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Virginia Pratt

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish


36 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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 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 an 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.

I now have a professional exterminator and cleaning service for my guests. Please remember that it is an older home and ambiance is preferred the rough terrain and nature which surrounds our older home which has its character and imbues within our home.

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 DO NOT PARK anywhere in the cul de sac turn around space and most definitely not 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. Thank you for your parking consideration.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Virginia Pratt (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

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 Austin

Our 1941 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.


based on 36 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.75 based on 36 reviews

Beautiful! Perfect for our family gathering

  • 5 of 5

This home was just perfect for our Thanksgiving gathering. We cooked all our meals in the galley kitchen which has all new appliances and was well stocked with great pots and pans, glass ware and dishes. The pool patio in the backyard had a fire pit with plenty of firewood which led to a great time outside on a cool night. Charcoal was available for grilling as well as all the tools and pans needed. Our host was gracious and so warm and welcoming. We would definitely stay again and recommend this home to a friend. The description is accurate and the home was very clean and well maintained. The owner went above and beyond to provide great customer service.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Digna, Thank you so much for enjoying our home for your family Thanksgiving gathering and what great news that our home was such a wonderful place for your friends and family to gather and cook up a great Thanksgiving dinner and come together and celebrate the holidays. We hope our guests enjoy our home as you did with space and warmth for the holidays, family reunions, and memorable times where people want to reunite and come together for great times. I am so glad that you found our home to be that place for your family and we hope to provide that for people that want to gather for special celebrations, holiday gatherings, family reunions and a getaway retreat as well! Your family was wonderful and gracious and that's what makes it special for me as well. I'm also glad that you found our home to be clean with ample cooking facilities and amenities and the barbecue grill and fire pit kept you warm and and feeling at home. Thank you for sharing your great cooking with me and you are all welcome back any time. We welcome all families and people wanting to come together and enjoy quality time for all celebrations, holiday gatherings, reunions and all occasions as you all did. Thank you again, Digna and Guests. The doors are always open for you and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks again! Sincerely, Virginia
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Unique and functional

  • 5 of 5

My family rented the home while in Austin for our daughter's wedding at the Contemporary at Laguna Gloria so the location was excellent for us. We greatly enjoyed the pool and outdoor grill area (except for the vicious mosquitoes) for entertaining other family and friends. The pool especially was a big hit with the kids! The long narrow drive and parking was a bit of a challenge for the guests coming and going but we worked it out. While the kitchen and bathrooms are relatively small, especially for several people getting ready for a wedding, it just took a little pre-planning to get everyone scheduled for their times. Virginia was very accommodating and responded promptly to our calls when something was needed. This home may not have an updated kitchen and large open floor plan for entertaining but it is full of history, character and fun conversation starters!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kristi, Thank you for being such great guests and I'm so glad that you all enjoyed your stay here. I am so glad that you enjoyed the character, history and charm of our home. Also, for girl's get togethers, I am putting a big mirror in between all the bedrooms so that ladies can prepare for weddings, a night out on the town and see their beautiful selves as they prepare for the day as well. Thank you for the reminder as I have been thinking that would be a good space for all the fun times you and all the bachelorette parties and weddings that we accommodate. I appreciate your stay here and welcome you and all again! Best Wishes to All, Sincerely, Virginia
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  • 5 of 5

This space was great, and the owner was nothing but amazing. We had some parking issues but was able to work it out with the assistance of the owner. The house is great and secluded but in the middle of it all... Plenty of space and everything to make for a great weekend.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope all our guests after a full day of festivals and festivities. are as grateful and easy going as you all were! After a full day at the action packed ACL Festival, I hope you enjoyed your recharge stay at our home. Thank you for maneuvering the limited parking situation and arranging and complying to recommended requests. We can hold up to 5 carefully arranged cars (but 4 is the comfortable limit). i am so grateful when guests understand our parking limitations and 4 cars is great for overnight, and for events across the street works for a few hours, but overnight 4 (or 5) is the better limit. Also, it is an honor to be asked to reserve our home for next year! Please let me know your weekend for ACL in your request and I am happy to make your reservation as you desire. We love great guests that are grateful, respectful, clean, considerate, understanding compliant, and problem free!!! Looking forward to your reservation request next ACL 2016! Hope to see you next year or sooner! Sincerely, Virginia
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Good location - large home

  • 4 of 5

We had a large group for girls weekend so this house fit us all perfectly. It was great having a pool with the September heat. The location was perfect, being just 10 minutes from downtown. Although there was room for a few cars, maneuvering in the driveway was pretty tight. Virginia, the owner, is on site for any questions or concerns, but we did not feel like she was looming over us.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies for having such a great time in my home! It was a joy having you and best wishes to all the ladies who came and visited! I hope to see you again sometime in the future for your next vacation rental in Austin! Thanks again, Virginia
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Virginia was more than accommodating and such a kind hostess. The home was beyond our expectations and our guest were very impressed. This home has everything you need and more. We were there to celebrate my 30th birthday and had such a great time at the house that we didn't leave the property the entire weekend. Between the pool, the grill, the floats, the Christmas lights and all the outdoor seating we were set up! I must say that the Christmas lights surrounding the pool at night were such a nice touch. All in all I would recommend this property to everyone! We will definitely be back. Thank You for making my birthday extra special, Virginia.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Raime, Thank you and all your fun friends for being such great guests and having such a wonderful time for your birthday party! I really appreciate the stellar review and that you appreciated the Christmas lights that my son put up and the pool and the privacy, but most of all I am so glad that you had the best 30th landmark birthday party! We hope to see you for more fun times ahead! Sincerely, Virginia
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Bachelorette party weekend

  • 5 of 5

I held a bachelorette party weekend for a friend in Austin, TX (road trip from DFW, TX) and this house was perfect for it. The four bedrooms are well spaced out and the house is nice and roomy, the 1940's feel is just incredibly cool, and the backyard is fun and adorable. We were able to get LOUD in this house, yet because of its seclusion we didn't bother anyone (even Virginia who was staying next door!). Virginia (the owner) found a way for all 5 of our cars to fit in her driveway and was very flexible on check-in and I was able to reach her any time I needed to. We were able to take Uber and Lyft rides from this house to nearby restaurants and 6th street for ~$13 on a Saturday night, and this house was near everything we needed (groceries, party city, food, etc). The house is in a nice part of town as well, so we all felt safe coming and going. Every girl staying with me that weekend said they would come back to that exact location, and I plan to! Thanks Virginia!!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hannah and All, Thank you so much for your great review, being such great guests and having such a great time! I look forward to hosting any and all of you and we are grateful to have such wonderful gracious guests as you all were! Thanks again and we hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes to All, Sincerely, 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.


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Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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 30 days before arrival date.
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Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
I am a professional licensed massage therapist by the Department of Health in the State of Texas and can provide on-site professional massage when I am available.

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