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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Sleeps 13 in beds (double/queen beds/sofa bed with inflatable mattress)

General Description of property:

Take your boots off, set a spell, and enjoy country life at its best. Enjoy breakfast on the back screen porch with coffee or sit by the pool with the peaceful sound of the pool's waterfall. At night, a million stars and s'mores await at the fire pit. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or hosting a special event, the Rocking M Ranch is the perfect location.

The structure shown in the photos is a spacious, two-story ranch-plex with two full, separate homes. The larger of the two homes is the rental property; owner occupies the smaller home. Both homes are private with separate entrances and screen porches. Guests have sole use of the backyard, pool, hot tub, outdoor grills, fire pit, and utility room with a 1/2 bath. The Master suite downstairs features a queen and twin bed, and private bath with two sinks and walk-in shower. The great room downstairs has a wood-burning fireplace, flat-screen TV, DVD player. The leather Lazy Boy sofa has a comfy, inflatable, queen mattress for extra sleeping. Kitchen features all stainless appliances, refrigerator with ice maker, and two sinks.Two upstairs bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed and twin trundle bed. The second upstairs bedroom has a double bed and two single beds. All bedrooms and great room have basic cable. TV's in the great room and master suite have record/replay capability. An upstairs game room has a built-in wet bar with microwave, sink, and mini-fridge. The game room has a pool/ping pong table. A large utility with W/D, sink, and half-bath separates the homes and is for tenants' use. It also has a separate door to the backyard pool. The home is on a public water system with all drinking water and ice filtered.

Rocking M Ranch is located outside Smithville, with an easy 30 minute drive to the world of antiquing in Warrenton and Round Top. Austin, known as the 'Live Music Capital of the World' is less than an hour away.

The RMR property is currently available for hosting day or evening events for 50-100 people. Events can be set up inside the spacious, fully-furnished home with additional seating around the pool area. The pool area features festive party lights strung on poles over the pool, a large fire pit, and a shade structure that serves dual purpose as a "saloon". An additional seating area adjacent to the pool can easily be transformed into a dance floor.

Construction is underway at the RMR. Beginning early 2017, amenities will include a shaded chapel area, picnic grounds and outdoor reception area. Event packages will include one overnight stay and use of the fully-furnished home and grounds, plus tables, chairs, and more, for up to 125 people. Other optional services will also be offered.

While visiting Smithville, who knows who you will run into with major film stars frequenting our quaint, little town? Regardless, we're sure you'll be glad you visited our area and the Rocking M Ranch. Give us a call at 512-420-6755 for further information or to schedule your special event.

More Details

Cathy Meek
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Cathy Meek

Growing up in Austin when it was just a small city, the countryside was just minutes away. Then came Austin sprawl, and crazy traffic! We purchased the land outside Smithville in 2006, and slowly our little slice of heaven evolved into the Rocking M Ranch. These days the property is shared with visitors from all over that come to enjoy 'Real Country, Real Close.'

Cathy Meek purchased this chateau / country house in 2010

Why Cathy Meek chose Texas Lakes

The Rocking M Ranch is located in Bastrop County outside the City of Smithville and is in the heart of Central Texas, and three major cities. It is less than 1 hour from Austin, 2 hours from Houston, and 1 1/2 hours from San Antonio. The RMR is perfect for an overnight stay in conjunction with hosting a special wedding or event.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Guests here enjoy a morning stroll on the property with coffee or a glass of wine next to the pool while looking out over a backdrop of wildflowers in spring and summer. At night, roast s'mores and relax at the the large firepit or grill under the quiet canvas of a million stars overhead. In addition to providing a spacious rental space for up to 15 overnight guests, the property is perfect for hosting on-site events.


Smithville Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 15
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Utility half-bath - toilet , Half bath in large utility has toilet sink/extra towels
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large, walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two and 1/2 bath. The half-bath is located in the large utility area which also has an outside door to the back yard and pool area. A convenience for extra guests sleeping in the great room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfy, inflatable queen sleeper sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Twin bed with twin trundle underneath
  • Portable crib/playpen available; great room sofa has comfy, inflatable mattress. Deluxe queen air mattress with pump also available upon request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Consider RMR for your next corporate event, party, family reunion, wedding. RMR has a limited catering menu and can provide a list of area catering companies as well. Call for additional details


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

IDEAL for hosting out of town wedding!

  • 5 of 5

Our son's wedding weekend was a big success thanks to our host Cathy. Since everyone was from out of town, the wedding party was able to stay together at this spacious, clean and comfortable home. We hosted the rehearsal dinner here also and it was the perfect set up for serving people and visiting. Cathy offered everything from the extra refrigerator space to the oversized salad bowl. The home is in a lovely, peaceful, country setting, less than 15 minutes from the wedding venue, Red Ridge Receptions, and even closer to Main St. Smithville. Our group enjoyed the pool table, the screened in porches, and the fire pit. There were plenty of beds and room to spread out. The bride and her bridal party benefitted from the oversized master bath and closet space, especially while having their hair and make up done. The owners went out of their way to assist us and lend a helping hand.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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***Amazing Property and Hosts***

  • 5 of 5

I have only stellar comments for the hosts and the Rocking M Ranch! We found the property to be exactly as described and it had everything we needed to host a gathering prior to my daughters wedding, along with birthday celebrations over the weekend and sleep everyone very comfortably. There was an issue with the pool and hot tub when we first arrived, but the hosts communicated with us very well and the issue was resolved in the time frame promised and we were able to enjoy both! The one thing the description is missing is how incredible the hosts are! Great communication before and during our stay. I will definitely consider this property in the future for our small group, family gatherings or just when we need a get-away and will recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best place to be !

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th annual girls trip to Smithville. We love this house and everything about the property. We relax in the pool all day and cook and play games in the evening. Coffee on the back porch in the morning is wonderful. Cathy always makes sure we have what we need and treats us like family. Thanks for another wonderful relaxing weekend, can't wait to come back next year !


P.S. Be sure to check out Bone Spirits Distillery in Smithville.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much!!! Our goal is for guests to relax and enjoy a respite from living in the city and forgetting traffic and stress!!! It's always so nice having ya'll visit and really appreciate the comments.
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Nice place in the quiet countryside!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time at the ranch! The place is really nice and a great place to stay for friends to spend quality time together! We really enjoyed the hot tub and screened in porch and we had plenty of room to spread out. The owner is easy to work with and the house is out in the country but close to lots of attractions! Thanks for sharing your piece of the country with us! Loved the chickens, dogs, cats and all that goes with the ranch!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fit

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway. My daughter spent most of the time on the pool. Very quiet and private. I recommed staying here.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful new home in the country

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic! We had everything we needed and more. The house is surrounded by idyllic countryside, wildflowers, horses, etc. The house itself appears to be completely new and upscale. We loved it and will be back!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Smithville Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.0%

Minimum 2-night stay for rental only. If rental is in conjunction with an event, 1-night minimum stay required. Check-in 3:00 p.m., check-out 12:00 noon for rental only. Optional event times vary. Call for event fees and special rental/event bundle pricing. No pets, please. Maximum of 15 guests for rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Huebel's Ice House
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
TX 95
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Pocket's Grill

The City of Smithville is less than a 10-minute drive, the City of Bastrop 15 minutes, and the City of Austin a short 45 minutes away. The property is located in the heart of Central Texas.

Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Community in Texas by the Texas Film Commission and is home to the movie 'Hope Floats' filmed 10 years ago and starring Sandra Bullock. Numerous other films, including “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt, and “Beneath the Darkness” starring Dennis Quaid were shot in and around the area.

In close proximity to Smithville are several public golf courses and the Rocky Hill Ranch bike trails. The Colorado River and Buescher State Park are just minutes away. The City of Bastrop is a short 15-minute drive.

Fabulous antique shopping in Warrenton and Round Top is less than 30 minutes away or visit some of the area's newest wineries and vineyards just a short 45-minute drive. There's always something fun going on in nearby Austin. Major Austin venues include SXSW, ACL, UT football games (go Horns!), and frequent bike/fun runs.

Buescher State Park is approximately 5 miles away and has beautiful hike and bike trails, fishing, canoeing.

The Colorado River is less than 4 miles away and is great for kayaking or just floating down the river.

Bastrop has a movie theater, opera house, sports bars, bowling, skating rink, great eating places, and shopping as well.

Nearby Cities and Airport

Austin less than one hour away. Houston is approximately 1 1/2 hours away. San Antonio is approximately 1 3/4 hours away. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is 40 minutes away.


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