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Lakeside View of 'La Casa de Joy'
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Our Nature-filled Living Waters Property
Living Area with Fireplace
Master Bedroom
Master Bath with Fireplace
Study
Covered Back Porch with Fireplace
Back Porch with Sunset Views and Hot Tub
View of Lake Travis
Deck Overlooking Lake Travis
Front Entrance
Covered Pavilion for Yoga & Special Events
3rd Floor Viewing Tower
Walking Paths to the Lake & Open Space for Special Events
Lakeside View of Home
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1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Spicewood, Texas

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TX
Reviewed 14 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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TX
Reviewed 11 March 2013 for a stay in January 2013

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TX
Reviewed 23 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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profjake...
Sugar Land, Texas
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“Very nice place”
Reviewed 12 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

A ONE-OF-A-KIND, MUST VISIT at least once in your lifetime getaway retreat.

We had a short but wonderful stay at "Casa de Joy". Thanks Bethany, Travis and Paige.
We went for our son's graduation from UT so we really didn't take advantage of the home as we should have. We plan to go back for some "us" time to take advantage of all the wonderful amenities offered.

The home IS a home, with every amenity you would want/need. It was obviously designed and furnitured by an artist into Southwestern Adobe, and/or a psychotherapist who has filled the home with many comforting therapy items: pillows, wind chimes, native American carvings, ambient lighting, fountains, Yoga Books, etc... . The style is eclectic... items from different cultures and eras, yet it works and works well.

Although it is a 1 bedroom. It is large and open with high ceilings. The main living area has an impressive stone fireplace that is adjacent to a seating area that is a little more cozy with built-in padded benches. This area has a hide-away TV with Cable TV and videos, perfect for 1 or 2 young children to sleep if you happen to bring any. The bath downstairs has a shower so the kids or visitors don't have to come upstairs to bother you, which is good because there are no doors to speak of upstairs. It is airy and open with a vaulted ceiling, a balcony to the first floor, and a spiral staircase to an observation deck with a telescope and views of the lake and the stars at night, and BOY were there stars. This place is not near any light sources down in a river/lake valley, great for us amateur stargazers.

There is a lovely canopy bed that you will not discover has a sleep number mattress and a flat screen TV hiding in the canopy linens, until it comes time to go to sleep. The 2 sided fireplace faces the bedroom and the tub "grotto".

The home is a relatively new and well constructed Adobe style with double pane windows, stone floors and rustic, but at the same time, modern features. It is a very good combination of the 2 worlds. Im not a big fan of adobe but this is done well. The garden very well laid out and well maintained, although the drought has taken a toll on the lake and the waterfall (yes they have a large waterfall down to the lake). Hopefully, they can get it working again soon but I think it will take a hurricane or 2 from mother nature to bring the water level back closer to the house.

The rustic/modern kitchen is FULLY stocked with everything you would need including no less than 4 or 5 wine bottle openers, plates, flatware, pots and pans, glasses and a stocked pantry with spices and condiments. There is even an herb garden between the garage and the house that they encourage you to use for cooking. The bathrooms were also fully stocked with shampoos, soaps, robes, etc, in case you forgot yours.

For me (the techie guy) this was important:
There is "WORKING" WiFi on both levels that works outside if you choose to sit in 1 of 4 seating areas and surf the net. There are fire pits, a grill, plenty of chairs and lounges outside and in. There is a PC with a printer in the study area upstairs if you need to print out a boarding pass.

Make sure if you are going to cook, or need anything, to stop at the HEB grocery store before you get there. Its about 15 miles away and the last 5 miles is a slow twisting road down to the lake with plenty of deer and other wildlife to dodge at night. We got there the first night at about midnight. I DO NOT recommend this. It was hard to see, dangerous and we missed the vista views of the famous Texas Hill Country coming in, but we got to see them when we left.

Bethany and Travis are the lovely caretakers of the home and do a good job. I believe they are both yoga instructors...a very comfortable and earthy couple.
Travis even offered to drive me and my daughter around on the 4 wheeler so we could go down to the lake. There is a boathouse with jet ski's too!!

This is a lovely rustic looking retreat/vacation cottage/home that happens to have every modern convenience, so either way, whether you are looking for a meditation retreat to escape the world, a cozy and quiet 2nd honeymoon spot, or a vacation home away from home for some family get-together, you won't be out of your comfort zone. There are VERY FEW vacation homes on the earth that come close to this one. This is a place celebrities come to stay.

Pros: Far from everything
Cons: Far from everything

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
We WILL be BACK!

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Liked best: Sitting out on the deck with my family at twilight.
Liked least: Not being able to stay longer.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Dec 2012
WOW! What an incredibly amazing and thorough review! Maybe you should do our web site content ~ this is FABULOUS! Our hearts are filled with gratitude. We loved meeting your entire family and are so happy you could celebrate your son's graduation on our property. We completely agree that you'll need to visit again when you have absolutely nothing to do so you can spend some romantic time together, relax at the property, get massage, walk to winery, etc. We wish you all a joyous & peaceful Holiday and we're excited to see you again!
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Texas
Reviewed 4 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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Management Response
4 Dec 2012
To the honeymooners, we are so thrilled you had an amazing honeymoon and thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! You are both so sweet & in love ~ you will have a beautiful life together. We are honored you chose to begin this new chapter in our home and hope that you'll spend many anniversaries & romantic getaways with us in the future!
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Houston
Reviewed 28 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
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Management Response
28 Nov 2012
We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful weekend in our home! And thank you for the sweet, personal thank you email as well ~ we love that you felt relaxed and pampered from receiving The Romance Package too (breakfast, couples yoga, thai massage, & wine tasting). That is so neat that you spent your mornings watching the deer drink from the lake ~ we will be recommending that for all of our future guests! What a great tip.

Yes, we agree that there are many light switches which is why we added labels to help guests. And there are definitely a few "mystery ones" too ~ I always wonder if the neighbor's lights are turning on & off instead :) Luckily the home brings in so much natural light that you don't even need lights during the day! And as for the cost of the cleaning fee, it is comparable to all other rentals in the area. Our maid does an amazing job and has a cleaning list over 2 pages long that includes everything from laundry to mopping floors to detailing bathrooms to sweeping the ashes from the fireplace.

You are able to see both the sunset and sunrise from the home. The back of the home does face west and there are so many tiered levels to the property that you can actually watch it set 4 times in one night! And you are able to experience a beautiful viewing of the sunrise from the master bedroom and 3rd floor viewing tower.

Privacy of our guests is extremely important to us so thank you so much for the feedback about the window that faces our home ~ you are the first to voice that concern so we will definitely be adding curtains. We really appreciate your help in making our property even more special and we're excited for your next trip in the summer!
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Austin
Reviewed 26 July 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
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This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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