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Claudia reese

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish

New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country

34 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

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Garden cottage with large porch, patio, garden. 1 BR, 1 Bath

Entering the garden gate, you'll walk under an arbor and pass the chicken coop, the organic garden and enter your own private retreat. We have made every effort to make this retreat as green as possible. Just inside the gate you have a lovely patio shaded by native Live Oaks, another garden area planted with Texas Natives, and a large covered porch with an outdoor dining spot, and a wide bench with huge Fat Boy beanbag cushions. Inside the Casita, which is small and efficient, you have a queen sized bed, an Italian love seat and ottoman, a kitchen with granite counter tops and equipped all the basics, an expandable dining table, a closet and a bath with walk in shower. There are handmade tiles installed in the kitchen and the bath. The dinnerware is from our studio. We We harvest rainwater and use it on the vegetable gardens, and use some for the landscaping. When available, we can supply you with some fresh eggs from the chickens and a vegetable or two from the garden. Just ask and we will harvest for you. The hot water heater is tankless on demand, the AC/heater is an energy efficient 18 Seer Mini-Split, and there is a ceiling fan to reduce the need for AC. The floors are hardwood and tile with an area rug in the living area. We use sustainable paper products, bath products and soaps. The furniture and cabinetry was locally sourced and/or reclaimed.

We have 3 fish ponds with Koi and goldfish for you to enjoy.

There is a lap pool on the property, filled with rainwater which you are welcome to use while enjoying the cool water, the flowers and watching the wind generators spin. This is a very relaxing place.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Claudia reese (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Claudia reese

I'm a studio artist and have made my living making pottery, tiles and sculpture since 1981. I taught in universities for a number of years but found that I loved running my own studio. It gives me the freedom to work on my property and add tiles, sculpture, architectural elements, gardens and out buildings.

Claudia reese purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Claudia reese chose Austin

I bought this property because I love Austin and especially this area. When I found it, the cooling breezes seemed to always be blowing. First I built the studio, then my house and pool, and to capture those breezes, I put in a couple of wind turbines. Just recently we finished the Casita which I'm calling CasitAlegre.

What makes this cottage unique

This 'compound' developed organically. We'd add one building and another just seemed to want to be built. We've been conscious of making it as environmentally green and sustainable as possible. The main house is built with compressed earth blocks, there are many solar panels, and two wind turbines which we've dubbed 'Thing 1 and Thing 2', a vast water collection system, and of course the gardens. So we've been at it for a while, and I still have new ideas of things to build and improve.

When you visit you'll find a wonderful pool for relaxing or swimming, and just outside the gates, good walking routes and great bike routes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Perfect!



Everything was absolutely stunning. We can't wait to go back. It was so peaceful, but also enough to the city so we could enjoy that too!
Sep 2013
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4.9
based on 34 traveler reviews

New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 35 reviews
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A little piece of Hill Country Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My stay was absolutely fabulous! From the moment I arrived I felt welcome and well taken care of. The Casita was just as it looked on the website plus all the surrounding charm you hoped for. Tucked away in the hills off Bee Caves Road you could get to downtown Austin in 20 - 30 minutes depending on time of day. All kinds of restaurants, shops & malls within 5 to 15 minutes. The Casita is pet friendly so I was able to take my little dog and I think she had even more fun than I did. Cute fenced in yard so she could run all around and not bother anyone. Claudia made sure to have the Casita lights on if I was out after dark, Fresh eggs available by the properties own chickens, darling pool area to relax and read books and great tin roof to listen to the rain - so relaxing! Only tips: I would take your own pillow if you like down ones & if you are a TV person take a chrome cast stick as there are only 4 channels as Claudia discloses. It was actually kind of nice not having the TV on all the time like I do at home. We can't wait to go back!! Thank you agian for your hospitality, Charlotte

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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perfect

  • 5 of 5

The casita was separate from the main house. The place was cozy and very clean. The whole property gives a feeling of being rural especially with the chickens and long drive way and open space. However, south Austin was only 10 miles away. Will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Casita

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Claudia's casita was an amazing adventure. We knew she was an artist, but had no idea to what extent her whimsical creations would inspire and delight us. Claudia carefully designed the buildings on the property to capitalize on the special qualities of the surroundings. For example, two large cisterns receive water from elaborate rain-collecting systems, decorated with colorful life-sized human sculptures. Construction materials on the site include local rock, dirt pressed into hard blocks, wood, and Claudia's imaginative mosaics.

We enjoyed looking in on Claudia's ceramics studio and touring her beautiful home. We also loved just hanging out in the quiet casita, eating from Claudia's uniquely patterned pottery dishes and sleeping in the comfortable, queen-sized bed. Even the bathroom tiles reflect Claudia's artistic flair.

If you're looking for accommodations in Austin that will pique your sense of artistic wonder you'll be delighted with Claudia's sweet casita.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, Quiet, Convenient...a home away from home Would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Wonderful setting !

  • 4 of 5

We really liked our stay in the Casita!! Claudia was great and answered any questions we had and gave us tips of interest for the area that we enjoyed. We loved the chickens and the outdoor space and the fact that we were able to bring our 4 legged family member:) the Casita while a little small had everything we needed and the location in Westlake hills was awesome! Everything we wanted to see was a short or day trip drive and even in February there was lots to do! Would recommend the Casita for couples as a romantic getaway with respect for the environment and " green" practices which we love. Thank you Ckaudia for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in la casita for our 11th anniversary. It was perfect for our weekend away. Loved the setup. Nice distance away from the main house. Our only problem was quickly resolved. Thanks for the memorable weekend.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Map

Barton Springs Pool
"One of Austin's gems."
South Congress Avenue
"Eclectic and energizing fun."
Torchy's Tacos - Trailer Park
"Coming soon to Westlake!"
Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
"Great for walking, running, biking!"
Austin City Limits Music Festival
"Great fun for all"
Mount Bonnell
"Wonderful view of the lake, worth the climb."
Zilker Botanical Garden
"Beautiful!"
Barton Creek Greenbelt West
"Fantastic when the creek is running!"
Blanton Museum of Art
"World class art museum"
6th Street
"An Austin must-see"
BookPeople
"Home town book store, great breadth and depth."
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
263 Provisions, on Cuernavaca Drive
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Barton Creek Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
AMTRACK, downtown Austin
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Capitol of Texas Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
263 Provisions on Cuernavaca Drive
Nearest Ski
700 Miles
Taos, NM
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lake Austin
Car: necessary

This secluded and darling garden cottage is located within a potter's compound. We have a ceramics studio on the property and make dinnerware, tiles and sculpture. Lake Austin is nearby and Lake Travis not too far away. Abundant dining, shopping, movies, and theater within 6 miles.

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Rates & Availability

Austin Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Austin City Limits Festival
Sep 30 2016 - Oct 2 2016
2 night minimum stay
$130
 
 
Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
$130
 
 
Formula One Race
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
$160
$1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$110
$650
$1,929
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $10 + Tax
Cleaning $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Austin Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom and closet area are a separate space off the main living area. Large walk-in shower with sumptuous tiles. Large vanity area. Ample closet space.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Cleverly designed with retractable privacy screen everything (except bath and closet) fits into the one main room.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Minimum age for renters: 25. Children OK but there is only one bed. We now have 10 HD TV channels and WiFi PETS: Pets are permitted in rental with prior approval. $10. per pet/day up to a max of $60.per pet 1. All Pets must be on leashes outside of fenced area. 2. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse. 3. Pets are not allowed on furniture. Any evidence of pets on furniture may incur extra cleaning fees. 4. All pets must be treated with Advantage or similar topical flea/ tick repellent 3 days prior to arrival 5. All pets must be up to date on rabies vaccinations and all other vaccinations including Bordetella. All items above sole responsibility of the pet owner. 6.The homeowners assume no responsibility for illness or injury that may incur to pets while on premisis. 7. 'Vicious or Dangersous Dogs' trained for dog fighting with any tendency or disposition to attack dogs or other domestic animal or humans without provocation not pertmitted.

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