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Stone Home Ranch - Tranquility on the Pedernales, 37 acres to explore!

Wendy Rivers

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Wendy Rivers

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015
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Stone Home Ranch - Tranquility on the Pedernales, 37 acres to explore!

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Spicewood Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

4 BD/3.5 Bath (sleeps 10 max), Garage Apt (sleeps 4 - xtra charge)

Stone Home Ranch, 37 acres, sits on the craggy cliffs of the Pedernales River, with breathtaking views of the canyons and Texas Hill Country. Travis County Reimers Ranch Park & Wildlife Preserve are across the river. You can swim, lay in the hammock, kayak, fish, hike or just relax. Down by the river there is a small patio, swing, chairs and a fire pit to enjoy warmth on a cool evening while stargazing. This is a very tranquil secluded Slice of Heaven !

Close by are 4 wineries, Briarcliff Marina on Lake Travis where you could rent a boat, Cypress Valley Canopy Tours to zipline, Krause Springs or Hamilton Pool for a cold water dip, golf courses, local music and dancing, great restaurants, rock climbing, biking trails, and hunting all within reach!

*** Please read rates on additional charge for the garage apartment.

Animals on the Property:

Tons of wildlife, birds, wild turkeys, fox, coyotes, porcupine, skunk (phew), bats, and yes sometimes ... snakes. We also have a few OUTDOOR pets, a dog, 2 cats and 1 horse , Pepe, 2 miniature donkeys that reside at Stone Home. All are pets and very friendly. There is a horse barn and a new tank (pond) that I will eventually stock with fish. Feeding the horse and donkeys can be fun but not necessary.

I also have a ranch hand living in on the upper part of the property, you may see him caring for the property at times, there to help where needed, his name is Willy, he will give you his number upon request.

This house is on a cliff with 130 ft stair climb to go to the river and back up ! Worth the effort.

Keywords: HOME/ESTATE/Ranch

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Wendy Rivers (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2015

About Wendy Rivers

I am a mother of 6 amazing adult children, a daughter, 2 sets of identical twin sons, and single son. I also have been blessed with 2 grandbabies over the past year and a half. Pets are a big part of my life and my children's lives, we all love hiking and being in the great outdoors.

Wendy Rivers purchased this chateau / country house in 2005

Why Wendy Rivers chose Spicewood

Stone Home Ranch was our primary home for over 5 , years then again 2012/13. After my youngest son was accepted in a local boarding school leaving me an empty nest, I have decided to share our home once again with guest and move into downtown Austin to experience the city life.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

I enjoy the tranquility, the wildlife, the views are breathtaking, home is very comfortable, hiking or taking walks, kayaking at the river, and the local food and music.

This is what I call 'My Slice of Heaven', it is truly magical.

Guestbook comments from the owner

wendy, i am so glad we found you and your beautiful house. the sisters started talking about santa fe next year, but then all agreed that we might want to come back to Stone Home Ranch (hopefully the thread all over the dining room rug will not hurt our chances).

We loved the space, the river the kayaks, and the chance to just be sisters. we came from three locations, california, wisconsin and florida. the girls trip is our week to just be sisters and bond with no family around. (we did have a whopper of a fight one

day and it was wonderful) we barely left the house as im sure willy must have told you.



then there were brewster and the kittys. we loved having animals around. we all miss our own pets when we travel, so having the resident furry friends was a huge plus.



here is what we made. 4 quilt tops, 1 tree skirt, one computer bag, one window seat bench cover, 90 snappy-ass bags, 17 aprons, 1 reel bag, 22 luggage tags, 5 headbands, 3 double clutches for sunglasses and reading glasses, 8 cloth shopping bags, a bathrobe, and that might

be it. it was a total sweatshop, and a good percentage of what we made goes to charities. aint that special. little do some of them know that we took regular gin and tonic breaks. love the porch, and the horses too.



willy put roses on our dashboard, so when we finally loaded and pulled out at 5 am this morning, we all had a wonderful goodbye rose to enjoy.



what a great week, thanks so much peeker
Feb 2011
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 29 traveler reviews

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Stone Home Ranch - Tranquility on the Pedernales, 37 acres to explore!
average rating of 4.965517 based on 31 reviews
Houston
5

Best retreat ever!

  • 5 of 5

We held our annual General Manager retreat here and I have to say it was the best retreat ever! The house was more amazing than I could have ever imagined! Everything was provided, all we had to get was food which was awesome! The views from the house were breathtaking! Anything we needed, the grounds keeper Dylan was there to help us with. We were able to conduct our meetings and then relax by the fireplace. I highly recommend staying at this beautiful property. We will surely be back! Thank you Wendy and Dylan!

Side note***we were able to meet the property cat and horse, it was amazing how friendly they were! I am a huge pet lover so to have them around was amazing!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Fabulous Girls Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our long weekend at Stone Home Ranch could not have been better. As we drove through the gate we were immediately struck by the beauty of the property and it only got better as we got our first glimpse of the house. It is a beautiful stone home, build entirely from stones gathered and uncut from the area. Dylan met us and gave us the tour of the home and grounds and was gracious and helpful in every way. We didn't want to leave the property because it is so gorgeous so we had Kathleen at the Tomato Happy Hour market cater and deliver our delicious evening meals. She uses all fresh ingredients and was super accommodating in every way. We loved sitting on the patio, in the chairs on the river bank and walking the road viewing wildlife! This was a place for beauty, contemplation, laughter and prayer for our group of ladies and we can't wait to go back. We returned home refreshed and grateful for a wonderful weekend together. Thank you Wendy for sharing your home with us and for being so great to work with.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that others see and feel the beauty and tranquility that is offered at Stone Home Ranch. Beautiful review .... thank you Jane and friends for allowing me to share my 'slice of heaven'.
Smithville, TX
5

Perfect Birthday Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic weekend getaway for my birthday with friends. The home was beautiful and spacious. The views from the upper deck are extraordinary. Dylan was super helpful showing us around and helping to unload the car. No complaints at all.

Most of my friends are food enthusiasts so we had planned several nice meals. You never know how the kitchens will be stocked, so we usually wind up bring most of our own cooking gear. This was happily unnecessary here. Almost everything we brought was already stocked in the kitchen. Really only specialty equipment is needed if you plan to cook extravagantly. I hope I get to stay here again in the future and know that I will really only need to bring my knife roll with the few utensils I just prefer to use of my own.

Do be aware that it is in a minorly remote location and takes about 10-15 minutes to get back to a main road. This wasn't a problem for me, but most of my guests were surprised at how long they had to be on the non-paved roads to get there.

Thank you for a wonderful retreat from the city for the weekend. Watching the sun come up from the upper patio is the perfect way to start your day.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love when our guest are as excited about our home as I am, it is a special spot in the world for sure, one of the most relaxing places that I have encountered and I am so happy to share this with others. As far as the drive back, to me it is where the relaxations begins, as I drive the road to get back to Stone Home Ranch is where I feel my stress disappearing, it's a beautiful drive back. I hope that all our guest are returning guest!
Spring, Texas
5

The Big 6-0

  • 5 of 5

The house was a wonderful place to have my husband's 60th birthday celebration. The size of the home and the location were perfect!! We wanted a house with river access because we were making a weekend out of it and wanted to enjoy the river as well as have a great property for the party. The house is so well equipped and ready for entertaining....that we really did not need all that we took up there. WE WILL DO IT AGAIN!!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and letting us celebrate such a special event.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It warms my heart to hear that your husbands special birthday was spent at Stone Home Ranch with family and friends, and that memories were made that will last a lifetime! I love sharing the beauty and peace of our home there on the ranch. Thank you Linda for the lovely review.
Austin, TX
5

Serene, remote, and extremely well furnished

  • 5 of 5

I had my parents in from NM for their wedding anniversary along w/ my sister and brother in law. What a great time we had at Stone Home Ranch! My parents are still talking about it. The home is extremely well furnished, not like typical vacation rental, and very remote/serene.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heartwarming to know that our guest have the opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. I love hearing that others can experience the tranquility and beauty that Stone Home Ranch offers. Thank you M S for such a nice review. I do hope that you visit again soon.
Houston, Texas
5

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Stone Home Ranch following camp pickup for our daughters. The house has great amenities and Willy the ranch hand is very helpful. The house is perfect for folks who want to get away from it all and are happy staying put and enjoying the views, which are spectacular. The area is very peaceful! Unfortunately, we were with kids who wanted to do water-related things so we found ourselves driving distances every day. Anywhere your kids would want to go (Lake LBJ, Barton Springs, Hamilton Pool, etc.) takes about 30 mins - 1 hour each way. We were pleasantly surprised that there was some water in the river behind the house, but it's not much. Also, going down to the river is a commitment -- about 100 very steep stairs. It's not something you want young children or elderly doing unsupervised, if at all. Hopefully, the water levels will come back soon making the trek worth it.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Paulina, Thank you for taking the time to review Stone Home Ranch, I love the sincerness in your words. I too hope that our drought is over soon and that the lakes and rivers fill up. One good thing about the current lower levels of the Pedernales is that it can feel safe for smaller children to play in (smile) and we have those cold springs that feed into that area below the house to cool you off, when you hit a pocket.

Map

Opie's Barbecue
Krause Springs
Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
Spicewood Vineyards
Stone House Vineyard
Milton Reimers Ranch Park
Hill Country Galleria
Maudie's - Bee Cave
Double Horn Brewing Company
J5 Steakhouse
Poodies Hilltop Roadhouse
Paleface Grocery
"Great little local store with a little of everything, including meats and vegetables."
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Whole Foods Market
"Small boutique store, easy to get around in, but has everything a larger WF has. "
Angel's Icehouse
Spicewood General Store
"Another great local general store with a little of everything."
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Lake LBJ
Spicewood Airport
"Small Airport "
Pedernales Falls State Park
"Worth the drive"
Texas Hills Vineyard
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center
William Chris Vineyards
Exotic Resort Zoo
Austin Zoo
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Austin Bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
J5 Steakhouse, Poodies, or Angels
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Lake Cliff, Willie Nelsons 9 hole, Lakeway
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Hwy 71 and hwy 281 or Hwy 71 and Hwy 620
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Angels, J5 Steakhouse, Opies, and many others
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
water ski, Lake Travis
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Muleshoe Bend
Car: necessary

WIneries, Zipline across Cypress Creek, LIVE MUSIC, rock climbing and biking at Reimer's Ranch, various great spots for hiking and or swimming, Krause Springs, Hamilton Pool, Longhorn Cavern , and much more.

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Rates & Availability

From $550 Per night

Spicewood Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring Flowers
Mar 27 2015 - May 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
$550
From
$650
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
May 21 2015 - Sep 8 2015
3 night minimum stay
$550
From
$700
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Thanksgiving 2015
Nov 20 2015 - Nov 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$550
From
$700
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas 2015
Dec 17 2015 - Dec 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$550
From
$700
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$550
From
$625
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes All rates are subject to change. Rates for event weekends are 10% increase, ACL, Formula One, and SXSW.

In trying to accommodate smaller groups, I have set a base price reflected in my standard rate, then charge a per person rate for guest over 8.

Garage Apartment rate - $175 for up to 4 guest , I adjust the rate when the extra guest fee is equal to or greater than the apartment fee.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Spicewood Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • River ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Garage Apt Full Bath - toilet , shower
    Master Bath 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest Bath - toilet
    Guest Bath 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , If you are so brave :)
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 2 in the queen , 2 single beds as a bunk
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Sofa's in various areas of the home - 2 sleep sofa /futon , we have 3 different sofa's that comfortable sleep
    Garage Apartment - 2 queen , Garage apartment is offer at additional charge see rates
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
kayaks, fire pit at the river, various hammocks on the property, washer board game, one disk golf cage

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