“We had a fantastic time! The house was amazing and there was plenty of space for everyone. It is ideal for business gatherings and team comradery. The swimming pool was superb as it allowed us to relax after a long day of brainstorming and kept our creative ideas rolling. I would recommend this house to anyone looking for a group vacation or who wants to build employee morale” ― Brandon L.

SOLIDleaders owns and operates numerous Lake Travis luxury homes, which sleep 25–35 people each. These spacious 7- to 9-bedroom homes are ideal for

Meetings, Corporate Retreats and Team-Building Events

Great team building naturally occurs when a group of business colleagues plan and stay together under one roof.

We offer luxury accommodations and ideal business facilities with a common goal of team building in mind. Employee groups, management teams and executive staff all agree that great team building naturally occurs when a group of business colleagues plan and stay together under one roof. Small management teams, large groups and everyone in between will find that we provide an ideal setting for team offsites and motivational events. Human resource leaders also love the extra time and attention we put into making things perfect for their employees. Since we understand the corporate space firsthand, we have designed our homes and meeting spaces to be highly conducive to offsites for groups such as sales teams, management teams, and executive teams. And, it ends up costing less to rent one of our homes than it does to put a team up in a hotel.

Our attentive staff and luxurious homes will put your group at ease, help promote growth and success, and ultimately create a non-stress environment that is sure to be a hit with your team. Whether you want to reward your organization for their hard work or spark their creativity, our staff will help make your next corporate retreat a highly memorable event, talked about for years to come. Get away from boring meeting rooms in overpriced hotels. Rent a luxury home on Lake Travis and give your group a natural team-building event. We call it team building without trying.

WE OFFER AT NO CHARGE

  • Free consult with a team-building expert
  • Extra-large HDTVs for all-team viewing
  • Ultra-fast high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Large conference room tables
  • Catering and team activity resources
  • Coffee and more

WE SUPPLY FOR A REASONABLE FEE

  • Expert meeting facilitator
  • Team-building consultant
  • Professional meeting designer
  • Whiteboards, markers and erasers
  • Flip chart easels, pads and markers
  • Steel-on-Steel Kitchen Challenge (team building)
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Special mid-week, one-night pricing

Highland Lakeview Villa

3711 Highland Drive, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 23 in 14 separate beds.
  • 7 bedrooms; 5 baths.
  • Large table sits 12. Bar sits 3.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; large gas BBQ grill.
  • 8-person hot tub.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 5 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Panoramic views of Lake Travis; gourmet kitchen; koi pond; air mattresses available; parking for up to 10 cars.

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Timothy Canyon View Villa

5006 Timothy Circle, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 26 in 13 separate beds.
  • 7 bedrooms; 4 baths.
  • Large table sits 12. Bar sits 4.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; large gas BBQ grill.
  • Large, private, heated pool with water volleyball capability.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 3 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Views of McCormick Mountain canyon; gourmet kitchen; huge outdoor deck; large pool-side outdoor patio area; air mattresses available; parking for up to 12 cars.

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Fort Smith Estate

14309 Fort Smith Trail, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 21 in 12 separate beds.
  • 7 bedrooms; 3 baths.
  • Large table sits 11. Bar sits 4.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; large gas BBQ grill.
  • Large, private, heated pool with water volleyball capability.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 5 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Close to both Lake Austin and Lake Travis; yard has horseshoes and disc Frisbee; large outdoor patio area; air mattresses available; parking for up to 12 cars.

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Lake Travis White Dove Estate

2300 White Dove Pass, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 23 in 14 separate beds.
  • 7 bedrooms; 5 baths.
  • Large table sits 12. Bar sits 4.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; large gas BBQ grill.
  • 8-person hot tub.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 5 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Panoramic views of Lake Travis; gourmet kitchen; koi pond; air mattresses available; parking for up to 12 cars.

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Parakeet Lake Travis Estate

15205 Parakeet Street, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 32 in 17 separate beds.
  • 9 bedrooms; 5 baths.
  • Large table sits 12; flexible configuration.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; large gas BBQ grill.
  • Large, private, heated lap pool with water volleyball capability.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 5 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Built-in 6’x4’ whiteboard; classroom flex space; large outdoor deck; lap pool; air mattresses available; parking for up to 30 cars; close to many golf courses in Lakeway; very private.

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Watumba Lake Travis Estate

15403 Watumba Road, Austin, TX 78734

  • Sleeps 35 in 20 separate beds.
  • 9 bedrooms; 4 baths.
  • Large table sits 12. Bar sits 4.
  • Outdoor seating for 30; two large gas BBQ grills.
  • Private, (soon-to-be) heated pool.
  • 25 min. to downtown; 3 min. to Lake Travis.
  • Features: Panoramic views of Lake Travis; gourmet kitchen; huge outdoor deck; air mattresses available; parking for up to 30 cars; very private.

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Schedule Team Building

In the late 1990s, SOLIDleaders invented the “Kitchen Challenge” team-building event. Since then, it has become a national phenomenon and a highly respected venue for building stronger teams.

How It Got Started

Our firm was known for our team-building expertise. After facilitating executive retreats or offsite planning meetings, we would take our teams “out to dinner,” or at least that’s what we would tell them. Instead, we would delight them by showing up at a cooking school, where we had rented the kitchen and a chef for a “surprise team challenge.”

What Happened?

Our group had to put together a three-course meal, without any guidance, while sorting through a pile of food in the center of the kitchen. The chef was simply there to help with use of equipment. These turned out to be transformational events that teams still talk about decades later. Teamwork was positively impacted, deeper relationships formed, and as teams enjoyed the meals they prepared, the processing of “what we learned about ourselves” was always positive and priceless.

What Is the Offering?

Today, we do these kitchen challenges in estates we own and operate on Lake Travis, just 25 minutes from either downtown Austin, Texas or Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. These custom-tailored, newly remodeled homes have perfectly sized kitchens to give your team the challenge needed, and the meeting and sleeping accommodations to make housing a whole team practical and economical. It is fun, fast, and exciting as you and your team race the clock in preparing a delicious meal. SOLID’s Steel-on-Steel Kitchen Challenge pits your team against the clock. Assisted by a world-class chef (optional) in a gourmet kitchen stocked with plenty of surprises, you will race to produce a delicious gourmet meal, inviting communication, cooperation and cohesiveness. Your team will never be the same! You will have one and a half hours to produce a meal your entire team will enjoy together. Ingredients are provided in large quantities without any recipes or instructions. Upon completion, your group can judge its own meal, or we can supply judges—your choice. Challenges arise immediately. Who does what? What needs to be done first? Who will do the actual cooking? After stretching your team to the max, a three-course meal will emerge from the chaos. All this occurs as you are enjoying hors d’oeuvres and fine wine (recommended but not necessary.) This is team building at its finest! Companies rent one of our Lake Travis homes for team building, hosting an offsite strategic or operational planning session. Each member will have their own bed in one of our seven- to nine-bedroom homes. Just housing everyone together under one roof builds stronger teams. Throw in a Steel-on-Steel Kitchen Challenge as a way of sharing a meal together, and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable and transformational event.

Do I Need to Hire SOLID for the Kitchen Challenge?

No. You can do the kitchen challenge on your own. We will provide a free consult to help you get started. But you can hire us for a nominal fee, and we will help you pull off a highly memorable and effective team-building event.

Do I Need to Hire SOLID to Rent a Home?

No. You can simply rent the home, as many companies do, and it is yours to do with as you like. You might just want to house your group or team at one or more of our properties, and have your off-site or on-site meeting elsewhere. Financially, you come out way better renting our homes than you do putting your employees up in hotels. And the team building that occurs naturally is worth its weight in gold.

Watch a one minute clip on the SOLID Steel on Steel Kitchen Challenge.

Kitchen Challenge

You can serve wine without worry; your team is not going anywhere.

An executive team being briefed on the Kitchen Challenge.

Appetizers tide your team over until the meal is done.

We can supply a team-building expert if you like.

Teams produce amazing, memorable meals.

Team building without calling it team building.

Cooking a meal together gels a team.

You judge your own meals, or we can for you.

Teams love the SOLID Kitchen Challenge!

Relationships are deepened.

Did we mention that wine helps?

Teams celebrate their “win” with a toast.

Offsite Meeting Rooms

Team Building

Hire a Facilitator

Daniel Mueller and Ken Koldan are team-building and meeting planning experts who will be happy to answer your questions and help you have a world-class event that achieves your objectives. Following are their bios.

Daniel Mueller

Daniel Mueller provides coaching for leaders at every level. A pioneer of the executive leadership coaching industry, he is passionately dedicated to helping executives become more effective in every aspect of their personal and professional lives…READ MORE

Ken Koldan

Ken Koldan has more than 28 years’ executive experience at the VP and director level, is an executive coach and advisor to leaders at all levels, and has worked in the technology, professional services, defense, banking, and communications industries … READ MORE

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