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Historic Texas ranch with pool ready for Summer 2015

Mary Pat

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Historic Texas ranch with pool ready for Summer 2015

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Johnson City Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse sleeps up to 9 plus bunkhouse that sleeps 9+

Whether you are craving an escape from the city and reconnecting with nature or a great place to explore all theTexas Hill Country has to offer, you'll find it here at Rancho de Vida. The relaxing starts when you turn your car into the gate. This 100-year-old plus house has been lovingly restored and burnished into a wonderful gathering place for friends & family. Texas Hill Country meets shabby chic in the shadow of a 400-year-old oak in the backyard.

Dine under the canopy of the lighted oak, enjoy a campfire and gazing at the stars. Hike the property's bluffs and creek beds, float in the limestone bottom seasonal creek, take in the sunshine from the hammock, tree swings and treehouse. Beautiful hill top area with an arbor and hay bale couch. Take in the views across the valley and toast each sunset. There's even a stage for kids to do skits or hone their chops for the big time and a dance floor for boot scootin' to music under trees light up with patio lights. And, coming in early summer 2015 is a 24-foot pool to cool off and splash in.

Rancho de Vida is located right in the middle of the New Napa---at least a dozen wineries are in a 20 minute drive. Historic Fredericksburg is a short drive, as is Luckenbach if you want to do some boot scootin'. Two state parks, both with water for swimming, and the LBJ National Park and the Western White House are within 15 minutes. Explore the parklike setting of bluffs and creek beds on our 67-acres and bike the quiet backroads that surround the property.

Main house 1st floor kitchen-dining room, living room, master bedroom and bath. Second floor has two bedrooms and 1/2 bath. One bedroom has one full-size bed and one queen bed, and second bedroom one full-size bed .

Air conditioned bunkhouse is optional (additional cost) & sleeps 9---perfect for kids. Great new bath house adjoins with two showers, two toilets, a sink and plenty of getting ready for a hill country night out room.

Ranch location & local attractions: Austin- 1 hour away

San Antonio-1 hour away

Johnson City--10 minutes

Luckenbach-15 minutes

Marble Falls -boating & golf-- 20 minutes

Enchanted Rock & Pedernales State Park-hiking 15 to 20 minutes

Fredericksburg festivals & shopping--20 minutes

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail---10 minutes

LBJ National Historical Park--10 minutes

Benini Studio and Sculpture Ranch--3 minutes (2 miles)

Wine Tasting Tours: We are smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail.

There are almost 20 wineries within 30 minutes of Rancho de Vida. Let us assist you in scheduling your wine country tour---limo services are available for you and your group.

Recommend Heart of Texas Wine Tours for guided tours of the wineries: Great for groups and girlfriend weekends!

The new Hill Country Science Mill is a great outing for kids and students of all ages. Taking an old mill in Johnson City in 2015, the Hill Country Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Mary Pat (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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About Mary Pat

I took an aptitude test at the age of 20 and it said I'd be good in advertising or agriculture. I have checked the advertising box as the owner of an Austin ad agency for 20 years and have loved getting in touch with my agriculture roots more recently with the purchase of Rancho de Vida. It's been a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, enjoy the therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature.

Mary Pat purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Mary Pat chose Johnson City

About 10 years ago I went to a retreat where we talked about getting back on track with goals and pursuing your dreams. One of the exercises was to write your obituary. I'd been thinking about it a bit as I had just finished chemo for breast cancer when I was 44. I wrote this obit almost joyfully, describing how I had a special place in the country where friends and family could gather, listen to music, eat great meals and enjoy being out in nature and dancing under the Texas stars. Later, I shared with a couple of friends and forgot about it. Several years went by and then one of my friends, a real estate broker, said 'I found your place.' I'd forgotten about the obit and the description of my ranch-a-rita. Well, fell in love with the place at first site. Friends and family have gathered there and created some great memories. Just coming over the rise to the entrance of the ranch, my blood pressure lowers and the connection to nature takes over. Life becomes simpler and more beautiful. The giant oak tree right outside the house, is a place where people gather under for meals and draw strength from that big, wise oak. It's estimated to be 300 to 400 years old. There are lights in the tree and a bird cage 'chandelier' over the table. Life is good. And it brings me happiness to share with others.

What makes this farmhouse unique

History of House

Under the sprawling old oak (now 350-years + old), the Weirich family built this house in 1910 of shiplap construction. Shingle siding was put over this in the 1950s. The house was originally a dogtrot-style house, with a breezeway running down the middle of the house. There was no front door to the home then. The stairs leading to the upstairs bedrooms were on the outside of the house, in the style of a Fredericksburg Sunday house.

The original wagon road came right by this house (now the driveway) and was rerouted in 1980. This was the same year improvements were done to update the house with modern conveniences, but still maintain the integrity of the original. Indoor plumbing was established; as was the enclosure of the back porch at the foot of the stairs and the breezeway in order to add a bath.

Original wainscoting is evident throughout the house, as is the original window glass, doors and hardware. Nine-foot ceilings and transoms above the doors are special features of this pioneer home.

The house had two wood-burning stoves, one in the front bedroom and one in the kitchen. Single-drop light fixtures were in each room. The parlor (the room on the south side of the home) was off limits to children, except on Christmas morning when the cedar tree was lit with candles in the German tradition.

Part of the cement hitching post can still be seen next to the road at the front gate and a part of the old lightening rod is still attached to the home in one corner.

The land is very varied over it's 67 acres. There's a hill top with forever views looking north west, a rocky ravine, seasonal creek that has a great limestone bottom swimming hole and waterfalls when it's running, beautiful hayfields, oaks and wildflowers.

Rancho de Vida is a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, realize the surprising therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature. Hope you have enjoyed your stay here!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really loved the farmhouse. It was perfect for all of our friends to get to stay with us for the big weekend. We loved our stay! There was plenty of outdoor furniture, and towels. We will definitely be back.
Apr 2015
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Historic Texas ranch with pool ready for Summer 2015
average rating of 4.909091 based on 43 reviews
Fort Worth, TX

amazing place for bachelorette party

  • 5 of 5

We comfortably slept 19 people here for a bachelorette party this past weekend, it was amazing. guest house with bunk beds was super adorable, easily fit 11 in there as well as another 9 inside the main house. The location was just far enough but not too far away. Spent all day Saturday at the wineries in Fredricksburg, and the other nights out by a camp fire or around the large dining room table sharing stories. I would definitely recommend for a girls weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Samantha, So glad you girls had a good time! Hope the wedding is extra special and come back and see us soon. Best, MP


  • 4 of 5

Great - neat place!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Yes, Heaven on Earth...Mary Pat = la angel

  • 5 of 5

Rancho de Vida is a mystical place in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. With 14 of us converging for Thanksgiving it was the perfect venue for everyone. We aged from 10 years to 86 + dogs and we all found peace and personal space with all the togetherness here! From the moment we came through the gate, I knew this was hallowed ground. There is something so special about the light and the love you feel here. A lot of this has to due with MP- Mary Pat's sense of style, her eye for details, and simplistic beauty. The bunk house was perfect for the sisters and the nieces and nephews, Dad took the sunroom, Mom and upstairs bedroom, the boys upstairs, and on couches, Jim & I commanded the awesome front bedroom w/ real century cool.The kitchen accommodated all of our cooking and chaos in preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 14, and MP has every tool and utensil you can imagine! The fire pit was wonderful on 30 degree nights for smores and campfire stories! Sadly we had to cancel our horse riding with Helen who was to bring over 8 mounts due to cold weather. We hiked to the creek more than once, found a treasure trove of fossils in the outcrop, and took in the view from the scenic hilltop more than once. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular, especially the morning we were fogged in. The light is ethereal here, and the opportunities for photos are unending. The majestic oaks must have seen so much over their 400 years, they grace the property like grand guardians. There are so many special touches. You can sense MP's spirituality, and her sense of humor as well as her homage to all things Texas. We are talking about an Easter trip next year, but I better book now! This property will not be a best kept secret forever, those that know it know its magical draw, and become repeat is truly like coming home. Mary Pat, thank you for your communications, your attention to detail, and all the amenities that make this destination so very special.Loved the swing, the showers, the bunkhouse and "big house", the outdoor seating, and indoor seating- great for cards, games and clay projects! The kids all absolutely felt free and it was nice to not see I-phones as the usual appendages! We will be back, and though there are so many close great places: Fred, Enchanted, LBJ Ranch, we were content only leaving to go see the lights in Johnson City- a must during the holiday! Thank you thank you thank you! Muchisimas gracias por todo.

LOVE and highest regards

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We have rented Rancho De Vida for the past two years for a reunion and we plan on returning every year for a long time! The charm of this place warms your heart. It's clean and has everything you could need. The new additions in the bunkhouse, with adding two showers and toilets, has made it more functional and comfortable. The outdoor space lends itself to making great memories with the hammock, fire pit, lights strung up in the beautiful oak tree, and views. The pictures do not do this place justice! The owner is easy to work with and makes the process pain free. I'm looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Beautiful, relaxing space

  • 5 of 5

This property is located in a beautiful hill country area. MP has exquisite taste and the decor shows it. But she also accomplish what many rentals can't: make it feel like home. We were so comfortable the whole weekend that it felt like we never left our own home. It's close enough to different towns if you feel like mingling but it's also secluded enough to have silence and peace.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect destination for all ages, peaceful & fun !

  • 5 of 5

First impression is old farmhouse however inside the house is incredibly creative, whimsical and comfortable. Inviting to visitors and perfect destivnation for children and older visitors. Outdoor space gives the property a peaceful visiting spot, play house for kids. The bunkhouse is coveted place for families and teenagers that prefer a safe place to be roudy ! We visited wineries, Echanted Rock, Fredericksburg and stores close by. This is perfectly located feeling peacefully away but realistically nothing is too far out to grab if you need it ! Pure heaven and always planning our return !

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


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El Charro Restaurant
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Texas Hills Vineyard
"Good wines."
Pieces of the Past
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Becker Vineyards
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William Chris Vineyards
Grape Creek Vineyards
Flat Creek Estate
"Very pretty winery."
Hye Meadow Winery
Texas Hills Vineyard
Nearest Airport
55 Miles
San Antonio Airport & Austin Bergstrom
Car: necessary

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, world class golf, antiques, biking, hiking, shopping, festivals, lakes, rivers, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Blanco and Luckenbach, Texas within20 minute drive, wine tasting, star gazing, Hill Country views, art & music.

Other Activities: Museums, festivals, live music, golf, water sports 20 minutes away


Rates & Availability

From $400 Per night

Johnson City Farmhouse Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.00 + Tax
Cleaning $150.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes $400 to $850
Add the air conditioned/heated bunk house that sleeps 9---4 XL bunk beds and one swing sofa/bed. Pricing is based on what housing is reserved and number of people in your group.

Bath house adjacent to bunkhouse---two toilets, two showers and a sink. An outdoor shower, too, for enjoying the stars while bathing.

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A refundable $250 security deposit is collected at time of booking for property damages.
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Johnson City Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Farmhouse bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shower attachment on antique claw foot tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs bathroom in farmhouse has toilet and sink
    Bunkhouse Bath house - Brand new cute addition has two showers and two toilets
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Enjoy a shower under the stars.
    Bunkhouse Bathhouse - toilet , shower , 2 showers & 2 toilets in the bunkhouse bath house
  • Claw foot tub in downstairs full bathroom with shower attachment. Upstairs half bath has sink and toilet. Bunkhouse has bath house with two showers and two toilets. New bath house adjacent to bunkhouse features two roomy showers, two toilets and a sink. Lots of room for changing and getting ready for a night out. Rustic outdoor shower behind pump house. Shower under the stars is a great experience. Bunk house also has 2 seater outhouse. Great for pictures!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Cowgirl Room - 1 queen , 1 double , Upstairs
    Sunroom Day Bed - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Red Bedroom - 1 double , Upstairs
    Optional Bunkhouse - 9 twin/ single , Across the yard from the farmhouse with bath house.
  • Two booking options ! Rent the main house only that sleeps up to 9 in beds. Larger Group or need more room ? Add the bunkhouse that sleeps 9+. Bunkhouse is air conditioned and has heating, with a refrigerator, 4 XL bunk beds, sleeping 8, and a swing couch/bed. Cute bath house adjoins the bunkhouse and has two showers, two toilets and a sink.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Small well behaved dogs allowed on 1st floor of main house and bunk house only. We keep our upstairs pet free for our guests with allergies or asthma.

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