QUAINT COTTAGE WITH MODERN AMENITIES LOCATED IN HISTORIC DISTRICT

Beverly Seffel

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QUAINT COTTAGE WITH MODERN AMENITIES LOCATED IN HISTORIC DISTRICT

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom private home built in 1930 with modern amenities

Smithville Cottage, built in 1930, is located in the Historic District of Smithville, Texas on a tree-lined residential street. The cottage is perfect for a girls-weekend, small business retreats, time to recharge or romantic get-a-way. Decorated with comfort in mind the cottage offers plenty of space indoors and out to unwind and relax.

Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
Guestbook comments from the owner
You know how Dorothy said, "There's no place like home"? Well, she obviously never stayed at Smithville Cottage.



This place is cute, cute, cute, super-comfy and clean! Pristine kitchen and baths. Soaring ceilings. Charming architectural details. Beautiful modern amenities under a historic roof. And luxurious beds I challenge you to stay awake in... Your biggest problem during your stay at Smithville Cottage will be dragging yourself away from its many comforts to go enjoy the rest of the town!



I live in Los angeles and will admit to being surprised by Smithville. I was ready for mint juleps, slow summer strolls and lazy lunches. And that's all there for you. But don't be fooled by the serene country setting. Smithville and its friendly locals serve up enough personality and entertainment to keep you on your toes all day and into the night.



There's the sprawling Diamond Y Farm, where I was invited to take pics and cavort with the free-range chickens before leaving with some of the finest, fattest eggs I've had the pleasure of eating. There's kayaking the Colorado. And there's "Smitty" and the railroad museum, where we were regaled with stories of Smithville's history as a railroad town.



The streets of downtown Smithville are lined with antique stores, and don't forget to stop in to the fantastic craftsman woodworking shop. The owner alone will make it worth your while. What a charmer!



In the evening, explore restaurant options in and around Smithville, or fire up the grill on the deck at Smithville Cottage and put that gorgeous chef's kitchen to good use! For the night owls, I highly recommend popping into Heubel's for a beer and a mingle with the locals. It's a real "pull up a chair and join us" kind of place. Loved it!



All in all, my stay at Smithville Cottage was a delicious cocktail of friendly locals, fun day trips, perfect accommodations and some of the best sleep I've had in ages. My only regret is I didn't stay longer. Next time... :)
Jul 2013
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Beverly Seffel

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Smithville Cottage is owned by native Texans Beverly and Joel Seffel. Joel is retired, but he stays very busy. Beverly has now retired and devotes her time to fundraising for her favoriate charities and running the cottage.

Beverly Seffel purchased this house in 2012

Selecting Smithville, Texas for their home away from home was an easy decision to make for the Seffels. It is centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Main Street of this charming railroad town is within walking distance and offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the works of local artists, antiquing and dining. Old homes and businesses line the streets and 206 properties are listed in the National Historic Register. Smithville's old fashioned appeal has not been lost on Hollywood. Films such as Hope Floats, Tree of Life, Bernie and Shady Texas has had part or all of their scenes shot here.

Situated on the Colorado River and in the 'Lost Pines' of Central, Texas also means that the Adventurer in your party won't be disappointed. River activities, State Parks and golfing are all in close proximity to the cottage.

In 2012, after a multi-year search that took them through dozens of homes in every small town surrounding Austin, Beverly & Joel found and purchased Smithville Cottage. The home's history, it was once a boarding house for men working on the railroad, the charming front porch and tree lined street attracted them, but it was the modern kitchen expertly designed to replicate the era the house was built that stole their hearts.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
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Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
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Smithville Texas Lakes
5

THE PERFECT WEEKEND GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
No comment would justify the perfect weekend I spent at Smithville Cottage. It was everything I was looking for in a romantic getaway and more. the historic, charming town where time seemed to stand still was peaceful, relaxing and and extremely friendly. The cottage was spacious, comfortable, very well maintained and decorated and was equipped with every need imaginable. Beverly Seffel was gracious, flexible and communicated well before, during and after my stay. I highly recommend Smithville Cottage. One weekend was not enough.
  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
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Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
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512 5541202
Smithville Texas Lakes
Dallas, Texas
5

ROUND TOP EXCURSION

  • 5 of 5
Two of us stayed here two nights while shopping Round Top. Beverly's place is a great home base location for a Texas Antiquing trip. The house is darling! The kitchen was more than well stocked. Beverly even provided fresh eggs! We cooked in the kitchen for breakfast both mornings and dinner one night. The second night we picked up a delicious pizza from the Whistle Stop after an exhausting day of shopping. The front and back porch are great locations to hang out to soak up some Texas small town atmosphere. If you are looking for a great place to hang out with girlfriends or a weekend get away with your spouse, I highly recommend using the Smithville Cottage as your home base!
  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p458852vb
512 5541202
Smithville Texas Lakes
5

WE WILL BE BACK!

  • 5 of 5
The Smithville Cottage is a beautiful home. We were so lucky that Beverly shared her cottage with us. It was everything we were hoping for and more. We loved sitting around the kitchen island while preparing our meals in the beautiful kitchen. I am so glad that I was able to find the cottage and can't wait to meet you Beverly. Thanks so much again for sharing it with us. See you soon.
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Vicki, the Cottage door is always open to you and your friends. I'm so glad you were able to spend quality time there and really relax. I want everyone who stays with us to feel like family and that they can come in take their shoes off, have some great food and spend time with the ones they love. I look forward to making your next visit just as relaxing!
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Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p458852vb
512 5541202
Smithville Texas Lakes
5

I'LL BE RIGHT BACK...SOON I HOPE!

I'll be right back...soon I hope!
  • 5 of 5
I love this kind of place; where you walk in and leave everything negative at the curb! What a little jewel in this gem of a town ! Immaculate without being stark, country cottage without all the frou-frou, a kitchen so well equipped for cooking and gathering that you'd probably be happy there forever!
Loved sitting on the porch in the evening sipping vino and listening to the high school band playing at the football game a few blocks over...no tickets required! Had my morning brew on the deck out back... biggest decision was which coffee mug to use.
We'll be back often! My husband's favorite fishin' hole is just down the road. And, I'm going to bring my gal pals here for a "retreat" soon! Thanks Beverly!!!
  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p458852vb
512 5541202
Smithville Texas Lakes
5

GREAT PLACE

  • 5 of 5
We were totally impressed with the home since it was the feeling we got from it. A home, not just a house rental. Beverly had the common sense to have things you need to cook available. We will rent it again.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you....next time no garlic in the freg. I promise. Look forward to having you back.
business
Quaint cottage with modern amenities located in historic district
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p458852vb
512 5541202
Smithville Texas Lakes
Venice Beach, CA
5

HOLLYWOOD TO SMITHVILLE

  • 5 of 5
You know how Dorothy said, "There's no place like home"? Well, she obviously never stayed at Smithville Cottage.

This place is cute, cute, cute, super-comfy and clean! Pristine kitchen and baths. Soaring ceilings. Charming architectural details. Beautifully appointed interiors. Modern amenities under a historic roof. And luxurious beds I challenge you to stay awake in... Your biggest problem during your stay at Smithville Cottage will be dragging yourself away from its many comforts to go enjoy the rest of the town!

I live in Los Angeles and will admit to being surprised by Smithville. I was ready for mint juleps, slow summer strolls and lazy lunches. And that's all there for you. But don't be fooled by the serene country setting. Smithville and its friendly locals serve up enough personality and entertainment to keep you on your toes all day and into the night.

There's the sprawling Diamond Y Farm, where I was invited to take photographs and cavort with the free-range chickens before leaving with some of the finest, fattest eggs I've had the pleasure of eating. There's kayaking the Colorado. And there's "Smitty" and the railroad museum, where we were regaled with stories of Smithville's history as a railroad town.

The streets of downtown Smithville are lined with antique stores ready for mining, and don't forget to stop in to the fantastic craftsman woodworking shop. The owner alone will make it worth your while. What a charmer! Oh, and I'm a total film buff, so strolling the historic neighborhoods in search of movie locations was a real treat!

In the evening, explore restaurant options in and around Smithville, or fire up the grill on the deck at Smithville Cottage and put that gorgeous chef's kitchen to good use! We did it both ways, and both were fantastic. For the night owls, I highly recommend popping into Heubel's for a beer and a mingle with the locals. It's a real "pull up a chair and join us" kind of place. Loved it!

All in all, my stay at Smithville Cottage was a delicious cocktail of friendly locals, fun day trips, perfect accommodations and some of the best sleep I've had in ages. My only regret is I didn't stay longer. Next time... :)
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Austin Bergstorm Airport
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy. 71
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown - Main Street

Smithville, Texas is centrally located between Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Bryan-College Station. Main Street of this charming railroad town is within walking distance and offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the works of local artists, antiquing and dining. Old homes and businesses line the streets and 206 properties are listed in the National Historic Register. Smithville's old fashioned appeal has not been lost on Hollywood. Films such as Hope Floats, Tree of Life, Bernie and Shady Texas has had part or all of their scenes shot here.

Situated on the Colorado River and in the 'Lost Pines' of Central, Texas also means that the Adventurer in your party won't be disappointed. River activities, State Parks and golfing are all in close proximity to the cottage.

**30 mins away Spa Django at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort;

20 mins away The Bugle Boy LIVE music featuring local, up & coming and nationally known artists;

40 mins away Shakespeare productions by UT theater students;

40 mins away UT Brisco Center for American History;

45 mins away Circuit of Americas home of F1 racing in America;

45 mins away Round Top Antique Festival;

45 mins away Austin, Texas home to great food prepared by nationally renowned chefs like Paul Qui, wonderful shopping experiences and the Capitol of Texas;

*Find more on our website*

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Availability & Rates

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Smithville House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning 40
Refundable damage deposit 100
Tax Rate 13.75%
Notes Rates
$175 Sunday-Thursday
$195 Friday & Saturday


Rates are based on 2 occupants. Each additional occupant $15 per person/per night. Maximum 5 guests.

Minimum 2 night stay preferred.
1 night stay requires an additional $40 cleaning fee.
Full payment due 7 days prior to your stay.

Rates are subject to change and vary during high demand.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Smithville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1658 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer. Everything you need.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bed Room - 1 king , Luxurious king size bed in front bedroom with adjoining bath
    Blue Room - Offers a trundle bed for two or a double bed.
  • Bed linens, and towels provided. Bedroom is comfortable and has everything you need for your stay.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • shopping
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • roller blading
  • water tubing
  • golf
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Quiet, private home less than an hour outside of Austin, Texas featuring a gourmet kitchen and all the tools of the trade necessary to treat yourself, your spouse or your friends to wonderful home cooked meal after spending the day on the river, antiquing or just relaxing on the back deck. Crawl into the luxurious king sized bed after enjoying 'Hope Floats', filmed right down the street, in the Texas Room.
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