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UNIQUE, SECLUDED CARRIAGE HOUSE & POOL ON .5 ACRE IN SOCO - WALK DOWNTOWN!

Aaron Blount

Speaks english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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UNIQUE, SECLUDED CARRIAGE HOUSE & POOL ON .5 ACRE IN SOCO - WALK DOWNTOWN!

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Austin - Casa del Cascabel

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, pool, sleeps up to 4 adults

The half acre of creekside property was once part of a large section of land owned by an engineer who designed and built this home as his family residence. The original plot bordered Congress Avenue and continued to the river which is now Ladybird Lake. It served as a farm and salvage yard with a number of outbuildings and warehouses. Horses were stabled near what is now Riverside Drive. The family house was built in 1919 and the carriage house and hayloft were added sometime in the 30’s along with a highly unusual brick pool. The buildings are comprised of recycled beams and pine flooring from the old Bastrop train station, glass doors from the State Capitol, and bricks that once lined Congress Avenue make the pool and patio. The house has undergone a few renovations and additions over time, while the pool remains as the last brick pool in the Austin area. Its been carefully restored and updated with modern equipment.

Pool

This unique pool was meant for lounging and cooling off in the hot summer months. Given it’s size, it is not suitable for swimming laps. The pool is shared by the main house, however, the owners provide privacy to the guests while they use the pool and backyard. The owners recently re-plastered the pool and modernized it with an UV light system. The pool is open year round, and it is not heated.

Property

The owner's residence is located in the stone cottage West of the rental house. The owners are available to provide guests with suggestions on restaurants, live music venues, shopping and much more! The property is also shared with a clutch of hens, which provide guests with plenty of eggs.

Location

Located two blocks from the popular entertainment district of South Congress Avenue (SoCo) and 5 min walk from downtown, the house is perfectly situated to meet all your needs! We provide a free map to every guest which details all the haunts and hideouts of Old Austin. The map was made by our favorite map maker, Herb Lester (www.herblester.com), and authored by the owners of the property.

Parking

The rental includes a private driveway which can accommodate two cars. We ask that you do not park on the street.

Payment

We accept Credit Cards and eChecks thru HomeAway. We recently started using HomeAway’s Book It Now option. If you find this option confusing, please use the traditional ‘Contact Owner’ section to the right of the screen and enter the dates you are interested in and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

Living Room/Kitchen

The living room and kitchen share a large open space that is anchored by floor to ceiling casement windows. There is a dining room table that seats four comfortably, as well as a sofa and two Barcelona Chairs. The kitchen offers the following conveniences: Full set of dinnerware for 6; State of the art coffee maker; Set of Le Cruesset cookware; Cooking utensils; Mini refrigerator with freezer; Gas stove top; and Counter-top toaster oven

Bedrooms

Each bedroom has beautiful floor to ceiling casement windows with a view of the patio, pool and historic oak tree. One bedroom has door access to the pool and back patio and Full-sized bed. The other bedroom is equipped with a Queen-sized bed. We supply premium pillows and bedding with plenty of spare blankets. In each bedroom you will find a closet with hangers, full length mirror. In the full bedroom there is a 32” flat screen TV with access to over 400 channels including HBO, Showtime, Encore and TCM.

Bathroom

The bathroom provides a full size tub with shower. Guests are offered premium towels by Matteo. Guests will have access to a clothing iron and hair dryer.

Wildlife

The property sits on a creek so there is plenty of wildlife. There is a known friendly family of foxes that lives on the property, along with a family of armadillos. Don’t be surprised if you see them at night.

During the late spring and summer months, you will likely find Mosquitos and other insects all around Austin. Unlike many other metropolitan cities, Austin does not spray for Mosquitos which means we see our fair share. The rental is stocked with both Deet and Deet-free mosquito repellent.

General

We only use and provide all natural cleaning products. We also employ non-chemical extermination every other month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the pool open? The pool is open year round, however it is not currently heated.

Is there a crib? We offer a portable crib for guests. Please bring your own crib bedding.

Can we cook? Yes! We offer a full gas range, a set of Le Cruesset cookware and all modern kitchen conveniences. The only thing missing is a full-sized oven. We do offer a small toaster oven for other small scale baking. And you can always grill out back.

How many beds? We offer one Full-size bed and one Queen-size bed. While we limit occupancy to four persons, if you require an additional bed for one of the four persons, we can arrange a bed in the loft if given enough notice.

Can we do laundry? Yes! We provide a front loading washer and dryer for your convenience, as well as earth-friendly laundry detergent.

More Details
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Aaron Blount

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
Speaks english
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Reviews

4.8
based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews
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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
5

BEST IN AUSTIN

  • 5 out of 5
Best way to experience Austin. Perfectly located on a quiet, leafy street, just off the South Congress action. The carriage house is roomy and full of light, with high ceilings, wooden beams, and a genuine tumbleweed. A giant oak tree shades the backyard. So relaxing, we almost didn't want to leave in the mornings.

But with Barton Springs, South Congress Street, and the Downtown area so close by, there's a lot to do. The charming owners are incredibly knowledgeable and helped guide us to some great spots.

Regrettably, our week came to an end and we had to return to everyday existence. This is the best way to experience Austin. We will be back as soon as possible.
  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
Somerville, Massachusetts
5

PERFECT AUSTIN

  • 5 out of 5
Charming house, perfect location. Can walk to everything. We'll be back!
  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
Maywood
4

CHARMING, CONVENIENT CARRIAGE HOUSE

  • 4 out of 5
Had the privilege of staying at this property with my mother and two children this past week while visiting Austin. It is super convenient to the SoCo area - we were able to walk to dining and shopping. Short drive to Barton Springs, Whole Foods (both of which are a must do) and the city. I highly recommend Hopdoddy for a casual and awesome meal & shakes and Perla's for an upscale treat (try the salted butterscotch dessert!).

The house itself is very well maintained, clean and comfortable. Had no problems with the beds or any of the appliances. The kitchen was perfect for breakfast and lunch in when desired. The dorm sized fridge held juices, bread, eggs, water, milk and cold cuts to get us through 4 days. Having the modern, high efficiency washer & dryer available was a huge plus. Detergents and ample personal care items were available as well.

The house is set on a beautiful piece of property on the end of a very quiet, safe block. There is ample shade in the back and beautiful plantings in front. In the evening the owner's chickens trot about in the front yard along with the friendly kitty which we all really enjoyed.

My daughter loved the pool the one time she used it. It is secluded and grotto-esque in the backyard - an oasis. Very clean even though chlorine is not used. My only gripe about this property is that the rules state not to use the pool while the robot is in use. Sadly, the robot was in the pool our entire last two days which disappointed the kids. While the owners seem friendly and I'm sure a simple phone call would have remedied the situation, I didn't want to feel intrusive and would have been uncomfortable doing so. If ample pool access is important to you, this may not be the property to choose.

The photos shown in the listing are accurate and the space is much larger than the photos let on. The front of the home is now white and there is a railing on the loftspace for safety. I would stay here again and recommend this property to others with the condition not to expect 100% unhindered pool access.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
5

A PERFECT HOME FROM HOME

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at this fantastic cottage when attending our daughters wedding in Austin and couldn't have hoped for a better equipped, or better situated accommodation.

The tasteful decor and elegant gardens make for a very relaxing atmosphere, a peaceful escape from the hubbub of the city, yet only a short walk from the action to many coffee shops, restaurants and bars. (Though we almost didn't want to leave the lovely house) The world famous bats of Congress Bridge are also just a short walk away and a sight not to be missed!

The owners were super friendly and helpful but non-imposing. I intend to stay here every time I visit, if it's available!
  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
5

FAULTLESS IN EVERY SENSE

  • 5 out of 5
You can't really beat this - a quiet, beautiful house tastefully decorated and furnished, yet with prominent original features, within a short walk of all South Congress and downtown Austin have to offer. It's all on the doorstep, but this remarkable gem is tucked away in a secluded tree-lined street where very little happens apart from birds chattering. It's hard to believe it's so close to, yet such a retreat from, Austin's best bits, and so convenient for travel further afield. It's well equipped and self-contained, and just a really nice place to be.

The owners are both charming and helpful, and clearly care a great deal for this charming retreat. I can't fault it.
  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
business
Unique, Secluded Carriage House & Pool on .5 acre in SOCO - Walk Downtown!
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p259325
+1 5126982879
Austin Austin area
4

TUCKED AWAY

  • 4 out of 5
I really liked this property. It was private, very well located and unique. The back yard had the most amazing oak tree and it had a romantic feel. I loved the simplicity. It was lovely to lay in bed and look outside. The bed frames were beautiful but they were unstable and the mattresses were very uncomfortable. I am not use to small beds either so that made it challenging to share with my 6 ft tall husband. The kitchen had a small fridge and no ice trays. There was also only a 3 burner cook top and no oven so one would need to plan for simple meals or to eat out. There is a quirkiness about the property that suited us quite well. The pool was old and very fun for us but it is not treated and has a grotto feel to it that may not suit those looking for a pristine dip. Chickens peck at the windows and a lucky 6 toed cat meanders around. I would return but would hope for newer mattresses.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
5.8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
149 Miles
beach
Nearest Barpub
0.03 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.03 Miles
Car: not necessary
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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Austin, Austin area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
ACL
3 Oct 2014 - 6 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
$2,119
for 3 nights
From
$690
 
 
ACL 2nd Weekend
10 Oct 2014 - 13 Oct 2014
2 night minimum stay
$1,429
for 2 nights
From
$690
 
 
Formula 1
30 Oct 2014 - 3 Nov 2014
3 night minimum stay
$2,464
for 3 nights
From
$805
 
 
New Year's Eve
28 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
2 night minimum stay
$854
for 2 nights
From
$402
 
 
SXSW
6 Mar 2015 - 22 Mar 2015
3 night minimum stay
$3,499
for 3 nights
From
$1,150
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$624
for 2 nights
From
$288
$1,774
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection 49
Tax Rate 15.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Austin in Austin area

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • lake
  • river
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Patio
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antique hunting
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • swimming
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