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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 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.

I now have a professional exterminator and cleaning service for my guests. Please remember that it is an older home and ambiance is preferred as is 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 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
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

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 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.7826085 based on 46 reviews

Delightful and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Virginia's house was a delightful and completely comfortable space for our family's week in Austin for my daughter's wedding. There are several inviting/sunny nooks for individual conversations and yet spacious common areas for all to visit. Even with two inside options for dining, we couldn't resist poolside meals in the completely private and green enclosed haven. The children felt 'right at home' and Virginia could not have been more accommodating and immediately available for any question we had. We will definitely reserve for any further family gatherings.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, older home in an excellent Austin location....very private

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful Christmas visit in this property. We had 8 adults and everyone had very comfortable sleeping arrangements and plenty of places to roam and have space for eating, lounging, and socializing. The house is very unique in layout and allows for parents at one end and all the kids at the other.....which for adult kids was a great idea. One issue that everyone mentioned was that the living room although huge an decorated very nicely for the holidays, did not have a tv or place to watch holiday videos. We ended setting up a computer on a bench and everyone gathering around to watch ELF and some of our other favorites. Every room except the living room, and parents room has a television. The bathrooms were well appointed and there were plenty of linens, pillows, blankets, chairs, etc. for everyone. The kids actually jumped into the pool on Christmas to celebrate the holiday....but quickly rethought that idea when they got out since it was freezing cold. The kitchen is small and older. Although it did have adequate cooking area, the prep area and having a large family prepping holiday dinner in the kitchen became tight in this smaller space. Otherwise, the house is very unique, something very different, offers great privacy, and has a huge backyard for large group gatherings. There is a fire pit, and huge bbq adequate seating and lights provide a festive atmosphere. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at the Austin home.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded home with lots of character.

  • 5 of 5

Our family was in Austin for our daughters wedding and we wanted a quiet space to gather as a family. This place was perfect for us, with plenty of seating in common areas for everyone to gather for group activities, but lots of private space to get away for some quiet time. Virginia was very helpful and made sure we had everything we needed for our wonderful stay. The outdoor area was a nice space for everyone to gather in the evening.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy hosting such a wonderful family for their daughter's wedding stay in Austin! I'm grateful for families that come to gather for memorable festive occasions such as weddings, family reunions, birthdays, holidays as Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Year's, pre-wedding parties, and all types of reunions and joyous gatherings. Thanks to all those who we have had the joy to share our home with, we invite our future guests to enjoy as well. And we definitely appreciate our wonderful guests that leave our home so nice and clean, as they found it. Many happy returns to our wonderful guests and future guests. It is and will be a pleasure to host you and we welcome you!
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Love the space

  • 5 of 5

Great space and amazing owner...very accommodating and commutative

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an honor to have our guests return the next year for the ACL festival and to be so gracious and kind and leave our home virtually untouched and so nice and clean was an added bonus!!! I love that our guests come for the festivals in Austin and return and seem to enjoy the retreat after a day of fun filled festival time!! We hope to see you next year for ACL and we welcome you back any time! Thank you again!!
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  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the rare and secluded 1940s estate. I love history and you can imagine that this home is full of tales of the early Texas settlers! Books and pictures abound that take you back to another place in time. The beds were so comfortable, there were plenty of towels and the kitchen was well stocked. The pool area was incredible - sun, shade, seclusion and lots of pool toys and floats. The home is close to the river and many parts of Austin with little traffic. Restaurants and supermarkets are all close. Virginia is a wonderful host! Thank you for sharing your family home with us. Mary Ann

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a sheer delight and honor to host such a wonderful family for Thanksgiving and to hear that our home was relaxing and spacious and everyone had a place to go for privacy and to come together for family time!!! And to have our home look virtually untouched and sparkly clean after a week stay was an added bonus and real treat!!! They are the dream guests and I hope they will return for their next vacation in Austin!!! Thank you for being such wonderful guests and we welcome you back any time!!!
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Great stay! Private, spacious, and perfect for a weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for my bachelorette party. The owner of the house was extremely flexible and accommodating to our needs. We all came from out of state and Virginia was very willing to allow us to store our luggage before/after official check-in and check-out times. The house is adorable and beds are comfortable. There is a lot of sleeping space and can hold many adults. There is a wonderful sun room that looks out to the pool, and having a pool in Austin was excellent! It was very easy to communicate with Virginia before and during our stay. She promptly responded to all questions we had before and during our stay. The house is in a great location, walking distance to a grocery store, and a short taxi away form S. Congress Street and 6th Street. The property is large, private and quiet. I would highly recommend staying at this home if you visit Austin with a group of adults or with your family.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How wonderful to hear that our home provided this fun group of ladies for their bachelorette party weekend!!! I'm thrilled to hear that it was so convenient to get Downtown and their was plenty of space and the pool was a jewel for summertime in Texas. I appreciate hearing that I was easy to communicate with and work with as I strive to be that with all our guests. Thank you ladies and we hope to see you again for your next vacation rental in Austin. We welcome you and Thanks again!!!
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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

Tarrytown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $200 + 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.
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