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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Tumbleweed Hills Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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.

More Details
  • 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
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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October 16, 2016
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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


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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New Listing! Casita in rolling Texas Hill Country
average rating of 4.95 based on 41 reviews

Perfect place to relax and enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, close to amenities yet a secluded feeling. Casita was well equipped and comfortable. Would highly recommend to friends!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Quiet and cozy stay just outside of Austin

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at the Casita. It had everything we needed and more, and we loved exploring the property with our pup. If we are ever needing to stay on that side of Austin again, we will most likely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Lovely place!

  • 5 of 5

Great little house 20 minutes from downtown Austin. The price is really good too considering how popular Austin is right now. It is on the same property as the owners who were always around and available to answer questions. Yet the house felt private because of the trees. There were times when I asked myself what I wanted to do that day in Austin and the answer was sit on the shady deck and read a book. It was hard to leave the house. The pool is behind the main house. It is less private but it is a lot better than a crowded resort or hotel pool. I rented the house a couple weeks before arrival and recieved quick response from Claudia. And after my stay my pet deposit was refunded in a timely manner. They take pride in their property and deal honestly with travelers. Thank you for letting me stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Relaxing, quaint getaway in the Hills!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I (and our small dog) stayed at the casita for a weekend for our babymoon. It was such a nice getaway for us...very charming. We enjoyed cooking on the grill, relaxing/eating/reading on the patio and swimming in the amazing pool! Claudia and Carter were such a pleasure to meet and very friendly. I'm so glad we found this little treasure to enjoy!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Private and perfect for our dog

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! The location was close enough to everything we needed, but secluded and very private and wonderful for our dog. Claudia was a wonderful hostess and was responsive to our questions.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Small but with everthing you'll need

  • 5 of 5

This was an excellent rental. The location was great for checking out the hill country but still close to town. The rental it self is small but very comfortable and had the best stocked kitchen of any rental we have stayed in, and that is a lot. Claudia came to greet us shortly after our arrival and helped us with one special request that we had. Otherwise she was around but left us to enjoy ourselves. The only suggestion I have would be a clock on one of the walls. I slept closer to the door so had no outlet for my phone, which is also my watch, so during the night or early morning I had to get up if I wanted to know the time.

I would surely recommend this for one or two people.

Dan B

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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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.


Rates & Availability

Tumbleweed Hills Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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Oct 21 2016 - Oct 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

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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Tumbleweed Hills Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 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 ...
  • 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
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.

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