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The Hill House - A Relaxed Austin Retreat, Near Hill Country Attractions

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

The Hill House Austin - 4-Bedroom Custom Home on Scenic 18- Acre Horse Farm

The Hill House Austin - Country simple with an elegant, yet homey style.

The Hill House gives you the best of two worlds - an amazing, relaxed retreat so close to downtown Austin and still very accessible to popular Hill Country attractions and wedding venues.

As you drive into this property, cross Bear Creek and come up the hill, you'll see why our guests love this place - a beautiful, relaxed retreat just minutes from downtown Austin - and only 5 minutes to the beginning of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. And 5 minutes to the Salt Lick Restaurant and Fall Creek Vineyards.

The wide stone walk in front of the house leads to the 50' wide front porch. At the end of the porch is a fountain made of a matching pair of gristmill stones used in the early 1800's to capture the water flow energy of Bear Creek to grind grain for area farmers. These mill stones were found half-buried less than a hundred yards from the fountain they now create. It's amazing the stones have stayed together all these years. Have breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails on the porch by this fountain and enjoy the view of this horse farm.

The tall hand made cypress front doors lead you into open, airy living spaces.

The deck is a few steps from the kitchen door and overlooks Bear Creek and is perfect for morning coffee and evening conversations. A large fire pit in the back yard is a guest favorite.

There are many outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the expansive Texas sky - without the lights of the city, star gazing is great. There are nature trails and Spring Hollow Creek at the back of property. The large, wooded hill above this creek is a challenging hike up to a great view of this area.

Downstairs, the spacious master suite has a king bed, cozy stone wood burning fireplace, a relaxed office/sitting area, bathroom with separate shower, jetted tub, plus it's own private entrance and patio. Smart flat screen TV.

Upstairs, three bedrooms are tucked into towering trees, creating a tree-house feel in each room. Full bath/shower. Queen beds, comfy linens.

There's a large, well-equipped kitchen, dining, living areas with lots of windows and views.

The living room fireplace has a big hearth for sitting. There's 52" flat screen in the living room and ATT High speed internet is available throughout house.

Large open kitchen, dining, living areas, fireplace. Flat screen TV.

More Details

Owner
Nancy Hill
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Nancy Hill

We found this property in 1991 and began developing a master plan than would include a comfortable custom home on a horse farm. From choosing where the driveway would cross the creek to selecting the rock for home, we spent two years designing and building.

My husband, Jimmy, and I have an ad agency and graphic design company that we have run from home since 1976. We've been married for 40 years, have four wonderful grown children and seven amazing grandkids. Jimmy has created the art in the Hill House - both paintings and sculpture.

The Hill House has had many, many guests over the past years and been home to many great family and guest events. Everyone falls in love with this secluded hill country setting that is just minutes from downtown.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hill House Austin and to making sure your stay is an incredible experience that always exceeds your expectations.

Nancy Hill purchased this house in 1991

Why Nancy Hill chose South Austin

The first time we walked this property, we fell in love with it. Bear Creek crosses the front of the property, and Spring Hollow Creek crosses the back - creating a peninsula, a retreat bounded by spring fed water borders.

Interestingly, our front porch has a great view of "Friday Mountain," that was home to a summer kid's camp when my husband was growing up in Austin. In the sixth grade, Jimmy spent a week at "Friday Mountain Camp." Even as a kid, Jimmy fell in love with this property... and now the house is right next door. For us, it adds special meaning. This land next door was also home to the first university west of the Mississippi, The Johnson Institute.

We chose this property because it was exactly what we were looking for. We built the house, the farm and the art studio with extreme care and attention to detail.

What makes this house unique

The unique benefits of this property include the two beautiful, spring-fed creeks, the towering oaks, and the amazing setting. You are minutes from downtown Austin. You are five minutes from the beginning of the Texas Wine Trail. restaurants and so many fun things to do are close - yet it still feels like a secluded, private incredible retreat.

The home is welcoming

Amenities

South Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 22
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2/Downstairs - toilet
    Bathroom 3/Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs 1 - 1 queen
    Upstairs 3 - 1 queen , This bedroom has an outside door and outside stairs.
    Master Suite - 1 king , An office/sitting area, fireplace, & private entrance
    Upstairs 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , We also have twin air mattresses for kids
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 71 reviews
5

Wedded Bliss

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed the intimate retreat of this home, as we celebrated a wedding on New Year's Eve. Nancy was a joy to talk to, and the home and property were immaculate and very welcoming. Our expectations were exceeded the minute we crossed the creek! A divine stay with super memories. Thank you for everything, Nancy. <3 Mr. & Mrs. Baird Garvin

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great property and amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time for Christmas at the Hill house!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome home in the hill country

  • 5 of 5

House was beautiful, very clean and well stocked! We had a wonderful time. Would definitely stay there again. Great location just outside of Austin and Dripping Springs. Owner is fantastic!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Spacious beautiful home near Austin

  • 5 of 5

This spacious home is located on beautiful property with many outdoor spaces to join with fellow travelers or to retreat for some alone time. It was about a 20+ minute drive from any restaurant, park etc. in Austin. Our family of 3 grandparents, 3 parents, 2 children and a baby stayed for an extended Thanksgiving visit. The home accommodated us comfortably. Highlights: the firepit, the near-the-creek deck, the horses, donkey, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats (not intrusive but fun to watch), the quiet, the weather, the jacuzzi tub, the kitchen & island, the art, the beautiful dining room, the front-of-the home seating areas, the grist mill fountain, plenty of room to accommodate the energy of the 2 year old and 5 year old boys. We appreciated that the home was generously stocked with plenty of bath towels, toilet paper, a Keurig coffee maker with coffee --and many other extras. Nancy was a 5 star host in every way. We would definitely stay at this home again.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors with our family. Enjoyed every minute !

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Our happy place is with the Hill House.

  • 5 of 5

We have found our happy place and it is the Hill House. We had a great stay with our family of eight. We are animal lovers and found a real treat here. Nancy was so welcoming and spent time introducing us to the farm. During the day we explored the property and in the evening sat around the outdoor fire pit. The artwork in the home is amazing and we had the privilege to meet the artist who was so encouraging to our family artist. The animals had these city folks laughing. Just can't say enough for this property.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
ABIA
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Escarpment Village
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grey Rock Golf & Tennis Club
Nearest Motorway
0.15 Miles
FM 1826
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Salt Lick Restaurant
Car: necessary

The Hill House is your home base to experience both downtown Austin and the treasures of the Texas Hill Country. As you turn into this property, come down the long driveway, cross Bear Creek and come up the hill, you'll begin to see why our guests love this place - a beautiful, relaxed, secluded retreat just 20 minutes from downtown Austin.

Turn right out of the driveway, and you are twenty minutes from downtown Austin via FM1826, and Mopac (Loop 1).

Turn left out of the driveway, and you are five minutes from the beginning of the Texas Hill Country Wine Region, along with a host of attractions, breweries, distillers and restaurants, including:

Five minutes to:

The Salt Lick Restaurant and Vineyard

Fall Creek Vineyards & Winery at Driftwood

10 minutes to:

Duchman Vineyards & Winery

La Trattoria Lisina

10-15 minutes to:

Restaurants on William Canon and Brodie Lane

Twisted X Brewery

Jester King Brewery

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Historic Dripping Springs

Texas Hill Country Olive Company.

20 minutes to:

Wimberley Square

Hamilton Pool, West Cave, Hill Country Drives

And one hour from San Antonio. We can create custom day-trip itineraries for you, depending on your interests.

The Texas Hill Country Wineries are spectacular and fun! With 46 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Kerrville, there are places new to explore around every bend. Each place has its own personality and style of winemaking, yet all share a commitment to quality and a fervent passion for what they do.

We are also 15 minutes from Historic Dripping Springs, where the Texas Hill Country Wine Region continues, along with more restaurants and shops and the Texas Hill Country Texas Olive Company. Lots to do and see in this area.

Hamilton Pool, West Cave, Hill Country Drives

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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