|Space||2,000 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
NOTE: THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN LEASED OUT UNTIL SEPT, 2016
THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AND PLEASE BOOK EARLY FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS 2016; THOSE HOLIDAYS REQUIRE 3 NIGHTS MINIMUM AND ALL PAYMENTS MADE 60 DAYS IN ADVANCE, REFUNDABLE UNTIL 10 DAYS BEFORE YOUR VISIT AT THOSE TWO HOLIDAY TIMES. CONTACT ME FOR BRIDLESPUR VISITOR GUIDELINES. RESTRICTIONS ON CHILDREN'S AGES AND NO BIG DOGS.
Put on your boots, bring your family, leave that computer day job behind, and come out to this animal rescue ranch to grill, take long walks, watch stars shoot by overhead and sleep in total quiet only sometimes disturbed by an owl hoot or nickering horse. Live the Texas dream for a weekend. Scratch an Angus bull's ears and play with one of the rescued dogs or cats. Warning! The ponies run free on the 35 acres so bring carrots!
Full kitchen; big fireplace; south facing front screened porch; 2 resident indoor only cats that LOVE visitors who bring Whiskas tuna crunchies.....
Come relax AND do good. Your stay helps feed 27 rescued domestic and farm animals. See you soon, y'all!
I am a third generation horse owner and Bridlespur is a family ranch name from the World War II era when my father owned a large equitation facility in Hingham, Massachusetts after the big war. Then a second war in Korea came along to challenge my family and take Dad away. All the males in my family are associated with the First Cavalry out of Fort Hood, where I was born.
After the Korean War, my father was stationed with the First Cav at Fort Hood, Texas and I was native born at Fort Hood. I almost lost my Texas citizenship due to traveling the world but resecured my roots in 2004 by buying a rundown, cattle trodden 35 acre hay ranch and fixing it up. Now it houses 27 abandoned and/or hurt senior animals that no one wants.
There are three dwellings on the ranch and I have converted all of them to vacation rental units decorated with either traditional Texas leather furniture or shabby chic rustic. All guests are welcome here and I hope you will kick back, enjoy some peace, connect with your family and/or friends, enjoy your farm fresh breakfasts and a BBQ spread, explore the wonderful Georgetown square, and go home to tell your friends you feel truly rested.
Carrots are appreciated by all and boots are welcome inside. Pets will be considered on an individual basis but not encouraged.
If you have allergies....mmmm, maybe not the best choice?
Thank you for considering staying with us here at Bridlespur Ranch.
Pamela Mehl purchased this farmhouse in 2004
This ranch delivers a country lifestyle within 4.5 miles of Starbucks. You can plug in to activities or totally unplug and count stars. The location is ideal for all interests and activities. Your stay also does good. You support rescued senior animals who don't have a chance without visitors like you!
You will feel the same way I did when I first saw Bridlespur Ranch. First, as you turn off CR 152 onto my private dirt road on which the ranch is located, your cares start to melt away as you look down the half mile and feel the spaciousness around you. You pull up to the gate and see the contented, grazing horses, ponies, and goats and will want to walk along the miles of open fields then have a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire while you strum your guitar on the porch and watch darkfall. You will feel at peace.
Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:
The stone ranch house is not perfect but clean and comfortable with big leather couches and huge fireplace. Owner is currently doing little cosmetic fixes from drought year settlement which has no impact. Bring fresh spinach and carrots for very grateful rescued critters.
Pet friendly kid friendly not perfect but comfortable and restful
After putting up with traffic and noisy neighbors in Austin I decided to take periodic getaways to the country and found this place. It is pet friendly and kid friendly, so there's some nicks, but clean. About 10 minute drive to everything. Owner leaves you alone but does reside on the ranch. I can stand the weekly stress because I come here to sleep, relax, read. Great quiet get together place and dark at night. Pat a big bull and feed goats if you want. My old lab slept on the porch while I strummed my guitar. I will come at least once a month from now on.
This is an animal rescue ranch that welcomes animals and kids so the place is not perfect (some signs of previous dogs like a gnaw mark on one of the plantation shutters and scratches on outside of doors) but it is clean and comfortable with big leather furniture and hard to hurt tile floors with a huge stone fireplace. The owner intended the home to be for animal people, for riding boots and britches, sitting around a roaring fire after an afternoon ride, sipping wine. I don't ride but loved sitting on the porch watching the horses and I loved the dark nights with the bright stars.
I stayed SIX MONTHS and will miss the quiet privacy and Baby Calf, the huge Angus who likes back rubs, and Nanny, the Boer goat who I bought fresh greens for twice a week and who ran to me like an old friend. The owner fixed anything within 24 hours like a stuck toilet valve and was very pleasant. If you are building a house or are new to the area, this is the perfect option for you. The owner has strict guidelines on interacting with the animals on the ranch which must be respected for your safety and the animal's well being. There are visitor restrictions due to limited parking for tenants as well but since I am not a partier and don't have a lot of people over all the time, the owner and I were a good match. If you are a city person, this will be a very different experience for you with coyotes calling at night, the donkeys alerting when the coyotes run close, the red tail hawks floating overhead and the huge owl WHOWHO (get it?) will sweep suddenly out of the big tree in front. Yes, there is pony poop around but the ranch has helpers who scoop every day and help the owner. There are no free grazing animals right now so all animal evidence is really in the barn and pens. If you are a partier, or have uncontrollable kids, OCD issues or freak over seeing anything but perfect, you may need to adjust or pass this chance to be on a real Texas working ranch. Oh, and there is absolutely no tobacco use on the private road or the ranch which was fine with me. Bring your book, tablet or art supplies and relax. My daughter came for a weekend and we went into Georgetown, which is great, and came home with Thai food and really got reconnected.
Staying on the ranch gets you the best of all worlds: easy access to Austin for 6th Street rowdiness on the toll road 130, entrance ramp within 4 miles of the ranch; and easy access to the chic downtown square of Georgetown, voted the prettiest square in Texas. Fine antique shops, wineries, coffee shops, chocolate shops, gift shops, clothing stores and fun eateries are all waiting for you to explore them. Fascinating natural sights like the caverns are within 8 miles and if you must have a latte, Starbucks is only 5 miles from the ranch door. You won't want to leave the ranch much if you like animals: you will be too busy feeding carrots to ponies, visiting all the rescued animals and petting the big Angus steer named Baby Calf. Be prepared for ultimate quiet, stars galore and family fun playing board games in front of a roaring fire. Fast wireless if you simply must is available but give yourself the treat of really unwinding. Your stay also does good....it feeds rescued senior domestic and barnyard animals doomed to a bad end because of their age and care requirements. CAUTION: if you sit quietly, you will see our two resident red tailed hawks, two Mexican eagles, families of deer passing by and listen to the coyotes running free.
It is set up for a quiet, restful visit for a maximum of 6 guests at any time. It is not suitable for reunions or parties.
Children are welcome but if they cannot follow the guidelines of a safe visit, or they improperly interact with any of the animals, or they prove to be disobedient to respectful directions from adults, I reserve the right to cut the visit short with no adjustments. I am an experienced, trained classroom teacher and love kids, but this is a working ranch with lots of critters, so I run a tight safety ship! :)
The creeks are wet weather creeks which contain run off from 700 acres and are used by animals so I don't allow guest swimming. The Georgetown rec center with indoor and outdoor pools and Mel's bowling alley with arcade are 4 miles away.
If you would like a full discovery weekend, with hours of interaction with the 27 animals sheltering here, please call and we will discuss the extra charge to do that. This is not a riding stable and no riding on the property is available. Brushing, feeding and walking with animals is always appreciated by the inhabitants! Bring carrots!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
The ranch is located on my private road with no trespassing signs posted. PLEASE no lookie loos and drive-bys are not appropriate and are easily seen by my ranch hands. You are welcome to visit by appointment and I will be glad to give you a tour. I specifically purchased a ranch on a private road for, well, privacy! I have had celebrity clientele and privacy is cherished here.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.