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

20 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday estate in Terrace Ridge - House on the Creek

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths (Sleeps 7-10)

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.

This welcoming split-level home features four outside decks and two stone fireplaces. 3 upstairs bedrooms, 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 suite, 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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016

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


based on 20 holidaymaker reviews

House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - SXSW - 10 minutes to Downtown!
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews

great place! great owner and manager and value

  • 5 of 5

this place was a temporary home

for my family of 5 while we moved here. worked really well - nice layout kid friendly and great location. definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tim - you and your family were a pleasure!
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Place was great!

  • 5 of 5

Hard to find, but worth it. Totally secluded, but only 10 minutes from the heart of Austin. There were 5 adults & 4 teenagers in our group and there was plenty of room for all of us. Plenty of towels and linens. We were in town for a wedding and the place worked out perfect for us. Much more convenient than a hotel downtown. Will definitely stay here again if we are in Austin in the future. I only had one complaint.....need a lid for the large frying pan!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wedding Weekend.

  • 5 of 5

Located up in beautiful west lake hills but only a few minutes from dt Austin. if you like nature, like we do, this is perfect. It is lush and there were many wild flowers in bloom. It was fabulous enjoying coffee in the am while listening to all of the chirping birds. The drive from the road to the house is Very steep. We used the home as our base camp for the weekend our son got married. It worked out wonderfully! The owner/pm were a pleasure to work with. We would definitely rent again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over the Thanksgiving holiday and had a fantastic experience. House is perfect for kids and family, and the property manager is super responsive/easy to reach. Would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house for large family

  • 5 of 5

We recently rented the house for a large family vacation (7 adults and 3 kids), and it was the perfect size for our large group. It was in a great location, very quiet, yet easily accessible to anything in the city. The property manager was great to work with- responded quickly and worked to solve any minor issues that we came across. Overall, would definitely recommend and would rent again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quintessential Austin

  • 5 of 5

Having never been to Austin, I wasn't sure what to expect. We stayed for a week and the house fit in perfectly with the Austin vibe. The owners were pleasant and efficient. The house was neat, clean and fully furnished with everything we needed. The house is much larger than I expected and very roomy for our group of 6. It was very convenient to downtown too. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Terrace Ridge, Texas Hill Country

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Formula 1
20 Oct 2016 - 24 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
SXSW Interactive
9 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
SXSW Music
16 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £102 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £246
Tax Rate 6.0%

Over 10 people $20 per person per night

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

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Terrace Ridge in Texas Hill Country

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Safari Room - 2 Single Bed
    Downstairs Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Family Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen - sleeps 2
    Pink Room - 1 Large Double Bed
  • There are two inflatable twin air mattresses as well. The maximum occupancy is 9 and a charge of $25 per person per night will apply to all reservation with more than 9 people.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
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.

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