CHARMING RIVERFRONT COTTAGE ON 25 ACRES W/ DEEP SWIMMING HOLE

Roby Norvell

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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CHARMING RIVERFRONT COTTAGE ON 25 ACRES W/ DEEP SWIMMING HOLE

Wimberley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Extra Sleeping Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch is nestled along the Blanco River among the mighty oaks of the Hill Country. Drive down a tree-lined one-lane road and begin enjoying the beautiful, tree covered 25 acres offering tranquility and seclusion. Walk 100 yards from the house to take the stone steps to the river below. 513 feet of private river access awaits you with a deep swimming hole in both normal and drought years. Please visit our ShadeRanch.com website in the link section for additional photos and information on the property and Hill Country area.

Gaze at a gorgeous sunset or sunrise on the river or from the picnic table on the bluff above. Grab your rod and discover what Flyfishing magazine called 'one of the best fly fishing spots in Texas, on the Blanco River.'

Take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Blanco River. Enjoy a picnic or a nap or a book along its banks. Dine in the covered porch watching the deer graze and maybe see the rare violet-ear hummingbirds that have been known to visit. Get cozy on those cold nights in front of a warm fire from the beautiful rock fireplace in the living room. You will find a wonderful, large outdoor hot tub right off the covered porch. It is a private place to unwind while admiring the brilliant stars above and the quiet solitude of Shade Ranch.

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch has so much to offer with its 25 peaceful acres, private river access, a fully equipped kitchen, open dining areas inside or on the covered porch (with Weber propane grill), and a large bedroom with a queen size comfortable bed. There is also a great stone fire pit with stone benches, perfect for roasting marshmallows or warming up on a cool Hill Country evening. Located only 5 minutes from Wimberley Square, this home completes the perfect hill-country getaway without sacrificing any of the charm (or shopping opportunities) that Wimberley has to offer. And with high-speed/wireless Internet and satellite TV, you won't sacrifice the conveniences of modern technology, either.

There is also a larger 3 bedroom house on the same property. The houses are completely separate and don't share anything other than the acreage. The houses sit approximately 100 yards apart and have a bank of cedar trees and a large cedar privacy fence that sit between the houses and create separate areas for privacy.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Roby Norvell (Owner)
Advertiser since 2008
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About Roby Norvell

The Norvell family hails from Houston, TX where we, like most Americans, lead over-booked lives full of schoolwork, school activities, sports, civic, and work responsibilities. We enjoyed a most relaxing vacation at Shade Ranch in 2008. In fact, we loved it so much that we purchased it three months later. Our kids are young and our parents and family do not live nearby. We wanted a place for our extended family to get together to run, swim, climb, spend time as a family, and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We hope your family enjoys Shade Ranch as much as we do.

Roby Norvell purchased this house in 2008

Why Roby Norvell chose Wimberley

Shade Ranch in Wimberley Texas is a perfect location for us because it is 3 hours from Houston door to door and only 1 hour from the Austin or San Antonio airport. Our parents and extended family and friends often join us for vacations at Shade Ranch. We love the Little House and speak regularly of leaving the kids in Houston and enjoying a weekend there ourselves. With sleeping room for five we have plenty of room for our 3 kids or it's perfectly intimate for just a couple. We appreciate the seclusion of the 25 acres while making full use of the conveniences of the Village of Wimberley. We regularly utilize the nearby groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, wineries, hardware and other stores. We appreciate the many nearby state parks and towns that make up the Texas Hill Country!

What makes this house unique

The most obvious benefit of Shade Ranch is the beautiful, cold and clear Blanco River. One swim and you too will be sold as it is cool even in the dog days of August, and never crowded. The shallow area suits those wanting to wade or to sit and enjoy the flow of the river and also serves as entry to the adjacent deep swimming area. We think it is perfect and the kids do too. They and their cousins and friends can't get enough of the river when we are there. The river bank area is so spacious, and the sound of the river is so peaceful, it is our favorite place to picnic or enjoy a glass of wine. The kids also like to play games and sports in the grass along the river. They also enjoy fishing, climbing to the 'cave' by the river under the ledge, looking for arrowheads after a rain, having a family 'sleepover', and just exploring the 25 acres of 'forest'. We know you will find these wonders and more at Shade Ranch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved your place. It was the perfect get away. Thank you for letting us stay even though we had 6 people. I also wanted to thank you for giving it to us at the 2 person rate because of the last minute reservation time. With 4 children things really start to add up. We were so thankful.

The river was awesome. Our 12 year old son had the best time skipping rocks. I think he could go pro! Our girls had fun, too. We could not even get them to leave for lunch. The river was just perfect for our 2 year old. That rock ledge was just right for him. The river was beautiful, and so peaceful.

As for your little house, we loved everything about it- the decorations, the furniture, the porch.....my daughter loved the alcove room for reading and relaxing. The coffee table was great for playing games with our kids.

We were able to see the big house when the cleaning lady came. It looks great. We would love to rent both houses for a big family reunion.



Thank you for a peaceful, relaxing, reconnecting family time. You really have a great place.
Oct 2009
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.876289 based on 97 reviews
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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
4

summer retreat

  • 4 of 5
We enjoyed our stay very much. The sleeping arrangements were a bit tight, but the girls did not mind the air mattress.( It did losse air during the night)
The walk back from the float down teh river was not bad and the swimming on the property was great! The girls enjoyed hunting for creatures to catch and swimming off the limestone. we enjoyed the chairs set in and near the water too.
Feeding the deer and watching the wildlife was very relaxing and something we did many times a day and eveninWe did have an encounter with a big black scorpian in the small bedroom. It crawled into a pair of shorts, but was spotted before anyone was stung.
However we were not so lucky with the large wasps that were residing by the main side entrance. That sting was a whooper and I'm glad it got dad and not one of the girls!
We would love to come back again. WE thought my parents would be able to come spend a day with us, but I did not think they would be able to make their way down to the water. They are in their eighties. To many loose rocks.
The home is beautiful and full of hill country charm and we enjoyed our stay very much.
Thank you for sharing your special place with us.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: Thank you for your stay and review and glad to hear you're interested in returning. The 1000 sq ft house sleeps 3 very comfortably in beds. We then also allow 2 other guests and provide an air mattress for guest use. With a group of 5 it can be tight, but we made a decision to allow 5 to allow small families. This summer has been a challenge to keep the wasps and creepy crawlers away. We have increased our pest treatments to every other month and have also asked our grounds keeper to keep an eye out for wasp nests. Being in the country can be a challenge, but things have improved greatly as a result. And the Blanco River tends to make all other concerns wash away!
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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
Corpus Christi
5

Peaceful Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5
Our children and our dog love this place; in fact the kids say they prefer Shade Ranch over Disney World. We will keep coming back.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
TX
5

Wonderful House with FANTASTIC Location

  • 5 of 5
This was a great house with a wonderful owner! My family had the best time and LOVED the river. Kids swam, fished and played all along the river. There was plenty of water to swim and have a great time. House was very clean and charming. I was there a few nights without my husband and felt completely safe. I would go back in a heart beat. There was lots to do in Wimberley and surrounding areas. We zip lined, went to Blue Hole, and Jacob's Well. We floated the river in San Marcus. Great area with many activities.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
4

Wonderful property!

  • 4 of 5
A friend and I stayed in the little house last week. We had such a wonderful time listening to the birdsong, watching the deer come so close to snack on the corn so kindly left in the enclosed front porch by the owners! The beds were very comfortable and the house was immaculate, with the exception of the ants in the kitchen. Food could not be left on the countertop for even a few minutes if you didn't want these creatures in your lunch or dinner!

Besides the ants, my only other complaint is really not about the house, but more about myself! While the river was indeed close-by, for me it was just too difficult to attempt the round trip more than once. I am a 70 year-old grandmother with two replaced hips. I do just fine most of the time, but this WAS a difficult trek down and even more difficult on the way back up. I did find a good sturdy stick to use as a helper and my friend would have helped if I had needed it, but I do wish that the owners would have said that it was quite a hike down and back; the reader sees what I meant by the complaint really being about me, not the property. At the same time as us older friends were staying at Shade Ranch, there were also 3-5 children staying in the larger property, so the water seemed to be filled with children (as my own three sons would have been, 30 years ago); unfortunately, there was no peaceful listening to the water and the birds, frogs and insects on this trip. That said, the owners kindly allowed my friend from Houston and myself from the hill country to bring our dogs, who absolutely enjoyed the house and water too!

Note: Don't miss the Leaning Pear Restaurant in Wimberley! I had some wonderful creamy vichyssoise and an AMAZING buttermilk panna cotta for lunch the day we left. The town, known for its antique market, has some lovely shops for "lookers" as well as buyers. The country around Wimberley is beautiful in the umbrageous summer, albeit hot, as only a Native Texan can understand and love!
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, we are very blessed to have many natural wonders and wildlife along our slice of the Blanco River and it sounds like you experienced much of that. Sorry that those pesky ants showed up. We have the house treated quarterly, but this year has been especially challenging with all of the insects. Regarding the walk to the river, if I had known you would be challenged I certainly would have been happy to discuss this with you as I have with other potential guests. We have photos of the steps online and on our personal Shade Ranch website. So that other guests know, it is a walk of approximately 50 yards to the steps and then you take 8-10 gradual stone steps down to the river and there is a handrail. It is a river valley in the Hill Country so it’s rare to find river access that doesn’t require some sort of climb and I believe ours is pretty tame compared to others I’ve seen. Lastly, we have 513 feet of riverfront that allows guests to spread out and enjoy different aspects of the river. It all depends on people’s schedules, but you sometimes share the riverfront with others. Some may be on our property or others may be at neighbor properties or just passing through. Children playing in the river is music to the ears of many people, such as mine, and not so much to others. Thanks again for staying!
business
Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
5

Little slice of heaven!

  • 5 of 5
Had a wonderful time at the cabin. The river is absolutely amazing and the cabin is the icing on the cake! We can't wait to go back, actually we already booked for next year. Thank you for sharing your magical place :)
  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p196219vb
(832) 640-4617 (Texas, USA)
Wimberley Texas Hill Country
Houston, TX
5

Wonderful "Mini-moon" spot

Wonderful "Mini-moon" spot
  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed here for a few days after our wedding and it was perfect! We loved it because we were able to bring our dogs (who had a blast, too!) and had the whole property to ourselves. The riverfront is amazing and where we spent most of our time, but the back porch and hot tub were great for relaxing, too! The house is perfectly appointed with everything we needed and very cozy. We'll definitely be back!
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
beach
Car: recommended

Shade Ranch is located just south of the Wimberley, TX town center on 513 feet of Blanco River Frontage. Wimberley sits 45 minutes southwest of Austin, TX and 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio.

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Availability & Rates

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Wimberley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid-Season (Fall)
Sep 7 2014 - Nov 1 2014
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
$1,425
 
 
Low Season
Nov 2 2014 - Nov 25 2014
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat
$1,265
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 26 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Low Season
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 23 2014
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas/New Years
Dec 24 2014 - Jan 4 2015
2 night minimum stay
$225
 
 
Low Season
Jan 5 2015 - Feb 26 2015
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat
$1,265
 
 
Mid Season - Spring
Feb 27 2015 - Mar 5 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Spring Break 2015
Mar 6 2015 - Mar 22 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Mid Season - Spring
Mar 23 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
$1,425
 
 
Memorial Day 2015
May 22 2015 - May 25 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
 
 
Summer 2015
May 26 2015 - Jul 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
4th of July 2015
Jul 2 2015 - Jul 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
 
 
Summer 2015
Jul 5 2015 - Sep 3 2015
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Labor Day 2015
Sep 4 2015 - Sep 6 2015
3 night minimum stay
$285
 
 
Fall 2015
Sep 8 2015 - Nov 25 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
From
$195
Fri,Sat
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Spring Break is charged at the High Season rate.
All rates include maximum of 5 guests.
3 Night minimum for holidays except Thanksgiving which is 4 nights.
Low Season Holiday rate $225/night for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
High Season Holiday rate $275/night for Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Pets allowed upon permission from owner. $25/night pet fee.
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Amenities

Amenities

Wimberley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Blender
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed in Master Bedroom, Twin bed in Alcove area/small room off of Den, Queen sized air mattress and full length leather couch for extra sleeping area.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • library
  • playground
  • water parks
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • water tubing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
Notes:
Recently redecorated by new owners throughout home. Located on private 25 acres. Picnic table located along bluff overlooking river. Stone fire pit and stone benches. We provide towels, shampoo, liquid soap, paper products, hair dryer, etc.
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