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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining

Bedrooms Studio
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Experience ranch living in a nicely appointed, very private stone cabin

Los Madrones, a private ranch in western Travis County, in Central Texas, offers visitors the opportunity to 'rent-a-ranch' for a while, for nature photography, birding, or just relaxing. The 400-acre property features limestone bluffs, Little Bee Creek, open pastures, and hilltop vistas stretching past the Colorado River. Ranch owners Julie and Mike Murphy converted the property to wildlife conservation in 2000, and have managed it since then to improve habitat for turkey, quail, and other species.

Four or five pairs of Golden-cheeked warblers nest on the property every spring; and with luck, ranch visitors may observe and photograph this endangered species.

More Details

Mike Murphy
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Truly awesome experience, it's hard to imagine that Los Madrones is only 25 miles from Austin yet a world away in terms of peace and quiet. The Casita is beautiful and the ranch is ripe for exploration. Thanks for your hospitality! I enjoyed every minute.
May 2013
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Dripping Springs Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our Casita has one double bed and one futon in the same room. In a pinch, there's a cot that can also be set up. Note: owners' residence is 100' east of the Casita.
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Los Madrones features 400 acres of beautiful Texas hill country for our guests to explore. The ranch has a 3.5 mile road that loops around the back of the ranch, and guests are encouraged to walk it to view the terrain. Other trails lead to Little Bee Creek, culminating in a beautiful waterfall.


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(38 traveler reviews)

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Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
average rating of 4.6578946 based on 40 reviews

A peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this beautiful ranch was a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of our jobs. It is located a short drive from the city and especially close to two major parks, not to mention local winerys. Mike gave us a brief history of the area and also provided us with recommendations on local sites and restaurants ( Carmela's Italian restaurant, just 1/2 mile from the gate had the best Cabrese salad and the lasagna was outstanding!). The cabin was the perfect size for two and was very relaxing. We were awakened each morning by the singing of birds. We hope to visit again very soon. Mick and Trish from Azle...

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad y'all enjoyed your stay! And your timing proved perfect, as the hill country displayed beautiful spring beginnings. We hope to see you here again, soon. Mike & Julie
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this rental! It’s quiet and serene and set in nature yet a fairly quick drive to stores and restaurants in Bee Cave and surrounding towns. We enjoyed meeting Mike as he came over to greet us and chat for a bit. The kitchen had everything we needed and the refrigerator had cold bottled water for us to use. We wanted to explore the area more and will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time In The Hill Country

  • 4 of 5

Loved the setting. Located on a property in the Hill Country. The casita is part of the overall property. The property seems to go on for miles. The amenities were great. The only drawback is the bed and futon. Wife and I had a hard time sleeping in our normal sleep pattern. Our kids slept fine. Enjoyed the howling coyotes.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very glad y'all enjoyed your ranch experience! Sorry to learn of the bed/futon dissatisfaction, though. We've been making slow improvements as we can afford them, and I just ordered a new custom queen bed to match existing antique oak furniture. And, we'll be looking to replace futon with a sleeper sofa. Please consider us again when these new improvements arrive early next year!
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Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I rented the Casita. The house is very nice and comfortable. The property is beautiful and very peaceful we really enjoyed exploring the property and just sitting outside relaxing. Mike was very nice and went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed. We would definitely stay again in the future.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and Serene

  • 5 of 5

We went for my birthday weekend getaway to relax and recharge. This place was a perfect setting for that; fresh air and the sounds of birds singing in the morning were a nice break from the usual sounds we hear. Weather was awesome with warm days and cool nights. Mike and Julie were very gracious hosts. We will def be back!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Quite and beautiful

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International
Nearest Train
27 Miles
Austin Amtrak
Car: recommended

Other Activities: rock climbing & mountain biking is 4 miles away at Reimer's Ranch, a county park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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