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Jaco Botes

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Waterfront Estate near Lake Travis on 95 Acres

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Spicewood Estate Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 living areas, 2 baths, large porch with river view, sleeps 8-10

The RiverPlace home is located on a picturesque 95 acre property with a wonderful waterfront view of the Pedernales River. To one side of the house is a spring-fed creek that feeds into the river. Just across the creek is a large covered pavilion that makes a great picnic area. Our dock located where the creek joins the river is currently on dry land due to the drought. A short drive away, Lake Travis awaits you at Pace Bend Park, one of the largest Texas Parks and Wildlife parks. Our property consists of a 40 acre meadow and 40 acres of wooded terrain. The House is located in the wooded area, which is criss-crossed with walking paths. The RiverPlace Home is part of a small complex with another vacation home and the caretaker's cottage. While the property is adjacent to a small neighborhood, the property is exclusively for the use of our guests, and on rare occasion, my family

Our guests enjoy relaxing on the porch, hiking the walking trails, and visiting nearby attractions. There are a number of vineyards in the area that welcome guests for wine tastings or just browsing. There are also nearby adventure experiences, from ziplining at Cedar Creek Canopy Tours, to swimming in natural pools such as Hamilton's Pool or Krause Springs.

You are only 45 minutes from downtown Austin, with attractions such as Austin City Limits, Sixth Street, South by Southwest, Travis County Expo Center, and the latest F-1 track - the Circuit of the Americas just beyond downtown.

If you love this place, but need additional space, check out our other house on the property at Homeaway 366520.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jaco Botes (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jaco Botes

We are both Texans by birth, and we love the beauty of the Hill Country. John is a retired ENT doctor and Suzanne is a retired family therapist. We have lived in Austin since 1976.

Jaco Botes purchased this estate in 2007

Why Jaco Botes chose Spicewood

The creek was what grabbed us and made us say, 'This is where we want to be!' Central Texas was in a drought at the time and this was the only property that we looked at the actually had running water on it. In spite of the current drought our creek has continued to run while the River has dried up and Lake Travis continues to drop. As a result, there is still plenty of wildlife to be observed if you care to take the time.

What makes this estate unique

Staying with us is like having your own, private vacation home in a large park with ample opportunity to hike the trails and observe nature up close and personal. Urban amenities are not far away (15 minutes to Hill Country Galleria in Bee Caves), but you feel like you are really in the country.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is Texas Highland Lakes at its best!! These two Lake Travis homes have

a different view and flavor--one lake front, the other secreted along the

creek--but both share the best of lake fun and a quiet nature get-away.

This 95 acres of spring fed lakefront Texas hill country still has convenient

access to all Austin has to offer. The wrap-around porches are a perfect

set up for catching up with family and friends. The two houses are

furnished like homes--somehow you feel at home as soon as you walk in. My

favorite: a 1.5 mile hiking trail that winds through dense thicket, a spring

and open country giving glimpses of Texas' best wildlife and fauna.
Jul 2010
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based on 34 traveler reviews

Waterfront Estate near Lake Travis on 95 Acres
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 35 reviews

A Great, Quiet Country Spot

  • 5 of 5

We'd rented the property for a weekend vacation coming down from DFW. Coming in, we were looking for a quiet weekend to relax and it suited us perfectly. The property accommodated the six of us very well.

The interior was comfortable and clean. The kitchen included everything we needed to cook and prepare our meals. The bathrooms were clean and included plenty of clean towels. We stayed in the master bedroom and the bed was soft, pillowy heaven. The living room area is open and a good place to sit around and converse.

Moving outside, we loved the wrap around patio. We spent a good part of the weekend outside talking at the tables and on the chair swing. The river was down (as it has been everywhere lately) but not low enough to prevent boaters from buzzing by every once in a while.

One pleasant surprise was the walking trail that leads from the house adjacent to the creek running into the Pedernales. Much of the path was manicured impressively well and lead back through trees and eventually to the neighboring property. Very, very peaceful.

Outside of that, there is shopping and groceries easily available about 15 minutes away in Bee Cave. We hadn't planned on going to the Lake, but if we had, it would have been an easy. Also (Willie Nelson's) Pedernales Country Club is right around the corner.

We all enjoyed our stay very much and would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: May 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Owner's Response: Thanks for sharing your enjoyment of the property and its surroundings. JMcF
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here for two nights. We had a great time and loved being able to go on long walks without leaving the property. We also enjoyed the canoes! The house was very clean and more than met our needs. We would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! We loved having walking trails and wildlife right on the property. The view was awesome! We also enjoyed the canoes. It was fun for the little ones, the teenagers and the adults. We would absolutely come back!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Owner's Response: We are always delighted when our guests truly enjoy the property. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Do come again!
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  • 5 of 5

Great time with all my children and grandchildren for a wedding nearby. We had a great time, took the hiking trail, fished in the river, and everything was great!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Owner's Response: It's always a joy to hear back when guests enjoy our place. Thanks.
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Peaceful Get-away

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the house over Thanksgiving weekend. The house has a nice layout for 2 couples with 3 adult children. The two renovated bathrooms and showers were very nice and the kitchen was well appointed. We were able to comfortably cook a full Thanksgiving meal. Overall the house was very spacious and we had plenty of room. The property is beautiful however it rained all weekend so we didn’t have a chance to get out and explore. The wrap around porch is very nice to relax and enjoy a glass of wine outdoors with a nice view of the river. The care takers were also very nice and accommodating and the property was clean and well-maintained.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for family

  • 5 of 5

We had great time at River place. House was perfect for our family with small children. We enjoyed fishing and hiking. View from porch was the best part for us. Thanks for the experience. We will recommand for anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Willie Nelson's
Nearest Train
33 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 71 and RR 2322
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Lakehouse Cafe
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Briarcliff Marina
Car: necessary

Spicewood, Pedernales River, Pace Bend Park, Lake Travis, Hill Country, Texas, USA (Off Hwy 71 Approx. 35 Miles West of Austin.)


Rates & Availability

Spicewood Estate Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 10 2016 - Aug 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Spicewood Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , day bd+trundle
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 11 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing

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