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“The Hidden Gem of Waco, TX”
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The Great Room:  fireplace, leather couch and chairs, oriental rugs Gourmet Kitchen: gas range, microwave, copper cookware, nonstick cookware, full range of appliances
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The Great Room:  fireplace, leather couch and chairs, oriental rugs
Gourmet Kitchen: gas range, microwave, copper cookware, nonstick cookware, full range of appliances
Dinning Area and Kitchen: 
table seats 6; counter seats 2
Great Room: TV & stereo cabinet; wine cabinet; entrance to Bedroom
Bedroom: queen size bed faces TV and book shelves
Bedroom: writing desk and chair; french doors open out to patio
Bedroom: ceiling fan; TV and books
1st floor Bath: vanity; 2 person shower; window seat
Great Room: 
stairway to Loft
View from Loft: Dinning Area; Kitchen; Great Room
Loft: 3 twin beds; 2 ceiling fans
2nd floor Bath: vanity and claw foot tub
Roof Porch: think morning coffee; evening wine
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Private Room, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Waco, Texas

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Excellent - based on 71 reviews
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Kelly N
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Hidden Gem of Waco, TX”
Reviewed 27 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
1
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I stayed in this Cottage with 3 other women to celebrate a birthday and visit Magnolia Market. We stayed for 2 nights in this beautiful little home and from the moment we drove onto the property were blown away.

The cottage itself looks terrific from the outside with great lighting, a cute porch, several places to sit outside in rockers by a small fountain or on the balcony. But what was apparent from the first few moments of our arrival was how much attention to detail Mark and Mary had put into this property. Citronella candles on the balcony, bath salts by the bathtub, spare toiletries in the bathroom, beautifully set out breakfasts with plenty of considerate options to name a few. Mark and Mary have really considered and thought of everything.

The house is a new structure but has the quaint and worn-in feel of an old home. It was immaculate, not a speck of dust anywhere. All the beds and bedding was incredibly comfortable as well. I couldn't think of one negative thing to say about the experience if I tried.

The property is beautiful as well. We took some time to walk around through their well cared for lawn by their gazebo. The home on the property that they are working on is going to be amazing when it's finished!

The street was quiet and we took some time to walk down the road as well. But we went into down town Waco every day it only took 20 minutes. The Heritage Cafe and Shops are incredibly close as well.

Mark and Mary were available for us and are some of the kindest people you'll ever meet. They genuinely enjoy hospitality and were excited to host us. The only possible down side is that the phone service is not great and there isn't internet access. But they told us they are working to remedy this. But when you are trying to relax and get away, it's kind of nice not to be "plugged in" all the time.

Overall, the experience was one of the best I have had and my husband and I are already planning a trip to Waco just to stay here and have some time of rest and refreshment. Honestly, I'm bummed that it was such a fabulous experience because once people find out about this place it's going to get booked up!! Definitely the best little bed and breakfast experience in Waco. You won't regret a weekend here.

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Liked best: The house itself is cute and comfortable!
Liked least: Would love to have internet access.
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers
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Management Response
27 May 2016
Kelly,
You do us proud. As you know, everything you've so beautifully described is what Mary and I want this place to be about. But more than a place, we want it to be about relationships. Your plans to return here with your husband are one of the nicest things you could say. Thank you, for taking the time and heart to write about Tell Story Walk. We will always be about people such as you.
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Linda N
Brenham, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A sparkling new cottage with antique charm, the Cottage at Tell Story Walk is a home away from home.”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

My sister, our childhood friend, and I drove from various parts of Texas to share memories and catch up on events in our lives. We were greeted by the hosts, Mark and Mary, who did everything possible to make up feel welcome, from the chilled bottle of wine to a refrigerator well-stocked with delicious breakfast items. My sister Kathy, my friend Linda, and I sipped wine on the upstairs porch in the afternoon under the arching branches of huge trees and watched the cardinals flit in and out of the trees as the mockingbirds scolded. While the downstairs bedroom had a television as did the living room, we were too busy chatting to turn either one on.

That night we slept in a beautiful loft. This cozy cottage offered the ideal room arrangement for us, three twin beds in a loft with an adjoining bathroom, where we relived our girlhood sleepovers. In the morning we sipped coffee on the downstairs patio and enjoyed the peace and beauty of nature. This enchanting cottage and the hosts exceeded our expectations, and we have decided that we would like to meet again next year at the Cottage at Tell Story Walk.

The only negative comment I have is that I wish there had been a guest book for us to tell our hosts directly about how much we enjoyed our stay.

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Liked best: We liked the hosts and the beauty of the cottage and its surroundings.
Liked least: I can't think of anything.
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
26 Apr 2016
Linda,
What a thoughtful reflection! You, (all our guests for that matter) have no idea how gratifying it is to be able to provide a "home away from home" sanctuary to family and friends. Such times of togetherness can never be replaced.
Thank you for choosing us for such a special occasion.
Mark Dawson
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Stephanie...
Conroe, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous Birthday Weekend”
Reviewed 18 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
1
person found this review helpful

We came across Mark & Mary Dawson by way of another B&B that was full the weekend that we wanted to visit Waco. Thank goodness the other was full and that the gentleman provided me with Mark's phone number. The cottage (entire property) is something that you'd drive by and gaze longingly wondering.. what does that place like like on the inside.. So much charm and positioned beautifully amongst huge trees. I squealed when we approached the driveway to see the beauty. This property is EXACTLY what we were hoping to find.. We wanted to be secluded, yet close to downtown and Waco attractions. We wanted a private cottage, yet to be pampered with great (homemade) food plus all of the amenities of home and then some. But most of all we wanted to feel welcome and home.. From the moment we arrived I found myself referencing the cottage as "our house". After the tour and assurance that Mark and Mary were there for anything and everything we needed for our stay we did not see them again, oh.. But you know they are there because they leave you nice fresh baked goods with sweet notes..ah it was wonderful!! We told people around town where we were staying (they will all ask) everyone knew Mark and his dream of opening the cottage and spoke super highly of him. From the bottle of wine to fresh flowers all around the house and attention to any and every detail The Cottage at Tell Story Walk is a dream come true..I don't want to spoil any other nice touches they add but I will tell you this place is the way to go you will not be disappointed at all!! There is so much to do in Waco and surrounding towns and the cottage is positioned just right on the map for all of your adventures. The next time I visit I'm just going to take advantage of the cottage and beauty it has to offer all on its own.. It's a vacation in itself!
Al & Stephanie

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Management Response
18 Apr 2016
Stephanie and Al,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful review. Mary and I built this place to serve people who long for the kind of getaways you so eloquently describe. I promise you, it is our most fulfilling reward to know we could contribute so much to your visit to
the Waco area.
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bethcrave...
Springfield, Missouri
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous Retreat”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016
2
people found this review helpful

The Cottage at Tell Story Walk was beautiful and the owners Mark and Mary made us feel so welcomed. Breakfast each morning was such a treat, from the delicious quiche to the fabulous scones, we were not disappointed. Fresh fruit, yogurt and a variety of juices were available along with homemade granola and delicious bread and muffins. You will not be hungry in the morning. The cottage had a full kitchen ready to be used. There were antiques throughout the cottage including a claw foot tub inviting you to take a soak. You had your choice of two patios to sit on and enjoy the sunset or the morning sunrise. The property was beautiful with a gazebo and big trees throughout. It was truly picture perfect and would be a lovely venue for an outdoor wedding. We would highly recommended staying in this fabulous cottage and can't wait until the big house is renovated so we can stay in one of the rooms that are sure to be beautiful as well. The owners were very accommodating and so friendly you will instantly feel like family. It was a wonderful gem right outside of town. My wife and I enjoyed our stay and we will be back.

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Management Response
15 Apr 2016
Jim and Beth,
Thank you so much for sharing your impressions of our place with the rest of the world. Your description is so thoughtful; it is downright eloquent. I think the best way for us to express our appreciation is to simply say that you affirm everything we hope and pray for Tell Story Walk to be: a place of welcome and comfort and peace. Know that we look forward to the day you pass through our gates again. May God be with you. Mark and Mary Dawson
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Charles H
Parma, Italy
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A dream cottage named Tell Story Walk in Waco Texas.”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
1
person found this review helpful

Like many others, we were drawn to Waco by Chip and Joanna Gaines and their show, Fixer Upper. Little did we know when we made our reservation, that we would be staying in a newly built cottage designed and built by the owners to a quality and attention to detail beyond what we normally see each week on fixer upper. During our stay, we also we became fast friends with the owners, Mary and Mark, and intend to stay in touch with them. Just a sensational two nights.

If your plans call for a trip to Waco, you cannot find a more beautiful place to stay than The Cottage at Tell Story Walk.

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Liked best: The design of the cottage and the owners.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
12 Apr 2016
Yep. We're framing it.
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