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Roby Norvell

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

Large Blanco Riverfront home on 25 private acres w/ Deep Swimming Hole

92 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Overview

Texas Hill Country House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 12

FLOOD UPDATE: Thankfully, our house did NOT incur any damage from the Memorial Weekend flood. We lost many trees at the riverfront, but we spent many days cleaning up all debris and cultivating the trees that survived. Our famed swimming hole looks better than ever and the property has been entertaining guests all summer so far.

Casa Grande on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch sits on a bluff overlooking the Blanco River on an historic, tree-covered, 25-acre property offering tranquility and seclusion and 513 feet of private river access–all within the Wimberley city limits! The riverfront offers a deep swimming hole (4+ feet) that is great during both normal and drought times. Casa Grande offers over 2,800 square feet of space for family entertainment. The house was upgraded in 2013 with new granite counters, flooring, paint, bathroom fixtures, tile, etc. With two large living areas and three dining areas (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), Casa Grande is perfect for family or large group gatherings. One living area is the extraordinary 'River Room.' Stunning views of the Blanco River below beckon from three walls of windows. Open the windows and enjoy the sounds of the river rapids. The second living area is a club-like setting wrought from the original cabin.The spacious master suite includes a king size bed, a comfortable sitting area, television, and a private bath.

Relax and Enjoy the Property: Located just off the River Room, you will find a wonderful, large outdoor hot tub. It is a private place to unwind while admiring the brilliant stars above and the murmuring headwaters of the Upper Blanco River below. Follow the limestone steps near the hot tub down to the 513 feet of private river access below. The river will invite you to swim or wade in its cool waters and leave all worries behind. Or grab your fishing rod! Fly Fishing magazine identifies the Upper Blanco River areas as '. . . one of the best fly fishing spots in Texas.' Bring your kayak or canoe, and don't forget the floats and water shoes for tubing down the rapids. There’s plenty of room along the river to enjoy a picnic lunch, an afternoon nap or book, or a gorgeous sunrise or sunset on the banks of the Blanco River. Located only 5 minutes from Wimberley Square, this home completes the perfect hill-country getaway without sacrificing any of the charm (or shopping opportunities) that Wimberley has to offer.

Enjoy the grounds: The twenty-five acres of grass and woods provide ample space to run, throw a ball or frisbee, play kickball or softball, hike in the woods, or chase lizards, frogs and fish. Sit out on the flagstone patio overlooking the river and grill out burgers on the Weber grill. Grab a cool drink and play a game of bocce Ball or horseshoes on the court with the family. After the sun goes down you can also enjoy the fire pit to cook marshmallows or warm up on a cool fall or winter Hill Country evening. Watch for the many deer who live on the property, especially in the early morning. Friendly ducks from the river often visit at the house as well.

Casa Grande at Shade Ranch is perfect for groups of all kinds. The kitchen is equipped with all appliances, extensive food and drink preparation and serving ware, and indoor/outdoor dishes to accommodate any large meal. The children’s nook area provides age appropriate movies, books, videos, puzzles, games and toys for hours of entertainment and an opportunity for the adults to visit in the other common areas. Movies and books and games for adults are also provided, as is a cable TV/DVD player and music system. Whether you are planning a ladies getaway trip, couples gathering, team-building session for a small group, multi-generation family get together, a mini-reunion, a crafts or outlet shopping or winery tour, or celebrating a special birthday or milestone, Shade Ranch will provide all of the privacy, space, and amenities your group will need.

Area Attractions: Explore the areas around Wimberley by visiting Gruene, TX and the historic Gruene Hall and the Guadalupe River; Visit the Driftwood and Duchman wineries nearby or partake in some stellar Texas BBQ at the Salt Lick. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping in town for antiques and crafts or visit the San Marcos outlet stores 15 miles away.

We also have a one bedroom/one bathroom house on the same 25 acres that is available for rent if you have a larger group that would like additional room. The two houses are completely separate and don't share anything other than the acreage. They sit approximately 100 yards apart and each have their own patios, hot tubs, grills, fire pits, etc.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Roby Norvell (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Roby Norvell

The Norvell family hails from Houston, TX where we, like most Americans, lead over-booked lives full of schoolwork, school activities, sports, civic, and work responsibilities. We enjoyed a most relaxing vacation at Shade Ranch in 2008. In fact, we loved it so much that we purchased it three months later. Our kids are young and our parents and family do not live nearby. We wanted a place for our extended family to get together to run, swim, climb, spend time as a family, and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We hope your family enjoys Shade Ranch as much as we do.

Roby Norvell purchased this house in 2008

Why Roby Norvell chose Texas Hill Country

Shade Ranch in Wimberley Texas is a perfect location for us because it is 3 hours from Houston door to door and only 1 hour from the Austin or San Antonio airport. Our parents and extended family and friends often join us for vacations at Shade Ranch. With beds for 12 and two large indoor family gathering rooms at Casa Grande, we have room for many to reunite under one roof. We appreciate the seclusion of the 25 acres while making full use of the conveniences of the Village of Wimberley. We regularly utilize the nearby groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, wineries, hardware and other stores. We appreciate the many nearby state parks and towns that make up the Texas Hill Country!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival to the property. The house surpassed our expectations. It is very large, open, and well equipped. We were traveling with young children ages 1 to 10, as well as adults 70+ with handicap limitations. The property accomodated both. The children had plenty of area to play outside and the river provided a natural "children's pool" that had 1 to 2 ft. of water. The one-story layout made it comfortable for the adults 70+.



We fished, played in the river which had a maximim depth of about 4 ft., sat in the hot tub in the evenings, shopped, and enjoyed eating and playing outside near the house.



Pros: Large home and property, River, Hottub, Good seating, Shopping and grocery close, Kitchen well-equipped



Cons: The path with steps leading down to the river was difficult for adults 70+.



We would definitely return in the future and recommend this property to others."
Jul 2009
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based on 92 traveler reviews

Large Blanco Riverfront home on 25 private acres w/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.978261 based on 94 reviews
5

Weekend Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house and property were perfect for our family weekend! The house is spacious and the outdoor area is amazing. I can't wait to return in the summer to take advantage of the perfect swimming spot in the river.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Property was awesome, all the essentials were all there, owner was very responsive before and during our stay. Would 100% recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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AMAZING!

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience. Such a beautiful home. The views are spectacular and the stay was very comfortable. Everything you could ask for. House on the the river a short walk away, beautiful patio for outdoor hang out and gathering and town is a short 5 minute drive away for anything you may have forgotten. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! My family enjoyed it greatly and we are looking forward to our stay here again! I highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a wonderful family experience.

Thank you!!!!

B. Abrigo

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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A Weekend in the Hill Country

  • 5 of 5

Our family and friends had the most wonderful time, we had the use of both homes. The Ranch is so much more than you expect. As the other reviews mention, the inside space is much more than the photos portray. The amenities are countless, we brought so much more than we needed. Next time all we will bring is our clothes, food and drinks. We can not wait to go again next year. The only bad part, was leaving.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect HIll Country escape

  • 5 of 5

My family and I loved this place. Comfortable and relaxing, with a very nice outdoor area to hang out in and a trail down to the river. The inside is more spacious than the pictures portray, but there isn't much reason to be inside. The property is beautiful, well-maintained, and it all makes for a nice vacation setting. The river looks very different than in the pictures due to flooding that took out most of the cypress trees. But that's through no fault of the owner, who was the most helpful and easy to contact I've encountered in staying at vacation rentals. This place definitely exceeded my expectations. I hope to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Fantastic hill country home!

  • 5 of 5

I am the owner of a small business and booked this beautiful home for a small company getaway. I actually live in the hill country area not far from this location so I had my doubts if it would be what I was looking for and it greatly surpassed my expectations. Once we entered the gates it was like we had entered into another world. Very secluded and very relaxing with great views and a great part of the Blanco river to enjoy. I would love to visit this home again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Car: recommended

Shade Ranch is located just south of the Wimberley, TX town center on 513 feet of Blanco River Frontage. Wimberley sits 45 minutes southwest of Austin, TX and 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio.

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Wimberley House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring 2016
Mar 27 2016 - May 26 2016
2 night minimum stay
$495
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$550
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Weekend
May 27 2016 - May 29 2016
3 night minimum stay
$685
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer 2016
May 30 2016 - Sep 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
$595
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day 2016
Sep 2 2016 - Sep 4 2016
3 night minimum stay
$685
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$495
From
$550
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$550
From
$595
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 11.0%

Cancellation Policy: A full refund, less a $95 re-booking fee, will be issued if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. If you cancel less than 30 days before your arrival date, you will be refunded if we are able to re-book the same dates as your stay.

Pet Fee: Any pets must be pre-approved by the owner. $25/night for each dog.

Damage Deposit: Your damage deposit will be refunded one week after your departure if the following conditions are met: 1) no damages are made to the property, house or furniture; 2) the house is left in an orderly fashion and not in need of additional cleaning due to excessive trash or messes; and 3) neighbors or guests at the other house were not disturbed during your stay where complaints were made. We will not hold your deposit hostage, we just want people to be considerate guests.

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Amenities

Texas Hill Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Town
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Single rollaway bed stored in closet is available for use.
    River Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , New full sized bunk bunk bed up and full futon below.
  • River Room is the second living area that is great for family gatherings but can also easily sleep additional guests. There is a daybed with trundle and a set of bunk beds. The bed bed is a full mattress above and a full sized futon below that can be laid flat (we provide sheets for the futon as well). We also have a single rollaway bed and there is an air mattress for use by guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Notes:
• Recently redecorated in 2013 with new granite, stainless appliances, flooring, tile, bathroom fixtures, etc. o 2 large dens (one with primary TV and other is the large “River Room” with wrap around windows and views of river) o Wood burning fireplace in den o 3 Bedrooms: Master suite with king bed, guest rooms with queen bed, and 2 twin beds o River Room has sleeping area with bunk beds and day bed with trundle. o Pack n Play available upon request o 2 full baths with hair dryer, toiletries, shampoo & liquid soap provided o Ample supply of towels & linens o Breakfast area table with 4 chairs o Dining area table with 8 chairs o High chair o Kitchen fully equipped with dishes and cookware o Full size refrigerator w/ freezer, microwave, electric stove & oven, dishwasher o Coffee maker (with coffee, creamer and sugar), electric blender, filtered water o Wood burning fireplace o 2 TV's with HD DirecTV DVD and DVR o iPod player with AM/FM; Telephone w/ US long dist.

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