File under “Places We’d Rather Be Sitting.”
The pool at Commodore Perry Estate
The pool at Commodore Perry Estate in Austin
| Credit: Douglas Friedman

Blame it on COVID-19 squashing vacation plans or the stifling heat suffocating our front porch happy hours, but we could really go for a perch by a pretty hotel pool right now—and we’ve got our sights set on the old-school yellow umbrellas and matching loungers at the new Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection in Austin, Texas.

The sunny pool scene, which conjures up wistful thoughts of Slim Aarons's iconic photos of the famously leisurely, is just one of the dreamy elements of the newly reimagined Commodore Perry Estate.

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection
Commodore Perry Estate in Austin, TX
| Credit: Douglas Friedman

First built in 1928 as a bucolic escape for Texas businessman Edgar Howard “Commodore” Perry and his wife Lutie, the original 10-acre estate included a 10,800-square feet Italian Renaissance Revival mansion, carriage house, and formal gardens. He sold the home (now listed on the National Register of Historic Places), in 1944, declaring that it was “a great place to throw a party, but too big to live in.” Since then, the Hyde Park estate has served as a Catholic girls’ school and an event venue.

Patio Room
A guest room at the Commodore Perry Estate
| Credit: Douglas Friedman

This summer, the storied property kicked off a new chapter, opening as a resort in late June. With design and creative direction from San Francisco-based Ken Fulk (who originally hails from Virginia), the resort invites leisure and celebration—just as Perry originally intended it—though Fulk’s take is decidedly fresher and equally sumptuous. Think floral chintz wallpaper punctuated with teal molding and light-filled bedrooms filled with 20th century Italian and Spanish antiques.

Mansion Suite Bathroom
A guest bathroom at Commodore Perry Estate
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In addition to five suites, a craft cocktail bar, and library in the main mansion, the property also includes a newly built three-story inn with 42 guest rooms and seven terrace suites, a fitness center, and an organic kitchen garden. An eatery, Lutie’s Garden Restaurant, is slated to open this fall. In the meantime, guests can enjoy Champagne picnics on the lawn, complete with Texas Caviar and the chef’s signature Cold Fried Chicken, or poolside cocktails.

Inn Library
The library at Commodore Perry Estate
| Credit: Douglas Friedman

A great place to throw a party, indeed.

If you need us, we’ll be sitting on our porches pretending we’re by the pool at Commodore Perry Estate instead.

Nightly start at $525. Book your future stay here.

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