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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country

Tumbleweed Hills, TX, USA
  • Cottage400 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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.


Claudia reese

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
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 Tumbleweed Hills

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Cleverly designed with retractable privacy screen everything (except bath and closet) fits into the one main room.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          An easy 10 mile, 20 minute drive
        • Lake
          Near Lake Austin and Lake Travis
        • Mountain
          You can climb our 'Wolf Mountain' at the nearby Commons Ford Park where there are numerous waterfalls in the rainy season.
        • River
          Lake Austin is accessible within one mile at Commons Ford Park. Hiking trails, volleyball, picnic tables and HUGE pecan trees, nuts for the gathering.
        • Rural
          Situated in the Hill Country with some sweeping vistas. We are on a hill with wonderful breezes, large live oak trees and abundant gardens.
        • Town
          Austin is a quick 10 miles on well maintained roads. Lots of biking on roads with wide shoulders. Bee Caves is 6 miles, and Lakeway/Lake Travis is within 10 miles
        • Village
          Colorful Bee Caves is just down the road.
        • Waterfront
          Can be found at Lake Austin (1 mile) and Lake Travis (10 miles)


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                      2 Parking spots available.
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      Beach towels, too. Available in Casita.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Fairly inclusive
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          All dishes are handmade pottery from my studio, Cera-Mix. You can see them at Cera-Mix.com
                        • Freezer
                        • Kitchen
                          Custom cabinets, granite countertops, handmade tile backsplash
                        • Coffee Maker
                          French Press
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basics are stocked, and fridge will have coffee, half and half and a Britta water filter. Eggs and greens seasonally available.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Top Freezer
                        • Stove
                          4 glass top burners
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining table expands to seat 6
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Radio
                                • Television
                                  Antennae brings in many very clear HD channels. All the basic channels including 3 PBS stations.


                                    • Patio
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Outdoor table and two chairs on covered deck/porch
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Your own private patio and landscaped lawn area.
                                    • Outdoor Furniture
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas grill
                                    • Fully Fenced Property
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      Two comfortable loungers on the porch.
                                    • Porch Furniture
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Wood Deck
                                    • Yard


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              50' long lap pool, 4' deep on either end, 6.5' in middle, situated behind the main house, a short walk from the Casita


                                                • marina
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • cinemas
                                                • 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

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • 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 per week 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  67 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews


                                                                  Sandra M.Omaha, Nebraska

                                                                  Claudia's property is warm and inviting, with hidden treasures everywhere, making a simple walk around the property a delight of surprises. The Casita is small but cozy and very efficient with an open feel and plenty of fenced outdoor space to relax in. The chickens just a few feet from the front door were surprisingly quiet, and made for a real country feel, plus delicious fresh eggs! It did not take me long to shed my work stress and relax here. I am looking forward to being able to stay longer in the near future.

                                                                  Great location. Enjoyed the fresh eggs. Quiet and peaceful.

                                                                  Mike S.

                                                                  Definitely would stay here again.

                                                                  Spring in the hills

                                                                  Nancy G.

                                                                  We had a great time. Loved the private patio and spent most of our time there. Blue bonnets around the pool were beautiful

                                                                  Impressive tiny home stay!

                                                                  George M.

                                                                  This casita was a perfect retreat to stay on a recent trip to Austin. The house is about 25 minutes away from the downtown. The property is located on the grounds of the Cera-Mix studio that produces handmade tile for kitchens and baths, as well as the dinnerware, plates, and bowls you'll get a chance to use in the kitchen. You'll recognize the property from the outside as the mailbox and entryway gate are covered with tile from the studio.

                                                                  The bathroom is spacious, with a rainfall shower and bench seating area. The sleeping area is right next to the kitchen, and has an oven and stove for cooking. If you're lucky, you may find eggs in the fridge, fresh from the chicken coop, to use for breakfast or cooking. There's a laundry facility adjacent to the casita which you can also use and there's an outdoor seating area on the front porch. Overall, this place comes highly recommended for solo travelers or couples looking for a getaway, or something slower paced than the city.

                                                                  Thanks to Claudia for her hospitality, and to Marisela for helping keep the place nice and orderly!

                                                                  Lovely Retreat!

                                                                  Caroline J.Austin

                                                                  The property is the perfect getaway for those needing a relaxing and convenient stay in/near the Austin area. My friend and I used it as a weekend retreat to study for qualifying exams-- it was great to wake up each morning and sip coffee on the porch and have my little pup roam about the fenced-in area. The chickens are the perfect company, and we even braved the lap pool's cooler temps in March! Claudia is so kind and her art is truly beautiful. Definitely recommend!

                                                                  Excellent getaway and location!

                                                                  Ginger S.

                                                                  Absolutely love the property and the accommodations! Perfect getaway and great location. This was our 2nd trip and hope to return!


                                                                  Tumbleweed Hills, TX, USA

                                                                  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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