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Cathy Meek

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english


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

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Smithville Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 12 in beds (double/queen beds). Comfy sleeper sofa sleeps 2 more

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.

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 in 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.

Rocking M Ranch is located outside Smithville, with an easy 25- minute drive to the world of antiquing in Warrenton and Round Top. Austin, 'Live Music Capital of the World' is less than an hour away. After an exciting day in the city, wind down at the Rocking M Ranch. Or better yet, just spend the day lying by the pool, or kayaking, canoeing, or fishing in the nearby Colorado River. Finish the day grilling a steak before unwinding in the hot tub or sitting by the campfire under star-lit skies. Chip golf balls across the tank, take a walk, or bring your bikes for enjoying a bit of that clean, country air.

Beginning late 2016, the RMR is gearing up to host special events and weddings for up to 125 people so keep us in mind. The home is perfect for family reunions, corporate picnics, church retreats, or other functions.

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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Cathy Meek (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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, along with 5 lazy cats, 2 dogs, and 2 hens. They let me hang around as long as the food bowls are full!

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.

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 adjacent to the screen porch, or grill under the quiet canvas of a million stars overhead.


based on 15 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

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
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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
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Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

Cathy was a great host and the property was exactly what we needed. My cycling team needed a place to stay during our 2 day ride and this was just what the Dr ordered. Cathy helped us arrange massages for the team. The hot tub helped with our aching muscles. Cathy gathered eggs from her hens so that we had fresh eggs for breakfast. The property is great. Plenty of room for all of us and far off the beaten path enough to just sit back and relax.

There is a trunk full of VHS tapes upstairs as well as a VHs player. There is a DVD downstairs in the main room and she has DirecTV wired in the house so you can stay connected to the outside world.

Kitchen had plenty of amenities and plenty of space to cook for the 6 in our party.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental is perfect for a family vacation. The owner is very personable and professional. Although the duplex adjoins the owners home, they are very respectful of your privacy. The entire place is beautiful and well maintained. We had 4 kids under age 8 that were completely entertained during our entire stay. We ventured into nearby Bastrop and Austin for a day, but honestly the kids just begged to go back and hang out at the house. The atmosphere was very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in the country. We swam during the day and enjoyed the hot tub at night. 30 minute drive for great music at the Bugle Boy. Enjoyed a quiche made from fresh eggs provided by hens on the property. Fed crackers to the neighbor's donkeys and goats. Home is beautifully decorated and located near great times in hill country.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tina, It was a pleasure having you and your sons visit for Mother's Day weekend. I'm glad you were able to relax and enjoy some down time. I really appreciate you taking the time to post a review of the property and share your experience at the RMR. Cathy
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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. There's always something fun going on in nearby Austin. The new Circuit of Americas featuring Formula One racing is a short 40-minute drive on back roads; other major Austin venues include SXSW and ACL, UT football games (go Horns!), and frequent bike/fun runs. After a frenzy day of fun in Austin, come home to the Rocking M Ranch and enjoy the quiet of the country. What a way to end the day!!!


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.


Rates & Availability

Smithville Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

Minimum 2-night stay required for rental only if not in conjunction with a special event. RMR does not charge a higher rate for Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, or New Years Eve!!! Special or seasonal events may be at a higher rate at owner's discretion. Check-in 3:00 p.m., check-out 12:00 noon. NOTE: (if back-to-back rentals are not indicated on the calendar, feel free to ask about early check-in or late check-out). Deposit refunded within 7 business days. No pets, please. Maximum of 15 guests.

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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Smithville Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
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
  • 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. A convenience for extra guests sleeping in the great room area, and for swimmers coming in and out.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
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.

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