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Texas Hill Country Getaway: Access to Arts, Museums & Wineries

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House -2 Bedrooms + Loft, (3- queen beds) +2 bath (3rd bath option) on 62 acres

This beautiful home is located in the Texas Hill Country on 62 acres of wooded land, with a spring fed creek and two large ponds (3 acres & 2 acres).

Come ready to relax in this peaceful environment and enjoy the panoramic view from the 2nd story deck. When the sun sets over the hills watch the deer come out to feed.

Our remolded two story home features an upstairs area with 2-Bedrooms, 1- bathroom, a sleeping loft, living/TV area, dining table and kitchenette. The bamboo wood flooring and natural wood trim provide the entire space with a modern Hill Country style.

Downstairs through the main entry, there is a breezeway that contains a large 6-person dining room table. A second bathroom is located adjacent to the breezeway in the garage along with the laundry area.

In addition, there is optional access to a full kitchen, living room and the master bathroom (all located downstairs) made available for an additional one-time $190 fee. -Please inquire w/owner for arrangements.

NOTE: This optional downstairs space is not occupied regardless if you choose to access it or not.

Bedrooms: Upstairs

There are queen size beds in each of the two bedrooms along with a closet and dresser for your clothes and personal items. The sleeping loft provides the 3rd queen size bed. And we also have an inflatable queen size bed if needed.

Bathrooms: Upstairs and downstairs

The bathrooms feature Travertine tile floor and shower. There is bathroom located upstairs and a 2nd bathroom downstairs via the garage access. The third bathroom (master with tub) located downstairs in the optional rental portion of the house.

The Loft:

Has a queen size bed (box spring & mattress). This is a great area for the kids and adults (access via a fixed wooden ladder) because of the private space with a wonderful view.

Upstairs Living Area:

Couch and chair w/ottoman, TV with DVD player and a spotting scope for watching the wildlife.

Upstairs Kitchenette:

Has a microwave and mini-fridge. It is stocked with a complete set of eating utensil, glasses, bowls, plates, etc. We also provide an electric skillet, a toaster oven, toaster, coffee maker and an electric hot water pot.-Complementary tea and coffee are included.

There is an R/O filtered water faucet and the house is supplied via a spring fed well and is treated with a water softener.

Breezeway: Downstairs

Accessed via the front door entrance. It contains a large wooden dining room table (seating for six) and provides one of the two entry points to the second story portion of the house via a metal spiral staircase. The breezeway walls are made of rugged hand-cut white limestone rock giving it a distinct Hill Country character.

Laundry: -High efficiency washer & dryer are located in the garage next to the 2nd full bathroom downstairs. We also have an ironing board and iron located upstairs in the east bedroom closet.

Outside covered porch and uncovered patio:

Located on the east side of the house, the covered porch contains a 6 person wooden table and chairs. the uncovered limestone patio has a charcoal grill (we provide the Charcoal) and a metal fire pit (we provide oak firewood).

Our house a one hour drive from Austin and San Antonio, located 7 miles from Johnson City and 27 miles from Fredericksburg with easy access to the LBJ ranch & National Historic Park, the National Museum of the Pacific War and numerous art galleries. It provides a unique getaway destination to enjoy the great outdoors while having access to Texas culture, arts, wineries and excellent local restaurants.

Hill Country Attractions: Fredericksburg, Texas

Originally settled by German immigrants in the 1840's, Fredericksburg is a charming town that has retained much of it's old world character from the architecture to authentic food. It is also the home town of Admiral Chester Nimitz and the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Hill Country Science Mill:

Located in Johnson City, this newly opened museum features a wonderful hands-on collection of science exhibits and kid focused activities.

Visit the LBJ historic sites located nearby:

1. Stonewall, Tx: Home of the 'Texas White House' where Lyndon Baines Johnson (36th President of the United States) ran the his presidency when he wasn't in Washington DC. LBJ and Ladybird are both buried in the family cemetery on the property.

2. Johnson City: The LBJ National Historic Park and his boyhood home are both located in Johnson City

3. Enchanted Rock and State Park: Hike and camp in the shadow of this huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States. Located just a little over an hour away.

4. Luckenbach, Texas: Made famous by Waylon Jennings country song. Only 25 minutes away

Texas Hill Country Wineries:

There are now over 40 Wineries located within the Texas Hill Country region. Most of these are within 30 minutes to an hour withing our house..Visit the Texas wine trail website for more information.

Please Note: SMOKING is NOT Allowed in the house or anywhere on this 62 acre property. ---Please understand there is a significant risk of wildfires in the Texas Hill County. These fires cause catastrophic damage to property, habitat and human/animal life; therefore we cannot take unnecessary risks associated with allowing people to smoke.

PETS are Not Permitted in the house or on the property. --Please understand there are a number of predator animals (i.e.coyotes, foxes, bobcats, snakes, etc.) that are native to the Texas Hill Country. We cannot control the wildlife and therefore do not want to take unnecessary risks with your pet(s).

If evidence of a pet activity or smoking is found in the house or within the 62 acre property the $300 security deposit will not be returned..-- We hope you can understand our genuine concern for safety!

Keywords: house, modern amenities, acreage, rural, family friendly, swimming

More Details

Brian Ballinger
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Brian Ballinger

We bought this house in January of 2007 and spent 2 1/2 years remodeling it. We also implemented a strategic land conservation measures on the 62 acre property by removing cedar, planting natural grasses and implementing erosion control. In addition, we spent 6 months building a 3 acre pond that had originally been created in the 1960's by LBJ when he owned this property.

Brian Ballinger purchased this house in 2007

Why Brian Ballinger chose Johnson City

We bought this house and property with the intent to teach our children to respect and enjoy the natural beauty of the hill country (fauna/flora) along with the diverse wildlife that mother nature has provided us here in the Texas Hill Country. And just as important, we can teach them to be good stewards of the land because it will be here long after we are gone.

Subsequently after remodeling the house and implementing the strategic land conservation measures, we decided to rent it so other families could have the same experience with their children, while briefly escaping from the hustle and bustle of our modern, technology driven lives.

What makes this house unique

You can relax in the confines of a modern hill country home, then step outside to connect with the sights, sounds and beauty of the great outdoors (on 62 acres). Unwind and reflect by one of the two ponds then enjoy a picnic lunch on the deck. Or sit by the fire pit at night enjoying the millions of stars overhead "Deep in the heart of Texas"!

Our house is located in the middle of what is now the second largest wine region (behind Napa Valley) in the United State between to two beautiful quaint Texas towns (Johnson City and Fredericksburg)


Johnson City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No hunting or guns (including BB or Air Rifles) allowed on the property
  • No off-road driving or ATV’s.
  • If you fish in the pond we have a catch and release policy.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Travertine tile
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Travertine tile
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Optional access to this bathroom
  • Access to 2 full bathrooms withith access to an optional 3rd master bathroom when renting the downstairs main kiitchen and living room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 1 queen
  • The two Bedrooms contain queen sized beds, night stands, dresser a closet for storing clothes and luggage. And the Loft has a queen size bed (box spring and mattress). Also available upon request: queen size inflatable mattress.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
There are two ponds for fishing (catch & release). The main pond which has large deck and picnic table is stocked with bass, catfish and perch.


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Texas Hill Country Getaway: Access to Arts, Museums & Wineries
average rating of 4.9 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I recommend this rental to anyone wanting peace and tranquillity !!! I felt so relaxed and stress free the entire time I was there. I will be returning and looking forward to it!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

This home was just what we needed for a relaxing ladies weekend! Brian was extremely helpful! The view was breathtaking and I can’t wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good get away

  • 5 of 5

Pretty good get away. I do think its odd that you have to pay extra for the full kitchen, but the owners nice, and its a nice property. Very relaxing and pretty. Not far from Fredericksburg.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your review... Regarding your questions about the downstairs main kitchen.. We have two types of guests that rent our house/62 acre property: Couples and families. We have found that most couples do not want to cook full meals, so the upstairs kitchenette works for their needs.. In this case, we can offer an overall reduce rental rate by not including the portion of the downstairs area that has the main kitchen, living area, breakfast table and 3rd bathroom. On the other hand, our guest families usually want to cook full meals, so they need the additional downstairs access along with the additional space, and the 3rd bathroom. With 8 years of experience renting our house, we have found that providing this option to be a good balance to accommodate our guests needs (both financially and flexibility)
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Very nice getaway. Out away from it all.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great week in and around central Texas. Great place to spend time with family out away from city and traffic noise. Had a minor issue first night with power outage in the area but Brian was attentive and accommodating. The house was perfect for our family, inside and out. Room to roam, run and play. I would recommend to others and definitely would stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Property

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great. If you plan on doing any real cooking you definitely need to pay for the downstairs area. It also helps to have it for general flow of the house.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Johnson City Gem

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful home on a scenic property. The location of this house definitely provides a feeling of seclusion and disconnect from every day life. In addition, Brian is a very responsive and accommodating owner. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the nice review! We are happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your vacation at our house/62 acre property. And we hope you will choose us again for you next visit to the Texas Hill Country!
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Austin Bergstom &San Antonio International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Johnson City
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Austin, Tx
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Hwy 290
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Johnson City
Car: necessary

Visit the LBJ National Historic Park and boyhood home in Johnson City (10 minute away)..

The LBJ Family home and cemetery is located in Stonewall, Tx about 20 minutes away.

The Pedernales Falls State park is located a few miles east of Johnson City (about 20 minutes away).

We are about 40 minutes away from Fredericksburg, Tx.. And there are numerous wineries located between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, Tx.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $60 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300

If you chose to rent the optional downstairs area which includes access to the main kitchen, master bathroom, living and breakfast area the cleaning fee will be $100.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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