The Austin Street Retreat continues to be one of the most frequently photographed homes in Fredericksburg. Its Fachwork log cabin and limestone walls manifest the pioneer building techniques that make the pre-Victorian architecture of Fredericksburg so enduring and pleasing. With an eye for premium quality including fine linens and custom designed bedding, solid brass fixtures, superior quality whirlpools and elegant appointments, the Retreat has grown to five suites each with a private terrace. The yard is beautifully kept and includes many perennials from the LBJ Ranch. The owners’ love of Texas historic architecture and glamorous, comfortable surroundings all culminate in these five suites. Located in Fredericksburg’s National Historic District, this is a premier property. The immigrant heritage and a European sense of design and style are a natural combination which provide a truly personal “Retreat” in the Hill Country. There are five suites: El Jefe, Kristin’, Eli’s, Annie’s and Maria’s.
The Spanish word El Jefe best describes the type of person who lived in this incredible two story house on the grounds of the Austin Street Retreat – the type of person who would only have a beautiful, luxurious and totally unique residence. When the owners built this home and named it El Jefe the curious surmised that it was named after one of the owners who are husband and wife. It was actually named after a composite of people the owners have met from Texas to Chicago to Wall Street.
The outside terrace of this space is entered through the antique Moroccan gate onto an intimate private patio with a rock fountain. Walk into El Jefe through the traditional Fredericksburg glass door with sidelights covered in Italian gauze. Walk over the river stone entry onto wall to wall carpeting and sit in one of the time worn designer chairs that radiate memories of grandiose business deals and real or imagined love affairs. As you sit in a piece of comfortable history your view will take in a rock fireplace enveloping a limestone carving from the entrance of a grand mansion in Chicago. A Fredericksburg cabinet, a cluttered with treasures 1895 desk from Comfort, an alligator paint buffet and a king-size French bed with custom linens both designed by the Homestead all exist comfortably here.
El Jefe’s guests are so filled with the feeling of excitement at finding such a “retreat” they rush up the winding stairs to find another vista. The second floor is filled with a tile enclosed whirlpool and French doors leading to a balconette. The railing outside the doors was originally from the Kansas City Board of Trade (1888) and overlooks the private terrace and waterfall. One can see from this view one of the “secret” embellishments thoughtfully planned by the owner for his wife. The terrace rocks form the shape of the state of Texas.
LOCATION – One block off Main Street in the Historic District
HOST – You have each suite to yourself – No host on premises
PETS-NO CHILDREN-YES SMOKING-OUTSIDE
KITCHEN – Coffee bar with microwave, refrigerator, sink
BREAKFAST – Coffee, tea, cocoa and popcorn provided
SLEEPS – 2 Persons – King-sized bed in bedroom
BATH Whirlpool tub for two with handheld shower
AMENITIES – HIGH SPEED WIRELESS, 32″ flat screenTV, Central Heat/air, large whirlpool tub, fireplace, CD player, private terrace, phone, hairdryer, cell phone docking station
$190.00*/1 to 2 persons per night (Fri-Sat, Holidays and Events)
$155.00*/1 to 2 persons/night- Sun-Thurs, excluding Holidays and Events)
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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