The Silos at 159, located between Round Top and La Grange, inspire guests with one-of-a-kind rustic farmhouse style.
“Everyone who comes to Round Top, especially during the antiques show, is searching for unique, one-of-kind-pieces,” said Liz Murtagh, a Florida-based interior designer and entrepreneur who recently purchased the 10-acre property that includes the three guest cottages and is the sponsor of this post. “Here those sorts of pieces are incorporated into each and every space, so guests get to be inspired by living the style.”
Each one-bedroom, one-bath cottage features a grain silo repurposed to serve as the sitting room.
“My favorite feature is the silo turned sitting room,” said Murtagh, a self-proclaimed “farmhouse addict” who once lived in Dallas and first discovered Round Top when she and her sister ventured beyond Austin’s flea markets in search of vintage treasures. “But I also love the mix of barnwood, metals, architectural pieces and old windows and doors…all of those materials come together like a patchwork quilt of vintage perfection.”
The cottages, which sleep 2 – 4 people, are available to rent year-round.
“I adore the wide, open spaces and the country feel,” Murtagh said. “It’s the perfect place to watch a sunset—and give yourself the gift of slowing down.”
From an accessibility standpoint, the Silos at 159 are ideally located, especially during the world-famous, biennial antiques show. From the front gate, guests are about 8 miles from the fields at Warrenton, 12 miles to downtown Round Top, 11 miles to Fayetteville and 4 miles from La Grange. (Great dining options abound in the nearby towns.)
“You can easily get anywhere you want to be from here,” Murtagh said.
The New York native became familiar with the Roundtopolis™ as a regular attendee of the antiques show. She shops for unique things to supply her two boutiques and her interior design business and to appoint the houses she flips. She also restores and rents classic vehicles and redesigns vintage camping trailers that she rents as “glampers.”
“I’m crazy about anything vintage, but especially farmhouses,” said Murtagh, tracing her addiction to summers spent on her uncle’s dairy farm in Connecticut.
After renting in Round Top for many years, Murtagh got the itch to buy a property. Her friend, Gina Galvin, co-owner of Peacock Park Design in Michigan and The Rendezvous in Round Top, suggested they go visit her friends Amy and Brian Kleinwachter’s property that had just gone on the market. The main house was featured in Country Living, Texas Monthly and other publications.
It was love at first sight—and the first time Murtagh ever bought a home that wasn’t a fixer upper. Her schedule wouldn’t accommodate another project of any kind.
“The overall effect is original, beautiful and aligned to my taste,” Murtagh said. “And with the cottages, I could share the magic of this place with other people.”
FMI or RESERVATIONS
Silos @ 159
4741 Hwy. 159
La Grange, TX 78945
Call or email Property Manager Joy Kovar at 979-966-2932 or [email protected].
Cottage 1 (Property # 7838165ha)
Cottage 2 (Property # 7844264ha)
Cottage 3 (Property # 7844259ha)
Cottages 1 & 3 sleep up to 4 people.
Cottage 2 sleeps 2 people.
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