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Bedrooms 5
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms , Sleeps 10

Let us take you away to another place and oasis in the heart of the city, where the unexplored meets the avant garde in a time where artists, poets and scholars, wit, humor and long conversations, cocktail parties and eccentrics converged at the top of the long tall driveway Imagine golden luminarios decorating the path up to this romantic era, the 1940s in Austin. We hope to take you to away for a while.

Our family home is a beautiful, charming classic home that sits on top of a hill on 3/4 acre with surrounding nature and privacy, an oasis in the heart of the city. It has a swimming pool and a fabulous view. overlooking the soothing blue hills and amber and golden hues of lovely West Austin sunsets. The beautiful spacious living room with a grand piano is a great place to read a book, relax, lounge, quiet down and be still for a moment, and gaze across the soft pastels to the radiant red lovely Austin sunsets. The stone sun room opens to a path leading to the pool below. It is just minutes away from Mount Bonnell, Austin's famous landmark overlooking the city and beautiful sunset, Laguna Gloria Art Museum and Mayfield Peacock Park and Nature trails. Great for entertaining, the home captures an era of Old Austin. It is a 5 BR / 3 BA, has a pool with a deck that is completely private, a beautiful spacious living room, a stone sun porch and a library, great for lounging and relaxing. It has wifi, cable, washer/dryer, kitchen, private pool and deck and is a rare treasure to find---a vacation within itself.

Many people come to go explore and stay and relax and enjoy the red cardinals, the blue birds, the purple night skies above the pool and starlight nights and sparkling waves splashing around the pool. Festivity, reunions, celebrations and elegant parties continue to be the heart of our home. We welcome you and hope to host you and your guests and take you to another place and time.

This is just for the business and practical side of our home, but I do want everyone to know that I listen to your desires and what I can improve, so please know that I care and will do what I can for you to fully enjoy your stay here and have a wonderful chill on the hill Rare Secluded 1940s Estate Experience.

As for early and late check out, we very seldom can do it as we have a quick turnaround of guests departure and next arrival. Please let us know as much in advance as possible if you would like to request early or late check in/check out so that we can plan on the best timing for our cleaning and changeover crew. We will do our best to accommodate you in the best way possible. An hour early or late check in/out is usually easy. If it is possible to do an earlier or later check out for more than an hour, we will prorate the time from the nightly rate for what each hour would cost which is $17.50 hour. We appreciate your understanding and consideration and hope to be able accommodate you if possible.

We have a professional exterminator and cleaning service for my guests. Please remember that it is an older home with ambiance and rough terrain and nature which surrounds our home which has character that seem to charm our guests.

Once you arrive at the top of the narrow path up the long, tall hill into the gravel sound on car wheels driveway, there are a few perks for parking which is limited to 4 cars. Please make sure cars can get in and out of the driveway and leave the circle drive and the driveway clear. There are 2 spaces just at the top of the hill to the right, in between the 2 porches on the West side. There is 1 space at the end of the driveway to the right under the carport. There is 1 space at the top of the driveway to the left of the angel by the large oak tree. Make sure you turn around and back into the parking space and face down the driveway. Please Leave the driveway clear and do not park anywhere in the cul de sac turn around space or in front of the bamboo privacy fence on the East Side of the property which is to the left on the back of the property by the shed. When you come up the driveway, make sure you turn your car around and are facing out.

Parking Space 1 & 2 - Top of the driveway to the right on the West Side in between the 2 front porches. Parking Space 3 - the carport for small cars, at the end of the driveway on the right.

Parking Space - 4 - At the top of the hill on the left, to the left of the angel and large oak tree. This space is the best for larger vehicles, SUVs and larger trucks. Once you turn around, you may back into the space at an angle facing downward toward the street.

Thank you for your parking consideration.

Now that you have parked, take a breath, relax, enjoy!

More Details

Virginia Pratt
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Virginia Pratt

My children and I welcome you to our family home built in 1941 by their great grandfather, distinguished UT Professor of English and Lord Byron scholar. My children and I have all grown up in this home and we hope that you will enjoy the privacy surrounded by nature, the charm, the beauty and the rich history of our unique and lovely Central West Austin Tarrytown. A great place to leisurely stroll the grounds, entertain, relax and enjoy-- A private retreat in the heart of Austin.

Virginia Pratt purchased this house in 1941

Why Virginia Pratt chose Tarrytown

Our 1940s Estate and home has the flair of Old Austin and once hosted great parties with scholars, artists from a grand era. Now in the heart of the city, our home sits on top of a hill overlooking the West Austin sunset. We welcome you to our family home of generations and hope that you will feel the essence of a grand era--an oasis and a vacation in the heart of the city.

What makes this house unique

We hope that you will enjoy the beauty, the charm, the privacy, the peace and tranquility of our home amongst the beautiful wooded grounds and the surrounding nature. The vast, spacious home with the view of the West Austin sunset from the living room and sun porch is gorgeous and a vacation within itself. The home and the estate capture an era of Old Austin, a rare treasure to find.


Tarrytown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • River ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Fresh clean white, with tub/shower, toilet, pedestal sink
    Peachy Keen - toilet , shower , Fresh Peach with shower, toilet and sink, basic and clean.
    Forest Green Cabin - toilet , combination tub/shower , Green, surrounded by woods with tub/shower, toilet and sink.
  • I have added shower heads that increase the water pressure and remember that the house is built in 1941, so please let the hot water run for a few minutes to get it going and all should be good to go. Alternate showers works best for groups and the hot water usually takes a little while after about 5 showers
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Turquoise - 1 double
    Purple Room - 1 queen , It has a new Queen Size bed with attached full bathroom
    Midnight Blue - 1 queen , Queen size bed
    Library - 1 sleep sofa /futon , With a Queen size sleigh bed fold out futon
  • The Red Room - Master Bedroom has a comfortable king size bed with down pillows and comforter, an antique vanity, full length mirror, a closet and a chest of drawers for your belongings. The Aqua Room has an antique double sleigh bed, a vanity with drawers with a skylight and looks out over the pool. The Purple Room has a Queen size Bed with adjoining private bathroom. The Library has a comfortable queen size sleigh bed fold out futon with a double antique desk, a wide screen TV and can sleep 2 privately. It is a peaceful reading room as well. The Midnight Blue Room is just off the kitchen and has a queen size bed, its own wooded bathroom, with washer/dryer behind swinging saloon doors. It can be darkened completely and is peaceful. The Purple Room has a queen bed, a TV with adjoining full bathroom and many guests prefer its cool laid back feel.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.7777777 based on 54 reviews

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

The house was awesome and Virginia was a great host

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Home

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful for our anual get together. Virginia was both pleasant and accommodating. We recommend this wonderful property to anyone looking for a quite setting within minutes of the city.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Such a memorable stay!

  • 5 of 5

I would absolutely recommend staying at this home - Virginia was such a help, and made it so easy for us to check in and out. The home is lovely, one of a kind, and easily accommodated a group of 10 ladies. It definitely feels secluded, and has all you need for a night in, or a brief cab ride into downtown. Thanks again for the memorable stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Monica and Lovely Ladies for being the dream guests every host hopes for!!! For a group of 10 ladies, I will say, you are the classiest group of ladies that I thought I could l only hope for, but you arrived and were so respectful and peaceful and easy going and left our home spotless!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You ladies put a new spin on girls' get togethers and give bachelorette parties a stellar 5 star review. It really warms my heart that all 10 ladies had a comfortable space for the entire weekend! I really appreciate fabulous guests like you and am so grateful that our home provided a lovely memorable time for such a special occasion. All the greats above are all thanking you as well!!! We hope to see you for your vacation rental at our 1940s Estate in Austin. All the Best Wishes to you all!!! Thanks again!!!
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What a unique house!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for a bachelorette party with 9 girls. It worked out perfectly! The pool was awesome and the house was even better than the pictures make it out to be. Has a lot of charm and character. We were traveling from out of town and did not have a car but was able to use Lyft easily the whole weekend. Would stay again if in town.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies for being such great guests and I'm so delighted that the house and pool worked out so well for your bachelorette party weekend. Also, I really appreciate you leaving our home son nice and clean. I hope to see you all again!!! And thank you!!!
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

So quite and secluded for being right in the city. Great house, we had a super time chillin by the pool and hanging out.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear James, Thank you for being such wonderful guests and I'm so pleased that you all enjoyed relaxing by the pool. We hope to see you next vacation rental in Austin! Best Wishes, Virginia
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It's so Austin!

  • 4 of 5

This home is lovely, quirky, huge and fun. It's obviously a well-loved home to generations of an Austin family, from folk art to childhood pictures to a glorious collection of blue glass in the kitchen. The pool was cool and clean - a lovely way to end a hot summer day.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary, Thank you for being such wonderful guests and for enjoying our old family home and relaxing by the pool is always a plus! I hope you will return for your next vacation rental in Austin. Best Wishes, Virginia
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
AUS Bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Deep Eddy Cabaret
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lions Municipal
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Mopac / Loop 1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
2 Miles
Lake Austin
Car: recommended

Just up the road is Mount Bonnell, Austin's famous historical landmark with the gorgeous skyline at sunset along side Lake Austin with an amazing sunset view, Laguna Gloria, Art Museum with rolling acres and grounds overlooking water into Lake Austin, Mayfield Park were peacocks roam the acres of grounds and nature trails, with ponds and native community gardens. Just down the street from Westwood Country Club along Lake Austin.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

Cleaning Fee is $150
15% Tax is added
$25 / Night per Person (over 6 people)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.