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Enjoy pool, hiking, creek, views and vineyards from historic ranch-a-rita

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic farmhouse sleeps up to 9 plus bunkhouse sleeps 9+

Whether you are craving an escape from the city and reconnecting with nature or a great place to explore all theTexas Hill Country has to offer, you'll find it here at Rancho de Vida. The relaxing starts when you turn your car into the gate. This 100-year-old plus farm house has been lovingly restored and burnished into a wonderful gathering place for friends & family. Texas Hill Country meets shabby chic in the shadow of a 400-year-old oak in the backyard.

Dine under the canopy of the lighted oak, enjoy a campfire and gazing at the stars. Hike the property's bluffs and creek beds, float in the limestone bottom seasonal creek, take in the sunshine from the hammock, tree swings and treehouse. In 2015, we added a 24-foot round "stock tank" swimming pool, to cool off and swim in. Beautiful hill top area with an arbor and hay bale couch. Take in the views across the valley and toast each sunset. There's even a stage for kids to do skits or hone their chops for the big time and a dance floor for boot scootin' to music under trees light up with patio lights.

Rancho de Vida is located right in the middle of the New Napa---at least a dozen wineries are in a 20 minute drive. Historic Fredericksburg is a short drive, as is Luckenbach if you want to do some boot scootin'. Two state parks, both with water for swimming, and the LBJ National Park and the Western White House are within 15 minutes. Explore the parklike setting of bluffs and creek beds on our 67-acres and bike the quiet backroads that surround the property.

Main house 1st floor kitchen-dining room, living room, master bedroom and bath. Second floor has two bedrooms and 1/2 bath. One bedroom has one full-size bed and one queen bed, and second bedroom one full-size bed .

Air conditioned and heated bunkhouse is optional (additional cost) & sleeps 9---perfect for kids. Great new bath house adjoins with two showers, two toilets, a sink and plenty of getting ready for a hill country night out room.

Ranch location & local attractions: Austin- 1 hour away

San Antonio-1 hour away

Johnson City--10 minutes

Luckenbach-15 minutes

Marble Falls -boating & golf-- 20 minutes

Enchanted Rock & Pedernales State Park-hiking 15 to 20 minutes

Fredericksburg festivals & shopping--20 minutes

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail---10 minutes

LBJ National Historical Park--10 minutes

Benini Studio and Sculpture Ranch--3 minutes (2 miles)

There are now 30 plus wineries within 20 minutes of Rancho de Vida. Let us assist you in scheduling your wine country tour---limo services are available for you and your group.

The new Hill Country Science Mill is a great outing for kids and students of all ages. Taking an old mill in Johnson City in 2015, the Hill Country Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Mary Pat
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About Mary Pat

I took an aptitude test at the age of 20 and it said I'd be good in advertising or agriculture. I have checked the advertising box as the owner of an Austin ad agency for 20 years and have loved getting in touch with my agriculture roots more recently with the purchase of Rancho de Vida. It's been a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, enjoy the therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature.

Mary Pat purchased this farmhouse in 2008

Why Mary Pat chose Texas Hill Country

About 10 years ago I went to a retreat where we talked about getting back on track with goals and pursuing your dreams. One of the exercises was to write your obituary. I'd been thinking about it a bit as I had just finished chemo for breast cancer when I was 44. I wrote this obit almost joyfully, describing how I had a special place in the country where friends and family could gather, listen to music, eat great meals and enjoy being out in nature and dancing under the Texas stars. Later, I shared with a couple of friends and forgot about it. Several years went by and then one of my friends, a real estate broker, said 'I found your place.' I'd forgotten about the obit and the description of my ranch-a-rita. Well, fell in love with the place at first site. Friends and family have gathered there and created some great memories. Just coming over the rise to the entrance of the ranch, my blood pressure lowers and the connection to nature takes over. Life becomes simpler and more beautiful. The giant oak tree right outside the house, is a place where people gather under for meals and draw strength from that big, wise oak. It's estimated to be 300 to 400 years old. There are lights in the tree and a bird cage 'chandelier' over the table. Life is good. And it brings me happiness to share with others.

What makes this farmhouse unique

History of House

Under the sprawling old oak (now 350-years + old), the Weirich family built this house in 1910 of shiplap construction. Shingle siding was put over this in the 1950s. The house was originally a dogtrot-style house, with a breezeway running down the middle of the house. There was no front door to the home then. The stairs leading to the upstairs bedrooms were on the outside of the house, in the style of a Fredericksburg Sunday house.

The original wagon road came right by this house (now the driveway) and was rerouted in 1980. This was the same year improvements were done to update the house with modern conveniences, but still maintain the integrity of the original. Indoor plumbing was established; as was the enclosure of the back porch at the foot of the stairs and the breezeway in order to add a bath.

Original wainscoting is evident throughout the house, as is the original window glass, doors and hardware. Nine-foot ceilings and transoms above the doors are special features of this pioneer home.

The house had two wood-burning stoves, one in the front bedroom and one in the kitchen. Single-drop light fixtures were in each room. The parlor (the room on the south side of the home) was off limits to children, except on Christmas morning when the cedar tree was lit with candles in the German tradition.

Part of the cement hitching post can still be seen next to the road at the front gate and a part of the old lightening rod is still attached to the home in one corner.

The land is very varied over it's 67 acres. There's a hill top with forever views looking north west, a rocky ravine, seasonal creek that has a great limestone bottom swimming hole and waterfalls when it's running, beautiful hayfields, oaks and wildflowers.

Rancho de Vida is a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, realize the surprising therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature. Hope you have enjoyed your stay here!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your wonderful home. The weekend was so perfect and all of the girls loved the house, it was definitely a hit! So many girls made comments about wanting to return, seeing as it was such a perfect location and really made the weekend so special.

Thanks again for such a great weekend and all of your help leading up to it!
Apr 2016
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Johnson City Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Farmhouse bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shower attachment on antique claw foot tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Upstairs bathroom in farmhouse has toilet and sink
    Bunkhouse Bath house - Brand new cute addition has two showers and two toilets
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Enjoy a shower under the stars.
    Bunkhouse Bathhouse - toilet , shower , 2 showers & 2 toilets in the bunkhouse bath house
  • Claw foot tub in downstairs full bathroom with shower attachment. Upstairs half bath has sink and toilet. Bunkhouse has bath house with two showers and two toilets. New bath house adjacent to bunkhouse features two roomy showers, two toilets and a sink. Lots of room for changing and getting ready for a night out. Rustic outdoor shower behind pump house. Shower under the stars is a great experience. Bunk house also has 2 seater outhouse. Great for pictures!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Master - 1 queen , Downstairs
    Cowgirl Room - 1 queen , 1 double , Upstairs
    Sunroom Day Bed - 1 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Red Bedroom - 1 double , Upstairs
    Optional Bunkhouse - 9 twin/ single , Across the yard from the farmhouse with bath house.
  • Two booking options ! Rent the main house only that sleeps up to 9 in beds. Larger Group or need more room ? Add the bunkhouse that sleeps 9+ for $250 per night. Bunkhouse is air conditioned and has heating, with a refrigerator, 4 XL bunk beds, sleeping 8, and a swing couch/bed. Cute bath house adjoins the bunkhouse and has two showers, two toilets and a sink.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Small well-behaved dogs allowed on 1st floor of main house and bunk house only. We keep our upstairs pet free for our guests with allergies or asthma. There is a pet fee for pets.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Enjoy pool, hiking, creek, views and vineyards from historic ranch-a-rita
average rating of 4.888889 based on 57 reviews

We <3 The Farm!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Rancho de Vida twice now (my girls call it the farm) and we LOVE it.

Peaceful, quiet and completely charming. The pool is perfect for hot summer days and the kids love the bunk house for their board games and late nights. We plan on going back this spring. Wonderful place for large families.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! You all come back anytime....the farm <3's you!
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Amazing trip for the entire family!

  • 5 of 5

Rancho de Vida lived up to all the reviews and pictures on the website. Our family of 21 enjoyed everything the property had to offer. We can't wait to go back. We used both the house and the bunkhouse. Both were extremely clean and well maintained with a kitchen stocked for everything we needed. We took day trips to Johnson City, Fredericksburg and Luckenbach. I would recommend without hesitation.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Holly! So glad you all had such a good time. Volver at Rancho de Vida!
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Awesome spot!

  • 5 of 5

The whole property is amazing. Excellent accommodations and service. Perfect spot for our small, outdoor, hill country wedding. Mary Pat was very helpful and answered all our questions. The best day of our lives was hosted by Rancho de Vida and we wouldn't have had it any other way. Thanks Mary Pat! Can't wait to get back out there!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Marta! So glad you all enjoyed your very special weekend. And thanks for sharing your wedding pics---what a beautiful couple!
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Great house for a bachelorette weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the ranch for a bachelorette weekend. We had 8 ladies staying in the house and 5 in the bunkhouse. The ranch was the prefect size for our group! We had our wine tour guide – Heart of Texas Wine Tours (recommended by Mary Pat) - pick us up at the ranch and enjoyed a fun wine-tasting day. The ranch is close enough to attractions nearby (downtown Johnson City), but the property is secluded enough to make you feel that you are really in the country. We enjoyed hanging out under the huge oak tree on the property and cooling off in the pool. Mary Pat was super nice and very responsive via email throughout the booking process! I would definitely recommend this for a larger group!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jessica. Thank you for the lovely review. So glad you all had a great experience there. It was a pleasure getting to know you and hope you all come back! Best, Mary Pat
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Houston, TX

Lovely Little Country Getaway

  • 4 of 5

A group of 6 of us stayed at Rancho de Vida for a wedding in Johnson City/Albert, Tx. We wanted something far enough away from town, that we weren't dealing with noise or a crowded hotel, but close enough to get back and forth from town quickly. Rancho de Vida offered both. The property is stunning, and once the pool is complete, you won't want to leave the grounds for a thing! Communication was speedy and effortless with Mary Pat, and I would recommend her home to anyone looking for a getaway in Johnson City! A+

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ashley, Thanks so much for the nice review. Glad you all enjoyed your stay and come back to enjoy the pool! All the best, Mary Pat
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Fort Worth, TX

amazing place for bachelorette party

  • 5 of 5

We comfortably slept 19 people here for a bachelorette party this past weekend, it was amazing. guest house with bunk beds was super adorable, easily fit 11 in there as well as another 9 inside the main house. The location was just far enough but not too far away. Spent all day Saturday at the wineries in Fredricksburg, and the other nights out by a camp fire or around the large dining room table sharing stories. I would definitely recommend for a girls weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Samantha, So glad you girls had a good time! Hope the wedding is extra special and come back and see us soon. Best, MP
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
San Antonio Airport & Austin Bergstrom
Car: necessary

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, world class golf, antiques, biking, hiking, shopping, festivals, lakes, rivers, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Blanco and Luckenbach, Texas within 20 minute drive, wine tasting, star gazing, Hill Country views, art & music.

Other Activities: Museums, festivals, live music, golf, water sports 20 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Johnson City Farmhouse Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Bunkhouse per night $300 + Tax
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

The bunk house that sleeps 9---4 XL bunk beds and one swing sofa/bed. Pricing is based on what housing is reserved and number of people in your group.

Please note to rent the air conditioned/heated bunkhouse is $250+ additional per night. The auto quote HomeAway or VRBO generates only estimates for one night and HomeAway and VRBO don't offer a way to fix that---apologies for any confusion.

Bath house adjacent to bunkhouse---two toilets, two showers and a sink. An outdoor shower, too, for enjoying the stars while bathing.

Inquire for weekly or monthly rates.

A refundable $250 security deposit is collected at time of booking for property damages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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