A storied architectural landmark situated on 10 secluded acres in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin, is now open as a luxury hotel! The Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection promises to be a transportive metropolitan oasis offering gracious Texas hospitality.

Originally built at the height of the Jazz Age in 1928 as the country home of businessman Edgar Perry and his wife Lutie Perry, the 10-acre property was designed by H.B. (Hal) Thompson as a private haven for the Perry family. Inspired by the owner’s European travels, the original estate included a large Italianate mansion, carriage house and formal gardens, all built along Waller Creek and enclosed within a stone wall. At the time, the Italian Renaissance Revival mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, set a new precedent for gracious entertaining. In 1944, Edgar Perry sold the estate declaring the mansion was, “a great place to throw a party, but too big to live in.”

In a collaboration between urbanist architecture firm Moule and Polyzoides, internationally known designer Ken Fulk, and local, award-winning firms Clayton & Little and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, the property has been restored and enhanced with a modern take on its stately design.

The new three-story Inn has 42-guest rooms and seven terrace suites. The interior offers spacious, contemporary guest rooms with custom accents, heirloom vintage pieces, and Juliette balconies overlooking lush the gardens and a courtyard. The lower level of the Inn has one- and two-bedroom suites furnished with an eclectic mix of mid-century Italian and 1920s Spanish pieces. Each one has features, including a private garden and oversized terrace for taking in stunning views of the Estate’s formal landscaping.

Lutie’s Garden Restaurant will open in Fall 2020 and offer Texas heritage cuisine featuring approachable fare prepared in creative, elevated ways. Menus will celebrate regional flavors and spotlight seasonal, organic ingredients sourced from the Estate’s in-house gardens and local purveyors.

Inspired by European elegance and Gatsby-era bon vivant vibes, Commodore Perry Estate is a fantastical place where guests can sit back and relax. Although the Estate is grand, there is an ease and familiarity that invites guests to relax as if it was their own home.

Images from Douglas Friedman.

In her previous life, Kristy was an uninspired realtor who was feeling a little bit bored with her day to day. So on January 1, 2010, she made a New Year’s resolution to write about one thing to do each day in her beloved city of Austin, Texas. And thus, 365 Things Austin was born.