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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

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


About the property

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

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch ( 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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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
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Calendar last updated:
May 22, 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 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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Wimberley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 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 ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with shower. Bathroom includes soap, body wash, shampoo and hair dryer.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • 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
  • 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
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 4.8636365 based on 182 reviews

Quiet and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed the quiet and peaceful setting. The river was awesome. The water was very refreshing during the heat of the day. We had perfect weather while we were there. We went to the Blue Hole park for a daily outing. It is a beautiful park.

We highly recommend this cabin.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this Place!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & two dogs have visited Little House on the Blanco twice now & love the place. It's quiet & serene & the location is great for day trips to surrounding small towns & attractions. Our dogs love frolicking in the Blanco River & going for walks in the area too. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

Wonderful, relaxing getaway on a beautiful stretch of the Blanco

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at little house on the Blanco! My first impression was that it is better than the photos. Also, I was very impressed with the beauty of the river and super easy access. The water was crystal clear and warm enough to take a swim even in April. It was nice to have the shallow rock area to play on/fish from (we saw lots of fish - bass, carp, perch) as well as the deeper area perfect for swimming. The cabin itself was very clean and had all the essentials and then some! I packed my own toiletries but didn't even have to use them all - they provided shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook breakfast every day, along with a few other meals when we didn't want to drive into Wimberley. My husband and I brought along our 7 month old, and the space was absolutely perfect for us! The small room with the twin bed was the perfect space to put the pack n play separate from the master bedroom. I would absolutely recommend this cabin for 2-3 people! We also considering coming back with more family members and renting out the larger Casa Grande on the Blanco next door, which would be close enough if you had a group large enough to rent both, but private enough that we didn't feel like our neighbors were too close. We did take advantage of Roby's recommendations for restaurants in town and were not disappointed! There are plenty of places to eat and play close to the cabin that are nice to visit. We walked around the property one afternoon, enjoyed the hot tub after putting the baby down after a long day of play at the river, and we used the fire pit on our last evening, which was so nice in the cool evening temperatures. Just a great stay overall! My one critique - the bedspread in the master bedroom could be replaced... it looks like it has seen better days and had some stains on it.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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La Porte

Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

It was a perfect place to get away and relax. The cottage was clean, well taken care of and quiet. It is a little hike to the river, which was fine for us, but unless you are adept at climbing stone stairs, the trip may be a little difficult for you. The river is clean and peaceful. The kitchen is stocked with everything you may need: plates, cups, pots, pans, utinensils, paper towels, dish soap, etc. The fire pit and hot tub were a big hit too! We got up early one morning, sat on the porch and watched deer and gray foxes of all things! The bigger house on the property is fairly close to the little house, so I think a big family get together with both houses involved would be a hoot!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Livingston, Louisiana

Beautiful cottage with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect weekend getaway! It has everything you may need during your stay. The Blanco river is beautiful! Caught some fish during our stay and just relaxed on the river. Enjoyed the birds, nearby hiking trails and swimming holes. The owner was flexible, attentive, and provided us with all the information we needed for our stay. We definitely plan on returning to Wimberley in the future!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Such a quiet and peaceful location!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property and surrounding area. First visit to Wimberley and we will for sure be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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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).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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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