Maurice’s Cottage

If you are searching for the perfect Texas Hill Country vacation rental, consider reserving Maurice’s Cottage at Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek. Spacious and private, this one bedroom Hill Country cabin is located a half mile down the ridge line from the main buildings.

Maurice’s Cottage houses a large living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, and roomy bathroom with separate tub and shower. The living area features a limestone fireplace, stylish contemporary furnishings, and a 42″ HD satellite television with DVD player. The bedroom offers a king-sized faux down bed, a walk-in closet, a cozy sitting area and an additional HD television and DVD player, so you won’t have to get out of bed to watch your favorite show or movie. The full modern kitchen includes a side-by-side fridge, full-sized oven/stovetop, microwave and dishwasher.

Maurice’s Cottage has a rustic exterior with a stone-paved front patio, a cozy swing and a large covered rear deck with a panoramic view and a spacious back yard. In addition, you can look forward to enjoying all the amenities that come standard to our Sage Hill Inn guests, including: satellite television, a unique Hill Country view, Ghirardelli chocolates and complimentary beverages like locally bottled rain water, Dublin sodas and Topo Chico sparkling water.

Namesake Story

Maurice Stephenson Orr, John Orr’s father, lived here on the family ranch at Sage Hill Inn Above Onion Creek, for the last 13 years of his life. While his health permitted, he often served coffee and visited with guests at the Inn. He had many friends among those guests. Maurice made full use of his nearly 94 years of life as a naval officer, an all-American football player, football coach, ready-mix concrete salesman, deacon, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He touched all who knew him and he was as gentle in spirit as he was strong in character.

Maurice was born in Hillsboro, Texas on Nov. 11, 1913. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, on a football scholarship where he helped to lead the first team from the State of Texas to the Rose Bowl in 1936. While coaching football and teaching history at Seymour High School, he met and fell in love with the Homemaking teacher, Mary Ruth Reeves. They married on Aug. 5, 1939. Their only child, John Mack Orr, was born in 1943 while Maurice was serving as a naval officer. Maurice also worked as a sales manager in the ready-mix concrete business in Dallas for some 30 years and was very active in the Park Cities Baptist Church.

He and his wife retired to Austin to be with their son John and his family. He joined First Baptist Church Austin in 1984, where he served as a deacon and a member and president of the Zollie Steakley Men’s Bible Class. He was a very active grandfather, getting on airplanes in his 80s to visit his granddaughters in Atlanta, San Francisco, Winston-Salem and even Venice, Italy. He attended every Hays High football game during his grandson’s senior year. Maurice loved people and he made many wonderful friends among guests of the Inn. Maurice died peacefully in Kyle, TX on Oct. 28, 2007.

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