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House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - 10 minutes to Downtown!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 10 Adults)

Welcome to the House on the Creek. Located just ten minutes from downtown Austin in beautiful West Lake Hills the House on the Creek is like a tree house in the woods. This private estate sits on a one-acre wooden lot and is a great escape among the deer and the trees, while only minutes from the hustle of downtown Austin. Your stay at the House on the Creek allows you access to a well-tended walking/hiking trail bordered by the creek on two adjacent wooded lots.

This welcoming split-level home features four outside decks and two stone fireplaces. 3 upstairs bedrooms (king, queen and 2 twin beds), a large sunny, sunken living room, indoor and outdoor dining areas and the kitchen are all in one big open space. Downstairs has an office/playroom, a large family room, a private queen bedroom suite, a small kitchen, full bath and a deck that wraps around the entire downstairs floor with access from every room.

A great place to escape and relax, ideal for family’s, retreats or gatherings.

The House on the Creek does have a permit with the City of Westlake Hills and does collect 6% in Texas State Hotel Tax.

More Details

Property Manager
Gretchen
Member since: 2011
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 18, 2018

About Gretchen

Gretchen is a writer, poet and philanthropist. She has lived in the house next door for 40 years. She purchased this property as a guest house for her friends and family. She also owns the two wooded lots on the backside of the property. She is an avid hiker and walks the trails daily. The four lots combined are a rare gem in a major city, and part of the reason you feel like you are in the middle of the woods when in fact you are 10 minutes from downtown.

Gretchen purchased this estate in 2000

Amenities

Terrace Ridge Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Safari Room - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs Suite - 1 queen
    Family Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen - sleeps 2
    Pink Room - 1 queen
  • There are two inflatable twin air mattresses as well. The maximum occupancy is 10 Adults and a charge of $20 per person per night will apply to all reservation with more than 8 people. Children are not included in the maximum.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Deck
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Smoking is allowed outside provided cigarette butts are disposed of properly. It is a heavily wooded lot, so use an ashtray, and please dump your cigarette butts out in the trash (outside bin) and not down the toilet and into the septic. There are many levels to the house. So wheelchair access is not available. Seniors or the infirmed may have problems as well, many split levels and stairs. POOL The owner lives in the property next door (up the hill) and she has a pool below her house. There is a path and a gate from the other house. She is wiling to share it by appointment only which can be made via the property manager. She is very flexible about this, but does not want to be responsibility of maintaining a neat and attractive pool year round just in case a renter wants to use it. So it is a perk but not part of the rental.

Reviews

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House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - 10 minutes to Downtown!
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4

Beautiful, private setting

  • 4 of 5

The house is large and perfectly divided for a large number of guests to have their own areas. Lots of group space upstairs and downstairs, including decks surrounding the home. Great playroom furnished with toys, too!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family friendly tree-house

  • 4 of 5

  I left you a few notes on things that could be improved on, but I didn't get to mention the things that we loved.  The upstairs living/dining area was so pleasant, and where we spent most of our time, there were 10 of us.  (More dining chairs and living room seating would have been appreciated, we made do by bringing in 2 of the outside patio chairs.).  The one frying pan took about 30 minutes to clean each time it was used, please consider getting another one.  The fireplace worked beautifully, and even though it was not really cold enough for it, we enjoyed the one night we used it immensely. The older grandkids loved the zip line, couldn't wait to get up the next morning to try it again. All beds were comfortable with adequate linen.  It was like staying in a tree house, which I loved. There are so many different levels both upstairs and down, I would not recommend it for anyone seriously disabled. I have bad knees, and it was a challenge, but worth it. The hiking trails were wonderful for the athletes in the family.

Just want to say thank you very much for the use of the house.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a very nice time at this property.... it is great for kids as they have swings and playhouse... it is also very quiet and peaceful... we even saw deer walking right through the property! It is also in a good location to Austin and airport and the many parks and food truck areas.

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

Had a Wonderful Time

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time in Texas and we chose Austin for our family reunion. Upon our arrival, Rana the property manager was very accommodating to our needs and made us feel at ease. We had plenty of room to relax and enjoyed sitting on the patio looking out into the woods every morning. The house was conveniently located for us to get around Austin. All in all the family had a great time and would come here again.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a big group

  • 4 of 5

The house is perfect for a large group and you’re close to just about anything you’d want to do in Austin! Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because the lock box was extremely difficult to use. Since we had a large group leaving at different times throughout the trip we had to use it often. But, other than that the house was exactly like the pictures and I’d recommend this place to a large group.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely, quiet setting close in to town

  • 5 of 5

I selected Gretchen's house this past weekend as a place for my family to stay for my wedding. My parents, sisters and my brother and his wife all had cozy rooms and the living area was large enough for all of us to lounge and catch up. By all accounts they loved the space and especially the setting; surrounded by trees and wildlife just minutes from downtown. It's not an area for parties or music, but that's just what we wanted-a beautiful, simple space with lots of natural light to prepare for the wedding. Thank you so much! Would rent again. :)

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
ABIA
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hula Hut
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Lions Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Loop 1 (Mopac)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hula Hut
Car: recommended

10 minutes from Downtown Austin. 2 miles to Bee Caves Road where there are two major grocery stores, fast food, banks, kinkos, stores, and restaurants. 3 miles from Barton Creek Mall. 2 miles to Zilker Park where there is Barton Springs Pool, canoe/kayak rentals, soccer fields, disc golf course, a children's play scape and train. Also, where ACL festival is held.

Other Activities: Zilker Park, Shopping, Kayaking, Biking, Boating.... Although you will feel like you are in the woods you are just minutes away from everything in Austin, museums, shops, the Bat's, bars and restaurants, lake activities, golf

Golf: Lions Municipal Golf Course is only two miles away and is opened year round. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/golf But there are other great golf courses in Austin as well.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

8 Adults maximum

US Dollars:
Holiday rates; $500.00 per night (3 night minimum stay); Includes - New years Eve and New Years Day, Easter Weekend, UT Graduation, Memorial Day Weekend, 4th of July Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Weekend, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Event ratess - SxSW; ACL; Formula 1

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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