Thelma’s 2BR Cottage

This remodeled private, secluded two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse is located a very short walk from the main buildings and offers a perfect setting for a small group getaway. Each of the two bedrooms in this vacation rental-style cottage has a king-sized, faux down bed and a separate full bath with rain shower. Relax with a good book or enjoy good conversation with friends or family on the large limestone patio, or enjoy an evening under the stars at the large, private outdoor firepit.  The galley kitchen is equipped with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher. The living room is glass enclosed, with a queen sleeper sofa, limestone wood-burning fireplace and a peaceful view of the hammock in the woods.

In addition, you can look forward to enjoying all the amenities that come standard to our Sage Hill Inn guests, including: satellite television, free Wi-Fi, Ghirardelli chocolates, unlimited homemade cookies and complimentary beverages like locally bottled rain water, Dublin sodas and Topo Chico sparkling water.  Thelma’s is our most popular cottage and has hosted countless girlfriend getaways. It may book up on weekends as far as 6 months in advance, so we recommend booking this cottage early.

Namesake Story

Thelma Reeves Albaugh was the aunt of the original owners of the Inn. She lived from 1910-2000, in a time when few women attended college and certainly fewer became managers in government agencies. Even though her father saw no need for her higher education, she was not to be denied any opportunity to learn. Thelma educated herself on the job and became the first woman hired in a management position by the Social Security Administration here in Texas.

Her intelligence, quick wit, and independent spirit served her well in her successful career at the Social Security Administration. Her second husband, Ellis Albaugh, was an architect from San Antonio and their tastes were quite contemporary. She admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and O’Neill Ford, and she and Ellis had even furnished their home with Eames chairs, which her sisters considered “ugly.” Her colorful Fiesta dishware and her love of cooking unusual foods using fresh ingredients were two more striking differences from the more traditional “Betty Crocker” approach of her sisters. Yet another mark of Thelma’s being a modern woman was that she managed the household finances. Her investment portfolio included conservative stocks and bonds.

In her will, Thelma left her estate to Janie Orr and she used that inheritance to build Thelma’s Cottage, which was built in a modern style that they knew she would love. She also had a great love of nature, and, in particular, wildflowers, so the cottage was located at the edge of the woods to provide guests with the most intimate experience including the trees, flowers, and various animals, birds, and butterflies that all live at the Inn. If you enjoy the beauty and simplicity of nature, we hope that you will love the cottage built in Aunt Thelma’s honor.

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