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Cottage by the Pond - Austin, TX

35 reviews
Max occupancy: 4 1 Queen Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 1 bedroom 1 bathroom No pets 
9711 - B Thaxton Rd, Austin, TX 78747

Serene cottage in countryside w/free WiFi, near parks, restaurants and lakes!

Fully remodeled! Cottage by the Pond will have you feeling like you're out in the country with grassy meadows in all directions. It's perfect for budget-conscious couples and college students who are traveling and willing to explore their surroundings. The interior decor of this rental will give you the relaxing vibes you've been looking for. Kick your feet up in the living room on the sectional while sipping a glass of wine or reading a good book. Walk into the kitchen and dining area to whip up a delicious meal, play a board game across the table for four. Stainless steel major appliances, plus a microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, toaster, and mixer are included. Make sure to use the free WiFi available to share all the pictures you take!

What's nearby:

This inviting cottage will locate you right on the outskirts of Austin, within a short distance of everything the city has to offer. The Bergstrom Airport is 11 miles northeast, downtown Austin is 12 miles away, and Circuit of Americas (music festival location), is a short seven miles away. Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake are great spots to check out and are just 15 miles north. Take a break from cooking and try Rudy's BBQ or Torchy's Tacos after a day walking through downtown. Reserve a tee time at Roy Kizer Golf Course, then spend the remainder of the day hiking and exploring McKinney Falls State Park.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen
Active construction site M-F 9:00am - 5:00pm right next door



Washer/dryer : Private

Central AC







Internet : Verizon Wireless

Cable : DirecTV


Wireless router






35 reviews

daniel f. Sep 2019
We were in town for a concert at the 360 Amphitheater, comming back to a comfy lil cottage like this was perfect to lay back and chill. So comfortable the first night we crashed on the couch lol.
Placed was very clean and well maintained. Sitting on the porch with the view of the pond with cows in the back view was relaxing and beautiful. Definetely coming back.
Audreaunna K. Aug 2019
The home and view were absolutely amazing.
Mary M. Jul 2019
The house was charming, immaculate and had all the amenities you would need for a weekend getaway. The back of the house looks onto a large pond and a farm. We were greeted in the morning by the resident animals (horse, donkey, cows and a distant rooster). It was a peaceful retreat from the busy city life and had ample parking for our trailer and JetSki. We came for a weekend to explore the lakes around Austin and this was just perfect for our needs.
Kristin E. Jul 2019
This is the only place I will stay at when visiting Austin now. It is quiet, clean, and very homey. It had everything we needed and more for our stay.
Janet R. May 2019
This cottage, on the inside, is exactly like the pictures shown. We accessed it easily with no problems regarding the gate or key lockbox. The inside is clean and comfortable. It's small but was roomier than it looks. Bed was comfortable, bath towels were great. Cottage is furnished nicely with an adequate supply of pots/pans, dishes, utensils, etc. The television is located in the bedroom which could make it awkward if there are more than two adults staying.

If you rent this cottage, be aware that extras are very few - no games, no books, no BBQ grill. Also note that the cottage is located on a busy road and, although gated and fenced in, is not far from the road. The turn-in at the gate can be tricky if there's traffic behind you as there's not much room between the road and the gate.

Overall, this is a nice place. We enjoyed seeing the local farm animals each morning. Very peaceful.
JEREMIAH S. Apr 2019
Cottage by the Pond was clean, was stocked with everything I needed, and was the perfect, quiet retreat I was looking for.
Rachelle F. Mar 2019
Loved it. Truly home away from home.
Mike C. Oct 2018
We enjoyed the ease of use. Everything was clean ready and easy to find. Plenty of pots and pans to cook most anything. One thing missing was lack of patio furniture. Overall a very enjoyable weekend getaway for my wife and I.
Tory W. Jul 2018
Nice quaint isolated cabin. Well furnished and very comfortable. Did not have an issue at all. Be sure to inquire about the cleaning fee though.
Thomas M. Jul 2018
Scenic views close to town. Great thoughtful service.
Alicia C. Jun 2018
Peaceful, quiet & clean house! Owner lets you borrow a hot spot for wi-fi! Awesome!
Amy L. May 2018
Business trips can be overwhelming, but this little gem made the trip relaxing. The pond, horses, and cattle made it easy to relax and enjoy the quiet after a long day of work. I plan to bring my family next year and stay for longer.

It was faster to my destinations than when I stay in town near a main freeway and the back roads are so beautiful! Enjoy!
Mitch S. May 2018
This is a nice one bedroom house. It was clean. It’s set in the country side. Comfortable.
The front of the property has a 6 foot cyclone fence topped with barbed wire. Around 4-5pm the traffic picks up and is fairly fast in front of the house but the evening is quiet.
I was pulling a car on a trailer which would not fit through the front gate so I had to find storage for it while I was in Austin (3days).
Over all loved the house. 🌸
Scott S. Apr 2018
April M. Mar 2018
We spent two nights here over Spring Break. The house was attractive, safe, well-stocked and fairly clean. It was conveniently located for going into Austin and for visiting McKinley Falls State Park. However, the location is a little awkward because you are essentially in a guest house that is in a fenced-off section of someone's back yard. It is a large property and we never saw anyone but it was not quite as private/remote as it could be.
Joe M. Feb 2018
Enjoyed our stay very much. Everything working correctly. Small house has everything you would want. Much nicer than a hotel. Very private. Homes nearby but not too close. Lots of windows to enjoy a country view including cattle. Everything was very clean and nice quality.
Fernando G. Nov 2017
Muy bonito lugar amplio y muy limpio con todos los utensilios de aseo y cocina y ropa de dormir
Muchas gracias por todo.
Jose P. Oct 2017
The pictures shown at are great, the main reason of us renting this place. Honestly for the money paid for this place, I won't go back. Not my stile, not worth the troubles, rather stay in a regular normal hotel...
Manager response:
We are disappointed to see this guest didn't enjoy their stay. We always appreciate hearing specific guest feedback as it helps us to make improvements.
Ron A. Oct 2017
Great place to stay if kept clean !!
Sergio L. Oct 2017
over all we had a good stay. the place is nice and clean
David T. Oct 2017
We really like staying here within minutes you can be in Town Austin ...Clean, New and comfortable.
Matthew C. Sep 2017
We loved it very much, very comfortable and cozy and we will most definitely stay here again!!!
Devin P. Jun 2017
It was perfect size fr myself husband and 3 year old. We had a great relaxing weekend here.
Harry S. Apr 2017
Not a far drive to get anywhere, out in the country, only a couple cars drive by every once in a while. There should be more of these around the country. BEATS a hotel room any day !!!
Cari H. Apr 2017
We loved the location and the scenery was pretty. We had booked this house because we thought it would be great to play in the yard and check out the pond when the kids had down time from sight seeing. But the rural setting of this cottage prevented us from using the grass at all, as it seems like the property is used for livestock. There was even evidence of the animals near the house and we always had to check our shoes. The keyless entry on the front door was confusing and as we arrived in the dark, could not get into the house. The Vacasa staff was on call and helped to get us inside.
Jenna O. Mar 2017
We had a problem with the lock. When we called the customer service was excellent. She was so sweet.
Trisha N. Mar 2017
Noisy due to traffic/road noise. Porch seating would be nice
Gwendolyn K. Feb 2017

We stayed for the month of January at the cottage. It was very comfortable and peaceful, plus charming. We loved the outside area and
enjoyed our stay.
Janna W. Nov 2016
A bit out of the way but worth the extra drive. Sweet, cozy and clean. Well stocked with linens and basics in the kitchen. Enjoyed very much!
Jane E M. Oct 2016
Good location near the airport where I attended a conference. Cute little house, had everything you might need. Price was super, less expensive than hotels near the airport. Away from it all, yet close to everything.
Teresa F. Sep 2016
Loved this place. Clean private and loved the farm behind us. I would stay again.
Jimmy L. Sep 2016
I posted this same thing on VRBO -

Nice surroundings - on property with a few oak trees, pond, and cattle grazing in a distance. The place is actually fairly close to a busy road (which was not an issue), but might be easy to miss as you're speeding by!

1. I flew in only to receive messages that the property had not yet been cleaned. Check-in was scheduled to be at 4pm. I chatted with the Austin manager of the property management company, who said that it would be ready by 6pm; I asked that she text or call me, though she didn't contact me till 8pm. I had to rearrange my afternoon/evening schedule, in Austin (20 min away) to accomodate for this. The management company credited $50 off of my stay.

2. Not to mention, by the time arrived, I was disappointed to see that the cable satellite was returning with error messages; I followed the troubleshooting instructions a few times, and it never worked. I texted the manager with no response during the entire stay (nor was it functional the entire time).

I actually assume that perhaps this is beyond control (i.e. rural setting, windy day, trees blocking signal, etc.), but on the other hand, I would expect a response that perhaps someone was contacting the cable company for feedback, or some sort of acknowledgement that someone was doing what they could.

NOTE: that since this was a rural setting, it's not like it was very easy to go out on the town and find some other activity to do.

3. The check-in instructions tout that there are toiletries provided, but perhaps there was only enough shampoo for a day or two for one person. Maybe either mention that you need to bring your own, or provide a larger bottle…? There was also NO body wash nor bar soap available.

4. If you provide a coffee pot, you might want to provide the coffee filters!

5. I've stayed in a lot of hotels and vacation rentals. I arrived in the evening after a long day of traveling, the check-in gettin' pushed out, a coupla appointments, and not having eaten anything. Especially because this location is rural, and I wouldn't have known exactly what was already stocked and what wasn't, it'd really be a nice if perhaps a bottle of water was provided on arrival - because I was already too tired to venture out again to go to the nearest store.

So, I DO understand that there are things beyond control here, but nonetheless, my overall experience was impacted by 'em. Going the extra mile to cover some additional minor details would go a long way.
Manager response:
We are sorry to read about these disappointments, but we greatly appreciate receiving this feedback to work with. Thank you!
Augustine M. Aug 2016
A great place to stay if you really want to get away for a while and still have the city close by...
Unesha W. Jun 2016
Great weekend, definitely a home away from home and perfect for a girls weekend!
Nina J. Apr 2016
Friendly, knowledgable, professional
It was a great experience all around.