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Our Carriage House in San Antonio sits on seven acres in the Texas hill country. The circa-1929 limestone cottage is a reclaimed barn with the original sliding doors affixed to the outside. Inside the spacious open area, you'll find an exposed limestone wall and concrete floors. The queen bed has a cushy, comfy mattress topper. The round window in the front has a unique architectural design of cut limestone. The window over the kitchen sink gives a bucolic view of the vegetable garden and horse pasture. The seating area features a unique niche in the wall that looks like a fireplace mantel. The oversized bathroom/dressing room features a glass, walk-in shower with a rainfall shower head and a towel warmer. Every window in the cottage has a woodland view of trees, wildlife or horses. The front porch, with comfortable chairs, is a great spot for greeting the morning with a cup of coffee and pastries. Around the back of the Carriage House is a place to sit with a glass of tea or wine and enjoy the hill country views. Down by the old rock wall there is a fire pit so you can roast marshmallows or make s'mores. You can say hello to our concierge ponies, Jack and Starbuck, and perhaps offer them a piece of apple through the fence. And, our chickens are happy to provide you with farm fresh eggs.
We are just 13 miles from Fiesta Texas and 15 miles from Seaworld. Local-flavor restaurants include El Chaparral, Grey Moss Inn and Scenic Loop Cafe. There are food trucks just a mile down the road at Dino's and Gino's Liquors.
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homeaway #3581698. This charming 100-year-old home built by my great-grandparents features a wide front porch for lounging in the cool breezes, sipping lemonade and enjoying conversation. Step through the 100-year-old door into the living room with original hardwood floors and working fireplace. Curl up in a chair next to the fireplace for a cozy hour of reading. Or lounge on the leather sofa to watch TV. Further in the house, the gracious dining room has a table for four. You'll fall in love with the built-in china cabinet and the floor-to-ceiling windows that let in natural light. The Vienna bedroom has a sophisticated air with a mirrored dressing table and period accents. Open the closet door to reveal a full-length mirror. The Bavarian Room has a chic European feel with elegant touches. Both rooms have queen beds and luxurious sheets. The bathroom has a granite-like countertop and a vessel sink. The original hardwood floors in the kitchen have just recently been rediscovered! What a warm feeling to wake up to the smell of coffee and step into this kitchen with old world butcher block countertops and a bright view over the sink. A granite peninsula adds even more counter space. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave, wine rack and other modern conveniences are provided. The large backyard is furnished with outdoor seating so you can relax under the palm tree with the beverage of your choice after a busy day downtown.
Within walking distance: Starbucks, Local Coffee, BIRD Bakery, Broadway Daily Bread, Central Market grocery store and more. Restaurants include Cappy's, Cappyccino's, Mon Thai Bistro & Sushi, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine, Lion & Rose British Pub.
We are within five miles of the Alamo, RiverWalk, convention center, Alamodome, Majestic Theater, Witte Museum, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, botanical gardens, zoo, Pearl Brewery, Institute of Texas Cultures, Quarry Market, Trinity University, Incarnate Word University, Children's Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital.
Within 10 miles, you can reach UTSA downtown, Our Lady of the Lake University.
My great grandparents bought this property along with more than 500 acres so they could farm and run a dairy. Erich and Lydia Menger spent more than 30 years there. After their passing, their four children inherited the property. My grandmother, her brothers and their families continued farming but in 1973, it was decided to sell the property. As a little girl, I was devastated to lose my favorite playground. I vowed that someday I would by the ranch back. The man who bought the ranch sold off the acreage but in 2000 the seven acres that contained the original houses and sheds came on the market. With my husband's support, I WAS able to buy the ranch back! I also got the pony I'd always wanted from childhood.
Linda Klar purchased this cottage in 1929
We enjoy the wildlife, the history, the farm ways. We hope you enjoy the charming old rock house, the vantage points from which you can relax and see the mountains.
Our special location allows you to enjoy Old Town Helotes with cute shops, market days, bicycling and live country music. Seaworld and Fiesta Texas are just 15 miles away. La Cantera mall offers department stores and your favorite shops. UTSA and Southwest Research are close by. And you can enjoy a day at the Riverwalk downtown and the retreat from the sounds of the city to the peaceful chirping of cicadas.
Government Canyon State Natural Area is closeby.
Carriage House is a cute little place to stay outside of the city. Sits back off the road, had all the things we needed including a very nice large bathroom and walk-in shower. Horses and chickens were fun to watch too. Thanks for a very nice visit in Helotes, Tx.
Very easy access to San Antonio and Helotes. Fairly quiet but some highway noise. Owners seem very hospitable. We got 3 fresh eggs for breakfast. Several areas outside to sit and enjoy the view. Patio faces main house but their sitting area is around back so good privacy.
We were blessed to stay here. What a wonderful place to be! The carriage house is a perfect getaway. We loved walking and biking by the San Antonio River and seeing all the missions. We enjoyed meeting Linda and Joe and learning about the rich family history. We liked our stay very much.
Nice break from cold weather. Carriage house is wonderful. Really enjoyed sitting on porch and enjoying the quiet. The horses and chickens were fun to watch.
This house was just the perfect getaway for my husband, two pups and I. It was clean and the property has been kept up so nicely. We loved petting the horses, our two border collies met horses for the first time and loved them! (Through the fence of course!) we spent one afternoon under a big shady tree reading and sipping wine. Just a great weekend. We will be back! Thank you!!
The Carriage House is a great place to stay and get back to nature. There's a full kitchen to make meals instead of eating out and the bathroom is clean and has plenty of room. This is also a great place to take your dogs as there's a lot of open space to walk them. Overall a great stay!
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2 night minimum stay
In addition to the Carriage House, we have the larger Big Cottage on the same property in case your traveling party increases in size. The Big Cottage accommodates up to 6 people with two queen beds, a twin bed and a generously-sized sofa. The Grand Veranda affords a beautiful hill country view and the spacious side patio has an outdoor dining table for 6 plus conversation seating around a fire pit. It's all about relaxation and rejuvenation at Menger Cottages. Find out more about the Big Cottage at vrbo #373236.