Queen-size bed in the main room

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

2 guests

1 room

1 bed

1 bath

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About this listing

Private, detached cottage in Central Austin, ideal for couples looking for a quiet accommodation with easy access to all that Austin has to offer.

(Our City of Austin Short Term Rental Type 1 license can be viewed in the photos section.)


Cleaning Fee: £28


The space

Clean, private cottage with lots of light in peaceful, tree-lined Ridgelea neighborhood in central Austin. The cottage is a separate building behind our house, so you have lots of privacy, though we are on site if you have questions or want to visit with us. It shares a garden courtyard with our residence.

Fully-functioning residential space with three rooms: large living/sleeping area, full kitchen, and bath with shower.

Queen-size, comfortable bed with pillow top mattress sleeps two. Fresh bed and bath linens provided.

Kitchen has table for two next to a sunny window, gas stove, full-size fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and blender. We provide coffee, sugar and milk. There is butter, cooking oil and basic seasonings. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, pots/pans and utensils including cooking knives, blender and a corkscrew.

Bathroom has plenty of counter space and a closet. Blow dryer, iron and ironing board. Shower height is 6'6". We provide shampoo, conditioner and body wash. there are two pool/beach towels.

WE HAVE TWO DOGS: Both are rescue dogs. Emmy is the bigger brown dog. She may bark; she is sweet but she's a watchdog and is wary of strangers, so she will be wearing a bark collar. Luna is black/smaller and she loves people. The are in a separate fenced area and cannot get into the cottage yard or porch.

Guest access

We have a choice of five bikes you may borrow (see pictures.) There are three hybrids, two of which fit most riders and one of which fits average to shorter riders. There is a vintage (1973) single speed Schwinn Speedster that fits taller riders and another vintage single speed that fits average size riders. Each bike has a lock and spare tube/repair kit. We have three helmets available.

We have wifi with good speed and signal strength. There is a 37" flat screen TV with Netflix, local TV channels and DVD player. We have a small selection of DVDs. There is a stereo with iPod dock and CD player, a propane and charcoal grill, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, picnic backpack.

There is ample parking on the street and you should not have any trouble finding a spot right in front of our house. Please DO NOT park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.

Interaction with guests

We enjoy meeting our guests, offering recommendations on places to eat and things to do, making new friends and being hosts, but we respect your privacy too.

The neighbourhood

Walking distance to the original Kerbey Lane Cafe (open late) and Russell's Bistro. Central Market is less than a mile away. Close to Shoal Creek Greenbelt and bike routes. About five miles from downtown music venues and about 2 miles to UT. We are in Central Austin, though what people define as Central Austin has become a matter of debate. Some people who are new to town think the tourist district on South Congress is Central Austin. It is not. That is South Austin. Downtown is not Central Austin, either. Downtown is downtown. Our neighborhood was built in 1947. It is not in the suburbs. It's an old central Austin neighborhood. It is primarily a residential area. It is not in the middle of any tourist district, the nearest district is the hospital district. But it is close to some very interesting and cool new scenes, like Burnet Road and North Loop.

Getting around

Downtown is 5 miles away. It is bikeable. Average biking time to downtown area: 25-30 minutes. It is adviseable to use taxi rideshares at night rather than bikes, although we have lights on the bikes. NOTE: As of May 9, 2016, Uber and Lyft have suspended operations in Austin. Please check local status for updates.

Our guests without cars generally get around by a combination of bike, bus and/or taxi. Most of our guests either have or rent cars.

Other things to note

We operate under City of Austin Short Term Rental License Number OL in compliance with City of Austin ordinance and code. View photos to see operating permit.

The house next door is in the later stages of construction. Most activity is inside the house, and the workers tend to start after 9am.

Austin's tap water is perfectly fine and safe to drink.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

We will accept children age 6 and older.

Please park on the street and ask your visitors to do so as well. Do not park in our driveway except for loading and unloading.

No smoking inside; you may smoke on the front or back porch.

Please turn the AC/heater OFF when you leave for more than an hour. Thank you for helping us to conserve energy.

You must also acknowledge
Dog(s) lives in the house



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

226 Reviews

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Tercio User Profile
April 2017
Couldn't have been happier with our stay. Andy and Ellen are the best hosts and their cottage is set up perfectly. Everything you could need, they supply. It's the little things like shampoo, body wash, eggs and OJ that show how much they truly care about keeping you happy. Keep up the great work!

Nadia User Profile
April 2017
Wonderful and cozy. Andy and Ellen's place is a real retreat at the end of a garden. Cute and comfortable kitchen and a well equipped bathroom. We especially loved the cool collection of interesting things in the house (vintage toys, instruments, books, etc) and the choice of films, many shot in Austin. It felt like a home away from home. You won't want to leave!!

Matthew User Profile
April 2017
The cottage was just what we needed - nice private quite place within striking distance of everything.

Penny User Profile
April 2017
This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful residential neighborhood. Although it feels off the beaten path, the beaten path is just a few blocks away, so it's very easy to get to restaurants. The main room is spacious, and has plenty of windows to let in the light. The kitchen is well-stocked with necessary equipment to make a meal. Ellen and Andy are great hosts - friendly and fun to talk to, but allowing for plenty of privacy. Wonderful stay, and I hope to come back again.

Paul User Profile
March 2017
This was our third stay in the little cottage near family we visited. It was exactly what we expected: perfect location, just the right size, very clean, gracious hosts that respect the privacy of their guests but are always ready to help, quiet, well equipped kitchen with some breakfast supplies, and an astonishing collection of Austin/Texas memorabilia.

Christina User Profile
March 2017
Great place to use as a home base in Austin. We used to live in that neighborhood, so staying in the cottage was like being home again!

Lyndsey User Profile
March 2017
We stayed at Andy & Ellen's for SXSW this year. They were excellent hosts and very easy to coordinate with and accommodating. The cottage is exactly as pictured with a lot of quirky and thoughtful details. We didn't explore the immediate area as much but was an easy 15' drive into downtown.

Austin, Texas, United States · Joined in February 2011
Andy & Ellen User ProfileAndy & Ellen is a superhost.

Easy-going couple, longtime residents of Austin, we love Austin music and theatre. Andy is into bicycles and sometimes rides his bike to work. Ellen helps run a small local theatre company. We both have day jobs as legal professionals.

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