“Full of peacocks!”
Mayfield Park and Preserve is an island of restful respite located in the middle of Austin, Texas. Mayfield Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This entire estate was presented to the city of Austin in 1971 by Mary Mayfield Gutsch for all Austinites to enjoy as a park. Mayfield Park includes an historic cottage, 2 acres of colorful cottage gardens with towering palm trees, brilliant peacocks and delicate water lilies, all blending in beautiful harmony. Mayfield Preserve is the 21 acre natural area that surrounds the park, containing walking trails and wildlife habitat. Historic Mayfield Park is ideal for small/medium events such as weddings and other social gatherings, business conferences, workshops and retreats. It is not recommended for theater events, large concerts, or events that require temporary installation of hardware and structures within the gardens and cottage. Soft exterior lighting, as though moonlight is peeking through the trees, creates a suitable setting for evening events. The grounds are a public park and remain open to the public during reservation hours, however, the general public may Not be allowed into the garden area during the hours they are reserved. Park visitors are asked to please respect those events. The cottage and gardens are both wheelchair accessible.
I visited Mayfield Park & Preserve while passing through Austin on a road trip recently and it was a lovely and enjoyable experience. There are two sections to explore:
To the left is an enclosed garden with stone walls, pathways and structures, an historic cottage, water lily ponds, palm trees and peacocks that freely roam around the property. It has a bit of a "secluded whimsical eerie old english style charm", although we did go on a day that was overcast and rainy, which may have contributed to setting the mood for the vibe.
Note: Don't forget to look up...the peacocks fly and love to perch themselves high up in the trees and on the roof of the cottage.
To the right there are walking and hiking trails that guide you down several paths throughout the surrounding grounds, each leading to something different and special for you to discover and admire - namely, strategically placed art sculptures, a creek with caves and frogs, and Lake Austin.
It's a free, quick and easy nature escape from the bustling city, so bring a picnic and your camera and enjoy!
It was nice, a little crowded when we went. The hiking trails were fun too!
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