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Historic Castle Cottage - Heart of SoCo District!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Best location! Heart of SoCo, 1 Bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps up to 2)

The Castle Cottage is now available for short-term rent and resides in one of the few historic estates in Travis Heights. The cottage is located on a quiet tree-lined street, one block from Stacy Park (with spring fed lap pool and walking trails) and three blocks from the SoCo entertainment district (ranked the best street in Texas by Texas Monthly). The estate is an excellent example of Moorish-influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture. The main house (no longer for rent) is occupied by owners Ian and Angela and has an arcaded porch with steel framed casement windows that extends along the front of the house and makes the property one of the most distinguishable in the neighborhood. Ian and Angela love meeting our guests and are available for suggestions regarding favorite spots both in our neighborhood and around the city.

The Castle on the Hill - behind the scenes: 'The John House,' or more commonly known by the local residents as 'The Castle on the Hill' was featured by the historic preservation committee for the Travis Heights Neighborhood Association for exemplifying the rich, historic architecture of South Austin.

More Details

Ian Reddy
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2017


South River City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Dowstairs WC - toilet , combination tub/shower , Clawfoot bathtub with shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has a cozy side entrance to the garden patio with replete with Spanish fountain, table, chairs, tree and lots and lots of flowers.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Historic Castle Cottage - Heart of SoCo District!
average rating of 4.980392 based on 51 reviews

Great Everything

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this incredible home with another couple and really enjoyed our time! Great location. Amazing home. Lovely neighborhood. There was plenty of space to unwind in the upstairs living space or the lower level. Enough parking space and extraordinary amenities. The owners were always available to answer questions and to help in any way they could. We'd really love to go back and would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't wait to stay again

  • 5 of 5

The Castle is wonderful and located in a great place, close to main attractions and in a peaceful neighborhood at the same time, a couple blocks from South Congress, a around the corner from a park. We even walked to downtown. You can also take an Uber that takes less than 5 min.

Restaurants and coffee shops nearby are a great start of the day.

Ian and Angela provide not only their incredible home but a lot of information. At the home you´ll find various guides and tours suggestions.

As hosts they were most helpful, and made the booking process easy.

My gratitude and best wishes!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enthusiastically Endorse This Property!!

  • 5 of 5

The Castle on the Hill is a perfect getaway house. It is beautifully appointed with every amenity anyone could want - from handsome comfortable furniture, to a fully equipped kitchen. We have been to the house twice and it truly feels like a home away from home. The location is perfect - right in Soco but nestled in the cute neighborhood of Travis Heights - and in walking distance to everything. I enthusiastically endorse this property! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wow, this place is AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

I have to agree with all the other reviews...EVERYTHING about the place was first class. The location, the amenities, the rooms, everything! The owners, Ian and Anglea, are beyond accommodating and responsive. The house experience was even better than the Austin experience...and that's saying a lot for this incredible city. This is the place!!

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a great time

  • 5 of 5

Our group of five stayed at this beautiful home for three nights. We were blown away by the beauty and location. I cant stress enough how amazing Angela and Ian were. I highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot In AUSTIN

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 spent almost one week in this incredible home. The experience was exactly what we had hoped for. We especially liked having a full kitchen where we could make meals at home as one of my children has some special dietary needs. The home is very grand and a real historic and iconic home in the neighborhood.

The property was very elegant and well maintained. The furniture and amenities were exceptional. The location is really central and so many of the places on our to see in South Congress -- and all were reachable by foot. The neighborhood is safe and offers plenty to do, day or night. I can recommend this place, hands down. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Congress Avenue, better known as SoCo, is the vibrant arts and entertainment district south of the river. Swing dance at the famous Continental Club or eat some of the best Mexian food in town at Guerros Taco Bar, its all just a stone's throw away from one of the most unique residences in all of Austin -- The Castle on the Hill. Walk one block in the other direction and enter Stacy Park, designed with a public spring fed lap pool on one side and children’s spring fed wading pool and playground on the other. Walking trails weave throughout and lead toward the famous Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail where you will find access to all the outdoor activities imaginable, including canoeing, sculling, kayaing, jogging, and mountain biking. Whether your search involves a raucus night of live music, an outdoor exploration of Austin or just a quiet evening on the veranda, the Castle on the Hill provides a tranquil retreat nestled in the heart of it all.


Rates & Availability

South River City Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 5 2017 - Oct 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 19 2017 - Oct 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 14 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter Holiday Season
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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