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Best Porch on Lake Travis - Secluded Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Beds, 2 Baths, Lakefront, Best Views, Deck, Screened Porch

Wonderful lakeshore cabin hidden in the trees across from Windy Point on the big basin of Lake Travis. Not a party house, but great for a retreat, reconnecting, writing, or just enjoying the views.

Barbara Shaw Alford
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About Barbara Shaw Alford

Real-Deal Austin Local Who Knows and Loves Lake Travis' Best Spots - Easy Access to City Center

Barbara Shaw Alford purchased this house in 1985

Why Barbara Shaw Alford chose Beby's Ranch

Best Porch on the Lake!

What makes this house unique

Wonderful lakeshore cabin hidden in the trees across from Windy Point on the big basin of Lake Travis. Not a party house, but great for a retreat, reconnecting, writing, or just enjoying the views, including the daily trip of our great blue heron and other gifts of nature.

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms on opposite sides of the house, great-

room and kitchen in the middle—all rooms have a view of lake and access to the screened in porch (the best porch on the lake).

Renovated and enlarged two years ago with design by one of Austin’s recognized architects. Stone steps lead down to a deck at waters edge (when the drought is over). Now there is a ‘beach’ with fossil shells and other ‘treasures’.

Great for two couples or parents with children of school age or older. No small children or pets. Minimum stay of two nights,

Coming out RR 2222, left on 620, right on HUDSON BEND RD. then right on HORNSBY HILL RD. (actually straight on road that has no outlet sign). Twenty-five minutes from Mopac and Balcones Dr. List of restaurants furnished.


Beby's Ranch House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Town ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Excellent Lake View!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Excellent Lake View!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Private Porch
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

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Best Porch on Lake Travis - Secluded Retreat
average rating of 4.137931 based on 29 reviews

Perfectly unique lake house experience. The view is amazing, plenty of windows in EVERY room.

  • 5 of 5

This lake house is positioned perfectly to capture a beautiful view of Lake Travis, while still feeling secluded. The home has a unique cabin feel, with soaring windows in every room. This was just the vacation we were looking for- would recommend if you want a place to relax.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica, Thank youn so much for your wonderful review. You captured the feel for my lake house just as I hoped people would. I'm so glad you enjoyed it You are welcome any time you are ready to reschedule. Warm regards, Barbara Alford
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Beautiful Rustic Lakehouse

  • 5 of 5

The wood floors, the smell. It's great. Everyone loved it.

Kind of treacherous steps down to the lake. It would be nice if there was some lighting. If you go down there at night, you should probably take a flash light. All in all, a very nice place to spend a quiet weekend at the lake.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The deck and access to the lake was awesome! House could use a deep cleaning.

  • 3 of 5

Beautiful views and... We spent two hours vacuuming large spider webs away from the rafters inside the house. The house also had mice. And the cleaning lady let herself in the house to start cleaning before check-out.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house has been thoroughly cleaned since you visited. Property in such a setting (in the trees and unoccupied) are subject to those small spiders, and can appear over night, the same with mice. I have since stared putting poison out in secure little containers for the mice, and have talked to my cleaning lady about observing the check out time. I'm sorry these things spoiled your enjoyment ot the view, from all the rooms and porch, and the access to the lake. I hope you will give us another try, hoping it's uniqueness and charm will overcome it not being a sterile condo. Barbara Alford l nlike a sterile condo.
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Spider Haven

  • 1 of 5

Very interesting home with a great view but it is completely over-run with spiders. We found nests with spider eggs all over the place and returned home with several bites as souvenirs. In addition, the non-english speaking maid came an hour and twenty minutes before the agreed check-out time and walked in on my daughter getting ready. If you rent this place be prepared to clean everything including the grill which was covered in green mold. There are many beautiful homes in the area, next time we will try one of them instead.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Views and Very Relaxing. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic get-away we had during Labor Day Weekend with our family of 4. When you first walk into the house, the first thing that comes to your mind is "Wow, what a view!" The first thing you see behind the living room is Lake Travis with trees that surround the back patio. What comes to mind is that you aren't really in Texas. Think of Puget Sound in Washington state. It seems hard to believe, but you really don't feel like you are in Texas.

The house has a feel to it that you are at a ski lodge in Colorado and has a very comfortable and charming feel to it. Some of the other comments are feel like you are in a treehouse. If you want to feel like you are getting away from everyone and everything, this is your place. It is secluded and nobody will bother you.

As for some of the other comments I had previously read about this house not being good enough for a VRBO property, that is just not true. In fact, those comments are ridiculous! I'm sorry, but these folks must have had some different expectations and were looking for something that is trendy, fast and contemporary. This is NOT what this experience is about. If you want marble and statues throughout, then go somewhere else. Go somewhere else down the road and get what you can get anywhere.

The house could use some new pots and pans and a few utensils but outside of that, this is one of the most pleasant and wonderful trips you could take. Our family highly recommends this rental! Just a fantastic experience.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Dirty Home

  • 1 of 5

Yes, the house had the rustic Austin feel, But lots of neglect. The 2nd night i saw mice around the fireplace and behind the storage cabinet. I did not feel comfortable using anything in the kitchen, and cobwebs everywhere.

Please hire some professionals to give the house a Good Cleaning.

I would not stay here again...

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Austin Bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Los Pinos (local fave), Carlos and Charlie's
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Lakeway Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hudson on the Bend, Los Pinos
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Volente Beach
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Volente Beach, Austin Yacht Club
Car: recommended




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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