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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

Roby Norvell

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Roby Norvell

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2015
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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights

Overview

Wimberley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Extra Sleeping Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

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.

Keywords: Vacation House

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Roby Norvell (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2015

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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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.888889 based on 114 reviews
5

It's a treasure!

  • 5 of 5

The Little House on the Blanco River was the perfect place for us to stay during our visit to the Hill Country: secluded, extremely comfortable and clean, well-stocked with everything we needed, beautiful scenery, and wildlife galore (I spent many hours birdwatching!). And charming little Wimberley was so close that it was easy to pick up groceries, supplies, etc. We also enjoyed visiting a couple of wineries and the Twisted X Brewing Company. Thanks to the Norvells for sharing their beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Houston, Tx
5

Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time visiting Shade Ranch at the little house. The location was great and there was so much to do nearby. The house had everything you could possibly need and more. It was nice and cozy and quiet at night. My husband really enjoyed the fire pit and fishing in the river. The deer were also nice to look at. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Austin
5

Little Romantic Cabin in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival, the first thing I noticed was the beautiful setting and view. The house itself was so sparkling clean and had everything we could need for the weekend. We watched movies, played cards and games, made fun meals, and made use of the hot tub. It had the perfect amount of space and every amenity we needed. Although the weather was rainy and cold, we didn't even seem to mind because the house was so lovely! We'll definitely come back to this house as soon as we got another excuse.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Robstown, Texas
5

Great little house

  • 5 of 5

This house was much better than expected. The solid structure, unique décor, fire place and hot tub made for an enjoyable stay. We only had 2 days to spend but wished we had several more. The short drive into town was convenient for shopping. From seating to kitchen utensils, the owners seem to have thought of everything when outfitting the house. The fully enclosed front porch was very nice and tidy and the covered patio on the side had a Great view. Although we did not use the fire pit it was set up perfectly and just far enough away from the cabin to make setting out around a fire enjoyable. We will certainly be staying more than 2 days on our next trip there.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Pre-Valentine's Day Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the "Little House" at Shade Ranch in Wimberley! The house is perfectly located just south of Wimberley with easy access to both the river and the shops downtown. The kitchen is very well equipped and is just the right size for a couple or a family with small children. We especially loved dropping a line in the river, drinking Hill country wine around the fire pit and sipping coffee on the porch while watching the deer. I would highly recommend the Little Cottage!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Mansfield, Texas
5

Great post-Christmas family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas break stay at Shade Ranch in Wimberley. There were 3 of us in the cottage - myself, my husband and my teenaged son and it fit us very nicely. It was quite cold during our stay but the little cottage kept us toasty warm while inside and the firepit and hot tub allowed us to enjoy the outdoors too. The owners have put a lot of thought into making this cabin comfortable and well stocked and a joy to stay in. We loved seeing the deer on the property every day - they come up right to the cottage! We can't wait to stay here again. If you go, try to make it into Driftwood to eat at The Salt Lick. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
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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Rates & Availability

From $195 Per night

Wimberley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season - Spring
Mar 23 2015 - May 21 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
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 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Low Season 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 25 2015 - Nov 28 2015
4 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Low Season 2015
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 23 2015
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas/New Years 2015
Dec 24 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Low Season 2016
Jan 3 2016 - Feb 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Spring 2016
Mar 1 2016 - Mar 10 2016
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Spring Break 2016
Mar 11 2016 - Mar 19 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
 
 
Spring 2016
Mar 20 2016 - May 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Memorial Weekend 2016
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Summer 2016
May 30 2016 - Jul 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
$260
 
 
4th of July 2016
Jul 4 2016 - Jul 4 2016
1 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Summer 2016
Jul 5 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$260
 
 
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes All rates include maximum of 4 guests.
Pets allowed upon permission from owner. $25/night pet fee.
Cancellation Policy: A full refund, less a $50+tax re-booking fee, will be issued if you cancel 30+ days in advance. If less than 30 days before your arrival date, you will be refunded if we are able to re-book the same dates.

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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:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • 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:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
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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