by Sarah JF Braley | January 14, 2020

The 54-room Commodore Perry Estate, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, will open in downtown Austin near the University of Texas in April. The property will be Auberge's first urban resort.

Hot San Francisco designer Ken Fulk, the resort's creative director, is putting together a "high-touch guest experience," and has spent two years hunting through the design shops in Round Top, Texas, for antiques, sophisticated fabrics, vintage lamps and other unique touches. "When I first saw Commodore Perry Estate, I was simply mesmerized. It was as if a European country estate had been transported to a bucolic Texas Hill Country landscape," Fulk has said. "We strived to craft experiences that combined a relaxed European elegance and true gracious Texas hospitality."

Perfect for private gatherings, the hotel, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, features a walled compound of historic buildings and English-style gardens on nearly 10 acres on Waller Creek. Built in 1928 by Commodore Edgar Perry and his wife, Lutie, the 10,800-square-foot Italianate mansion hosted many Gatsby-esque soirées. Since then, the property has housed several schools, and after adding a chapel it became a popular spot for weddings and other special events. 

The accommodations are be made up of 42 rooms and seven suites in the Inn, and five suites carved from the mansion's original bedrooms. Edgar Perry's Suite reflects a love of world travel and high culture, while Lutie Perry's Suite, with its pink palette, presents a softer look at the world. 

For social gathering, the Living Room welcomes guests with a new cocktail bar, and the Solarium, sporting its original tile floors, serves up small bites and cocktails. The property's garden-inspired restaurant, Lutie's, will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 

Up to 250 people can be hosted on the estate, and the largest room is the 1,600-square-foot chapel, which seats 250 theater-style.