novel on how much everyone loved this house, so here goes.

-Amazing lot in a great part of town that allows you to be relatively close to the city while also preserving a great deal of privacy

-Wonderful decor and furniture that makes for a really fun atmosphere

-The decorations will keep you entertained for days

-The lighting is remarkable. There are two really fantastic house atmospheres, one day time home and one night time home. You will understand once you arrive

-Attention to detail is second to none

i could keep going on but there is no need, just go ahead and rent the place and have a great time, you wont regret it.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks David for such a nice review! And also for noticing the lighting :-) I've been tweaking it for a while now, and will be adding more outdoor features soon.


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"Live Music, adult beverages, coffee and great black tea."
Thai Fresh
"Great food made from local produce and meat. Laid back atmosphere. Fabulous home-made non-da..."
Sway Thai Restaurant
"Love this place. Delicious. Modern Thai. Communal tables. Trendy and loud but fun."
Bouldin Creek Coffee House
"Coffee shop and vegetarian restaurant. Very Austin. Sit outside or in. Great food. "
Elizabeth Street Cafe
"French Vietnamese. Trendy, friendly, noisy and delicious. (not cheap)"
Whole Foods Market - Lamar
"The mother ship. If you've never been, you must experience it."
"Delicious. One of the best in Austin. Not trendy. You'll need reservations."
Central Market Westgate
"Great gourmet grocery store, and live music cafe. You can walk from the Loft House."
Wheatsville Food Co-Op
"Great organic and locally sourced foods. If you're a hippy you'll feel right at home."
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"Locally sourced interesting food."
Lick Ice Creams
"Home made ice cream. Interesting flavors, non-dairy options too."
Yard Dog Folk Art
"One of the best galleries in Austin, (if you like this sort of thing)."
Tesoros Trading Company Retail
"Great imported textiles, art, home goods, jewelry etc."
Mockingbird Domestics
"Very nice home and gift shop selling lots of objects from local artists."
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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
St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

From $799 Per night

Austin House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Special
Mar 1 2015 - Jul 12 2015
2 night minimum stay
ACL weekend 1
Oct 1 2015 - Oct 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
ACL weekend 2
Oct 8 2015 - Oct 11 2015
3 night minimum stay
F1 Formula One
Oct 22 2015 - Oct 25 2015
4 night minimum stay
SxSW Interactive
Mar 9 2016 - Mar 15 2016
5 night minimum stay
SxSW Music
Mar 16 2016 - Mar 21 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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.
- 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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Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • 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
Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time).

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