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Beautiful HIl Country Hideaway in Private Gated Community

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 12

Very private rustic custom home in gorgeous gated Hill Country community. Only 23 miles from downtown Austin. Eight acres to roam including private pond. Four bedrooms. Three and a half baths. Sleeps 12+. Full stocked kitchen. Satellite TV with Apple TV. WiFi. Massive wraparound deck. Abundant friendly wildlife including exotic game. Grocery store and shopping close by. Relax. Hike. Enjoy the views.

owner/property manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About owner/property manager

I'm a writer/cartoonist/screenwriter. I'm the co-creator/writer of the Over the Hedge comic strip. Also the writer/illustrator of the Odd Squad series for kids. I'm a graduate of UT and have lived in Texas for 35 years. Born in Minneapolis. Lived in Omaha, El Paso, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Benning, Waco, Austin, Houston and now Buda. My wife Kim is from Chicago and graduated from Stephens College. She made all the stain glass in the house.

owner/property manager purchased this house in 1998

Why owner/property manager chose Texas Hill Country

This property is a Texas Heritage Ranch owned by my college roommates family. It was subdivided in the 90's. We bought the land and custom built the house after the purchase of the movie rights for Over the Hedge.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful views. Secluded. Private. Lots of wildlife. Pond attracts all sorts of birds. The house has 35 double paned windows that let in the light. Can't see the neighbors. No development to the west due to water restrictions. Many custom features including cheery wood floors, cyprus moldings and ceilings and a custom carved mantlepiece. The railings and are all rough cut cedar. It's a one of a kind property.


Kyle House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Beautiful HIl Country Hideaway in Private Gated Community
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 6 reviews

Incredible isolated getaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is great! I was looking for an easy get away from Austin but not too far. The accommodations were more than expected and the setting was great to relax and escape from the city. I'll definitely be considering booking this place again!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very nice

  • 5 of 5

very nice

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great size and comfy home! Feels like your out in the wilderness..beautiful sceneary!

  • 4 of 5

I had my bridesmaid and girl friends stay here for my bachlorette. It had plenty of space with more than enough beds and bathroom for us all. As a girl, the wilderness surrounding the house was a little creepy but in the morning, it looked gorgeous! Also, the driveway leading to the house can be confusing and creepy (especially when driving at night). There is another house on the property and that house you will see first but it is not the rental. The driveway is one way going and coming and surrounding on both sides for about half of the driveway with trees and bushes. Regardless, we all felt safe and felt at home! Also, the address of the house says its in Buda, Tx which it is but its down the street from Kyle, Tx. This was my very first rental for one night and it was interesting knowing the owner and his family actually lives in his home. However, I felt like an appreciated guest in his home with towels provided and more. A cool fact is that the owner of the house is kinda famous. He has a room in his house that features his work of a kid's popular movie and has his books he has written available for sale. Overall, great stay! Would recommend it to family and friends! When dividing the price to stay here between the girls, the price was very reasonable for everyone!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beautiful sprawling home with spectacular views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here while in town for a wedding, and it was wonderful! beautiful views and lovely living areas for visiting. We had four adults and five children and all fit very comfortably. House was clean and plenty of towels were provided. Owners were very responsive to questions and gracious hosts.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decent spacious Home in a beautiful area.

  • 3 of 5

Please note the owner lives here full time. When you arrive he goes and stays down the street.

The house is a beautiful, big, cabin style house In gorgeous scenic area. We did feel the need to do a little cleaning to surface area counter tops etc once we arrived. We brought food for our stay and we had to completely scrub out the refrigerator and throw away spoiled food. Other than that we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Get Away

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Our family enjoyed making memories there. We found the spaciousness of your home very pleasant. It gave us space to spread out for our family gathering of 8, without being on top of each other. We loved the rustic beauty, the building design & unique decor. The whole place had a good relaxing feel & good "feng shui."

The home was clean & we were provided with plenty of towels & soap etc. The grounds were fine, but a bit rough to take a walk around the pond. The owner was available to respond to any need we had. I would recommend this property if you are looking for a pleasant get away.

Thanks again for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Kyle House Rental Rates

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per property
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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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