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BALI MEETS AUSTIN IN THIS SPECTACULAR ARTIST'S RETREAT 14 MIN. TO DOWNTOWN

Sharon Drinkwine

Advertiser since: 2013
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People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Sharon Drinkwine

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Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2015
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BALI MEETS AUSTIN IN THIS SPECTACULAR ARTIST'S RETREAT 14 MIN. TO DOWNTOWN

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Austin - The Loft House

Private + Eclectic 3 Bedroom, 4 Bath Loft Living w/ Views 14 min. to Downtown

Winner of the ABC Living Well Channel's 'Sweet Retreats' Austin edition. Ask about my mid-week discount program and 2 day minimums in April.

Welcome! If you're an artist, writer, musician, foodie or ridiculously famous, skinny-dipping, nature-buff your search for a secluded yet accessible Austin home-base is over. Situated on two acres of private green-space on a non-through street, this private oasis offers easy access to ACL, SXSW, F1 (Formula One) and downtown Austin. Perfect for artist/writer retreats, corporate relocation, girlfriend getaways, small weddings, foodie reunions and romantic weekends. Please note that on-site special events of more than 15 people MAY require an additional special event contract and additional fees.

Hi, I'm Sharon. In 2008, I flew to Bali and filled a container with art, architectural pieces, furniture, marble and building materials. When I returned to Austin I built my dream home in the Sunset Valley neighborhood, a tiny township within the city of Austin. 'Austin's best kept secret' has large lots, many old and beautiful trees, horses and abundant wildlife yet its only 14 minutes from downtown. In 2010 my home was awarded five stars (the highest honor) by the Austin Green Building Program and was featured in the Cool House Architectural Tour.

The two story, naturally lighted artist's loft, has a flexible floor plan to accommodate a wide range of groups, from families on holiday to small wedding parties to corporate clients. Because I make my living designing and building things, my home is filled with textiles, art, art materials and works in progress. When you arrive you'll notice my obsessive compulsive attention to detail throughout, custom carved teak doors, polished concrete and pebble mosaic floors, natural clay wall finishes, custom light switches, etc. I've been told there's something about the space that fuels the imagination and inspires a sense of play, making it perfect for corporate brainstorming sessions and artist/writer retreats.

The very private outdoor living space offers numerous ways to enjoy the warm Austin weather; eat breakfast in the large screened porch, sip mojitos on the deck or paddle around the lap pool as deer, foxes, mexican eagles and hummingbirds frolic nearby.

This posting is new, so the list below is not complete (I'm still working on it!), but here are just a few of the amenities you will enjoy during your stay...

WHOLE HOUSE FEATURES:

- Tall ceilings and lots of natural light

- Wireless internet

- onsite free parking

- Sleeps up to 12 people in luxury linens, 100% cotton sheets, world textile coverlets, vintage wool blankets, new pillows and comfortable mattresses. A variety of sleeping arrangements can be arranged.

- Bath and pool towels

- Alarm system

LIVING and DINING ROOM:

- Large open living space with two story windows overlook the private green-space

- Large sectional sofa can sleep three

- Raised dining room just off the kitchen with custom dining table and lighted art niche

KITCHEN: The fully equipped large kitchen with wrap-around counters that open onto the screened outdoor living and dining area is perfect for parties, foodie reunions and cooking classes.

- Gas stove

- Wall oven and microwave

- Dishwasher

- Coffee grinder, french presses and automated coffee maker

- Toaster oven

- Cooking equipment (cookie sheets, baking pans, pots and pans, salad spinner)

- Kitchen staples (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.)

- Outdoor gas grill on the patio

BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS:

The ground floor 'Garden Room' Master Bedroom features...

- Large windows that overlook the pool area. Lots of natural light

- Custom roman shades for privacy

- The custom Balinese teak bed is larger than queen-size and super comfy

- Private bathroom with large soaking tub with a view, white pebble mosaic floor, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

- Walk in closet

- Private entrance offers access to the pool and outdoor shower

The second-floor 'Sun Room' Master Bedroom features…

- Large windows that overlook the pool and green-space

- Custom queen-size bed on wheels. (Roll it next to the windows and wake up surrounded by sky)

- Enough room to comfortably fit the second large bed if needed

- The next door bathroom includes a vintage custom etched claw-foot tub/shower, venetian plaster finish, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

The ground floor 'Patio' Bedroom features…

- Private entrance

- Outdoor patio with table, chairs and custom iron gates

- King-size bed or two comfortable twinXL beds

- Walk in closet

- Private bathroom with walk in shower, carved sink, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

A fourth full bathroom just off the main living space features a tub with a shower, a small vanity area, towels, hair dryer and lighted magnifying mirror

SECOND FLOOR LOFT AREAS: The entertainment/conference room that overlooks the main living space features

- Computer desks / conference table

- Lots of comfortable seating, including 12 Haworth conference chairs

- Can be configured to sleep four

- Brand new 60' plasma smart tv with Netflix online streaming, dvd player, Hulu, etc.

The 'Lookout Loft':

- A tall light table that works as a desk

- Two desk niches

- Closet space for clothing and suitcases

- The space can be configured in a variety of ways:

--- One king or two twinXL beds make it a sleeping loft

--- A series of folding teak tables can be set up to make it a work space.

--- I have six yoga mats, now its a yoga studio!

OUTDOOR AREA

- Large teak deck with a gas grill

- Year round 50' ozone lap pool

- Outdoor shower overlooking the 2 acre lot and dry creek

- Private patio just outside the 'Patio' bedroom

- A large private yard and a dry creek to explore

- Deer, foxes, raccoons, Mexican Eagles, hummingbirds galore

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sharon Drinkwine (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Call Owner
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2015

About Sharon Drinkwine

I'm an artist, designer, foodie, film buff and collector of Outsider Art. (I'm an antique show, junk shop and eBay addict!). I designed my house to revolve around the kitchen and the art studio, the two places where I'm most happy. Well, make that three places, I'm happy swimming in my pool too. And oh yeah, I'm happy hanging out with friends on my porch, eating fresh food we just dragged home from the Sunset Valley Farmers Market (only two blocks away). And I'm happy taking walks around my neighborhood visiting the horses and hiking on the nearby nature trails. I guess I'm just generally happy. You see I was born and raised in upstate New York, where the winters are long and cold. Now that I live in Austin, where the weather is warm, the people are friendly and the culture is lively, I'm in heaven!

Sharon Drinkwine purchased this house in 2009

Why Sharon Drinkwine chose Austin

If you're looking for an out of the ordinary experience with privacy and luxury amenities, and you don't mind driving FOURTEEN MINUTES to where the action is, this is the place. Watch the 'Sweet Retreats' video here: http://livewellnetwork.com/Sweet-Retreats/episodes/Vacation-Rentals-in-Austin-Texas/9427925

What makes this house unique

Ask about my mid-week discounts!

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

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Bali Meets Austin In This Spectacular Artist's Retreat 14 Min. to Downtown
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
5

Sophisticated and Beautiful Atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

We chose the Loft House this past December Holiday Season, for our Business Party because of it's sophistication and style. The Loft House is a gem and it suited us perfectly.

The color schemes and lighting create a calming yet uplifting ambience.

The decor of Balinese artifacts mixed with an eclectic Art Collection accentuates it's uniqueness.

Ms. Drinkwine graciously offered to work with our budget and gave us a very reasonable weekday rate. I believe every amenity imaginable is available and if not, the Hostess found a way to accommodate our special requests.

Don't miss an opportunity to experience this haven and enliven your senses while retreating into it's otherworldly-ness.

If you want to impress your guests, the Loft House is sure to WOW them.

We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Great House, Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

Everything we hoped for and better. House was amazing. Great artwork, great "little touches" that made our stay special. Sharon met us upon arrival and explained everything about the house. She checked on us during our visit to make sure everything was fine. It is such a cool house, certainly out of the ordinary. If you want a memorable place to stay in Austin, this place is it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Amazing, amazing, amazing!

  • 5 of 5

I celebrated my birthday with my family this past summer and it was a wonderful experience. It took me a while to write this review because I had no idea how to put into words how much I loved the house and owner.

The home is PERFECT. It is in a great location in Austin but the house itself takes you into another world. Everyone in the home kept saying the felt like they were in an exotic island or somewhere else besides Austin.

There are so many details in the home that will keep you awe and inspired.

I feel so lucky to have been able to make memories in this beautiful house. Sharron your design and help during our stay was first class. Thank you and I look forward to the opportunity to stay at you home again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! I'm so glad that your family birthday celebration was fun for all and felt like an escape "into another world". That's such a high compliment because I strive to create an atmosphere that's exhilleratingly (is that really a word?) exotic yet comfy and casual at the same time. As a result my departing guests often tell me they felt like they truly "got away from it all". (It also gives me a good excuse to travel and collect more cool stuff. :-)
5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

I am going to keep this review simple as i could write a novel on how much everyone loved this house, so here goes.

-Amazing lot in a great part of town that allows you to be relatively close to the city while also preserving a great deal of privacy

-Wonderful decor and furniture that makes for a really fun atmosphere

-The decorations will keep you entertained for days

-The lighting is remarkable. There are two really fantastic house atmospheres, one day time home and one night time home. You will understand once you arrive

-Attention to detail is second to none

i could keep going on but there is no need, just go ahead and rent the place and have a great time, you wont regret it.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks David for such a nice review! And also for noticing the lighting :-) I've been tweaking it for a while now, and will be adding more outdoor features soon.
5

Sacred retreat: Home to art and beauty

  • 5 of 5

Sharon is the most incredible property owner. She amazed us with her ability to work with us on what we needed, and go above and beyond to provide gorgeous details that made our stay special. She has cultivated an amazing home full of art, beautiful objects, warm welcoming lighting, expert details like power outlets everywhere you could possibly need them and soothing under-cabinet lights in the bathrooms. The house is filled with captivating textiles, furniture and sculptures. Big windows look out onto the restful pool and live oaks. She has created an artful space that we are all incredibly lucky to be able to rent access to.

We can't recommend this home highly enough. It is special, sacred, and filled with good energy and light.

Sharon herself is kind, extremely organized and a true artist in her ability to create and improve everything around her. She has implemented systems all over her house that make it so easy to figure out lights and door locks and sound systems. An excellent homeowner!

We highly recommend this beautiful property. Treat it with the reverence it deserves!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

exceptional property and very thoughtful host

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly extraordinary property! To begin with, it's BEAUTIFUL. We had seen pictures, of course, but nonetheless it was beyond expectations. There's art everywhere, and we kept seeing interesting things we hadn't noticed initially. Sharon, the host, met us and walked us through everything we needed to know. To supplement that, she has labelled everything so that you can find what you need (i.e., esp. in the kitchen). The pool was lots of fun to use, and some of us thought the outdoor shower was/is a real treat. The beds are really, really comfortable -- and we travelers really appreciated that! I can't think of anything that could or should have been better. We would go back to this property with eager enthusiasm.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
11.2 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US Highway 290 / Highway 71
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
St. Philip Pizza Parlor + Bakeshop
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

From $903 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Austin, Austin area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring Special
1 Mar 2015 - 12 Jul 2015
2 night minimum stay
$2,032
for 2 nights
From
$903
 
 
ACL weekend 1
1 Oct 2015 - 4 Oct 2015
3 night minimum stay
$5,311
for 3 nights
From
$1,695
 
 
ACL weekend 2
8 Oct 2015 - 11 Oct 2015
3 night minimum stay
$5,311
for 3 nights
From
$1,695
 
 
F1 Formula One
22 Oct 2015 - 25 Oct 2015
4 night minimum stay
$8,362
for 4 nights
From
$2,034
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$2,935
for 3 nights
From
$903
$5,639
$18,306
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%
Notes FAQs:
- The renter must be over 25, all children must be over 12.
- No smoking or pets.
- Check-in after 3 PM, check-out is at 11 AM. Pre-approval is required for changes.
- Special events and parties are allowed with owner approval and separate contract.
- See sections 15, 16 and 17 of the rental agreement for the Cancellation Policy.

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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Garden Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Large soaking tub with a view. Pebble mosaic floor.
    Outdoor Shower - Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Easily accessed from the pool, Garden and Patio Bedrooms.
    Patio Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large walk-in shower. Carved stone sink. Marble tile.
    Clawfoot Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Just off the Sunroom Bedroom. Custom etched vintage tub.
    Center Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Handcarved marble pillar sink. Serves the entire house.
  • Glamourous bathrooms all! Javanese marble, carved stone sinks, a custom etched vintage claw-foot tub and other artistic touches throughout. Towels, hair dryers and magnifying makeup mirrors are included.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Garden Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The King bed can be made into 2 TwinXLs at your request.
    Patio Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The King bed converts to two TwinXLs at your request.
    Sun Bedroom - 2 Large Double Bed , An extra Twin bed can be added at your request.
    Sleeping Loft - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Semi-private loft area: Choose two King beds or 4 TwinXLs.
  • Sleep soundly in the high thread-count linens. Wake up to stunning views of private green-space or a private patio. The bedrooms can be configured in a variety of ways... The Garden bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. The Sunroom bedroom: Two Queen beds sleep two singles or couples. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. The Patio bedroom: The King bed breaks down into two TwinXLs. Another TwinXL bed can be added for an extra person. Sleeping Loft: Two King beds can be broken down to make 4 TwinXLs. Every bed (including the extra TwinXLs) has a ventilated memory foam topper and is very comfortable.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Ask about our personal chef, massage therapy or maid services, (these services cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time).
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