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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

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

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Property
house
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights

Description

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

Owner
Roby Norvell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 29, 2016
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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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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(143 traveler reviews)

Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.86014 based on 149 reviews
5

Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Our family LOVED our Thanksgiving spent at the cottage. Our two teenage boys enjoyed exploring nature, fishing, and the river. Every evening we sat by the fire pit making s'mores. The cabin surpassed all of our expectations. We hope to return very soon. Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed for a couple of days and night as a nice quiet weekend away from it all, and couldn't have been happier. The scenery was amazing, the river was refreshing, and the cabin was just the right size for a 2-person getaway. Definitely interested in coming back again someday!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our large group utilized both the large and small homes at Shade Ranch for a family gathering. My husband and I and one daughter were lucky enough to get to stay in the cottage while the rest of our group used the bedrooms in the larger home, which gave us some privacy and quiet in the midst of all the visiting. This arrangement worked great, but the cottage also has everything needed for a couple or small family. We were well equipped, comfortable and had our own hot tub and fire pit. We had a great time at Shade Ranch and we all decided we would like to return some time when we have fewer planned group activities, so we can just play horse shoes and Bocce Ball and hang out. I really appreciated having kids books and toys for the grandchildren in our group!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing!

  • 3 of 5

My husband and 18 month old stayed in the smaller house on the property. The one bedroom was just the right size and the extra amenities which included, lotion, shampoo, conditioner and a First Aid kit (which came in handy) were a nice plus! It is a bit of hike up and down to get to the river and you walk right by the main house but it didn't take away from how nice the property is. You have your own private hot tub and fire pit area. We didn't use either because it was to hot but didn't phase us because after spending all day at the river we were spent. The river is a BEAUTIFUL spot and really offers everything. There is a nice shallow area for toddlers to play in, a shallow area where the water rushes over the rocks which is great to relax in as well as a nice rock shelf with a deeper area for swimming and fishing. It was also great that the property is dog friendly because our dog was able to run around and explore instead of being tied to leash.

Wimberly is a short drive away which was very convenient to go pick up any needed extras we forgot. There are also several shops and a great café we had breakfast.

The only reason I am not giving this property a 5 is due to the cleanliness of the house. The floors were filthy and our feet were black, the coffee maker had old coffee in it, a couple dishes in the drawers were dirty, the high chair provided had old food still in the seat, the tray was dirty and the towels that were hung up in the bathroom were dirty (the extras in the closet were clean).

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed the house and property. Our housekeeper is awesome so this certainly isn't the norm. However, as I tell our guests, if there are any issues please let me know while you're there and we'll get them corrected asap, but this is the first I've heard of any of this. Regardless, our housekeeper and I will address these items. Please see our other reviews to see a strong record of happy guests that we plan to continue into the future. Thank you.
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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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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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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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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid Season 2016
Nov 27 2016 - Dec 15 2016
2 night minimum stay
$169
From
$169
Thu,Fri,Sat
 
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 16 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$215
 
 
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

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
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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