We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
“Cozy cottage!”
other travellers have booked this property

Review of Tell Story Walk

Bookings for this home are first-come, first served. Lock in your dates before they are gone
Check Availability
Request to Book
Make Enquiry
Excellent
105 reviews
Bedroom: queen size bed faces TV and book shelves
Loft sleeps three; private bathroom
This property is not available for these dates.
Don't give up! Enquire about other rentals just like this one that are available -
Show all rentals available
Overview
Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Waco, Texas

Reviews from our community

Excellent - based on 105 reviews
Write a Review

Reviews from our community

Resort634...
Nicholasville, Kentucky
1 review
“Cozy cottage!”
Reviewed 1 week ago for a stay in May 2021

We had such a nice time relaxing in this beautifully appointed house. Every detail was thought through so guests would want for nothing. Thank you so much for making our stay in Waco so special!

Date of stay: May 2021
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Discover5...
1 review
“Would stay again and again”
Reviewed 4 weeks ago for a stay in May 2021

Mark and Mary were most gracious and accommodating and genuinely kind. The lovely surroundings reflected their care and love for their guests. The place was pristine, has exquisite linens, is quiet and has a well stocked kitchen. Guests will want to return as we will—just hope it’s available!!

Date of stay: May 2021
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
radley4
Canton, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Second trip and wonderful”
Reviewed 25 March 2021 for a stay in March 2021

There are a few places to which you kind of dream of returning. Tell Story Walk is one. I brought my mum here several years ago and this time came back alone. There is no way to describe how beautifully appointed this cottage is. It is full of charm everywhere you look and it is beyond comfortable. It has a great kitchen that I could live with full time and the main bedroom is cozy. And the outdoor spaces are stunning. There's a patio right off the bedroom that is a great place to relax and the grounds are filled with mature trees. Just the most beautiful, peaceful place ever. And the innkeepers are the best people you'll ever meet. I can't say enough about how kind and considerate they are. Nor can I say enough about how comfortable Tell Story Walk is. There will be a third visit, I have no doubt!

Date of stay: March 2021
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
22 Apr 2021
Jan,

Would that all our guests knew you. I remember that first visit you spoke of. You brought a dozen magazines, and in spite of your warm, easy openness, you couldn't hide that polish of mind and word reflected so eloquently in your review. When we learned you were, among other things, an accomplished writer, it all made sense. Then, there was mum. We fell in love with that lady. Demure, soft, twinkling: she was the perfect compliment to your presence. And you lived devotedly in her company. Mary and I well remember our offer to host her in our private home if you ever needed to just "get away." Together, the two of you were unforgettable.

All of which is to say, when you returned for this recent visit, without mum, you were still that open and engaging presence that appreciates everything we strive for, and echoes everything we love in our guests.

Thank you. You and your mother became a part of this place the first year we opened. The last line of your gracious review simply assures me, once again, that you always will be.

From the heart,
Mark (and Mary)
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ann J
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Unforgettable”
Reviewed 7 October 2020 for a stay in October 2020
1
person found this review helpful

This beautiful property, nestled among the mature trees was such a gift to experience! We were blessed by Mark and Mary's hospitality - they are so good at pampering their guests. It is easy to see they love what they do and their goal is to provide a unique stay for their guests by going above and beyond in all areas.
What a treat it was to visit with them and hear a part of their story. Such special folks sharing their gifts with others. We hope to be back someday.

Date of stay: October 2020
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
21 Oct 2020
Ann,

Thank you for your thoughtful words. As a veteran host of a VRBO yourself, you know how affirming such thoughts can be. We particularly appreciated your sharing with us your reflections on Minnesota. It is a chapter in my life; it is homeland to my two sons. Would that they'd been on hand to hear you. I think they would have been as impressed as I was to learn of your resident tight end for the Vixens. That, along with the simple fact that you were returning to snow, would have been enough to inspire a return trip.

You really nailed it on our love for what we do and our goal. That this showed in us is one of the most encouraging things you could say. So, thank you for coming. Thank you for sharing a part of your lives with us. But thank you most of all for "being blessed."

We, too, hope to see you back someday.

Mark and Mary
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Leslie A
Rowlett, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“You'll Never Want to Leave!”
Reviewed 25 May 2020 for a stay in May 2020
2
people found this review helpful

We are very experienced weekend travelers, and have stayed at many places in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and points beyond. We are so happy to honestly report that The Cottage at Tell Story Walk is absoutely the best experience we have ever had in all our years of traveling. Mark and Mary are the penultimate hosts, not just providing an exquisite and perfect home away from home to relax and refresh, but also to offer themselves as delightul treasures that feel like family almost immediately. You will not feel like a stranger from the moment these lovely people welcome you to their home.

First, you are transported to a location that feels secluded and totally private, but you are only an easy 15 minute drive to downtown Waco.

Second, once you walk in, the space is immaculately clean, well appointed and beautifully decorated, so comfortable and yet high end in so many ways. The decor is New England coastal, and no detail is missed in any corner of the house. Yet you will never feel like you shouldn't touch anything. Antique photo albums, classic books, and historic items perfectly placed are wonderful touches that provide the warm and inviting place that feels like Mark and Mary live here, and they are sharing their home with you for the weekend.

Third, the grounds are beautiful. You must take the time to walk around the grounds and see all the gorgeous places to sit and sip, chat and refocus on what really is important in your life and your relationships. From the rooftop deck, the gardens off the cottage and the lush fields of green and live oaks, swings and seating areas, you will quickly feel the stresses of busy, hectic city life slip away.

You will be greeted by a refrigerator full of refreshing drinks, and your amazing breakfast for the morning. Plenty of water, including Perrier, a refereshing bottle of wine or beer (your choice...they ask you in advance!) juice, milk, fruit, yogurt and whipped cream. A tray of delicious scones and coffee cake, homemade granola, are awaiting you on the counter! Coffee and everything you need to make the perfect cup is already there.

The cottage has two beautifully appointed bathrooms, with plush towels and everything you need in case you forgot it at home. A large walk-in 2 shower head shower is downstairs, and a classic clawfoot tub is in the upstairs bathroom for the perfect soak. There are two tv's, one in the living area, and one in the downstairs bedroom. We enjoyed the space and talking to each other so much that we didn't spend a lot of time watching tv. The upstairs loft has 3 single beds, and the downstairs bedroom has a super comfy queen bed. It's perfect for couples, a family with children, or a girls' weekend.

In fact, we spent very little time in Waco, because we loved being at the Cottage so much. We have been to Waco before when it was more 'open' and we found a lot of Waco was still not yet 'open for business', so we enjoyed our time at the cottage.

Mary and Mark are updating a large home on the property for future use as a bed and breaksfast, and if it is anything like the cottage, we will want to visit as soon as they finish. The Tell Story Walk property is perfect for weddings and family gatherings, and I look forward to returning as soon as we have an opportunity. Mark and Mary feel like family.

Date of stay: May 2020
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
27 May 2020
Dear Mark and Leslie,
Sometimes, often in praying, the right words just won't come. That's the way both Mary and I feel about your review. After Mary's first "Oh, my GOSH," exclamation to her final "How do you respond to something like that," the beauty and heart and thankfulness of all your words are an affirmation that just keeps coming.
Truth be told, there are folks out there who pay publicity agents a small fortune for sentiments like this. The thoroughness with which you describe our place reads like something out of a travel magazine. But so much more than that, it is the personal touch you give in every sentence that comes through. It feels as if you are still here, still having that morning sip of coffee, still seated in that swing.
Thank you. Thank you beyond words. It is our highest hope that people will come here and find the peace and togetherness that so easily escapes them in the common world. Your review is a heartfelt reminder: Some hopes are worth everything.
May God be with you always.
Mark and Mary
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Enter dates for more accurate prices
2 guests
Adults2
Children0
Apply
Do you own a holiday rental? List it here.
Extra income
Earn money by renting out your home. With no up-front fees and no contract, you keep more for yourself.
Easy to manage
Confirm bookings in one click and track everything from enquiry to check-out – even while you're on the go.
Trusted by travellers
With millions of reviews and protected online payments, Tripadvisor helps travellers book your home with confidence.
Set up your free listing
© 2021 TripAdvisor LLC All rights reserved.

This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in Malaysia. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu.