Lakeside B&B Offers Unique Austin Experience: Robin’s Nest

When I pull my SUV into Robin’s driveway I see several potted bonsai plants.  “My husband’s doings,” Robin says after answering the door.

There’s a lot going on here.  Three small dogs greet me as I walk in (I’m a dog lover, so this is welcome).  The property is full of whimsical artifacts, like a “Margaritaville” sign hanging outside and a collection of tiny wooden lighthouses and birdhouses.  Several one-piece tank top women’s bathing suits decorate the patio walls.

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Yard overlooking a beautiful protected cove on Lake Travis.

And before I can stop to chat Robin is walking out the back door to let the newest pup — a three-month-old golden retriever — do his business.  I follow them out.

The backyard overlooks Lake Travis.  A paved walkway down to the water is cleverly bordered on each side by canoe-halves standing upright.  I take in the sight and I’m instantly in love.  A few feet past the edge of the yard floats a boat dock, belonging to the B&B.  A mild breeze is moving the thick shade trees.

Growing Up
Robin purchased her first property here, a single cottage, in 1973.  Back then the units were rustic fishing cottages.  Over the years she purchased more on this cul-de-sac.  By my count she and her husband now have ten living spaces:  her own home, the caretakers’ home, a large two-unit long term rental and six B&B cottages.

I run a sailing charter business nearby — sailATX — and Robin kindly sent customers my way.  I figured I should stop by and thank her.  (The sailing charter was for a 50th anniversary celebration – complete with matching blue and gold anniversary T-shirts).

In the kitchen she serves me icewater and talks about the B&B business.  “I won’t do online rentals,” she says emphatically.  “People want a hotel experience, that’s not

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Fish Lamp in the four room Waterfront Cottage

what we are.”  I later learn that she “interviews” customers when they call.  She’s looking for hints that they are the “hotel” type.  There is nothing wrong with a hotel, mind you, but I know what she means.  Here you’ll get something unique, call it Hill Country charm, and probably a few surprises.

Like the food.  Some people on the phone ask what’s on the menu.  “Well it changes every day,” she says.  I like this lady.

Robin cooks the meals and even caters to special dietary needs (like gluten free foods).

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Lakeside Relaxation
Each unit at Robin’s Nest has its own character.  “Studio B” is newer with more modern decor.  The “Rock Cottage” on the other hand is a sixty-year-old renovated fishing cottage, but with current amenities like washer/dryer, big flat panel TV and full kitchen.

On my tour of each unit I find myself saying, I HAVE to come back with my wife and stay here for a romantic getaway weekend.   Walking the grounds I feel a world away from the nearby city.  The thick tree canopy and lapping lake water takes the stress level down a few notches.

If you are looking for a relaxing, uniquely Austin experience — in a gorgeous setting — not far from town, give Robin a call.


Contact:
Robin’s Nest
1010 Stewart Cove, Austin, Texas  78734
Phone: (512) 266-3413
eMail: RobinLakeTravis@Yahoo.com
http://robinsnestlaketravis.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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