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Luxury Hill Country Retreat on Onion Creek w/Pool. Easy Access to Most Venues

Bedrooms 9
Half Baths1
Space 7,500 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Two house estate - 9BR, 5 1/2 BA total - sleeps up to 30 people

The perfect private retreat in the beautiful Hill Country, near to most wedding and event venues in Dripping Springs, Wimberly and Driftwood; but still close to Austin and convenient for SXSW, ACL, and more for your big family or corporate gatherings.

Named for the ancient Aboriginals who roamed the vast Australian desert some 40-65,000 years ago,Tingari Ranch Retreat is a secluded yet luxurious retreat nestled in the Texas hill-country and waiting to welcome your family and friends for a truly magical escape.

The Ranch consists of two large homes, the Ranch House and the Bungalow, tucked away in a private tranquil valley on an escarpment with Onion Creek meandering through its center.Together, these homes total more than 7,500 square feet of living space (sleeping up to a maximum of 30 people - 15 in each house) set in a 72 acre oasis. In addition to the chef-equipped gourmet kitchens, and well-appointed indoor spaces, the outdoor facilities include hiking trails, full size tennis court, horseshoe pit, beach volleyball court, kayaking and paddle boat when the creek is full (many months of the year - in late summer the creek level can drop if we don't get a lot of rain), a life size chess board set, a salt-water pool, and a built in fire-pit between the two houses, perfect for singing around the campfire. Wildlife is always in abundance, from a wide variety of native birds, deer and the occasional fox.

Accommodations between the two houses: The Ranch House consists of three floors of living space sleeping up to 15 people: 4 large bedrooms (1 with King beds plus sofa bed, 1 with King bed plus twin and trundle, and 2 with Queen beds, a small office with a twin hide-a-bed, and a gameroom where we can set up our inflatable queen sleeper, 2.5 bathrooms, (plus outdoor shower) large kitchen dining and living areas with two story stone fireplace, top of the line appliances such as a Thermador range/oven, two flat-screen HDTVs, a large game/media room w/foosball and air-hockey, a small home gym, ping-pong table, and a huge outdoor deck with an outdoor fireplace perched 20 feet above the ground amid the treetops overlooking Onion Creek just twenty yards away.

The Australian Bungalow, 50 yards from the Ranch House, sleeps up to 15 people. This single story house consists of 4 large bedrooms (2 with King beds, one with a King bed plus twin and trundle, and one with 2 bunk beds with 2 trundles), a small single bedroom with twin bed, 3 full bathrooms, large kitchen dining and living areas with a stone fireplace, a huge covered outdoor deck with outdoor fireplace and sweeping views through the trees beyond the pool to the nearby creek.

More Details

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are so thankful for such an incredible home-away-from-home! This home has made the wedding weekend so special, definitely one to remember. Everything has been perfect from the weather to the houses, more than we could ever dream of. We were constantly impressed with all the activities and amenities that Tingari Ranch has to offer. We are so fortunate to relax in such a luxurious place and get ready for such a magical weekend. Thank you for opening up your home to us, we are forever thankful! It is beautiful and so wonderful. Can't wait to come back and visit!
Jun 2014
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Dripping Springs Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 30
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • PLEASE NOTE! You must sign our Rental Agreement and submit w/booking request No camping on site No hunting on site
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bungalow BA 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bungalow BA 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bungalow BA 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ranch House BA 1 - toilet , shower
    Ranch House BA2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Ranch House BA3 - toilet
    Ranch House Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bungalow BR1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Bungalow BR2 - 1 king
    Bungalow BR3 - 1 king
    Bungalow Bunkroom - 6 twin/ single , 2 bunkbeds w/trundles
    Bungalow BR5 - 1 twin/ single
    Ranch House BR1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Ranch House BR2 - 1 queen
    Ranch House BR3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
    Ranch House BR4 - 1 queen
  • In addition to the bedrooms above, we also have an office with a twin hide-a-bed, and a queen inflatable raised bed that can be set up in the Ranch House game room, making the total sleep accommodations for up to 30 (15 in each house).
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 24 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
No events allowed on site.


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Luxury Hill Country Retreat on Onion Creek w/Pool. Easy Access to Most Venues
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 31 reviews

Wedding weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for large family or groups! The two houses were roomy and well designed for large groups..... we had extended family from all over in for the wedding and this house made for a perfect family gathering. Kids and adults enjoyed the pool, paddle boat and kayaks. Just got back home and I've had nothing but good comments from everyone on how nice this place was to stay and everyone want to go back.

Had a small issue with the toilet in the bungalow but the property manager took care of it immediately. Also, we were told the internet service was not good, this is true but we honestly didn't miss it. :-)

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Hill Country Property

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic property and extremely well maintained, both inside and outside. All the amenities were in great working order and there was plenty of space/ clean beds for everyone. All of the activities on the property passed the time from Basketball to Volleyball and plenty of water sports with the pool and adjacent river. The caretaker of the house even called to warn of us of an incoming storm prior to our departure. Simply put, there was nothing to say one bad word about this property. i would highly recommend this to groups and families alike.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Hill Country Retreat

  • 3 of 5

The Ranch was fabulous! We stayed in Dripping Springs for my Daughters Wedding Weekend. We had family come in from many states. Both the Ranch house and the Bungalow were clean and very comfortable. We put the Adult Children (22-30) in the Bungalow and the 50+ adults stayed in the Ranch house, it was a perfect arrangement. There was so much to do at the Ranch that, besides leaving to go to the Wedding, we didn't need to go anywhere else. We enjoyed Bike riding the amazing trails on the property, swimming in the salt water pool, kayaking and paddle boating, Playing tennis and basketball, Chess :) and we even enjoyed a fire at the fire pit. Everyone had a terrific time. Wonderful place for a Family Reunion.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, and we're so happy you enjoyed your stay at the ranch for your family's wedding weekend, and that the two-house set up worked for the varied members of your party. Spring is our favorite time at the ranch, and pleased to hear you were able to take advantage of all our onsite activities. Please do come back and visit us again the next time you are in Texas!
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Beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Our family stayed at Tingairi Ranch for our son's wedding weekend. We found everything to be just as described in the listing. Both houses were very clean, attractively decorated and very well maintained. We asked for a change of sheets for the bedrooms in the Ranch House, and they were provided without hesitation. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words about the ranch - we are happy that all worked well for your son's wedding weekend, and that the turnover from groomsman to family guests on Saturday went smoothly. Congratulations to your family on the happy occasion!
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Perfect family reunion location!

  • 5 of 5

We just had our family reunion there and it was the best location ever! There was something for everyone ages 3 to 91! Mel was great to work with and the accommodations and available activies far exceed the description!!

We loved it and will bide back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you out at the ranch, and look forward to a return visit next summer. So glad your family enjoyed your stay!
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Family Reunion at Tingari Ranch

  • 5 of 5

The Ranch lives up to its billing! It is as described and better. It is so well equipped! Everything you need in the kitchen, plenty of towels for the baths and pool, bikes, kayaks, paddle boat, air hockey, tennis racquets, etc.

The pool is terrific and the creek is great fun. My grandson caught fish all day long and we enjoyed kayaking and paddle boating. The property is superbly maintained and was in perfect shape even though the big flood was only a few weeks earlier.

Mel is great to deal with on making arrangements, answering questions, and just generally being helpful! Thanks again Mel!

I would definitely recommend Tingari Ranch to anyone and I hope to return myself.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We're so pleased your family was able to enjoy all of the activities that make the ranch so special. We would love to have you back for another stay in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!
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Nearest Airport
32 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Golf
18.3 Miles
Grey Rock Golf Club
Car: recommended

A beautiful secluded ranch just 35 minutes from Austin, nestled in an ancient valley where Tonkawa Indians camped on the banks of Onion Creek. Amid a typical Texan hill-country landscape of rolling hills, spring-fed creeks, abundant wildlife and majestic views, Tingari Ranch Retreat is just 3 miles from the small bustling town of Dripping Springs, known for generations as 'The Gateway to the Hill Country'. Dining and music can be found in Dripping Springs, including the famous Salt Lick Bar-B-Que Restaurant, and the Nutty Brown Cafe with its large outdoor live music venue. For more variety, take the 35 minute drive into downtown Austin and enjoy all that the Live Music Capital of the World has to offer. Shopping and more dining can be found up the road in Wimberley; other area attractions such as the San Marcos Outlet Malls and the LBJ ranch are also within a half-hour's drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,000
Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning Fee $600
Tax Rate 13.0%

PLEASE NOTE: 15 guests maximum in each house.
IF TRYING TO USE "BOOK IT NOW": We will send you our own personalized Rental Agreement which MUST be signed and returned within 24 hours, along with the Deposit payment made through Book It Now to secure a final booking; remaining fees are invoiced 45 days prior to check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.