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Los Madrones, a private ranch in western Travis County, in Central Texas, offers visitors the opportunity to 'rent-a-ranch' for a while, for nature photography, birding, or just relaxing. The 400-acre property features limestone bluffs, Little Bee Creek, open pastures, and hilltop vistas stretching past the Colorado River. Ranch owners Julie and Mike Murphy converted the property to wildlife conservation in 2000, and have managed it since then to improve habitat for turkey, quail, and other species.
Four or five pairs of Golden-cheeked warblers nest on the property every spring; and with luck, ranch visitors may observe and photograph this endangered species.
Truly awesome experience, it's hard to imagine that Los Madrones is only 25 miles from Austin yet a world away in terms of peace and quiet. The Casita is beautiful and the ranch is ripe for exploration. Thanks for your hospitality! I enjoyed every minute.
Absolutely loved it. Quiet romantic stay.
This is a great property with stellar owners! I wanted a quiet weekend alone in nature and that is just what this provided. Mike and Julie just fantastic hosts! They allowed me the privacy I desired, but were ready to meet my requests when I had any. They keep the Casita clean and maintained and I loved that there was no TV. The ranch has plenty of land to explore, including Little Bee Creek. Do take the time to sit on the back side of the tree house on the property to listen to the birds and watch all the beautiful butterflies (it was my favorite part). Just down the road, I visited Hamilton Pool and the Pedernales River, a little further is Pedernales Falls State Park, which is also worth checking out! If you're looking for barbecue, Mike recommended Schmidt Family Barbecue and I will second that! The greatest part about this place is that it's just close enough to enjoy Austin, if you want to include that in your visit, but also far enough away to forget about the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. I would highly recommend Los Madrones and will certainly be returning in the future :)
We enjoyed our stay, we have been to many cottages & guesthouses around the area. It's more on the rough cut side with a steep trip up a rocky road. "Glampers" maybe not for you...We did not mind the terrain at all and were overall impressed with the sweeping views the climb provided. The cabin is just as it shows in the pics. It's rustic & had several charming aspects! If you are a birder, this is your perch!! We had a little one with us and there were many learning opportunities with various bugs, birds, rocks, bones, and a few dogs next door at owners property. We enjoyed coffee on the porch & a few nice sunrises!
Great people & we were blessed to step into a different world for a few days for an authentic Hill Country experience!!
The Casita was nicely decorated and very neat and clean. The kitchen was stocked with extras such as drinks, juice and frozen vegetables. The hot tub had a great view of the hills. Mike and his wife were very friendly and accommodating. Loved walking along the creek on the property! Will definitely be back
The property is gorgeous! There is so much to explore, we hike and jumped in the stream. The cabin is cozy and simple, perfect to get away from technology. The hot tub was a bonus and has an incredible view. I am not sure if it is in the description or not but the stove doesn't work or it is not connected, so if you bring groceries in and are planning to cook you might want to plan for using a grill! We had a great time and the location is perfect for going wine tasting or just exploring hill country!
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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