This historic Tarrytown residence, built in the fashion of a normandy farm house in 1906, boasts a spacious stone structure adorned with hand-hewn beams and rare old-growth-long-leaf-pine-wood floors and cedar timber pillars. The living room is accented by a two-story stone fireplace and is flooded with light from a wall of windows in the adjacent sunroom. A large wet bar greets the kitchen entry and additional dining space. The large stone courtyard is outfitted with a fire place set the stage for relaxing nights outside and easy entertaining. The courtyard and backyard are shaded by a canopy of live-oaks while the perimeter of the property is surrounded by stone fencing that exude the comfort and seclusion of unique old world living.
***Also located on the property is a smaller cottage suitable for 2-3 guests which is HomeAway property #3694617 if you are trying to group guests together using both homes or possibly looking for a smaller property.
The property's grand limestone exterior exemplifies old Austin stone architecture. When the rubble filled dam broke on lake Austin around 1900 the shores were lined with large chunks of limestone. Subsequently many of the houses on the eastern side of lake Austin were constructed with limestone from the lake shores.
The home and its out-outbuildings were built in 1906 by Judge Batts after whom ‘Batts Hall' at the University of Texas was named. He was a Texas Supreme Court Justice famous for creating the Texas railroad commission. Mrs. Batts was an artist and the first director of the University of Texas Art Department. The building known as the ‘cottage’ was built as a weekend retreat for the judge and his wife. Her paintings of flowers can still be seen on the original hand-hewn beams on the lower floor of the cottage.
Once a B&B the property quickly became a favored honey-moon retreat and was voted ‘Austin's most romantic retreat'. With many movies were being produced in the Austin area actors and film makers have stayed at the property of the likes of, Luke Wilson (‘The Wendell Baker Story’), producer Linda Obst (‘Hope Floats’), and Peter Berg while writing the screen play for ‘Friday Night Lights' and most recently Ryan Gosling while filming ‘Song to Song’.