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Paul and Wendy Gray

Member since: 2013
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16,000 Sq. Ft. Waterfront Luxury 12+ Acre Estate with guesthouse on Lake Travis

People25
Bedrooms 10
Bathrooms10
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 10 bedroom holiday estate in Texas - Escondido-Lake Travis Chateau

10 Bedrooms, 10 Bathrooms. Main house sleeps 20. Guest house sleeps 5.

This spectacular estate perched on Lake Travis transcends the Hill Country near Lago Vista…whisking you off to a stately chateau in the heart of France. The column-flanked, tree-lined approach to the classic circular drive sets the stage for the grand home. See LINK for additional pictures at the bottom of our web site.

This 10 bedroom, 10 bathroom home sits on 12.6 acres with 800 feet of water front. Celebrating the natural stone of both Texas and France, the exterior and interior of the home features detailed stonework custom carved onsite by a French sculptor. Grand columns with custom Corinthian capitals, traditional stone balustrades and two-story waterfall adorn the entrance.

Before even entering the home, one’s eyes are drawn to the surroundings on which the house sits. Smooth lawns, formal plantings and spectacular lake views all add to the feeling of being at a European retreat.

An undeniable focal point of the entry is the large waterfall that flows from a massive window into a decorative pond, adding a soft ambient sound to the entrance.

Indoors, the waterfall continues as it enhances the formal living with the same waterfall ambiance, a step over river, and special lighting for the evenings.

Entry grandeur is continued inside the house, from the sweeping iron and stone staircases to the limestone arches, and dark-wood accented ceilings that carry you into the formal sunken living area. Creamy walls with stone accents and tumbled travertine floors create a cool, elegant feel, while a large two-story wall of windows captures remarkable views. An adjacent full service wet bar, and hidden wine cellar (with handcrafted stone walls) is perfectly located for service to the north-east outdoor terrace.

Escape to France itself from this covered terrace, with walls and ceilings cloaked in ivy. Ideal for relaxing evenings of indulging wine or retreating from the Texas sunlight, this terrace captures the best breezes and views, year-round.

Back indoors a formal dining room showcases mesquite-floors, a small European fireplace and plenty of windows to enjoy the views, it’s a perfect place to linger over a meal with friends.

Across the living room lies a study/office that transcends to an upstairs library. Custom maple paneling covers both the walls and ceiling, which features an iron-railed opening to the second story, flooding the room with light.

The kitchen is fit for a chef; warm natural-wood cabinets contrast beautifully with the limestone and granite accents. The spacious island holds an extra-large sink; an additional sink, high-end appliances and a huge walk-in pantry. An open breakfast bar allows the cook to chat with family at the adjacent breakfast room.

Retreat in luxury to the airy master bedroom, which enjoys lake views from every window. Cool nights call for a fire in the fireplace, while warm evenings invite a nightcap on the breezy private terrace. In the master bath, thoughtful details combine with elegant materials to make the space a pleasure. Two vanities plus a separate makeup counter allow room to spread out; a unique mirrored freestanding wall is an inspired touch. A glass wall encloses the oversized shower with 10 separate shower heads including an overhead rain can. Linger in the corner tub overlooking the vista, or splash in the walk-in travertine shower. No need to share closet space; huge his and hers closets with custom built-in storage mean everyone has plenty of room.

The lower level south wing accommodates four additional bedrooms, a billiards room, a full kitchen, family room, and exercise room. Two large bedrooms with walk-in closets and en-suite baths complete the second floor south wing.

While the inside is stunning, this home was designed to enjoy the extraordinary scenery outdoors. With sun decks and a crow’s nest balcony from the roof there is always a place to relax and feel the breeze.

Landscaped with a nod to a more formal time, the smooth, manicured lawns are accented with gracious walkways, cypress trees and a grand stone staircase leading down to the negative-edge pool. With the appearance of spilling in to Lake Travis, the pool is a breathtaking finale to the grounds.

Precisely situated and built to maximize the breeze and sun schedule, no detail has gone unnoted in this palatial estate. For those that enjoy European luxury at its finest and have the heart of a Texan, this incredible home offers the best of both worlds.

We have a boat dock that accommodates our 50 ft yacht and has plenty of space to tie jet skis or another boat.

We are here to accommodate you and offer concierge-like service to our guests! If you need something just ask.

Guests love to hire our chefs - they take care of everything for your dining pleasure.

Please read the current Rate Information and Availability Calendar before inquiring. These are always kept up to date. Email inquiries are preferred. We will respond quickly.

Please see other photos under "Links and Videos".

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Paul and Wendy Gray (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Paul and Wendy Gray

We built our home starting in 1999 - and it was completed in 2001. It was an amazing journey and wonderful watching it happen.

Paul and Wendy Gray purchased this estate in 2001

Why Paul and Wendy Gray chose Texas

This property has complete privacy and feels like you are staying at your very own resort. We however do not permit weddings, bachelor or bachelorette events or parties.

What makes this estate unique

Landscaped with a nod to a more formal time, the smooth, manicured lawns are accented with gracious walkways, cypress trees and a grand stone staircase leading down to the negative-edge pool. With the appearance of spilling in to Lake Travis, the pool is a breathtaking finale to the grounds.

Rounding out this remarkable property are attached guest quarters complete with kitchen, a separate garage apartment, an equestrian paddock, a barn with 3 to 4 stalls, a pasture large enough for helicopter pad, and an adjustable floating boat dock large enough for 50’ yacht.

Precisely situated and built to maximize the breeze and sun schedule, no detail has gone unnoted in this palatial estate. For those that enjoy European luxury at its finest and have the heart of a Texan, this incredible home offers the best of both worlds.

The property is large enough to permit helicopter landings. Please note that this property is monitored by security camera's for yours' and our protection.

Guestbook comments from the owner

To Wendy and Paul

Thank you so much for having this facility available for my 90th Birthday celebration with my family. I am so grateful to have the loving family that sponsored this event. My Mother lived to be 93 years of age but was unable to enjoy her last few years. I am the last of my generation and to have three wonderful and caring children is so great.

Thanks again - this is such a beautiful property.
Jul 2015
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(63 traveller reviews)
16,000 Sq. Ft. Waterfront Luxury 12+ Acre Estate with guesthouse on Lake Travis
average rating of 4.9206347 based on 67 reviews
Windsor, Ontario - Canada
5

The best of the best

  • 5 of 5

Normally I do not take the time to post a review, but in this case I just had to. I have never seen a more beautiful property in my life, from the meandering driveway encased in flowers to the outside waterfall and immaculate grounds. We had 4 families with several children and we could have arrived with just our bathing suits and been fine. There is nothing that this home does not provide. Truly it was as if we had our own private 5 star resort, completely private with every amenity that one could possibly think of including all of the extras required for young children. Every room had a spectacular view of the lake, and all of the bedrooms have their own balcony. Their chefs, Mike and Linda stocked the home before we arrived - very beneficial as we came from all different states - and prepared and served a wonderful dinner under the stars. The owners took their time to explain how everything worked and we did not see them unless we called with a request. Our entire family is still talking about our time together. This trip was the best of the best. Thanks to the owners Paul and Wendy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience - it helps us as owners, and also renters. We aim to please so it looks like we scored! Thank you and we hope that your plans have a return in mind.
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5

Fabulous family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for three nights for a family reunion to celebrate my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary. It was a perfect venue! We had enough bedrooms and privacy for all the adults (12) and kids (8 + 1 toddler). However, we spent most of our time in the common areas, patios, and pool. Although the home is huge and luxurious, it is very livable and comfortable. We cooked together in the large, well-appointed kitchen, sat at the dining table talking and laughing for hours, gathered in the living room for an impromptu recital by the kids learning to play instruments (including the grand piano), and lounged endlessly at the pool and under the palapa hut. We brought a boat, kept it at the dock behind the house, and enjoyed going out on the lake. (By the way, the views of the lake from every window on the back of the house are priceless!) We even had a photographer come to the house one evening and got some fabulous family photos outside around the property!

Paul Gray met us when we arrived to show us around the house and saw us off when we left. He and Wendy, the owners, always answered emails very quickly. We did not need a thing while there but knew that they were just a phone call away if we did. The house is very well stocked with dishes, towels, bath products, etc. We loved having two dedicated ice makers since it was hot outside. They even had pool floaties and sunscreen to share!

This is not a house to rent if you are planning a wild, unruly party. But it's a perfect house for a family reunion, get-together with old friends, or a business retreat. It's a home that has been well cared for and the owners strive to rent to groups that treat it well and keep it nice for future guests. I really hope that we will have a chance to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Molly for taking the time to post such a wonderful review. Your family was amazing and we are so delighted that everyone was pleased with their accommodations. We are hopeful that we see you again next year or sooner if possible. Paul and Wendy
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5

Absolutely Amazing Waterfront Mansion!

  • 5 of 5

Paul and Wendy,

This was hands down the most beautiful home we have ever stayed in. Your house is amazing! It is spacious, clean and very well maintained. Fabulous accommodations and atmosphere. It made my 50th birthday celebration one for the record books. I love the view of the lake from every room in the house. All of the balconies are awesome. We enjoyed watching the sun rise in the mornings and star gazing at night. The grounds are spectacular. The infinity pool and hot tub area are a dream. I absolutely love the hill country and I am so glad that I found this listing. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Thanks also for taking the time to show us everything we needed to know about the house to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. That was greatly appreciated. And, for recommending Lone Star Lake Rentals. We had a blast on the Pontoon boat and our captain, Blake, was awesome!

Delia Aguilar

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delia thank you so much for the wonderful review and taking the time to post it. Paul and I are extremely happy that your trip went so well and a big thank you for leaving the house incredibly clean. Hopefully when you have your next summit you will choose our property again. We look forward to seeing you then. Regards Paul and Wendy
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5

Amazing property both inside and outside

  • 5 of 5

Property was well maintained, kitchen and other rooms were well equipped for our group. Swimming pool always kept clean, nice view of the lake and surrounding areas especially from the third floor. We had a family reunion after my son's wedding, celebrated our wedding anniversary and everyone had a very memorable and enjoyable time. Both Paul and Wendy were very friendly people and very accommodating. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Jacaruso July Summer Summit 2016

  • 5 of 5

Paul & Wendy,

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! We had an incredible time and the summit went off without a hitch! The stay was perfect and everyone had a great time and will be talking about this trip for many years to come! Thanks again for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that your Summit and your meetings were successful. We could not have asked for better guests! Hopefully will be on your list for your next retreat . Regards Paul and Wendy
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5

Magnificent...

  • 5 of 5

in every way.

Four generations agree, thank you Paul, and Wendy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

VIP Marina Lake Travis
Just For Fun
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Rusty Allen Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Lago Vista
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lago Vista
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
1431
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Lago Vista
Car: necessary

This is the most incredibly private and peaceful property on the lake. (See video on first page of listing). Although we have complete privacy, we are only 10 minutes from Lago Vista shopping. We do NOT do weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties or events. The only people allowed on the property at any time are the people actually staying there. (20 max in main house and another 5 is the guesthouse is rented). We rae very strict with our numbers. We are 3 minutes from Flat Creek Winery. There is also a kayak company that delivers. (Viking kayaks).

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Lago Vista, Lake Travis

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
2016
5 Jul 2016 - 1 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
2 Sep 2016 - 5 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£8,324
for 3 nights
From
£2,573
 
 
2016
6 Sep 2016 - 23 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 
 
Thanksgiving
24 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
£8,324
for 3 nights
From
£2,573
 
 
2016
28 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£8,324
for 3 nights
From
£2,573
 
 
2017
1 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 
 
Memorial Weekend
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£8,324
for 3 nights
From
£2,573
 
 
2017
30 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 
 
July 4th
1 Jul 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£8,324
for 3 nights
From
£2,573
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£7,038
for 3 nights
From
£2,144
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £2,277
Property Damage Protection £75
Cleaning Fee £531
Tax Rate 13.0%

Rates above and automatic "Quoted Rates" are for the main house only. Guest House adds $500/ night plus tax and cleaning fee of $100. Discounts for stays of 7+ nights. Tax 13%
Also a cleaning fee of $700. to be added to your quote for main house only.
Any additional cleaning over and above the usual will be charged by the
hour and added to your credit card.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Texas, USA

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 16000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 10 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Bunk Bed , bottom bunks are full size and tops are single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Large Double Bed , bedroom 9 is in guesthouse
    Bedroom 10 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 Bunk Bed , bunkbeds are full size and are in guesthouse
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Ideal for corporate retreats and family reunions. We do not permit weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties. We do not permit any events and we do not permit any more than 25 people on the property at any time.

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