|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 4 nights|
Retreat yourself, inside and out! Use the indoor hot tub, sunshine deck, infra-red sauna, labyrinth and roam our 880+ acres, next to Fossil Rim!
Kasa Casa is our fun, offbeat, 'land-yacht' 2 bdrm/1.5 bath Spa House and sculpture garden with miles of trails, perfect privacy for couples, small families, artists (studio next door), and anyone wanting a get-away personal wellness/cleansing retreat.
Guests can see a small portion of the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center drive-through from the back yard, lucky visitors have seen giraffe browsing in the evenings!
This house was designed by a tinkerer, yacht builder and hot tub lover! We’ve built a studio next door for musicians, yoga enthusiasts, dancers and others to use. The main floor is an open area with the kitchen, conversation area, dining table and built in hot tub, recently updated by Marcia Bennett's 'Design Away' services. The hall leading to the upstairs also brings you to a half-bath and the laundry-workout room area with the infra-red sauna, and other equipment. Upstairs is the main bedroom with a door onto the sunshine deck, the full bath (shower only) and another living area with the wood-burning stove. The Crow’s Nest bedroom is perched over the living area. There is covered parking, and a covered patio with a huge Fossil Stone table and bench and propane grill. Jill Sablosky stone sculptures grace the labyrinth area in the front yard. Kasa Casa is just under a mile off the county road which takes you to Fossil Rim’s (free!) Overlook and into Glen Rose, but far enough off the road for quiet and solitude.
Kasa Casa is a great starting point to explore the 26 miles of trails on our organically and sustainably managed 880 acre Ranch and Sanctuary. At Kasa Casa you’ll find:
• About 1200 sq feet indoors in our multi-level spa house.
• Labyrinth, sculpture garden and enclosed studio just outside the front door
• Old ranch buildings and equipment nearby for fun photographic backgrounds
• 2 upstairs bedrooms with queen beds, and an extra single futon.
• An indoor hot tub
• 1 bathroom upstairs (no tub, the shower has multiple showerheads) and the ½ bathroom just up from the main floor.
• Central heat/air, 1 fireplace
• Dishes for 8, nicely equipped kitchen for cooking, preparing meals, gas stove and oven
• An outdoor gas grill, with propane.
• Indoor (1) and patio tables seat 6 people each.
• Ranch and nature adventures, tours and experiences are available by pre-arrangement. We’ll orient you to our trails for self-guided fun, or with reservations you can schedule activities with our naturalist and/or livestock manager (meet the goats, donkeys, and horses).
• We are pet and horse friendly. Our most remote guest house, Mata’zamo (see VRBO #3589655ha) has a 3 stall horse barn, 2 pens and a pasture right out the door, along with miles of trails, but it’s bring your own horse, and for Mata’zamo guests only!
• Well behaved and trained dogs that won’t go into the hot tub or harass the wildlife are welcome, since Kasa Casa is not fenced in, you'll need to keep your dogs on a leash.
• High speed internet is available, but we purposefully did not put any TVs in! We did include games, and a great selection of books. Kasa Casa’s library reflects our interest in healthy living, sailing, nature, philosophy, wildlife and a healthy landscape.
• We have a total of three guest houses available, spread out across the ranch. Each one is unique enough to provide a very different experience, and can be rented together for large groups, retreats and workshops. Habari (VRBO #432534) is our biggest guest house, with 5 bedrooms and extra futons to sleep as many as 16, it is great for larger groups. Mata’zamo (VRBO# 3589655ha) sits on one of our most spectacular overlooks, is our most remote house, great for singles couples or a family that want to lose themselves in the outdoors. It is also available for people bringing horses. All told we have 15 beds (king, queen and twins) and 6 futons between the three houses.
• Still reading? Ask about our reader’s discount on any of our rentals!
We welcome you in a way that feels like home away from home, you'll find familiar touches from your own kitchen, including tea, coffee, spices, paper towels, plastic bags - the basics, and maybe new things to try. One of our family/team members will meet you near our entrance, have you sign our ranch release, show you the maps and lead you to Kasa Casa.
We doubt you’ll want to leave, but if you do, we have a detailed list of local restaurants, can help you set up tours at Fossil Rim, and have information on other local attractions (we wouldn’t want you to miss Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose’s new Riverwalk and Big Rocks Park, shopping the Square’s antique stores, galleries, clothing stores, weekend farmer’s market and pie shop (plan ahead and order gluten free!!!). We’ll also send you information on our neighbors who can provide you with the organic foods they produce. If any of our own organic fruit trees, gardens or free-ranging chickens are producing food we can share, we’ll let you know.
With advance reservations and when our chickens are laying, you can tour our chicken coop and even gather your own eggs! When the timing is right, you might even find a culinary gift from our own naturalist and herbalist.
Our ranch has been managed organically for over twenty years, we keep our houses as non-toxic as possible, too.
We have naturalists, equestrians and a local caterer/provisioner available who can help you plan your days, or can even be hired for your own private nature camp experience!
It is easy to get lost at Kasa Casa and ranch, lost in thought, lost in time, lost from stress and the city life! All of this and just 90 minutes south of the Dallas-Ft Worth area! We invite you to stay at Kasa Casa or any of our three guest houses, it’s the best cure we know for nature deficit disorder!!!
It's not about me, the owner! It's about this place and our neighbors, Fossil Rim! We have a great community of people who live on property year round and part time, any of which may be on hand to greet you! Two are former Fossil Rim educators, 1 is a sculptor, and another is a designer and sought after house/pet sitter!
Sandra Skrei purchased this chateau / country house in 1994
We bought this ranch because we love Fossil Rim! It's more than being able to dash to their Overlook for a quick look at the giraffes (which we occasionally see along our mutual fence line), grab a bite to eat, buy a gift or visit their contact animal area. It goes beyond hearing the wolves at night. We are also giving them an 1,125 acre gorgeous buffer against development. Combine this with the organic beauty of the land, the opportunity to develop trails and respite spots on an area that is often covered in bluebonnets and other wildflowers, we count ourselves lucky indeed to live here. It is our pleasure to share this special beauty with all of our guests!
This is your chance to capture the feeling of going back to a special time when our connections were with the land and each other instead of our phones and computers!
Fabulous design treasure in the Glen Rose hills.
Built to fill like a yacht, everything organized and style .
Wake up to views of the Texas sky and rolling hills.
OK. A friend of ours works on the ranch, which is how we knew about it. But we were amazed upon arrival, even after her description. The house was lovely. Beautifully decorated with interesting books, art, pieces of nature that tied it to the outdoor surroundings. Fields of bluebonnets about to pop (we were a week or 2 early for the wildflowers) and a 3 minute walk takes you to the border of the Fossil Rim Exotic Wildlife Preserve, from where you can see large African deer up close, and giraffe and zebra in the distance. 26 miles of hiking trails and mowed paths (we covered a lot of this), with spiritual sites, caves, ledges,cliffs, and lots of fossils to find. The house itself had a fantastic kitchen for creating wonderful meals with another couple or family. And the picture of that "indoor soaking pool" says it all. We were in it every day. Lovely with the candles on the rock wall behind and view into the yard out the patio door. The bedrooms had really cool locations - one with a skylight and patio/deck, so that you could actually "bird from bed". We saw the last of the Cedar Waxwings in the morning, and Sandhill Cranes flying overhead, returning north. The other is a beautiful loft room up a ladder, with a relaxing living room in between. Oh, and there's also a sauna - though we didn't try that. We were here 2 nights and then moved on to stay at one High Hope Ranch's other accommodations, equally beautiful and unique - the Mata'zamo House on the Cliff. We went alone this time, but it would be a great place to enjoy with some friends - a plan in our future.
My friend and I were looking for a place to take our girlfriends for Valentine's Day to surprise them (with our dogs too). They are best friends but live in different cities so we rarely get to see each other. We started out by finding the Fossil Rim park since we are all animal lovers. Next came finding a place to stay in the area, which is when we came across Kasa Casa.
After a few days of deliberating, we jumped on Kasa Casa. We arrived and not only was the property everything we expected and more but Sandy was so awesome and helpful with everything. She even helped us surprise the girls since we arrived at different times.
The beds are extremely comfortable and each room has it's bonuses. We slept in the "Crow's Nest" which has a beautiful view out of the circular window at sunset. The Master is perfect with a window in the ceiling for star gazing at night!
The house is a lot bigger than we expected with tons of room for relaxing and just hanging out. We played card games at the table wile enjoying a glass of wine. We sat out on the back porch, front porch, and balcony for hours talking and enjoying the beautiful scenery around us. The property backs up to Fossil Rim so we were able to walk about 20 feet and observe zebras from afar. It was really nice to have a full kitchen so we could cook all our meals there. We took a short trip to Brookshire's to do some shopping for the weekend.
The property is huge and we did a lot of hiking around to see all the cool spots they have to offer. We hung out at the Star Pad during sunset to see the beautiful view, took a hike around Stone Loop which looked like a Texas Stone Henge! The best thing by far was The Goat Cave. It's just a mile or two from the house and definitely worth the hike!
While on the trip my friend and I were throwing the football around. His wedding ring flew off when he went to catch a pass. We probably spent 10 hours on the trip looking for this ring in the grass. Sandy and Chandler from the property were extremely helpful in trying to help us find the missing ring. Someone they knew had a metal detector but wouldn't be back in town until Monday (we were leaving Sunday). We received a message from them Monday morning that they were able to go out with the metal detector and actually FOUND THE RING! I couldn't believe that not only did they take the time to help us look but they actually found it and are sending it back to him.
We will be back!
We are on one of the highest points in Somervell County, where the hill country meets the great plains. We sit on the northernmost foothills of the Hill Country, so you’ll find several steep ravines and canyons cutting through the property. Our limestone hills and fields are full of fossils, but you’ll have to go to the state park to see dinosaur tracks! During good bluebonnet years, our fields look like large, deep blue lakes! Our walking trails take you to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's fences. Most people don't want to leave when they get to the ranch, our houses have notebooks with information on local attractions like Fossil Rim, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose's Historic Square and other nearby small towns.
We share a fence line with Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, we've seen giraffe and heard wolves at night along our trails. We are twelve minutes from Glen Rose's other incredible family attractions: The Paluxy River Walk and Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dinosaur World, Brazos River, Historic Courthouse Square, Barnard's Mill and Art Museum. One of the state's best pie shops is on the historic town square, along with galleries, antiques, restaurants, gift shops and a weekend farmers market. There are nearby wineries (Barking Rocks Winery, Red Caboose Winery) and chocolate factories, too. Most people stay on property, but there is plenty to do within a 35 mile drive!
Common Ranch Activities:
Some people can't get away from the porch, out of the built in hot tub, or off the “sunshine deck while enjoying quiet activities such as reading, writing, watching the scenery, wildlife and sky. Others roam our 1,125 acres for photography and connecting with nature. Bird watching and casual to strenuous hiking are favorites. Multiple trails wander through woods, pocket prairies, fields and steep ravines frequented by a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, bobwhite, turkey, fox, bobcat, armadillo, raccoon, and rabbits. Game cameras have captured ring-tails and porcupine at Goat Cave. We have Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped vireos, Painted Buntings and lots of other beautiful birds. Kasa Casa is about ½ mile from our barn area, guests often help feed our goats, donkey, horses and chickens. Panoramic views and forever horizons set the scene to include gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The night sky, still not clouded by city lights, allows for astronomical views into space with views of multiple stars, planets, formations, satellites, and meteors.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
You may reserve Kasa Casa for a one night stay with a $150 upcharge.
Safety deposit can be in the form of a check which we will hold, or an authorization/hold on a credit card. The credit card number may be called in, or we will enter it when you arrive.
A risk release form is required for everyone visiting the ranch. This form is available by email prior to your arrival.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.