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-Kristin's, Maria's, Eli's, Annie's and El Jefe's.
Kristin's - The original settlers' home was ingeniously added on to just two decades ago but has the feel of the 1800s. As you enter the foyer with wonderful old D'Hanis tile, a warm sense of history greets you. The bedroom/sitting room is magnificently large, boasting twenty foot ceilings at the peak. The fireplace on cold evenings provides a beautiful warmth near the king-size iron bed, whose design was inspired from a French vegetable basket. At the same time it is graceful and sturdy and lavishly dressed in velvet and tapestry linens. Along the massive ceiling beam that separates the bed from the living area is a series of antique wall sconces with colored crystals that give a warm glow to the romantic ambience.
Kristin's bathroom has a long and colorful history. In 1885, the Sheriff of Fredericksburg, was our very own John Walter. As the new jail was being built desperados had to be housed somewhere and where could be better than the Sheriff's house? Iron bars were added to prevent an early checkout. However, you will not want to leave when you see the combination of slate floors, limestone walls, and triangular whirlpool tub.
The large private terrace is reminiscent of a Tuscan plaza. Anchored by an ancient ivy covered pecan tree and a softly bubbling fountain this is indeed a magical place. Relaxing and inviting for two, it is also the site of many gatherings.
LOCATION - One block off Main Street in the Historic District
HOST - You have each suite to yourself - No host on premises
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 and handheld shower
AMENITIES - Central Heat/air, whirlpool tub for two, fireplace, Flat Screen TV, DVD, CD player, private terrace, WIRELESS INTERNET, hairdryer, cell phone docking station
$195.00*/1 or 2 persons/night (Fri—Sat., includes holidays and events)
$165.00*/1 or 2 persons/night (Sun—Thurs., excluding events and holidays)
*plus 13% tax
TWO NIGHT MINIMUM
ON EVENT WEEKENDS
No Daily Housekeeping
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