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Pipe Creek duo named one of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Hosts

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  • Pipe Creek duo named one of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Hosts
    Greg and Jamie Otterman pose in front of Tiny, their 325 sq. ft bed and breakfast that features its own hiking trails. You can book it on Airbnb. Courtesy Photo
  • Pipe Creek duo named one of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Hosts
    Buck and Shirley Sloan sing a tune last Thursday night. For more pictures of Buck Sloan’s 45th Annual Musician’s Reunion, visit the Bulletin’s facebook page. BULLETIN PHOTO/Chuck McCollough

Greg and Jamie Otterman of Pipe Creek were recently named one of Airbnb’s Most Hospitable Hosts for their scenic, custom-built 325 sq. foot bed and breakfast in Timbercreek Ranch.

Airbnb is an American-based company operating an online marketplace for lodging and tourism activities. To meet their criteria for Most Hospitable Host, hosts had to have achieved 100 percent five-star ratings from customers in cleanliness, check-in and communication. A minimum of 100 reviews was required for consideration.

The Ottermans were one of 29 hosts in Texas and 310 nationwide to receive the distinction.

“Being recognized as one of the top hosts on the Airbnb platform (not only in Texas but in all of the United States), was pretty darned gratifying,” said Greg Otterman. “We owe it to our kind and thoughtful guests for giving us such glowing reviews, and it feels like we got a nice big, job well-done, pat on the back from the largest vacation rental business in the world!”

Greg and Jamie said they had always enjoyed the Bed and Breakfast experience as guests and knew one day they wanted to start their own. When they moved to Pipe Creek from San Antonio eight-and-a-half years ago, they realized the property could let them live that dream.

“We worked really hard on the Tiny House and the surrounding property, including cutting over a half mile of hiking trails, and finally two years ago, we were ready to list our unique tiny house on Airbnb,” said Greg.

The space, lovingly dubbed “Tiny” by its owners, sports a queen bed in a semi-private bedroom. A futon in the living room is equipped with an eight-inch-thick innerspring mattress that will accommodate two adults.

Tiny is equipped with a standard-size tub and shower in the bathroom and a kitchen with a gas top stove, oven, fridge, dishwasher and countertop space.

The Ottermans provide ingredients necessary to make breakfast on the guests’ own schedule rather than setting a specific time for food, allowing guests to go at their own pace.

The 250 sq. ft. deck, equipped with chairs and a retractable awning, features a scenic view of the valley. At night, a fire pit and bench allow for continued enjoyment of the hill country experience.

But the experience doesn’t end at the house. As Greg mentioned, Tiny has two hiking trails, “Tiny Trail” and “Not-So-Tiny Trail” available to the guests for their use.

“Our focus, really our passion, has been to create a very unique and special experience for travelers to our area,” Greg said.

Since opening Tiny to the public, Greg and Jamie said they have seen a wide array of guests wanting to just get away, celebrate birthdays and anniversaries or even propose.

“We really just thrive on sharing our Tiny with others,” said Greg. “In fact, after our guests have checked out, one of the first things we do is read the guestbook to see what special note they have left us regarding their experience. One guest even left a drawing of the beautiful valley that is pretty much right off the front porch of the Tiny. We loved it so much that we decided to incorporate it into our logo. It’s that recognition and gratitude from guests that really fuels our passion.”

Tiny is currently the duo’s only rental property, but Greg said they have been working on a second tiny house, The Nest.

Located in a secluded spot on the other side of the valley, they hope to have it in place by next month.

To learn more about the listing or make a reservation, visit airbnb.com/rooms/35193881.