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

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


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

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 guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 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


South Austin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Suite - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2/Downstairs - toilet
    Bathroom 3/Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 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
    Upstairs 1 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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


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The Hill House - A Relaxed Austin Retreat, Near Hill Country Attractions
average rating of 5.0 based on 76 reviews
Sarasota, FL

I can't say enough good things about this place!

  • 5 of 5

The house and grounds are beautiful, quiet, relaxing and private. It was the perfect place for us to stay for my son's wedding. Plenty of EVERYTHING from dishes and towels to pillows and blankets. Nancy is absolutely wonderful. She made sure we knew where everything was and if we needed anything, she was available to help. She pays attention to every detail and takes care of even the smallest details (the things you don't want to have to think about when you are busy with a wedding). I personally loved the gentle giant, Jack and the roaming donkeys, horses, turkeys and chickens and the swings were the BEST! The outside areas were great for relaxing with family and friends. We had a wonderful stay and will return. We LOVED the Hill House.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, very well kept property! Gorgeous trees and creek + dogs!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for my best friends bachelorette weekend and absolutely loved it! The property owner, Nancy, was an amazing hostess. They have a separate house on the property where they live and welcomed us meeting their beautiful dogs, horses, donkeys, and more! Such a gorgeous, comfortable and well equipped house close to quite a few wineries. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, relaxing, spacious ... could not be more perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Nancy is so kind & welcoming. Enjoyed the comfortable home on acreage. Home outfitted so well with all eminities we never wanted for anything.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just perfect ...

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful. What a perfect place for sisters to celebrate a special birthday ... we had a fabulous weekend ... many tales told around the great outdoor fire pit! Nancy is awesome, was so kind and welcoming and quickly answered any questions.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome, authentic farmhouse!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at The Hill House was so fantastic! Nancy was extraordinarily gracious and accommodating, frequently going above and beyond her hosting duties, even walking us to the start of a nearby hike & inviting us to collect farm fresh eggs. We had such a lovely time. I can't say enough wonderful things about the house, the host, and our time in Austin! Thank you so much to Nancy for making this a trip we will always cherish!:)

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
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


Rates & Availability

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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