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"There was nothing to do and we ran out of time"

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 3 bath, sleeps 14

Sleeping up to 14 people, The Lodge at The Hanging Grape Ranch is the perfect setting to re-aquiant families of any size. Each of our unique rooms offer a personalized touch to help you relax, unwind, & get away from it all. Although we do offer full satellite television & high speed internet access, we recommend turning off you electronic devices to enjoy true nature & each other's company.

"What if we get bored" you say? The Hanging Grape Ranch offers numerous outdoor activities to keep even the most restless of us adventure bound! Catch fish to your heart's content in our stocked tank. Explore canyons, caves & beautiful mountain top vistas from our hiking trails. Arrange a personalized tour of the ranch from "Opa" to lean more of the local flora, fauna, history, & even help feed the cows!

Or better yet, do absolutely nothing. Simply enjoy the afternoon breeze under the shady live oaks in our back yard. Catch a beautiful hill country sunset from our front porch. Cook over open flame & relax around the rock fire pit in the evenings. And then there's the stars... especially the stars.

Like to hike, but not the whole family? Some can hang out at the lodge and some can hike. There are 7+ miles of hiking trails. Part of it is an old wagon trail. There is a 200 foot overlook with 50 mile views and a canyon and road down the side or climb down, take your choice. I also do a ranch tour for $150 extra and you get to ride down the same canyon, feed cows, and take in nature the easy way. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a 1280 acre ranch. Bring your bike. Bring a group. Check out our website at or search "Pontotoc Lodge" on You Tube. Also check out Pontotoc memories on you tube. See what you have been missing.

Want a wine tour in Fredericksburg? Check out Add $200 to their rates and they will pick you up and return you to the lodge.

Activities & things to do: Many guests visit Colorado Bend State Park (San Saba Co), the Eckert James River Bat cave (Mason Co), Enchanted Rock (Llano County), Vanishing River Cruise (Burnet County), and the new rock stacking park at the bridge in Llano. See Internet for information.

Of course a day in Fredericksburg is always a lot of fun.

The lodge is popular with reunion groups, large families, several families, home school families, winter Texans, women groups, and Christian or boy/girl scout groups and anyone wanting a break from the whirlwind of towns and spend a weekend or week in the country. Enjoy sitting around the round the fire pit in the back yard, listening to the coyotes, watching the deer sneak up to see what’s going on.

This is a wonderful place to unwind, but it is remote. There are no nearby stores. Remember you will be in the middle of a Texas ranch. You will need to bring your own food. I do have a butane grill, a wood grill or cook on the pit in the back yard. You will be equal distance for Brady, San Saba, Mason, and Llano. Llano has a place called Miiller's Llano Smokehouse and Mercantile that can make you some excellent meat and cheese snack plates. They have won many awards for their meats. They can make a plate for any number. I can accommodate you on getting the snack plates ordered and delivered. It is great deal for large families or groups that want to stay several nights and tour the local sites. Some of the group can come at separate times.

Since it is so remote with only a few lights glowing on the horizon and none directly it is an excellent place to bring your telescope and star gaze. The ranch tour gives kids an idea of the ranch setting. We feed cows and hear about how they are raised. I also include a history of an old wagon trail on the ranch and historical events that happened in the hill country that really are not covered that much in the history books. I also include some geological history as we drive through several geological formations on the tour. Of course, the information is edited to fit the group. The main reason for the whole tour is to have fun. Answering kids questions is sometimes the most fun thing we do. For more video check out you tube and Pontotoc memories God Bless Texas

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Fredonia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Living Room - sofa
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 5 twin/ single
  • 3 of the single beds are padded cots.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


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"There was nothing to do and we ran out of time"
average rating of 4.818182 based on 23 reviews
Austin, Texas

A wonderful way to spend a long weekend

  • 5 of 5

A small group of my friends and I decided we needed a weekend away from it all. This property and home met all of our expectations and more. None of us wanted to come back home when it was time to leave. The home was exactly as described with no unwelcome surprises.

The kitchen provided us the opportunity to cook to our hearts content. We brought along a friend of ours who is studying to be a chef and we were cooking and cleaning all weekend long. The kitchen was well stocked with all the utensils needed to cook our delicious meals.

Stanley helped make our experience even better by giving us a ranch tour that gave us the opportunity to see the beautiful untouched land around the property, including an old hand-dug well! The area is so rich with history and Stanley told us of many historical things that happened on and around the property dating back to when the Indians occupied the area. There is even an old Wagon Trail that cuts through the property that was used by pioneers traveling around the Hill Country.

So take a weekend and go visit Pontotoc Lodge. Its an easy and relaxing drive from Austin. My friends and I highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2008
  • Stayed: April 2008
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Great time in the Country

  • 5 of 5

Very nice country home. Plenty of room to spread out. A lot of piece and quiet. The stars are amazing at night.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great country getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six loved our stay at this property. The house had everything we needed and more -- lots of room for us to spread out and enjoy ourselves. We grilled out every evening in the backyard and loved hiking around the beautiful property. Our three older kids (11, 9, 6) had a great time exploring on their own. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away from the city!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at the lodge. The nights were full of stars and the days full of hiking and fishing. I also highly recommend the tour with Mr. Miller. He took us to some especially beautiful parts of the property and shared some history along the way. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
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The perfect getaway.

  • 5 of 5

we booked the lodge for a reunion with friends and family and are so glad that we chose this location. Stanley was incredibly nice and accommodating. We felt right at home. The property itself is gorgeous and well maintained. Great for a large get together. The backyard is a perfect place to hangout, grill, and enjoy the view. there are some great little trails for hiking on the property and the night sky is absolutely amazing out there. This is definitely the place to go if you want to get away from everything and just relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Accomodations were excellent - beautiful, secluded

  • 5 of 5

The fully furnished home was more than what we even imagined. Wonderful and inviting home. Will stay again. This home is very isolated and 30 minutes from anywhere - so keep that in mind. Due to all the rain, grass was very high so pond was not accessible to children. It would be nice if the owner mowed a path.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Stanley Miller
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Stanley Miller

I am a real estate agent and rancher. I still ranch part time and enjoy sharing this property with folks who like a break from the city lights, traffic, and noise. When I occasionally travel to the metropolitan areas I realize how blessed I am to have inherited this ranch.

Stanley Miller purchased this house in 1937

Why Stanley Miller chose Fredonia

I believe I give a tour unlike anything city folks will be able to see. The diverse geology, the traces of almost lost Texas history, and even the story that the native trees and grasses leaves us with makes everyone appreciate what a country we live in.

What makes this house unique

I give a ranch tour. The highlight is feeding the cows, the drive down the canyon, fishing in the tank, and for the early birds, there is always the thrill of nature in the morning when you never know what is around the corner as you take the ranch tour. Hogs, deer, rabbits, armadillo's, and birds all seem to be out at that hour. Also, I have discovered an old wagon trail. Travel down a trail which very possibly is one of the oldest roads in Texas. Discover some of Texas history before the Alamo and Stephen F Austin. Return to bar-b-que in the back yard under the stars out of sight of city lights. Watch the deer feeding outside the yard fence.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Mr. Miller, We had the most wonderful time this summer at your lodge. What a perfect place it was for our family to get away from it all. When we came home we asked the children what the best part of the vacation was. All of them loved your tour of the ranch--it was a highlight. Thank you. I thought that you might be interested in our church's web site which has the best family history and Your love of family history was inspiring. Best wishes, Ryan
Jul 2010
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Golf
26 Miles
Llano, Mason, San Saba, Brady
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 501
Car: necessary

The Lodge is located near the corner of McCulloch (Brady), Mason, San Saba, and Llano counties in central Texas. It is 60 miles from Fredericksburg. 25 miles from San Saba, Llano, Brady, and Mason.

Other Activities: bird watching, star gazing

Golf: All the towns around Pontotoc have golf courses. The best would be Llano, which has some beautiful holes along side the Llano River, and the San Saba course located along the San Saba river under massive Pecan Trees. The Brady course has bent grass greens.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$50 for each additional night.

Ranch tour is included for $150.00

2nd payment can be paid by check on arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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