Secret Garden overlooking Barton Creek


Entire guesthouse hosted by Gena

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bath
Self check-in
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Welcome to our secret garden: a private oasis above a secluded stretch of Barton Creek with stairs to the creek. Entirely apart from our house, the lovely, spacious 1,000 sq. ft. apartment (1 of 2 upstairs units) includes queen bed, full bath, living room with daybed, full kitchen, and laundry. Sip coffee or wine on our clifftop terrace with view overlooking the canyon. Only 11 miles to downtown Austin, 9 to Zilker Park. Stairs. Parking. May be rented with 2-bedroom unit across hall.

The space
We have lived here since 1988, and we are increasingly aware of what a special place this is, with access to Barton Creek, overlooking an undeveloped peninsula and the creek itself. Your guest quarters is a recently re-decorated empty nest -- your safe haven as you return from exploring Austin or Barton Creek, just below us.

* Outdoors
Visit the creek via our three-story stone staircase with new railing; wade or soak in the spring-fed crystal-clear water -- ditch the swimsuit, because you won't see anyone else in this hidden spot--but bring water shoes, and maybe a fishing pole. Small spotted bass, tiny bluegill, and catfish. Catch and release.


Bring water shoes! The creekbed is rocky.
Tubes available for floating.
Bird-watchers will notice a wide variety of birds, from cardinals, hummingbirds, finches and painted buntings to kingfisher and heron at the creek. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and the occasional fox as you drive in. Over the years we have seen porcupine, badger, coyote, rabbits, armadillos, as well as owls, hawks, and roadrunners. In addition to your own garden bench, you may relax on our cliffside stone terrace, overlooking legendary Barton Creek.
Play frisbee, touch football, or croquet in our large, grassy yard. Basketball on the drive, trampoline in the garden.
Download speed: 135mbps. Upload speed: 11.2 mbps.
* Living Room
Artwork from Texas artists as well as books about Texas and by Texans fills the large space. Board games and puzzles will keep you entertained on the rare rainy day. Leather sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman, and sofa/sleeper. Daybed converts to two twins or one king-sized bed. Windows on three-sides. Roku TV.
* Kitchen
Refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, coffee-maker, cooking basics, dishes, glasses, flatware.
Elegant linens, mattress topper, large closet, iron and ironing board, nightlight, rocking chair. Nighstands with chargers.
Full bath with shower, two sinks, fluffy white towels, hair dryer, stocked toiletries cabinet.
*Laundry and Second Shower
Washer and dryer available for your use, in the Laundry/Bathroom downstairs, as well as a second shower.
Electronic lock for outside and interior door, with personalized combination.
*Luggage Storage
Luggage storage available downstairs to make check-in and check-out more convenient.
Owner lives in a separate house on site for any questions or help.
MUST CLIMB STAIRS on walkway and to reach the private upstairs apartment.

Second, two-bedroom apartment across the hall may be rented as well, when available.

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed
Living room
2 single beds

What this place offers

Courtyard view
Garden view
Free parking on premises
55" HDTV with Roku
Free washing machine – In building
Free dryer – In building
Central air conditioning
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

7 nights in Austin

28 Sep 2022 - 5 Oct 2022

4.96 out of 5 stars from 69 reviews


Where you’ll be

Austin, Texas, United States

We are located just west of Westlake Hills, a beautiful historic suburb dedicated to preserving the Hill Country. Our street is rural, and the 50 acres across from us are undeveloped. Nearby are two coffee shops (Lola Savanah on Bee Caves Rd. and The Civil Goat, on Cuernavaca). We are 1.5 miles from the Hill Country Galleria, with shops, restaurants, Whole Foods, and Barnes and Noble, and The Village at Westlake, with Starbucks, HEB grocery, and P. Terry's and Hat Creek, local hamburger places.

Hosted by Gena

  1. Joined in January 2014
  • 86 Reviews
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We live in Austin, Texas, where Ron is a chemical engineer in the energy sector and Gena is a historian and musician. We have raised four boys in Austin: Cyrus works in reticle engineering in San Jose; Pete is in sound production; Maff is a civil rights and employment litigator. Our youngest, Julius, is a student at Vanderbilt, majoring in mathematics and music. We love to hike and walk with our Bouvier, Evie, and we love our place on Barton Creek.
Ron flies gliders and is eight-time National Soaring Champion.
We live in Austin, Texas, where Ron is a chemical engineer in the energy sector and Gena is a historian and musician. We have raised four boys in Austin: Cyrus works in reticle eng…

During your stay

I am in the main house on the same property as the guest house, available to help as needed.

Gena is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly-rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Language: Español
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Self check-in with keypad
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy