Forget the snow. Spring is already here in the great state of Texas.This Luxurious Private 40 acre Ranch is the perfect Romantic Retreat, Family Reunion or Film Site. Rancho Encantado is only a conversation away from that destination city, Austin, Texas.
Yet its Unique Serene Beauty makes it seem like you are stepping into another world or Earlier Century. Pop into the nearby Austin scene and then leave the noise and traffic behind as you come home to Rancho Encantado.
Enjoy Bass Fishing on our 2 acre Lake, full to the brim in spite of the drought. Usher in sunrise with Breakfast at the Gazebo overlooking the Golden Pond. Drink your Latte from our Espresso Bar on the Covered Veranda, stroll through the Herb Garden and the Rose Arboretum, or Day Dream on the Amish Bridge watching the turtles sunbathe on Turtle Rock. Mingle on the covered porch or cozy up to one of the many Outdoor Fireplaces.
Drink in the 360-degree view of rolling hills and ponds, grazing cattle, and the prize winning Arabian horses of Rancho Encantado. Then watch the sunset from the wrap around covered porches. Maybe it’s time for a barbeque at one of the two outdoor kitchens -- unless you’re ready for someone else to cook it up for you at the nearby Coupland Inn and Dance Hall, home to Country and Western legends. Or drive just 10 minutes for the Best Barbeque in Texas.
Both ranch houses restored to perfection with Wooden/Saltillo floors, granite or hand-painted Mexican tiled kitchens. Cozy reading rooms, covered porches and verandas for indoor and outdoor pleasure. Both houses are perfect for families or couples.
Ranch house has a full country kitchen, living room, and Victorian parlor. A loft lounging area complements the upstairs Queen bedroom. Second bedroom has one double and one single bed. You can rent the ranch house separately for $350 per night (3 day minimum) and $2000 per week.
Lake House, where urban elegance meets antique charm, has Queen sized downstairs bedroom and one large “Bedsit” upstairs with a double bed and pull out beds for kiddos. Can easily accommodate 2 downstairs and a family of up to 5 sleepers upstairs.
Show off your singing talent at the on site antique-filled Karaoke Barn, which looks like a set for an Old John Wayne movie, complete with a Chuck Wagon for a Casual Buffet.
You will love touring the nearby filming sights for movies like 'True Grit',' 'Second Hand Lions,' and the recent 'True Grit.' The ranch itself has been a filming site for a book promotion video.
Also a great setting for spiritual retreats.
* Not available for weddings or large groups.
*Two day weekend package for both houses now available for $1300.
Both of us are former city slickers from Chicago, but we have been happy Texans since 1971. Gary went to a conference in Arizona in January of 1970. It was 2 degrees above zero when he left Indianapolis and 75 when he arrived in Tucson. Two months later he bought a pair of boots; then in the spring we bought a horse, and moved everything to Austin in 1971. We love our Austin downtown bungalo, but wanted some country, too.
In 1983 Rancho Encantado was just 40 acres of cow pasture and farmland with a hundred-year-old house that anyone in their right mind would have torn down. Instead, we slowly rebuilt it, herding out the assorted cows and birds that had been calling it home, and we have never looked back. Actually, we even moved another turn of the century German farmhouse to the property and fixed it up, too.
Our 3 Arabian horses and the grand kid's pony/quarter horse, Tuckaho, live the good life out there. So do a large quantity of fish in the two ponds, as you can see in the above photo with son Damon and Grandson Weston, who doesn't seem aware that Scout, their Weimaraner, is also interested in his catch.
With Austin as home and the ranch as our peaceful respite, we have the best of both worlds. You can, too, when you stay there.
The ranch is just far enough away from Austin to be a different rural world, but it is close enough to take advantage of everything that great city has to offer. The rolling hills and deep blackland remind me of the Midwest where I grew up. We actually grow corn, wheat, cotton, hay, and maize there. I love waking up to the birds chirping. The sunrise on the little lake is a golden moment and so is the sunset against the tree-lined back pasture. Nothing beats breakfast at the gazebo, unless it's cocktails on the Fishing Rocks or a toast at the veranda's wine bar.
So much of the hectic growth and traffic is west of Austin. This is the undiscovered side where people still farm their land and wave at you from their pickup trucks. The adjoining little towns of Elgin, Taylor, and Bastrop are like time in a bottle, back to a different era of front porch swings, city squares, and friendly faces of people who have all the time in the world to just enjoy life.