About the property
- Cottage400 sqft
- 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.
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- Response time:
- within one day
- english, french, spanish
- 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
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.
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.
Definitely would stay here again.
Spring in the hills
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!
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!
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!
Absolutely love the property and the accommodations! Perfect getaway and great location. This was our 2nd trip and hope to return!
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.
Rates & Availability
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