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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • 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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Experience nature in the TX Hill Country with proximity to shopping & dining
average rating of 4.6571426 based on 37 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: Mar 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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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: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Felt like we were staying with family in the country!

  • 4 of 5

Breathtakingly beautiful surroundings that made it feel like we were having an isolated adventure in the hill country, yet still had "family" close by if we needed anything! Mike even assisted us late at night when we had accidentally locked ourselves out of the casita! This stay was like going back in time and visiting my granny's house in Texas, with the very vintage accommodations. If you are looking for a posh environment, this is not your place, yet if you are looking for a quiet, camp like environment in the hill country, with everything you need, this place fits the bill and Mike's custom tour of the 400 acre property in his all terrain vehicle was quite the treat when we arrived!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you both enjoyed your stay! Your timing proved perfect, the hill country enjoys a full blush of spring right now, thanks to ample rainfall. Yes, the Casita is definitely far from posh, but we're slowly improving it. All the old, drafty windows have been replaced; and two new doors should arrive soon. Next task: replacing the vintage quarter-sawn oak antique furniture!
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  • 4 of 5

Very quaint and quiet. Inside was clean. No TV, but internet access available. Stove is not connected to gas. Enjoy the surrounding areas.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Stunning property just outside Austin. Unbelievable location. Poperty has private swimming hole!!!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed 2 nights at the casita. I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful this location is. The website doesn't begin to do it justice. The property is 400+ acres of rolling hill country hills. We pulled up to the casita and were just in time to witness a stunning hill country sunset (it's over a mile drive just to get to the house from the gate on Hamilton Pool road!! So amazing and secluded!!). My kids were so excited that we immediately hopped out of the car and walked down the hill to explore the property. We lucked out because all the rain has created a beautiful private swimming hole on Los Madrones property. There is also a creek that has waterfalls and is crystal clear and calm enough for us to walk most of the way down to the swimming hole in the creek (my kids are 4,7,11 and everyone was fine walking in the creek). The water hole is spectacular. Honestly we were thinking of skipping Jacobs Well and Hamilton Pool because we had our own swimming hole!! But we decided to visit both of those locations too since we already had reservations.

This little casita is located in a perfect location. 7 minutes to Hamilton Pool/Reimers Ranch/Westcave preserve. Just 10 minutes to Whole Foods and all the shops you can possibly need. 15 minutes to Dripping Springs. Only 40 minutes to downtown Austin. 30 minutes to Lake Travis. 30 minutes in the other direction to Wimberley. Close enough for us to hike enchanted rock and visit Fredericksberg as well (about 80 minutes away).

We will absolutely be back, but I think next time we will make sure the water is still flowing so that we can hopefully swim in the private water hole longer than we did this time. We could have easily spent all day just exploring the owners land, but I had planned too many other adventures, so we only spent a few hours actually exploring the property. If you go here, definitely plan for half a day just hanging out at the casita/exploring the land. You won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so very glad you and your family made time to explore and enjoy our ranch! Especially including the swimming holes along Little Bee Creek. This area has been blessed with over 20" of rainfall so far this year, and the vegetation simply astounds, and the creek flows merrily day after day. Even should this rain stop falling for the remainder of the summer, the creek will flow all the way into August, allowing future guests the chance to enjoy their own private swimming hole. Julie & Mike
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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.


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2 night minimum stay

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Tax Rate 6.0%

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