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Centrally located guesthouse is an urban oasis

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath With Living/Dining Area, WiFi, Full Kitchen And Laundry

Built in the 20's, Leon House is the guesthouse of my historic Austin property, but separated from my house by a fence and good sized yard and accessed from a separate alley, ensuring a private and comfortable stay. This 500 square foot cottage features a living/dining area with HDTV and WiFi, a cozy queen bedroom with yummy linens, season-appropriate bedding and a closet, a small but highly functional shower bathroom and a full kitchen, outfitted by me (I love to cook) that has a dishwasher and washer/dryer. I lived here for six weeks while my home was being renovated and was seriously questioning the need to move across the yard.

Syd Sharples
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Syd Sharples

I'm a northeasterner, but have lived in Austin for 23 years. I love it here! An avid and discriminating traveler, I know what I like when I stay in hotels and rental properties. I love cooking (and eating), and am so glad the Austin restaurant scene has evolved from when I moved here (from San Francisco): right after I arrived, the local paper had a (GLOWING!!!) review. Of Red Lobster. Nothing against Red Lobster, but there are now plenty of more unique restaurants and trailers to review.

Syd Sharples purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Syd Sharples chose Austin

Leon House is private, comfortable, and superbly located for exploring Austin and enjoying all the wonderful things and activities and people this city has to offer.

What makes this cottage unique

This property - my house and Leon house - has great juju. Come check it out!


Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Austin Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
MoPac/Loop 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Austin Java
Car: not necessary

Austin is full of possibilities: great restaurants and ubercool trailers (or food trucks for some of you out-of-towners), amazing live music, a full festival calendar, UT and all it has to offer, world class shopping from the chic Domain to funky S. Congress, up and coming S. First and the stylish Second Street District, watersports, hiking and cycling, museums, art - it's truly a hip and happening place. Leon House is located right in the thick of it. Not downtown, but as close as you can get without living in a skyscraper. Close to Enfield Road, you can catch a bus to UT, to the airport, downtown, or north Austin. Whole Foods is within walking distance (though I'm lazy and usually drive), as are numerous coffee shops and restaurants. A car is handy but not essential, and biking is a great way to get around (especially to ACL and SXSW). And I'm so happy to offer tips and advice on where to go, where to eat, what to see, how to get to the dry cleaners, etc.


Old Enfield Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Efficient bathroom with pedestal sink and tiled shower This bathroom is completely functional, but it is not spacious: two people in there at the same time would have to squeeze past one another.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed with featherbed and down duvet. Non-down pillows available on request. Full dresser, closet, clock radio, ceiling fan.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


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Centrally located guesthouse is an urban oasis
average rating of 4.882353 based on 34 reviews

Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Austin is a charming city. I enjoy exploring what the city has to offer, but the intensity of urban life sometimes makes me want to retreat. The Leon House is a tastefully renovated, enchanting, peaceful place to stay. There is everything you need for daily living, with a sense of design that envelops. I loved staying here and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the heart of Austin without the hubub. Bridget

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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san francisco

Private, quaint, super clean and complete cottage

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is the best

  • 5 of 5

I continue to stay in the Leon House because it is so comfortable & peaceful. Every box is checked and I appreciate that attention to detail. It's nice to be within easy distance to all that downtown and central Austin have to offer.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the endorsement! And see you next time...
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Quite little getaway home just perfect for couples

  • 5 of 5

Located in a extremely nice and quite historic residential neighborhood convenient to downtown, the Leon house proved to be a comfortable stay for exploring downtown over a long weekend. The immediate area does not have sidewalks, but a very short hike to Lamar and 12th streets provided convenient access to the capital area. Walk, bike share or ride share just a bit farther to explore the downtown and UT campus areas. Syd provided everything needed for a comfortable stay over. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA

Lovely cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this quiet getaway cottage in a beautiful neighborhood. It was convenient to all of the Austin sights, music, and food.

Syd is the perfect hostess. She has decorated the cottage with interesting and fun art work. The kitchen is well equipped and the bed is extremely comfortable.

We walked to coffee each morning before we set off for our daily adventures that usually included amazing barbecue.

We hope to return.

Thank you Syd!

Paula and Carl

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Menlo Park


  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The cottage is charming and comfortable and perfectly located.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 15.0%

Reservations cancelled prior to 10 days pre-arrival are eligible for a 100% refund. Reservations cancelled within one week are not eligible for refund. Owner will consider a 50% refund for reservations cancelled between seven and ten days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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