Off the beaten track, nestled in the canyons between Tarpley & Utopia. Perfect as a writer’s/artist’s retreat---two cabins (bedroom & kitchen) connected by a covered breezeway, with deck, private outdoor shower, with hot & cold water, under an old growth juniper offers an exciting & comfortable immersion into nature while safe & as green as possible. Bathroom is a separate room outside the bedroom, built around a tree branch, with a composting toilet, which works great. Kitchen is fully equipped. Queen bed with excellent mattress. Air conditioning & eco-heaters in both rooms.
There is also a tree house/platform built in a white oak tree & outfitted with a hammock You are welcome to climb at your own risk for a bird's eye view.
I am an herbalist, naturalist & photographer. I love being in the country near wildlife & stewarding beautiful properties. I've lived in the Texas hill country for 10 years & the wildlife continues to fascinate me. Ravens nest in the cliff wall of the canyon & often fly overhead, croaking their harsh call. My cabins are a prefect artist's or writer's retreat. The deck is surrounded by Little Blue Stem, a native tall prairie grass. And It's important that my guests feel safe, comfortable & relaxed. The kitchen will be stocked with some basic food items.
Sally Garrett purchased this cabin in 2005
I've always enjoyed places off the beaten path, connected to nature. While completing a graduate degree in Environmental Studies, I traveled & worked in Africa back in the 90's, studying hippo communication. It was a dream come true to be immersed in Africa like that. Now, 20 years later, this place in the hill country is the closest I've come to being as close to nature as I was in Africa. No, there are no hippos or crocodiles, but there are white-tailed deer, fox, rabbit, coyote, armadillo & sometimes a gazelle can be seen.
Optional for an additional cost upon request:
guided plant walks
energy-based body work - Reiki, Therapeutic Touch
customized food basket
My husband and I loved spending our anniversary in this beautiful place. The uniqueness of the outdoor shower and the peaceful hammock up in the tree house were two of our favorite things. Everything was so clean and comfortable. We truly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
I initially overlooked this property because it appeared to be more along the lines of a romantic, couples getaway...versus the father-son road trip that I needed it for. My usual hill country rental was unavailable (along with pretty much everything else in the area), so it took some VRBO research by my wife to point me towards this property. My father & I didn't want to share a bed unless we absolutely had to, and VRBO noted there was an optional sleeping cot also available - so that pretty much sealed the deal.
As for our experience - in a nutshell - it was great. We found the owner, Sally, to be an extremely thoughtful host. Upon arrival she pointed out some possible issues re the extra sleeping cot and kindly offered us another sleeping option (which was greatly appreciated). The cabin was already stocked with some simple, yet important, items that I wasn't expecting from a rental property (charcoal for grill, lots of firewood, etc). There was plenty of distance between the main residence & rental cabin - which provided the privacy and space to enjoy some music & evening drinks by the outdoor fire pit, without having to worry about disturbing others on the property. It's also worth noting that the both living spaces were very clean and that the A/C kept both spaces nice and cool.
The restroom & shower areas were also good. The toilet was clean and stocked with toiletries, soap, etc. This wasn't my first experience with a composting toilet and the one on this property was far better than what I'd grown to expect (I bring up the toilet for the benefit of potential renters who may factor their own unfamiliarity with composting toilets into their rental decision-making process). I can report that the toilet was used multiple times over 3 days and that no unpleasant odors were detected during our stay. The outdoor shower was also better than expected. The water pressure & hot water on-tap were more than adequate. My first use of the shower was a neat experience - while bathing I heard some faint screeching from overhead, I looked up to see several hawks high in the sky above, calling out to one another...what an unexpected bonus.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I look forward to bringing my wife here in the future.
The cabin is well-appointed, stocked with most of the necessary cooking tools as well as plenty of tea and coffee, and very comfortable even in the summer heat. The outdoor shower was one of the highlights (two showerheads!), along with the easily-accessible waterfall and creek. The host Sally is very kind and helpful. Note that the road to the property is a bit rough - you could probably make it in a normal car if you take your time, but we were happy that we had a truck. We fell in love with this little place and will surely be back next year!
I had worked a conference in San Antonio and wanted some time in the Hill Country before heading home. My husband joined me and we were looking for a quiet place to spend time together. Sally's place was perfect and better than I expected. Beautiful; creek, swimming hole,water fall, and tree house for nature time. Everything was clean and unique, I spend enough time in hotels and I needed unique and fun. We had everything we needed to cook our own meal followed by a good night of sleep in the comfy bed. If you are looking for an out of the way place, love nature and quiet time this is the place for you.
I am so happy my husband and I decided to stay at Sally's oasis. After working apart from each other for a very long time, we decided it was time to reunite and pamper ourselves. Without the interference of modern technology, we were able to indulge in ourselves and the surroundings. Of course the outdoor shower is a blast! The kitchen has everything you could possibly need. (I know because I brought my own kitchen supplies and did not have to unpack a thing.) Oh, don't be afraid of the toilet. It is easier than you would think.
The description of the place does not do it justice. Unfortunately, I don't know how anyone could describe the amazing ambiance. I can't say we would recommend this hideaway to any of our friends because We don't want to share it. Still it's all we've talked about this week. Sally is very gracious and endearing. The surroundings are serene and majestic. If you have a chance to spend any amount of time here....TAKE IT!
Our favorite things? Chasing fireflies, wading in the creek, and sitting on the mountain under the cross and just taking in all the scenery. Then again let's not forget the amazing bed, sitting on the deck making pictures out of clouds, or taking showers at midnight under a tree. Will we return? Without a doubt!
The highlights of our trip included the outdoor shower for sure, the big open deck under the stars, the treehouse, the creek, the hikes in the gorgeous hills! We spent relaxing time in the hammock where the only view is up. It was shaded and cool, with the sounds of running water from the creek nearby. What a nice getaway! Sally knows how to treat guests and make them feel comfortable with special touches. Our 23rd anniversary was delightful in the beautiful hill country.
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