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

People11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

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 on two adjacent wooded lots.

This welcoming split-level home features four outside decks and two stone fireplaces. 3 upstairs bedrooms (king, queen and 2 twin beds), 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 queen bedroom suite, a small kitchen, full bath 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.

The House on the Creek does have a permit with the City of Westlake Hills and does collect 6% in Texas State Hotel Tax.

More Details

Property Manager
Gretchen
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2017

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

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Terrace Ridge in West Lake Hills

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Full 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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 10 Adults and a charge of $20 per person per night will apply to all reservation with more than 8 people. Children are not included in the maximum.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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House on the Creek - Treehouse Retreat - 10 minutes to Downtown!
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews
Hockley, TX
5

Beautiful setting close to all the Austin attractions

  • 5 of 5

Great property with great manager...kept us up to date on things! Great property for kids with lots of toys and an outside fort!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful experience...

  • 4 of 5

We loved our time in this home. We stayed here for 3 nights for my daughter's graduation from UT. We had extended family and close Austin friends there and it was a magical yet relaxed time. The house is quite large and can accommodate many. We loved being in the treetops. After 2 days there, someone noticed there was no TV in the main living area (there are TV's in other parts of the house). We hadn't even noticed until then. We loved it! Our extended family sat and talked and played games and didn't even miss the TV. I think that was the greatest thing about the house. We all left refreshed and with our relationships renewed and nourished. Thanks for providing such a wonderful space. We will look for this house again in the future as my daughter has fallen in love with Austin and will be staying in town as she begins her new career.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Star location, 3 Star furnishings

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location, wake up to birds chirping, deer wandering and relatively close to getting downtown. Kitchen is well-stocked although a newer, large frying pan would be a great addition. We had 7 adults in our group and did not have trouble with the 10 pm outdoor noise ordinance despite a jest here and there.

Beautiful space, great windows - could use some updates and additional comfy seating in the great room. Visited February 2017, would have loved to throw open all the doors and windows, but the screens were missing in most of the doors and windows. Perhaps having doors open in Austin is a very small window of time. The weather was almost perfect. The house would benefit well from a thorough, top to bottom spring cleaning, although keeping bugs completely out and webs away when surrounded by woods would be a tough job.

Bathrooms could definitely use some updates. Small, 70's style, low shower heads. Towels and rugs were getting a bit ragged and the house could stand some freshening up in general. Washer and dryer were on premises, so freshening up a load of towels was not a hardship.

The spacious accommodations were very reasonable and perhaps if it were updated, the price would not be as attractive or it would be in extremely high demand. The steep curving hills are a bit intimidating, but the instructions were thorough so even when Waze got it wrong, we were able to find it without too much trouble.

Met the owner briefly, she is delightful.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. It was a lot bigger than expected, very clean, and had everything that we needed and more. It's crazy how close it is to all of the downtown action because when you're at the house you feel like you're hundreds of miles away. We got a little lost on the way in and the owner was very helpful in getting us there. She talked to us on our way out and was so sweet. The windows are huge and one highlight of the trip was looking out the backyard and seeing five deer walk through.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful House on the Creek

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the house in 2012, and were excited to see it was available for another family reunion in December 2016. The kids didn't want to leave! The toy room has shelves of toys and a child-sized table and chairs. Outside, there's a tree house, swing, and two zip lines! Not to mention the opportunity to explore along the trail by the creek. The house is comfortable, well furnished, and easily accommodated five adults and five children, as well as local friends for a cookout on Saturday night. Crossing our fingers that the house will be available for our next reunion!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great house for multiple families

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week in June 2016 and the place was great. It was well kept and clean, and the owner was very friendly and when some issues arose they were immediately taken care of.

The property is in a great location, as your about 10 minutes from downtown Austin, yet feel like you're miles away from the city in the hills. The property has some short trails that are great for hiking with the kids and keeping busy when around the home.

There is a great shopping center about 7 minutes from the house with a grocery store, Tacodeli and other restaurants.

If I come back to Austin I would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
16 Miles
ABIA
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.

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer 2
6 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£652
for 3 nights
From
£184
From
£245
Fri,Sat
 
 
Labor day
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,264
for 3 nights
From
£387
 
 
UT Home Game
7 Sep 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£836
for 3 nights
From
£245
From
£387
Fri,Sat
 
 
ACL Week 1
5 Oct 2017 - 9 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,570
for 3 nights
From
£489
 
 
ACL Week 2
12 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,570
for 3 nights
From
£489
 
 
Formula One
19 Oct 2017 - 23 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,692
for 3 nights
From
£530
 
 
UT Home game
9 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£836
for 3 nights
From
£245
From
£387
Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,264
for 3 nights
From
£387
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,386
for 3 nights
From
£428
 
 
New Years
29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,386
for 3 nights
From
£428
 
 
SXSW Interactive
8 Mar 2018 - 13 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£2,182
for 3 nights
From
£693
 
 
SXSW Music
14 Mar 2018 - 18 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£1,692
for 3 nights
From
£530
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£775
for 3 nights
From
£224
From
£347
Fri,Sat
£1,733
£4,588
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £96.18 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £230.82
Tax Rate 6.0%

8 Adults maximum

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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