The property includes walking trails and outdoor seating.Arial view to show the layout on this grand property
7 BR 8-Acre South Austin Multi-Home Retreat
7 BR 8-Acre South Austin Multi-Home Retreat

Entire home/flat

16 guests

7 bedrooms

14 beds
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This Luxury Estate sits on 7.5 acres of Texas beauty, only minutes from Slaughter Lane and near the Lady Johnson Wildflower Center. Featured in Real Magazine! Three homes combined for a perfect retreat to enjoy the Hill Country without leaving the city.

The space

Our Writing Barn, with the master bedroom features a comfortable queen-size bed and a lofted space acts as the second bedroom with a comfortable futon for an additional guests. The kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave, two refrigerators, coffee maker, toaster, and plenty of dishes and glassware. The floor-to-ceiling bookshelves set the scene for tranquility and the modern bathroom is stocked with plenty of plush towels and linens. The Barn is equipped with AC and heating and there is a washing machine and dryer on the property. Inside there are hookups allowing guests to access the web, play music, watch instant movies, etc. A screened-in back porch allows guests to enjoy the beautiful property, which includes walking trails and outdoor seating - perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Standing on the front porch will allow guests to watch the deer of the Texas Hill Country stroll by and the rain lilies pop through the ground after a refreshing Texas shower.

This modern cabin-style unit features one queen-sized bed in the loft and two day beds on the main floor. The coach house is equipped with AC and heating and there is a washing machine and dryer on the property. The kitchenette is equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, and plenty of dishes and glassware. The full bathroom has lovely copper accents and plush linens. A screened-in back porch allows guests to enjoy the beautiful property, which includes walking trails and outdoor seating - perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Standing on the front porch will allow guests to watch the deer and enjoy the grounds.

The Book House is a grand five bedroom house, which mainly focuses on creating a comfortable place to sleep. A brilliant wrap-around deck with great seating, allows you to take in all the great natural landscapes around the home. There is a combined living room and dining area with a couch for three people and comfortable dining for six. This area connects directly to the kitchen, which is fully equipped and features brand new appliances. There are multiple bedrooms in this ideal set up, each one creatively named! Each room has two twin beds and connects to a shared bathroom with a standing shower. The bedrooms are decorated in a classic, comfortable style with pops of color to showcase their personality! The yard has large shade trees and a private sitting area with chairs that look like hands (so cool!)

The City of Austin limits occupancy to six unrelated adults.

Other things to note

Our property is TurnKey Rental Certified. All photos and amenities have been verified by TurnKey staff. Our calendar and rates are 100% accurate. We strive to make it as easy as possible to stay at our property - you just drive right up and enter via our secure electronic lock. No more keys and no more security concerns with a unique code that works for your reservation only. We will notify you proactively when early check-in / late check-outs are possible and you'll receive the comforts of a luxury home when you arrive like a starter supply of shampoo, soaps, paper products and hotel-quality towels and linens. In addition, when you book we will send you our mobile app with property directions, details, unlock code and instructions. And if you need us, we are available 24 hours each day with live help. TurnKey Vacation Rentals uses the industry's most trusted brand of software to securely store all guest data - (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Software for Professionals. All TurnKey Vacation Rentals follow local and state tax rules. Each reservation includes applicable taxes, a cleaning fee and a Property Damage Protection Program.

The space
Bathrooms: 7
Bedrooms: 7
Beds: 14
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat


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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

TurnKey is committed to providing you with the most convenient and reliable vacation rental experience possible. Please call us if we can help you in any way. The terms of our Rental Agreements are provided below and are intended to help you enjoy a safe, reliable and convenient stay.


TurnKey Vacation Rentals, Inc. (hereafter referred to as "TurnKey", "we", "us", or "our") provides rental management services on behalf of homeowners ("Owners") who rent their properties (including the associated fixtures and furnishings) (the “Home”) to guests (the "Guest" or "you") seeking accommodations on a short term or long term basis (collectively, the “Services”). We are the Owner's property manager and authorized agent, who will perform the Services related to your reservation. By using the Home and Services, you agree to comply with and be legally bound by the terms and conditions of this guest agreement (the "Agreement"). This Agreement only applies to short term rentals and not long term or leased rentals, which will be governed by the specific terms of your Residential Lease agreement with us if applicable.

1. Policies: Please treat our Owner's Home with the care you would at your own home and abide by following policies:
* Behave as you would in any home in which you live, with respect for property and neighbors.
* Unless otherwise stated in the Home listing, you must be over the age of 25.
* You will be an occupant of the unit during the entire reserved period and other occupants of the Home during your stay will be family members, friends, responsible adults or children under direct adult supervision.
* Do not exceed the maximum occupancy of the Home.
* No parties, noise that can be heard beyond the Home lot line or in adjacent units, or any illegal activity may occur at the Home.
* No pets are allowed unless otherwise noted for specific properties and where you have paid a pet fee in connection with your booking in advance of your reservation.
* No smoking is allowed in or around any Home.
* Check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 10am - we will notify you via email in advance if early check-in or late check-out will be available.
* Please use common courtesy at the Home by keeping it clean, reporting any problems or damages, washing dishes as used, taking garbage to the outside bins, leaving towels in the bathrooms and sheets in the bedrooms, and not re-arranging furniture.

2. Cleaning: Each home will be cleaned and inspected by third-party cleaning contractors after your departure. We ask you to help us enable the cleaning crews as much as possible. They will appreciate simple things like leaving the Home tidy, running the dishwasher, starting to wash the towels, and taking out the trash.

3. Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs, or Beach: If the Home that you have reserved includes a pool or hot tub, or is on a beach, these can all be obviously dangerous. Guests should observe and adhere to all rules and policies as posted at the Home and supervise all children at all times. Lifeguards are not provided. Decks and patios can be slippery when wet and can result in injury to anyone who is not careful. Guest accept and assumes all risks involved in or related to the use of a pool, hot tub, beach and deck/patio areas.

4. Home Damage Waiver: Each guest will be offered an optional Damage Waiver that protects you against unintended damage done to the Property. This is not insurance, and the Damage Waiver does not apply to intentional damage done by the Guest or your guests, or excessive wear and tear due to parties, smoking, pets or otherwise, or additional cleaning charges due to stains or spills, or fines incurred by the police or HOA due to noise, excessive trash or parking, or damage over the purchased amounts of either $3,000 or $5,000. If Tenant does not wish to purchase this Damage Waiver, a security deposit of $3,000 or greater depending on Property will be required at the time of booking. If the Home requires an additional security deposit, we will explain this to you before confirming a reservation. Guest acknowledges that any damage or fines not covered by the Damage Waiver or above the amount of any security deposit can be charged to Guest (and Guest’s card on file). The Damage Waiver can be purchased up to the day prior to your reservation but not after it has started. You do not have to purchase this Damage Waiver. Please contact TurnKey directly if you do not wish to purchase the Damage Waiver.

5. Excessive Wear and Tear, Noise and Occupancy: If excessive wear and tear is found for the Home, or additional cleaning is necessary due to spills, trash left on site, stains to furniture, carpeting, linens, paint, wallpaper, or flooring, Guest authorizes TurnKey to charge Guest for additional fees. Tenant will be provided with a receipt for any additional fees incurred upon request or as required by local laws or regulations. If at any time the maximum number of the Home’s occupants is exceeded or if we receive information about excessive noise, TurnKey has the right to evict Guest and all occupants immediately and to charge Guest a minimum service fee of $250 with no refund for the balance of the remaining reservation. If any sign of smoking is discovered Guest authorizes TurnKey to charge Guest an additional minimum $500 cleaning fee. Unless the reservation for the Home specifically allows a pet, if any sign of a pet is discovered, then Guest authorizes TurnKey to charge Guest an additional minimum $500 cleaning fee. TurnKey will return any balance of a security deposit to Guest, less any charges or amounts owed by Guest, within fourteen (14) days after the end of the reservation or as otherwise required by local laws or regulations. Any charges owed by Guest may be charged by TurnKey to Guest’s card on file in addition to seeking any relief provided by law.

6. Maintenance and Access: We have the right to enter the Home at any time during guest stay and we will diligently attempt to address maintenance issues as they occur. This is an associated risk of renting a single family residence or condo. If a maintenance issue occurs that cannot be fixed in a reasonable amount of time or if the Home is unavailable for any reason as determined in our discretion, and significantly affects your stay; we reserve the right to refund at our discretion or offer to relocate you to another home.

7. Phone and Internet: Unless otherwise specified, all homes are equipped with a high-speed Wi-Fi connection where service is available and we will provide you with any required Wi-Fi passwords. We do not provide a land line phones for all homes and suggest that you please use your mobile phone or Wi-Fi enabled phone for calls.

8. Furnished Rental and Supplies: TurnKey properties are fully furnished properties that will include bedspreads, linens, blankets, pillows, towels, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, furnishings unless otherwise specified. A limited starter supply of paper products, bath and dish soap are provided, but will not be replaced if consumed during your stay so we recommend bringing additional personal items with you. Staples (salt, pepper, foils, wraps, etc) are generally stocked by the Owner of the Home, however TurnKey cannot commit these supplies being present. Guest is responsible for replacing stocked items as they are consumed. If there is a special type of item you are accustomed to using please provide for those items by bringing them with you. Extra towels are always recommended for homes on the beach, or with a pool or hot tub.

9. Weather and Other Unforeseen Events: TurnKey does not accept liability for any inconveniences arising from any temporary defects or stoppage in supply of water, gas, electricity or plumbing, damage caused by weather/road conditions, natural disasters, acts of God or other reasons beyond its control. No refunds will be given for any delays or cancellations due to such conditions. Travel Insurance is highly recommended for any stay.

10. Homeowners Association: TurnKey cannot warrant the usability or condition of amenities provided through homeowner associations, including, but not limited to pools, hot tubs, club houses, tennis courts, golf facilities, and picnic & beach facilities.

11. Indemnity: Neither Owner nor TurnKey assumes any liability for loss, theft, damage or injury to Guest, his/her guests or other occupants in the Home. The Guest, for himself/herself, his/her heirs, assignors, executors and administrators, fully releases and discharges Owner and TurnKey from any and all claims, demands and causes of action by reason of any injury or whatever nature which has or have occurred, or may occur to the Guest, his/her guests or other occupants of the Home as a result of, or in connection with the occupancy of the Home and agrees to hold Owner and TurnKey free and harmless of any claim or suit arising therefrom. In any action concerning the rights, duties or liabilities of the parties to this Agreement, or their principals, agents, successors or assignees the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees and costs.

12. Sale Contingency or Unavailability: In the rare event the Home that that you have reserved is for sale, is sold or is otherwise unavailable for any reason as determined by TurnKey, then TurnKey, in TurnKey’s discretion, reserves the right to provide Guest with a comparable home at no additional cost to the Guest or cancel and refund Guest’s reservation.

13. Payment and Cancellations: We accept all major credit cards. For reservations made more than 30 days in advance, we only charge a deposit of 10% of the total reservation upon booking, with full payment due 30 days prior to check-in. For all reservations made within 30 days of check-in, we collect payment in full at the time of booking. Reservations that are cancelled 30 days prior to arrival, would forfeit the 10% deposit. Reservations cancelled within 30 days forfeit the total amount paid. All reservations which are made more than 10 days in advance are fully refundable if the guest cancels the reservation within 72 hours after the time of booking. After this cancellation period expires, all guest payments are non-refundable.

14. Other Terms and Conditions: Your booking is subject to the TurnKey Terms, Privacy Policy and this Guest Agreement which can be found on our website. If you would like to extend your reservation for additional dates, please call us for availability and pricing.


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Sasha User Profile
June 2016
I've been using airbnb since it started and have used it all over the world. This was by far my favorite airbnb experience. My partner's company wanted a place to do a retreat. I found Bethany's place and was sold on the location and the setting. The biggest surprise was the space itself though. The photos on airbnb don't do it justice and it blew us away. The main writing barn was extremely spacious and beautiful. Filled with books and statues. Very tasteful and clean. There was a further separate cottage that was also very neat and beautiful. In addition there was the main house. All the rooms were beautiful and the beds were super comfy. There was so much additional space undercover outdoors too. This is a perfect place for retreats and group holidays. It was easy to get to the center (about $30 in a cab at night time) and so we were able to have the retreat experience and city life too. Oh and who can forget the dear. Adorable. Highly recommended. Would love to go back again and again.

Joy User Profile
March 2015
I recently booked the Writing Barn for a photography workshop with 16 guests. This was the perfect peaceful setting for our event. The hosts were so gracious and welcoming and the quiet giving atmosphere was the perfect environment for my clients to feel welcome and loved and supported. The deer surrounded us each morning and night and made us almost forget that we were so close to the city. I highly recommend the Writing Barn for anyone who is needing a get away from the every day shuffle of life. It is the perfect retreat. Thank you so much for all of your help! Blessings and hopefully we can return soon.
Bethany User Profile
Response from Bethany:
Thank you so much for your exceptional review! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the Writing Barn. Please let us know the next time you visit, as we look forward to being your host in the future. -The TurnKey VR Team
March 2015

Christopher User Profile
March 2014
The reservation was canceled 21 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Bonnie User Profile
March 2012
The cabin is in a nice wooded area and we saw two deer in front of the yard one morning. The beds are really comfortable and there is a really nice screened in porch. We enjoyed the place.

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Bethany User Profile

I am a published author living in S. Austin and enjoy hosting writers, book lovers, and those who want to see and experience Austin in a unique way.

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