$218 / night
Total guests, Nights

Tell Story Walk – Home 7082733 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Tell Story Walk – Home 7082733

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 25 mi
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Your own private cottage in the country - Just 18 minutes from Downtown Waco: Magnolia, Baylor, restaurants, and shopping.

Your own private yard - Surrounded by four acres of grassy lawn, shady oaks, glimpses of deer, fox, wild turkey, and songbirds.

Cook gourmet dinners or simple snacks in a fully equipped kitchen.

Kick back in the cozy great room with feet to the fireplace.

Steal away to the master bedroom for a nap or a good book.

Recreate a childhood sleepover on 3 twin beds in the loft.

Relax and soak in a claw foot tub - with bath salts.

Sip morning coffee on the roof porch or patio.

Flame broil steaks on the outdoor grill.

Light a fire in the chiminea - and hope for a cool evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine in the gazebo, or anywhere.

WiFi, TV & Stereo. Book library of classics. Wide range of popular DVD's.

Visit Magnolia Silos, the Farmers Market, local wineries and breweries, specialty shops, the Texas Ranger Museum, the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Picnic on the Brazos in Cameron Park.

Five min. from Homestead Heritage, featuring crafts guild, general store, cheese shop, and cafe, all set in an early American lifestyle.

Retreat from the "Beaten Path" into the peace of the country.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: 3 Twin beds
  • 2 Full baths


  • Wireless Internet
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Housekeeping Included

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  • Parking
  • Secure parking

Getting around

Tell Story Walk is at the hub of roads leading to Waco, West, Lake Whitney. Back roads wind through ranch and farm land. Scenic routes in all four directions. Tours: City of Waco (Landmarks/Magnolia homes). Brazos River. Local Bus routes to all downtown locations.

Interaction with guest

We deep clean the cottage after each guest departure. The front door will be unlocked; the key will be on the dining room table. A list of all the cottage amenities is on the table. Contact numbers, day and night, are listed at the bottom, in bold. Our residence is located only 200 yards from the cottage. We are available, day or night, should any questions or concerns arise. We have compiled a book of local restaurants, shopping, and sites of interest.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

We accept children age 13 and older. Exceptions on a case by case basis, per discussion with host.

Parties or Celebrations? Please discuss plans with host in advance.


About the owner

Mark D.
Average reply time:
1 hour 34 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
09 May 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





103 reviews

Very Good

“Second trip and wonderful”

Reviewed 25 Mar 2021

There are a few places to which you kind of dream of returning. Tell Story Walk is one. I brought my mum here several years ago and this time came back alone. There is no way to describe how beauti… More

Response from the owner Jan, Would that all our guests knew you. I remember that first visit you spoke of. You brought a dozen magazines, and in spite of your warm, easy openness, you couldn't hide that polish of mind and word reflected so eloquently in your review. When we learned you were, among other things, an accomplished writer, it all made sense. Then, there was mum. We fell in love with that lady. Demure, soft, twinkling: she was the perfect compliment to your presence. And you lived devotedly in her company. Mary and I well remember our offer to host her in our private home if you ever needed to just "get away." Together, the two of you were unforgettable. All of which is to say, when you returned for this recent visit, without mum, you were still that open and engaging presence that appreciates everything we strive for, and echoes everything we love in our guests. Thank you. You and your mother became a part of this place the first year we opened. The last line of your gracious review simply assures me, once again, that you always will be. From the heart, Mark (and Mary)


Reviewed 6 Oct 2020

This beautiful property, nestled among the mature trees was such a gift to experience! We were blessed by Mark and Mary's hospitality - they are so good at pampering their guests. It is easy to… More

Response from the owner Ann, Thank you for your thoughtful words. As a veteran host of a VRBO yourself, you know how affirming such thoughts can be. We particularly appreciated your sharing with us your reflections on Minnesota. It is a chapter in my life; it is homeland to my two sons. Would that they'd been on hand to hear you. I think they would have been as impressed as I was to learn of your resident tight end for the Vixens. That, along with the simple fact that you were returning to snow, would have been enough to inspire a return trip. You really nailed it on our love for what we do and our goal. That this showed in us is one of the most encouraging things you could say. So, thank you for coming. Thank you for sharing a part of your lives with us. But thank you most of all for "being blessed." We, too, hope to see you back someday. Mark and Mary

“You'll Never Want to Leave!”

Reviewed 24 May 2020

We are very experienced weekend travelers, and have stayed at many places in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and points beyond. We are so happy to honestly report that The Cottage at Tell Story W… More

Response from the owner Dear Mark and Leslie, Sometimes, often in praying, the right words just won't come. That's the way both Mary and I feel about your review. After Mary's first "Oh, my GOSH," exclamation to her final "How do you respond to something like that," the beauty and heart and thankfulness of all your words are an affirmation that just keeps coming. Truth be told, there are folks out there who pay publicity agents a small fortune for sentiments like this. The thoroughness with which you describe our place reads like something out of a travel magazine. But so much more than that, it is the personal touch you give in every sentence that comes through. It feels as if you are still here, still having that morning sip of coffee, still seated in that swing. Thank you. Thank you beyond words. It is our highest hope that people will come here and find the peace and togetherness that so easily escapes them in the common world. Your review is a heartfelt reminder: Some hopes are worth everything. May God be with you always. Mark and Mary

“Wonderful Experience”

Reviewed 15 Mar 2020

Our overall experience here with Mark and Mary was fantastic. Wonderful people who really know how to host is an understatement. Mary may be one of the best cooks on the planet. One of the people in o… More

Response from the owner Matt and Tandi, Thank you for your wonderful, wonderful review. And your style of expression is captivating. You could write for a travel mag. Needless to say, your accolades not only warm, but encourage us. I particularly appreciate your words for Mary. She puts her heart into taking care of the dietary needs of our guests. Your praise for her skills and attention does me proud. One of the nicer surprises of your stay here are your remarks about our property. Not a day goes by that I'm not amazed that God entrusted to us such a beautiful place. I'm glad you took the opportunity to stroll around enough to take it in. I wish more people had the time and inclination for that. I never see the trees and ground and evening light without finding God. We do hope to see you and your young friends again one day. In all sincerity, our guests make it all worthwhile. Our best, Mark and Mary

“The best part of Waco”

Reviewed 5 Mar 2020

If you ever visit Texas you should absolutely stay at this cottage. Mark and Mary, the owners, are 2 of the loveliest people we have ever met. They pour their hearts and souls in to this cottage and y… More

Response from the owner Lee and Wendy, Every couple of weeks I'm asked by a family member, "What's new?" For years, my answer was the same: "Nothing ever changes in the hospitality business. You're always either taking care of one guest, or preparing for the next." About a year ago I realized those words to be the most untrue of all answers. The fact is, our guest are new. Week in and week out we get to meet (and if we're lucky, know) people like you. And in all honesty, you make every day of what we do here worthwhile. Mary and I deeply appreciated the things you each shared with us during your time here. We we're particularly touched by some of the hard, yet inspiring, choices you've made in your life together. In both professional and personal areas, you are willing to pay the high price of sacrifice. As was said, we wish you were our neighbors. Thank you for taking the time to write such this clearly heartfelt review. It means more to us than you can know. Please keep us posted on matters to come. You remain in our prayers, as do your daughters and son. All our best, Mark and Mary

“We Give It A Ten Plus Plus”

Reviewed 8 Nov 2019

My two best friends and I spent the most wonderful couple of days at The Cottage. We were in Waco to see the Magnolia sites, shop, and just relax and catch up with one another. We had expected most… More

Response from the owner Bobbi, What a refreshing review! And so personal, so filled with all the little things others might see but never think to mention. Like the flashlights. You really covered the gamut. Thank you. As to Mary and I, you're right; we do love what we do. It's honest, purposeful work, and it's so deeply rewarding when we get to engage with our guests. Speaking of which, when you and Mimi and Maria greeted us, you're the ones who made us feel comfortable. I was intrigued by how well the three of you relate to each other. Your shared backgrounds, coupled with you mutual care for each other, explain a lot. But your commitment to getting together several times a year is the real testament. The three of you are doing it right. Thank you, for the brief but honest window into your togetherness. When it comes to preserving friendship, you're an inspiration. My best, Mark (and Mary)

“All the Charm and Amenities of a B&B in a Beautiful Stand Alone Cottage”

Reviewed 28 Oct 2019

This well stocked and beautifully appointed cottage nestled under live oaks outside Waco was one of the most amazing vacation rentals in which we have had the pleasure of staying. Mark and Mary are th… More

Response from the owner Kelly, Thank you for a review worthy of a travel magazine. Kelly, your professional background shines through your descriptions. We're blessed to be on the receiving end of such eloquence. These are the only opportunities we get to publicly post reflections about our wonderful guests. In the case of you and Ken, we enjoyed learning about your travels together, coupled with your mutual appreciation for your "town/country" homeland. Of course, we particularly value your glowing praise for our cottage and grounds. The fact that you are each experienced in a wide range of hospitality settings makes your praise all the more special. Naturally, we hope to host you again one day. My best, Mark (and Mary)

“Peacefulness is Addictive!”

Reviewed 23 Oct 2019

Our second year to make time for a Waco getaway to The Cottage. Warning...the warm reception from Mark & Mary & the beauty of the land & the amazing breakfasts from “Mary’s Ki… More

Response from the owner Cindi, Another year passes, and another gracious review from you. Thank you. It's been said before, but it remains true: you and Paula are two of a kind. You bring a presence to Tell Story Walk with style and grace. Mary and I enjoy your colorful commentaries; they range from fashion to design, from historic homes to historic hurricanes. And it is all so personal. You're a treat to host. All of which is to say that we deeply appreciate your thoughtful review. You always find a way of complimenting us in the most poignant of ways. Again, thank you. My best, Mark (and Mary)

“Best cottage”

Reviewed 19 Aug 2019

This country cottage B&B was absolutely the best! Mark and Mary were so inviting and nice. We truly couldn't have had a better stay. Highly recommend and will visit again!

Response from the owner John and Bobbi, Thank you for the praise. As said before, Mary and I enjoyed the time you so graciously spent with us. And, of course, we deeply appreciated your interest in the "big house." Yours is a rare story of success guided by priorities. Your devotion to each other and your children are a benchmark in what it means to be a family. Thank you for making us a part of your Texas getaway. May you always treasure those starry nights of Arkansas. Our best, Mark and Mary

“Quaint perfection...made our trip!”

Reviewed 16 Jun 2019

My husband and I booked this cottage for our 10 year anniversary trip to Texas. We were warmly welcomed by the owners, Mark and Mary. The cottage was absolute perfection. Clean, welcoming, and felt li… More

Response from the owner Josh and Chesley, I love to quote Mary's first reaction upon reading a review. She always nails it. This time it was, "They were such a delight." That pretty much sums up our experience in hosting you. The things you shared, so deeply personal and worthy of prayer, linger long after you've gone. Thank you for taking the time to write about your days here. It's a lasting reminder that what we both strive and love to do for others counts, sometimes even unto eternity.

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How do I find more info about the property?

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

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Send Mark (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Mark (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Mark the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Mark (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Mark (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from Mark (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Mark (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Mark (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Mark (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Mark (the owner) a message.

If Mark (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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