When we pulled into The Ranch, we were shocked by how large the property is! Our host Robin told us that when she bought the property 20 years ago, there was only one house on it. Now, there are over 5 different structures built on it! A large home, multiple tiny homes, a treehouse, and many communal gathering areas.
Sometimes, The Ranch is packed with guests, but during our stay, we only had the pleasure of meeting two other guests. We had a great time socializing with them in the large communal kitchen, and shared a meal together.
Our campsite was extremely quiet and we felt very safe as the entire property is fenced in. The camping area of the property has gorgeous views of the mountains! It's also a brief walk from the showers, bathroom, and kitchen.
During our stay we really enjoyed the amenities The Ranch had to offer. The meditation room, hot mineral water showers, hot tub, wifi, and sauna were some of our favorites.
The vibe of The Ranch is very eclectic. Some may consider this vibe to be "cluttered" but we felt the property had tons of personality.
We had a very rejuvenating and relaxing stay at The Ranch.
Although we never had the pleasure of meeting the host, Mary Lou, she was very responsive to our messages and helpful with any questions we had.
When arriving at Owl Hollow, make sure you follow the hosts instructions as Google Maps will not take you to the correct location.
When you arrive you’ll see a yellow house as well as a storage container with a cool mural on it.
After getting settled in, our dog explored the land with us, playing fetch with sticks as we walked. There are many nice tent spots in the back, but we stuck to the front yard since we’re traveling in a large van. We enjoyed the many hang-out areas in Owl Hollow, our favorite being the small patio next to the blue shed.
The communal bathroom is decorated with a collection of vintage beer signs. We enjoyed seeing the hosts personality come through in the art around the property. We had a bit of trouble with one toilet but overall the bathrooms were great. The shower stayed hot and the sink outside the bathroom was great for doing dishes.
It wasn’t warm enough for tubing, but we did walk down the street to Flying Armadillo Disc Golf Club. While staying at Owl Hollow, it’s an absolute must to walk over here! Such an interesting place.
In the morning, we woke up to three deer looking at us and the sound of many birds singing. Such a nice way to start the day!
We typed in the address to Google Maps and arrived with no issues. Austonia is in the perfect location for wanting to explore the city, while also feeling secluded.
When we arrived we were greeted by Nate. Nate works at Austonia and is helping develop and build the property. We then hopped into a 4x4 vehicle with Josie and got a full tour of the grounds. Josie lives here full time in her Tiny Home. The creators of Austonia have big plans for this place! We loved listening to their ideas and envisioning the future with them. Their passion for this place was truly inspiring.
Austonia organizes community gatherings about once a month. We were lucky enough to visit during one. Everyone who lives here gathered in their community space, which has been designed and built by the residents. We played horseshoes and darts while a father and son organized a paintball match in the dark. We drank beers and cooked dinner together while the kids played on the tire swing. We had so much fun getting to know the community of Austonia.
As of now Austonia has hookups but does not offer a public toilet/shower. They plan on changing this in the future but for now, I would only recommend this property if you have a self contained rig.
Staying here is the ideal way to visit Austin. We can’t wait to stay here again!