About the property
- Farmhouse1500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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.
The ranch has been the site of many weddings. Please let us know if you want to plan a wedding there and we can help with the details. We charge a reasonable event fee for weddings and gatherings with additional guests.
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 of $250 to $300 per night) & 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
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). http://www.sciencemill.org/
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- Apr 23, 2018
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 Johnson City
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!
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Spacious Country living - Perfect escape from the city
This ranch house has everything we needed to enjoy our time in the peaceful countryside. Mary Pat has taken care to include so many great little touches. She was great about answering our many questions before our trip. We felt right at home the moment we arrived.
Careful thought has been given to keeping the home true to some old tradition, yet also keeping it comfortable and stylish. We loved the decor.
Our favorite was the amazing outdoor space. There are lots of areas to sit and relax while enjoying the countless stars at night in the quiet of the country. We loved the outdoor lights, swings, seating and especially the fire-pit.
This great spot is nicely removed from all busyness, yet it is close to so many fun things. We enjoyed visiting lots of the local businesses. This house is a gem! We can't wait to go back!
Thank you so much for your nice review! We enjoyed having your group---you all are wonderful guests! Please visit again! All the best, MP
Awesome country experience!!
Other than few minor country living surprises we loved our 3 night stay
I've enjoyed this property several times, and it continues to impress. The recent improvements show the care that goes into making it a wonderful vacation destination.
Thanks so much Chris! We always enjoy having you and your friends for your birthday celebration. It's nice that you choose to spend your special day at the ranch!
Fantastic stay! Wonderful host, and great property!
We stayed at Rancho De Vida for New Year's eve and loved It! 7 adults enjoyed the house, kitchen, and large dining table for food, conversation, and games. The kids loved the (heated) bunkhouse and property! Kitchen is well equipped. Lovely spots on the property to swim, walk, sit, stretch, ... Loved our stay! Thank you, Mary Pat!
Thank you so much for your nice review, Michael! Makes me happy your crew had a good time. Really enjoyed getting to know you and your wife and please come on back to Rancho de Vida! You guys were such great guests!
Rustic bohemian ranch
We were married in November of this year at Rancho de Vida and it was the perfect venue for us! Unseasonably warm so we got to use the pool and the kids adored the friendly longhorns!! The sunsets and moonrises were spectacular. The ranch comfortably accommodated our extended family and many memories were made by the fire pit. Love this place!
Thank you Meg for your kind review. I so enjoyed getting to know you and John through planning your special weekend. So happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed it...makes my heart happy that other people love the nature out there and what it does for the soul. Wishing you and John many, many years of happiness.
Perfect Hill Country Getaway
This was the PERFECT getaway for girls weekend. The house is cute and kitchy and the pictures do not do it justice! The property was amazing and beautiful and the house was so cozy. We hung out around the round table under the tree all weekend, talking and laughing. We had a group of 15 and we had plenty of space. The bunk house was so much fun and we felt like we were back at camp! The longhorns came to visit us a few times during weekend and it was fun to watch the alpacas. We will definitely be back!
Hi Kellie! Thanks so much for your nice review. It makes our hearts happy that you all had such a good time! It was a pleasure working with you on your girlfriends trip and so appreciate you all taking such good care of the place. Look forward to hosting you all again! Warm regards, MP
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
Additional information about rental rates
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 $300 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. Please inquire for weekly or monthly rates and wedding/event rates. A refundable $250 security deposit is collected at time of booking for property damages.