The Woodburn House Bed & Breakfast has Closed
The Woodburn House Bed and Breakfast was an elegant three-story home built in 1909 in Hyde Park, a national register historical district located two miles from downtown Austin, Texas and 1 mile from the University of Texas at Austin.
The house was named for Bettie Hamilton Woodburn, who bought the house with her husband in 1924. She was the daughter and speechwriter of Andrew Jackson Hamilton, a provisional governor of Texas and the personal friend of Abraham Lincoln.
Today, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated a City of Austin historical Landmark.
Built in the tradition of the grand plantation homes of the South, the Woodburn House features magnificent double wraparound porches, spectacular leaded glass windows, and eleven foot ceilings with original woodwork and pocket doors.
The house was decorated with a mix of period antiques and more recent furniture to provide a very comfortable atmosphere for guests. The den provided a cozy environment for watching television, playing games or reading books from the library. The elegant sitting room provided a more formal environment to sit and talk with guests or the Innkeepers.
The family-run bed and breakfast was managed by Innkeepers, Kristen and Noel De La Rosa.
Guest accommodations included a choice of six rooms, all with their own warmth and unique décor and enhanced by original woodwork and period antiques.
Nestled under a grove of native pecan trees, the house sat on a quiet corner in Hyde Park, located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Hyde Park is the cities oldest suburb, located just a mile from the University of Texas and two miles from Downtown Austin, and home to a public golf course, art museum, neighborhood grocery store, community theatre, park and swimming pool and numerous shops and restaurants.
About the Wonderful Hyde Park
Hyde Park, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, was platted in 1891 by Colonel Monroe Shipe. Shipe subdivided the land and proceeded to sell building lots in what was to be one of Austin 's first suburban developments. According to neighborhood history, Hyde Park lots were 25 feet wide and sold for $110.00 - $10.00 down and $5.00 a month. Anyone who purchased two lots and built on them within a year was entitled to a third lot free. To attract buyers, Shipe, who also began the Austin Street Railway Company, extended the streetcar line to his development and provided graded streets, city utilities, built the first school, and paid the teachers' salaries and free mail delivery. Hyde Park was said to be "the most beautiful and healthful spot in Austin." He claimed that "no city west of Boston can boast of finer drives than are in Hyde Park."
Today it is a diverse neighborhood made up of grand old Victorian homes, farm-style Texas frame houses, Classical Revival-style houses, craftsman bungalows, apartment buildings, merchants, community theater and fabulous gardens.
Previous guests at Woodburn House had the opportunity to walk the cool, tree-canopied streets while guided by the walking tour book published by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau; to Elisabet Ney Museum and wonder at the masterpieces created by Elisabet Ney, a woman before her time; or visit neighborhood theater, shops, cafes and some of Austin 's favorite restaurants.