Smithville House Rental Photos and Description
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.
- pets not allowed
- Events Allowed
- not suitable for children
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Beverly Seffel
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
Why Beverly Seffel chose Smithville
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.
What makes this house unique
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.
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... :)