Gorgeous Lake Austin Waterfront Estate

Lake Travis, TX



Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 7.5
Sleeps 16
Per night $2,500
Type: Home
Description of the Lake Travis vacation home rental
Situated on approximately 4 acres and surrounded by tall hills in the front, a wooded creek and greenbelt on one side and over 200 feet of Lake Austin waterfront in the back, Villa Toscana is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Austin, yet less than 30 minutes from the downtown scene.

As you enter the grand covered tower entrance you are immediately struck by the beautiful old world private Tuscan courtyard complete with a waterfall and colorful flowers and vegetation. You make a mental note to spend some quiet time sipping coffee on its covered terrace as the sounds of falling waters and chirping birds take you back to a simpler time.

You pass through the rustic tower lighted by gas lamps and enter Villa Toscana. There's an understated elegant ambiance that makes you at once feel at home. Your first glances are of the spectacular views of Lake Austin and surrounding hill county. You realize that you might have to postpone that Tuscan courtyard coffee break in favor of relaxing on the cozy overstuffed great room sofas overlooking the beautiful expanse before you.

You choose to explore the house and find that many wonderful surprises await you. From a hidden room behind a bookshelf, to the very private quiet sitting room off the master and overlooking Lake Austin, to the stone groin vault ceiling in the dining room, to the third floor terrace views and club room, to the chef's kitchen, to the amazing private theater, there is something for everyone at Villa Toscana.

Unwind in our beautiful 23 person spa that's right off the master terrace and provides sweeping views of Lake Austin.

Sit quietly and listen to the sounds of nature, or go for a hike on 26 miles of trails. Meditate at our private stone gazebo that overlooks the beautiful Lake Austin waterfront. Are you adventuresome? Take a kayak or stand up paddle board and enter the land that time forgot on one of the most incredibly beautiful and peaceful stretches of Lake Austin. If you are very quiet you will here the call of wild turkeys, egrets, ducks, and a plethora of other waterfowl. As you kayak between the tall canyons, you truly feel that you might be the first to have ever explored this area. Be sure to shout 'hello' and here your echo reverberate through the canyons. Jump in the cool water for a refreshing swim. Throw a hook in the water and try your luck with the abundant fish that prowl this area of the lake.

If you are a fitness buff, you will enjoy a work out in your own fully equipped, private gym. There you will find health club quality exercise equipment like an elliptical trainer, recumbent bike, pro rowing machine, stretching station, free weights, pull-up bars, etc. to accommodate just about anyone's workout regimen. Take in a movie in our state of the art private theater with high-tech, curved screen, super-high fidelity surround sound system, and one of the best projection systems money can buy. You will be wrapped in sound as you relax in the fully reclining theater chairs, or sitting in the amazing body massaging chair. You might be tempted to spend your entire vacation here. But don't!

Use one of our supplied IPod Touch's to program your own musical experience as you play any music your heart desires -- streamed to just the room you are in or to over 23 different areas on the estate. Do you love piano music? Let our fabulous, Internet-connected, Disklavier grand piano play your favorite tunes while you sip wine and watch the boats go by. Be sure to make it up to the third floor observation terrace for an unforgettable sunset over Lake Austin that will make you want to applaud. Don't forget to bring some wine from our private wine cellar!

Prepare a meal fit for a king in our kitchen designed for a private chef. Take your breakfast on the terrace and listen to the birds and ducks go by. Eat dinner in the private dining room complete with it's own butler's pantry for special time with friends and family.

Villa Toscana boasts 6 private bedroom suites complete with private baths and breathtaking covered terrace views of Lake Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. Locate the secret lever to open the sliding bookcase behind which lies a seventh very cozy bedroom that kids of any age love. Bedroom 8 is located on the 3rd floor and doubles as an observation club house room. There is an optional library room that can be converted into a bedroom for a small fee.

Barry Levinson

Area Information
Nearest Airport: Austin Bergstrom at 30 Miles

Nearest Restaurant: Steiner Ranch Steakhouse at 1 Miles


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jul 22 2015 Dec 31 2016 $2,500 - - - 3 Nights
Lodging tax: 6%
Deposits: Refundable Damage Deposit:$2000 Property Damage Protection:$69
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa
Other Fees: Cleaning Fee:$350 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. NOTE: Call for event rates: F1, SXSW, ACL


Owner Supplied Testimonials

The following 13 5-STAR Reviews are from my Vacation Rental By Owner Property# 482773

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Review #6425307
Review Rating 5 out of 5
Great Weekend
Incredibly beautiful house on wooded lot with incredible views of Lake Austin which get better with each level of the home. So private and away from everything yet so close to Austin and all it has to offer in entertainment. The house has many small private areas where you can go to reflect and enjoy your thoughts in peace. Incredible kitchen for 'group cooking' and wonderful dining areas. An outdoor hot tub, TV/Video area with fireplace, kayaks on the lake and a huge lawn for games. Great fun for large families or groups of friends as we did. The bedrooms are great, exercise room and piano room. So much space for a group or complete privacy. We had a great time.

Review #6425160
Review Rating 5 out of 5
Couples weekend TX/CO
The house was absolutely amazing and perfectly set up for a couples retreat. Every couple had their own section of the house and the amenities kept us all hanging out at the house. Lake access on Lake Austin is priceless.

Review #6423980
Review Rating 5 out of 5
Great house. Great amenities. Great location. Highly recommend reserving a stay here at this property.

Review #6426461
Review Rating 5 out of 5
Fantastic Getaway
I had a wonderful time when I spent the weekend at the Villa Toscana. The house is amazing. I attended a dinner party and the property was in immaculate condition. The facility was everything and more than I could have imagined. There was an energy and elegance about the home that is hard to describe. The view of Lake Austin is magnificent and the outdoor spa near the main terrace was soothing and fun. The kitchen and dinning room was large enough for a banquet of well over 50 guests. I would highly recommend the place for vacations, reunions, catered banquets and more.

Vacation Rental By Owner Property Posted Reviews
Surpassed Expectations Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest BrianDate of stay 06/28/13Review Submitted 07/11/13
This house is fantastic. The waterfront backyard is what will be best remembered. There are multiple scenic lookouts, more than I was able to enjoy in what felt like too short of a stay. There are multiple outdoor fireplaces, an infinity spa, benches, porch swing and a gazebo, all placed for beautiful views of the water. We took out the kayaks and a highlight was finding on the other side of the river an old abandoned ruin of some sort and a nearby stream that was just navigable enough to feel like Lewis and Clark on an adventure. The house itself has well-appointed rooms, easy to use kitchen, game room- it was everything I would hope for and more- including a secret room behind a sliding bookcase.
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An Amazing Place To Have an Event! Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest MelissaDate of stay 12/07/12Review Submitted 07/08/13
We attended a 50th Birthday Party for a friend in this awesome home. Fifteen or sixteen of us actually stayed on the property.
The kitchen and outdoor areas were perfect for the catered party. We even had room to dance. There are huge doors that open to the back porch - bringing the outdoors and indoors together in a wonderful open space.
Those of us who had the privilege of staying for a couple days after the party relaxed on the amazing porches, in the hot tub, hiked on the trails, worked out in the well-equipped fitness room and kayaked and paddled on Lake Austin!
It was well appointed, very clean and comfortable. A wonderful experience!
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

Owner response: Melissa, You guys were great! OWNER NOTE: We typically do not host events of more than 16 people.

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Kayak time Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest SylviaDate of stay 07/01/13Review Submitted 07/08/13
We truly enjoyed our stay. Your property is impeccable and just plain gorgeous. The home is wonderfully appointed, comfortable and with beautiful views. Our family enjoyed the kayaks at sunset. The colors at this time of day are just unbelievable. I'm so glad we decided to select your villa. It was so wonderful and relaxing. We will do this again and again. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for relaxation and beauty.
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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Sangri La on Hill Country!!! Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest CabDate of stay 04/01/13Review Submitted 07/03/13
Breathtaking vistas, kayaking on lake Austin where sharp-eye hikers/kayakers/strollers may find treasures on lake front estate.

Wonderful sunrise/sunset, hearing the wind rushing thru pine and poplar trees and the calls of birds reminiscing of distant rainforest rhapsodies. Wild flowers in full bloom.

State of the art facilities ( including recreation Room with its own giant theater, huge jacuzzi big enough to entertain both families) combines this great waterfront estate with the comfort of home.

A site to see and a must for family reunions or especial celebrations, in a nutshell heaven on hill country.
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, girls getaway.

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Amazing property right on Lake Austin Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest Steve Y.Date of stay 05/28/13Review Submitted 07/01/13
This property is right on Lake Austin and the views from all over the house are just fantastic. You feel like you are in a remote location yet you are still just a short drive away from tons to do in Austin itself. The bedrooms where all well appointed and the bathrooms as well. For a luxury house we expect it to be clean and well appointed and we were not disappointed. The amenities where great from the Theater room, game room, workout room and the huge built in hot tub (we felt like we could fit 12 people in the hot tub no problem). If you like to cook the kitchen is truly setup for a gourmet chef! We found ourselves wanting to just hang out early in the morning and later in the evening just looking at the amazing views of Lake Austin.

I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a great vacation!!!
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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Wonderful time on Lake Austin ! Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest TiaVeroDate of stay 06/06/13Review Submitted 06/29/13
This was such an ideal vacation spot ! I felt like I was out in the middle of nowhere in this vast beautiful estate, yet we had quick access to great restaurants, shopping of all kinds, and downtown Austin. The home is quite spacious and very nicely decorated with very comfy beds - also, the home theater was very impressive with the latest technology and luxurious seating. It was so much fun having direct access to Lake Austin for boating and kayaking. Yet the Hill Country views add to the majestic setting. The yard is vast and very private - perfect for enjoying long evenings and sunsets together. I would recommend this for couples as well as for families or groups - this place is HUGE !
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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Simply Awesome Place ! Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest HerbieDate of stay 06/06/13Review Submitted 06/29/13
I have had the chance to stay here a couple of times already and found this property to be one of the best getaways I've ever experienced. The spacious lot and remote feeling of the location belies the nearness to fantastic downtown Austin (20 minutes drive). The area is highly secure, far from the noise of traffic, and directly situated on the shore of Lake Austin. Especially enjoyable too is nearby access to the hiking trails into the surrounding Hill Country. The photos do not do full justice in capturing the beautiful views from the home - whether from the huge verandas or the nicely situated fire pit in the yard. Lovely places to spend an evening and watch the sunset. The beds and furnishings are very comfortable and the kitchen and amenities top notch. There are many wonderful nearby restaurants to choose from within a 10-15 minute drive as well. We recommend Santa Catarina's for high end Mexican fare, The League Tavern, Iguana Grille, Chappys BBQ, and Salt Lick BBQ are among the many great nearby places to eat.
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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Beyond Beautiful Location Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest LindseyDate of stay 11/19/12Review Submitted 06/27/13
I have had the pleasure of staying here for extended periods of time on multiple occasions; what stands out first and foremost is the amazing lot itself-- the views from the upstairs balcony are second to none, with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. You have an unobstructed view of Lake Austin, as well as a rolling green back yard and the occasional deer. I enjoyed kayaking down the lake (with just a little imagination you can go from being in Austin to kayaking down a jungle river), beautiful wooded hiking paths just across the street, and peaceful solitude while only 20 minutes from the city itself.

The amenities are excellent-- the beds are comfortable, the showers are top-notch, and the theatre room is a lot of fun! All in all the house is an excellent vacation spot.
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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Amazing and Fabulous!! Review Rating 5 out of 5
Guest C.S.Date of stay 04/22/13Review Submitted 06/27/13
My stay at Villa Toscana was nothing short of amazing. The owners have thought of everything!! We LOVED the expansive infinite hot tub, with gorgeous views of the lake. The accommodations were exceptional--extremely comfortable and gorgeous. While we love Villa Toscana for the relaxing atmosphere and beautiful views, there is always something to do, when the mood to get outdoors hits!

We have stayed here several times. This is the place to stay when we come to Austin!
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.

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