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Family Lake Fun or Lake Austin Spa Retreat

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

2 BR, 1 Bath, with sleeping loft - sleeps 6. Fab screened sleeping porch too.

Top rated Lake Austin spa is minutes away, rent paddle boards at the park down the road, or paddle our kayaks to the nature preserve across the lake and hike up to a waterfall. Our sand volleyball court is regulation size, we have a water trampoline, and diving board. But the serenity of this property may lead you to R&R and forgo all that activity - the screened in porch with antique iron day beds and desk beckons as a writer's retreat. Custom built with cedar flooring and rugged beams. Feels like middle of nowhere but great restaurants (sushi, Mexican, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse) are in the neighborhood, famous sunsets at the Oasis on Lake Travis 7 miles away, and 30 minutes from downtown Austin.


Owner
Shelly Priebe
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Shelly Priebe

I grew up in a dreadfully nondescript area of Illinois (cornfields) but my parents wanted more than anything to live on the water and even though they earned a modest income as teachers they succeeded! In third grade we moved into a lakefront home in Central Illinois and it was THE gathering place for my friends as I grew up. They gave me the gift of prioritizing this water based lifestyle. Chuck and I bought this property when we got engaged in 1988 and our 4 children college to age 7 relish the lifestyle I did as a child.

Shelly Priebe purchased this house in 1988

Why Shelly Priebe chose Austin

We fell in love with this ethereal part of Lake Austin and bought our home in 1988. It was 2 BR/1Bath with gold shag carpet and we were in heaven because it but we could not bear to leave. Have added on to our home many times and we built the guest house in 2004 hoping to lure in out of state grandparents. We failed at that but have loved being able to freely host many travelers, church youth retreat weekends, you name it!

What makes this house unique

Every piece of furniture hand picked over time from visits to the semi-annual Round Top antique fair except for the custom made cedar dining table with benches. Nothing matches but everything soothes in this eclectic and comfortable home. Want some activity? A sand volleyball court awaits. Or kayak across the lake and hike up to a waterfall.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Family Lake Fun or Lake Austin Spa Retreat
average rating of 4.717949 based on 39 reviews
3

Good and bad

  • 3 of 5

Positives:

location is right on the water

Owners are extremely nice and very close by

Lots of room inside

Decorated very well

Negatives:

Not very clean. Had to clean it myself but no vacuum or cleaning products available.

Lacking maintenance inside and out. Some things are safety issues

Couldn't use kayaks because they were filthy

Couldn't open windows because they were covered with spider webs, vines and dirt

Not what you expect for the price

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslie - Thanks for the compliments. In response to the negative: * cleanliness: I "walked" the house before you arrived and it passed my pretty rigorous standards. I'll email you offline to understand with more clarity what was missed so we can be sure and address. Especially any issues re safety? * kayaks - we keep them outside right by the lake. Our yard crew had cleared off all the leaves days before, but this time of year they continue to fall. I attached a photo of the kayaks that I took immediately upon reading your review. Darn - no place to attach those with this review, so I will post them as is with the rest of our property photos. I am not worried that others will see them on the front page of our listing. :) * windows: They are operable and I clean them from the inside. Vines - many people love the character they add and say so. Like you, I prefer them cut back a little - hard to please everyone, but I'll use your comments as ammo with Chuck. Like many of our guests he is a fan. Ha. In our many face to face and text communications during your stay I had absolutely no idea that you were disappointed or that you found anything lacking. Here are a few things you might have also mentioned: * My college daughter graciously watched your granddaughters for 3 hours so you could nap. She said they were darling but required her to be "on duty" 100%." She didn't ask for or expect payment - I guess a mention of that would have been nice though. :( * My high school daughter relieved her from her shift and set up my son's Christmas pinata and made sure they got to participate, and that they took home their share of the loot. * They seemed to like hanging out with us as they appeared at our door several times. They really liked coming in to see the iguana. * Was glad to lend foil, didn't know you lacked anything else. I'll post the kayak photo now. Your specific on cleaning will be helpful because we truly strive to impress our guests! Happy New Year! Shelly
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5

Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We look forward to securing the 'Guest House" again, as do others in our extended family! The house proved to be the perfect location in proximity to family on Lakeland Dr. We were able to have them over to enjoy the dock and sit around the dining room table. Everyone was entertained and impressed with the eclectic decor. The beds are comfy, plenty of bathroom linen, books and games galore. The nighttime quiet was heavenly. Shelly was super easy to work with and conveniently located, although we never met face to face. The indoor space, as well as the outdoor space was was inviting, relaxed and even more than we hoped for! Thanks for your generous hospitality and please know there will be others to follow! Hopefully they will not catch the one that got away before we get back!

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for kind compliments. We loved having you, though it does feel odd that we never crossed paths face to face. I think I met everyone in your family and extended family BUT YOU. Maybe you were too busy cooking and taking care of everyone?! Come back again. Shelly & Chuck
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5

Awesome property and Shelly excuses warmth in making our stay phenomenal!!

  • 5 of 5

Nestled in wooded area backing onto Lake Austin this property is a true gem !! Felt like a home away from home :) Shelly welcomed us with a platter of fresh home-baked cookies !!The downside being that the property doesn't have a fenced-in yard and was a bit of a negative as we were traveling with our fur-babies . Being on the second level also was a bit of an adventure as the approach to the property is dimly lit . On a walk we had a close-call with the neighbors dog, and fortunately when the owner called him he went away. But, left our lil pup paranoid so we had to drive a lil to have him go for a walk. The best part being that when I informed Shelly she was right on it, informed her neighbors and even told us the time the dog would be put away . She went beyond and even offered to come with us while we walked our dogs :) Ofcourse, we didn't bother this sweet lady with that . This is a well appointed rustic property and extremely clean . We would totally recommend this place :)

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed your family's Thanksgiving visit, and you will have to come back so that your daughter can try out the water trampoline next time. This trip you were just too busy with all your festivities withe Steiner area friends. :) Sorry your sweet fur baby had a scare. Our neighbor who lives up the street does have a German shepherd that can be foreboding; I forget about the impression he can make because I know him to be a big pussy cat. And dear future guests - don't count on the home baked cookies. I WISH I was always that gracious, but that was good luck and good timing for these lovely visitors. Ha! Shelly
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5

Charming and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Charming and cozy spot enough off the beaten path but yet close to all of the big city amenities. Shelly was very welcoming and friendly.

My son and I spent the night in the screened in porch. It felt like we were at camp!

Brought our dog and he had a ball as well.

We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to having Rocky back to sleep on our porch and romp with our Siberian Husky....and the humans in your family may come back, too! Loved having you. Shelly & Chuck
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4

Great spot for relaxing!

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time (3 adults) and found the location to be perfect if you primarily want to relax and eat in. (It's not far into Austin, but we wouldn't have wanted to do it every day.) Shelly was very warm and welcoming. We walked down to Lake Austin Spa one day and enjoyed that. Also did some kayaking and hiking - fantastic. And enjoyed the dock. Bring bug spray!!! The mosquitoes are horrible. (Just a product of being in Texas and near the water.) FYI we took a cab into downtown Austin - it cost $50 at a time with normal (light) traffic. You can get a luxury shuttle car for $75. Uber-like alternatives out that far out weren't available. Our only complaints (and why no 5 stars): 1) While clean generally, it looked the tub needed a deeper clean (looked like it had been rinsed, but not scrubbed as there were some (mild) soap scum rings) and the floor definitely wasn't cleaned (we did some sweeping to get some of the dirt/dust bunnies but mostly just didn't go barefoot). Not a huge deal, but could have been better. 2) possibly related, there was a musty smell that smelled a lot like pet urine. We only noticed it when we first entered from being outside or woke up in the morning, but still not a pleasant smell to have at all. Not sure if it needs to be aired out more, or if there needs to be some deep cleaning. Finally, no ice (the ice maker didn't work - not a big deal; we never mentioned it since we weren't there that long).

Overall, we would definitely recommend it, but check for cleanliness (if that's a big deal to you) when you arrive and have it addressed by Shelly it if matters (we didn't mention it because we didn't care that much and we were there for just a short time).

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you and that you made full use of the fabulous Lake Austin Spa and Resort nearby. It is heavenly. Absolutely agree that this is not a place for those without a car. Even though once most people get here they don't want to venture far, it is still nice to be able to get to the well known Oasis on Lake Travis nearby, or the famous Steiner Ranch Steakhouse in the neighborhood. There is no readily available transportation to downtown. (The State Capitol downtown maps at 12 miles and 36 minutes away during NON rush hour) We always want our guests to find our guest house retreat heavenly also and are bummed that instead of the usual "oo ah" there was some "oo ugh." Our cleaner of 2+ years always gets wonderful reviews so something must have been "off" with her. She so dependably shines I no longer always do the white glove tests so I'll give her feedback and go back to my quality checks of yore. I'll also refund 50% of your cleaning fee. Our guests should always feel the place is pristine. Ice maker - oops - repair call in! Thanks for helpful notes. Shelly
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5

A truly relaxing weekend on Lake Austin

  • 5 of 5

We had a Project Managers getaway weekend on Lake Austin. Working with Shelly was an ease from the beginning of booking to the check out process. The house is perfect for the amount of guests we had and also were able to utilize a docking system for a boat that was used for our weekend.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris - Your group from CleanScapes group was easy to host. And you proved that the water trampoline is not just for kids! Shelly
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Map

Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Austin
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
UT Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Lakeside Grill
Car: necessary

Top rated Lake Austin spa is minutes away, rent paddle boards at the park down the road, or paddle our kayak to the nature preserve across the lake and hike up to a waterfall. Our sand volleyball court is regulation size. But the serenity of this property may lead you to R&R and forgo all that activity - the screened in porch with antique iron day beds and desk beckons as a writer's retreat. Custom built with cedar flooring and rugged beams. Feels like middle of nowhere but great restaurants (sushi, Mexican, Steiner Ranch Steakhouse) are in the neighborhood, famous sunsets at the Oasis on Lake Travis 7 miles away, and 30 minutes from downtown Austin.

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Rates & Availability

Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Memorial Day 2017
May 25 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
July 4th 2017
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$215
From
$245
Thu,Fri,Sat
$1,515
$3,995
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Steiner Ranch Neighborhood Association House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • Deep Jacuzzi tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Open onto Screened in porch, lake view
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , This 'red room' is the romantic suite.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Loft is carpeted and the kids love it. Ship ladder access
  • Queen bed, walk in closet
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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