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Roby Norvell

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, spanish

Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

139 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Wimberley House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Extra Sleeping Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch (http://www.shaderanch.com) is nestled along the Blanco River among the mighty oaks of the Hill Country. Drive down a tree-lined one-lane road and begin enjoying the beautiful, tree covered 25 acres offering tranquility and seclusion. Walk 100 yards from the house to take the stone steps to the river below. 513 feet of private river access awaits you with a deep swimming hole in both normal and drought years.

Gaze at a gorgeous sunset or sunrise on the river or from the picnic table on the bluff above. Grab your rod and discover what Flyfishing magazine called 'one of the best fly fishing spots in Texas, on the Blanco River.'

Take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Blanco River. Enjoy a picnic or a nap or a book along its banks. Dine in the covered porch watching the deer graze and maybe see the rare violet-ear hummingbirds that have been known to visit. Get cozy on those cold nights in front of a warm fire from the beautiful rock fireplace in the living room. You will find a wonderful, large outdoor hot tub right off the covered porch. It is a private place to unwind while admiring the brilliant stars above and the quiet solitude of Shade Ranch.

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch has so much to offer with its 25 peaceful acres, private river access, a fully equipped kitchen, open dining areas inside or on the covered porch (with Weber propane grill), and a large bedroom with a queen size comfortable bed. There is also a great stone fire pit with stone benches, perfect for roasting marshmallows or warming up on a cool Hill Country evening. 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. And with high-speed/wireless Internet and satellite TV, you won't sacrifice the conveniences of modern technology, either.

There is also a larger 3 bedroom house on the same property. The houses are completely separate and don't share anything other than the acreage. The houses sit approximately 100 yards apart and have a bank of cedar trees and a large cedar privacy fence that sit between the houses and create separate areas for privacy.

Keywords: Vacation House

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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. We love the Little House and speak regularly of leaving the kids in Houston and enjoying a weekend there ourselves. With sleeping room for five we have plenty of room for our 3 kids or it's perfectly intimate for just a couple. 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!

What makes this house unique

The most obvious benefit of Shade Ranch is the beautiful, cold and clear Blanco River. One swim and you too will be sold as it is cool even in the dog days of August, and never crowded. The shallow area suits those wanting to wade or to sit and enjoy the flow of the river and also serves as entry to the adjacent deep swimming area. We think it is perfect and the kids do too. They and their cousins and friends can't get enough of the river when we are there. The river bank area is so spacious, and the sound of the river is so peaceful, it is our favorite place to picnic or enjoy a glass of wine. The kids also like to play games and sports in the grass along the river. They also enjoy fishing, climbing to the 'cave' by the river under the ledge, looking for arrowheads after a rain, having a family 'sleepover', and just exploring the 25 acres of 'forest'. We know you will find these wonders and more at Shade Ranch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved your place. It was the perfect get away. Thank you for letting us stay even though we had 6 people. I also wanted to thank you for giving it to us at the 2 person rate because of the last minute reservation time. With 4 children things really start to add up. We were so thankful.

The river was awesome. Our 12 year old son had the best time skipping rocks. I think he could go pro! Our girls had fun, too. We could not even get them to leave for lunch. The river was just perfect for our 2 year old. That rock ledge was just right for him. The river was beautiful, and so peaceful.

As for your little house, we loved everything about it- the decorations, the furniture, the porch.....my daughter loved the alcove room for reading and relaxing. The coffee table was great for playing games with our kids.

We were able to see the big house when the cleaning lady came. It looks great. We would love to rent both houses for a big family reunion.



Thank you for a peaceful, relaxing, reconnecting family time. You really have a great place.
Oct 2009
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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.8705034 based on 145 reviews
5

Amazing quiet cabin on the river

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin. Full kitchen. Beautiful area and right next to the river. Amazing and peaceful vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 15 month old son, and I stayed 2 nights here and really enjoyed it. The house was comfy and well kept with all the accessories we needed to cook a nice dinner. It is in a great location, super close to Wimberley but situated on property that is nice and quiet. We enjoyed eating on the porch and listening to the birds. The river is a short walk away and was amazing to cool off in. There's a nice deep hole to swim in and some small rapids. The only downside was there wasn't any shade. The recent flood knocked over the large trees that were shading the bank. Overall it was a great little vacation and we'd love to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Scenic Natural surroundings- 4/12 Stars!

  • 4 of 5

The natural beauty of the area surrounding the home and the river made this a great restful experience for our 43rd wedding anniversary! We had one day to ourselves and then a few with some family members that all enjoyed the area and the cool flowing river. We had some surprise dusk visits by many fireflies to make the evenings especially magical for us. All was clean and nice at the cabin, we all had a wonderful time.

We enjoyed visiting and eating Brewster's pizza, (great people there), and upon leaving were surprised how close the San Marcos outlet mall was for some on the way home shopping. We would recommend this to everybody, it was a great experience. The only small downside was only one bathroom, (which wasn't a surprise), but manageable!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 6 days and never felt more relaxed and serene. Everything you need is provided, as opposed to other rentals where you have to haul in even toilet paper. The river is just steps away with quiet and privacy. The stone house is quirky as to be expected from an old cottage added on to. River floats are provided. The covered patio is very peaceful and private. We plan on returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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A true Texas hill country experience

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time! We rented both houses which worked well with my family of 10, ages 1 to 87. The fire pit was and awesome place for the family to gather and simply visit with each other which was the plan.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Calm, relaxing, peace and quiet on the Blanco

  • 5 of 5

This place was awesome ! So close to town. We stayed in the small house and it had everything we needed. Very clean, fully furnished and stocked kitchen, comfortable master queen bed, covered patio to watch deer and turkey from, and the hot tub felt great after a day in the river. Lots of property to explore. The river access is just superb. It's very private and was so quiet the weekend we were there. Great swimming hole, areas to sit and play in the rapids and then relax on the bank with a good book. I would recommend this property for quiet getaway or rent the big house for a family reunion. We plan to return and do this in the future. Thanks for a great stay !

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Austin
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
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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Rates & Availability

Wimberley House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season 2016
Sep 5 2016 - Nov 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 26 2016
4 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
Mid Season 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
Low Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$225
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Mid Season 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 9 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Spring Break 2017
Mar 10 2017 - Mar 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
Mid Season 2017
Mar 26 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
High Season 2017
May 29 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
4th of July 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
High Season 2017
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
 
 
Mid Season 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
Mid Season 2017
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
$195
From
$250
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
$265
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

All rates include maximum of 5 guests.
Pets allowed upon permission from owner. $25/night pet fee.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that VRBO/HomeAway system uses a boiler plate refund policy. Our policy is that you receive a full refund, less a $75 re-booking fee, if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. If you cancel less than 30 days before your arrival date, you will be refunded (less the $100 re-booking fee) if we are able to re-book the same dates as your stay. This policy overrides the HomeAway stated policy.

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Wimberley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Bed in Master Bedroom, Twin bed in Alcove area/small room off of Den, Queen sized air mattress and full length leather couch for extra sleeping area.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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
  • water tubing
Notes:
Recently redecorated by new owners throughout home. Located on private 25 acres. Picnic table located along bluff overlooking river. Stone fire pit and stone benches. We provide towels, shampoo, liquid soap, paper products, hair dryer, etc.

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