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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch (http://www.shaderanch.com) is a stone Hill Country Vacation house 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 less than 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. The Texas Hill Country style vacation houses can be rented together or separately depending on the size of your group. We always stress to our guests that our home is mean to be enjoyed in a relaxed manner and we don't want a party atmosphere.

Wimberley has a wealth of activities to enjoy for couples and families alike while you're in the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country outdoors by visiting the local state parks and water holes such as Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool, the Blue Hole, Canyon Lake, Lake Travis, tubing at the Guadalupe River, Jacobs Well and of course our own Blanco River in our backyard. Rent a boat at Canyon Lake from the Canyon Lake Marina or do the same at Lake Travis.

Go on a wine tour at Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards and Wimberley Valley Winery with a stop at Bella Vista Olive Orchard to try olive oil and their own wine. Enjoy great restaurants like The Leaning Pear, The Salt Lick BBQ, Marco's Italian, Brewster's Pizza and Brewpub, Kate's Place, Linda's Fine Foods, Jobell Cafe & Bistro, The Back Porch, Hays City Grill and many others. Extend your drive and do some of the Texas BBQ Trail by visiting Luling, Lockhart and Llano where world famous BBQ can be enjoyed.

There are no shortage of shopping opportunities at the Wimberley Square where you can find plenty of Hill Country crafts, furniture, textiles, plenty of art and many other treasures. Drive 20 minutes to the San Marcos Premium outlets and, of course, during Wimberley Market Days March through December you can find lots of unique items 10 minutes away from Shade Ranch.

Or hit the Hill Country Trail on the road to travel along The Devil's Backbone to take in awesome views of the Texas Hill Country on your way to the town of Blanco. Try some brews at the Real Ale Brewery when you arrive and enjoy a free tour. Visit Gruene, Texas and the famous Gruene Hall to see the oldest dance hall in Texas. Enjoy concerts at Gruene Hall on weekend nights or enjoy a casual atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when free music can be enjoyed over a cold Texas beer. Lots of great towns can be visited using Wimberley as your home base; Blanco (19 miles away), Buda (17 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away), Austin (45 miles away), San Antonio (60 miles away), New Braunfels (27 miles away) and Fredericksburg (50 miles away).

Keywords: Vacation House

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Amenities

Wimberley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
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 ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with shower. Bathroom includes soap, body wash, shampoo and hair dryer.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Bed in Master Bedroom, Twin bed in Alcove area/small room off of Den, Twin air bed with frame as well as Queen sized air mattress available in closet. Sheets are provided for both air beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
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
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes:
House is well maintained and has a number of Latin American art pieces throughout the house. Located on private 25 acres with private riverfront. A picnic table located along the bluff overlooking river. A stone fire pit and stone benches are just outside of the house for guest use.. We provide sheets, towels, shampoo, liquid soap, paper products, hair dryer and all kitchen dishes and utensils.

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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.8588233 based on 176 reviews
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I had a real nice , quiet and relaxing time !

  • 4 of 5

The house was nice and clean . It has nice access to the river . The hot tub and bbq worked fine ! It was nice , quiet and very relaxing . .

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as advertised. Great, peaceful getaway.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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5

Complete relaxation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving! This little house had everything we needed. We spent most of our time outside, felt like camping but had the luxury of a home. The water was amazingly blue. We brought our kayak and my husband did some fly fishing. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Wonderful relaxed environment

  • 5 of 5

Great venue for all generations to gather. Plenty of space for all. We enjoyed our family get together with water activities and bar b que grill just outside the door. Very quiet and private. Will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Wonderful, beutiful, relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had a better mini vacation. The property is gorgeous. The river is so beautiful and relaxing to sit beside. The little house was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed. Definitely would suggest this to anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Just perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as described. The house was a good size for my family, which included two boys ages 3 and 5. The bed was comfortable, the furnishings were beautiful and the house was super clean. I am a stickler when it comes to cleanliness and this rental did not let me down. There was plenty of space to get out and explore and relax. We also enjoyed using the fire pit!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Owner

Roby Norvell
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018

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 Wimberley

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.
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The Leaning Pear
"Great local restaurant with seasonal menu. Beautiful new building with great ambience overl..."
Brewster's Pizza
"Great place for good pizza as well as micro brews. We love going as a family."
Marco's Italian Restaurant & Pzzr
"Our kids love their pizza. Always easy to get in and good service. BYOB as well."
Salt Lick BBQ
"Great Texas Hill Country BBQ and great ambience. On weekends they have live music as well. ..."
Hamilton Pool Preserve
"Beautiful setting that is well worth a visit. During the busy months and on weekends you ma..."
Pedernales Falls State Park
"Great state park for hiking around and seeing the falls. Very close and worth a visit."
Gruene Hall
"Oldest dance hall in Texas and a must see. Old school building that exudes a ton of Texas c..."
Trattoria Lisina
"Very nice restaurant started by the Mandola family of Houston. Shares the grounds with the ..."
Jacob's Well Natural Area
"Source of Cypress Creek with crystal clear water. A little smaller than I expected, but the..."
Wimberley Zipline Adventures
"A little pricey, but a great time with great views of the Texas Hill Country."
Canyon Lake Marina
"Super close and not as crowded as Lake Travis. High quality boat rentals if you're looking ..."
Driftwood Estate Vineyards
"Great views from this close winery. The wine is pretty good, buy a bottle and sit and enjoy..."
Luckenbach
"Definitely worth attending a weekend concert. Don't just go to see the town as there really..."
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
"Huge granite rock with beautiful views. Great for hiking, camping or just soaking in the Te..."
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
"Great for younger kids. You get to drive through their ranch and feed all kinds of animals ..."
Hays City Store
"Very good place to eat and have good margaritas. They now have live music outside. Service..."
Fredericksburg
"Nice day trip from Wimberley for shops, German food, Enchanted Rock as well as a ton of wine..."
Linda's Fine Food
"Very good food. We enjoyed dining outside on a picnic table listening to live music on a su..."
Kate's Place
"Nice seasonal food in a relaxed setting. Nice local artwork on the walls that can be purcha..."
Sisterdale Texas Dancehall & Opera House
"Visit the local small winery in an old cotton gin."
Wimberley Valley Winery
"Another good local winery that is worth a visit. Keep it simple and tour the wineries near ..."
Broken Spoke
"Old school Austin country music. Low ceilings and saw dust on the dance floor take you back..."
Wimberley Pie Co.
"Excellent pies. Buy a whole pie or they also have some by the slice."
Wimberley Square
"Great local shops if you are looking for furniture, clothes, arts and crafts, coffee, ice cr..."
Wimberley Cafe
"Good breakfasts. Usually have a line so be prepared to wait or get there early on the weeke..."
San Marcos - Prime Outlets
"Over 150 stores if you like to shop. If you don't like to shop will be painful :) But tons..."
The Bella Vista Ranch / First Texas Olive Oil Co.
"Great way to see how olive oil is made. You can do tastings as well as get a tour. "
Real Ale Brewing Company
"Love this local micro brewery. Go on the days when they have free tours and tastings. "
Blue Hole Regional Park
"Beautiful swimming hole with great tree swings and picnic areas. You have to pay to enter, ..."
Shamrock Tacos
"Great breakfast tacos. Don't be turned off by the fact that it's in a gas station. Lots of..."
Texas State Capitol
"Beautiful capitol building. Well worth a visit if you make a day trip to Austin. Tours thr..."
Schlitterbahn Waterparks & Resorts
"The original waterpark. Really cool set up as they use water from the river for all their r..."
Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Inoz's Brew & Chew
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Quicksand Golf Course
Nearest Train
61 Miles
Amtrak San Antonio Station
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 12
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Leaning Pear
Nearest Beach
183 Miles
Port Aransas, Texas
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.

Go boating and water skiing at Canyon Lake (20 mins) or at Lake Travis (40 mins).

Shopping: Shop to your hearts delight at the Wimberley Square by wandering through the shops which is a favorite activity of visitors and locals like. Travel 20 minutes to the San Marcos outlet shops and visit almost 150 different shops. Or schedule your stay to coincide with the famous Wimberley Market Days (April thru December) to find unique Hill Country crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and more.

Visit Key State and County Parks all within an hour of our home: Hamilton Pool, Pedernales Falls State Park, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Blanco State Park, Natural Bridge Caverns and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park.

Do a Hill Country Wine Tour: Duchman Family Vineyards, Driftwood Estate Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Texas Hills Vineyards and many others near and around Fredericksburg. Finish it off with some tasty Hill Country BBQ at the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood.

Enjoy the music scene by visiting Gruene Hall (20 mins away) or the famous Lukenbach, Texas on any weekend to catch live music. There are also special music events in Austin (Austin City Limits, etc.) or even in the town of Fischer.

Hit the Road: Travel along the Devil's Backbone on Highway 32 to take in the incredible Texas Hill Country views. Visit the various towns in the area like Blanco (19 miles from our home), Buda (17 miles away), Canyon Lake (15 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away) and even New Braunfels (27 miles away), San Antonio (45 miles away) or Austin (45 miles away).

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

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

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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