The Mayfield–Gutsch Estate, now named Mayfield Park, is a historic cottage, gardens and nature preserve in west Austin, Texas on a bluff overlooking Lake Austin. Originally built in the 1870s, the cottage was purchased by former Texas Secretary of State Allison Mayfield in 1909. In 1922, the house passed to Mayfield's daughter, Mary Frances, and her husband, University of Texas professor Milton Gutsch. They expanded the home, adding porches on three sides and, with the help of gardener Esteban Arredondo, greatly developed 2 acres (0.81 ha) of the property around their home into a botanical garden surrounded by a rock perimeter wall. When Mary Mayfield Gutsch died in 1971, the home and grounds were left to the City of Austin for use as a park. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1994.
Mayfield Park is open to the public and is known for its free roaming peacocks on the property. The cottage and gardens can be reserved for private events. The grounds are immediately adjacent to Laguna Gloria, home to the Austin Museum of Art.
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Miri Black | Feb 19, 2018
It was amazing to get to see the peacocks roaming around.they could fly and were a little scary but still cool.there is also some nice trails and rocks to climb on.there is a nice river that runs through the park.overall,it was a really great park and I recommended it.👏👍🏆
Mark Hamray | Nov 20, 2017
All we saw here was 4 peacocks and couple of their chickens. They're not afraid of human as much, and fly to the roof of the building to rest or show off their beautiful feathers. There was a track which apparently goes down to the river, but we just spent 15 minutes taking some photos of the peacocks. If they had a kind of guide as far as what to expect or to do here that would have been helpful.
Kaigh Taylor | Feb 26, 2018
I just love coming to watch the Peacocks and Peahens. It's so peaceful and pretty.
Katie Scudellari | Oct 25, 2017
Beautiful old ranch home with water gardens. The nature preserve is as hard or as easy as you make it. Close to MoPac and right up against the river. Absolutely LOVE the peacocks!
Tiffiany Harris | Oct 27, 2017
FABULOUS! The peacocks are a nice touch, but even without them (some days they hide), you will get to see the nice lily pad ponds & gorgeous grounds of this what used to be summer home.
Gergana Slavova | Mar 30, 2018
Such a lovely place! The peacocks are a very nice touch, roaming freely around the grounds. The area around the house is nicely landscaped. If you're feeling up for a short hike, there's a larger wooded area in the back. Nice bonus: it's all free albeit with a fairly small parking lot.
Krista Mcmullin | Mar 16, 2018
Beautiful. Not crowded at all. A lot of peacocks freely roaming and friendly. Different trails and great place to take pictures. They've got some ponds in the front and a lake on the trail. We had a nice picnic under a tree and next to a peacock. Wonderful place. 🌼
A H. | Mar 13, 2018
Fun, fairly even paths for short hike. Fantastic Peacocks. Good shade. Redbuds and Mountain Laurel bloom in March
Sunny Wang | Mar 25, 2018
Peacocks are so beautiful and not afraid of people. It is a lovely park with some trails worth visiting.
Tzu-Wei Huang | Mar 28, 2018
It's quite easy to get lost in the park, I would suggest that people shouldn't visit alone without any GPS device. It's panicking when you lose track in unorganized plants and trees. Anyway, the peacocks are great!
Amanda Phillips | Apr 14, 2018
This is a very lovely little place. It has a trail that transports you into a whole other universe. It is like being in a jungle. There are large bird houses big enough to be a shed, and many stunningly beautiful peacocks. You can even join as a volunteer or member and help plant native plants and flowers, or grow a garden patch. So refreshing!
Michelle Nasser | May 6, 2018
A beautiful location and beautiful peacocks all around. If you love the outdoors, you can go hiking along the trails in the back, or if you aren't a hiker, you can sit under the shade trees, near the koi ponds and watch the peacocks. The only thing that stops is from getting 5 stars is the lack of any kind of facilities when little ones suddenly have bathroom emergencies.
Vincent Perez | Apr 27, 2018
The peacocks were beautiful. The scenery is excellent. And it is nice weather right now to go and visit this park.
Krystopher Brown | May 12, 2018
Absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and animals. There are amazingly scenic trails and a beautiful stream running through, weaving in and out and not to mention the lake runs down the edge of the park. There are picnic tables and LOTS OF SHADE, perfect for warm days. The peacocks are gorgeous and highly active, not to mention used to human interaction. Please be kind and don't feed the animals or leave a mess this place is beautiful.
Rob Taylor | Jun 4, 2018
It's a park with nature; also peacocks. Don't forget the peacocks and peahens. Overall, fabulous time and a well-maintained garden area. Bring proper footwear if you intend to explore the more aggressively-sloped terrain. All the best!
Chase Dizzie | Jul 19, 2018
Came here on a trip to Austin with a group of friend. Austin in general has a very different vibe then our city (Houston) and automatically gives off this chill California type of essence. I’ve always liked that about Austin and the cleanliness of the area. This park and reserve is actually a very beautiful place and while it is definitely not secluded (There are people EVERYWHERE) it is still a fantastic spot to visit if you are out there. It even looks like the residents of the city like to come there often. We took some great photos and had a great experience. I definitely can’t wait to go back.
Victoria Scheffler | Jun 30, 2018
A must see if you travel to Austin. I have gone here every time that I travel through town. It's such a gem. Beautiful free roaming peacocks everywhere! Beautiful flower gardens, ponds, nature hiking trails. And if you hit it at the right time of year and time of day, the wooded area surrounding the grounds becomes illuminated with lightening bugs. Go to relax and escape!
Michael Lambert | Jul 1, 2018
Our family loves Mayfield Park! My wife and I had our 10 year anniversary renewals there a few years back. The park is wonderful. A secluded Little Gym of a park that many people who have lived in Austin will never know about. There's a lot of trees so it's even shady in the summer.
Dixie Yoder | Jun 24, 2018
Absolutely beautiful. How have I lived in Austin this long and not known this place was here? Took my family who was visiting and even in December was still neat to walk around and see the gardens. I can imagine how lush it is in the spring.
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