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Heart of Texas Ranch and Retreat sleeps 14-16. Weddings, Yoga Retreats Reunions

Marble Falls, TX, USA
  • Estate3800 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps16
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

7 Bedroom, 4 Bath Home. 6000 Sq Ft Deck With 20 Mile Views Of The Hill Country

Escape to Central Texas' hill country in the heart of the highland lakes!

Heart of Texas Ranch and Retreat is nestled on 55 acres of Hill Country just ten minutes from Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, the City of Marble Falls, and close to all the recreation, shopping and sightseeing that Central Texas is famous for.

Our vacation houses are perfect for yoga retreats, family vacations, weddings, corporate retreats and more with enough room to accommodate multiple families or large groups.

The Isaac Millsap House has 5 bedrooms plus 2 'pocket' bedrooms - comfortably sleeping up to 16. It has all the amenities for the ideal vacation, wedding, or corporate retreat. Please enjoy the slide show or virtual tour to see what we mean.

Let us help make your Texas vacation a memorable one.


Dale Fortenberry Jr.

Member Since 2013
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Calendar last updated:
Mar 31, 2018
About Dale Fortenberry Jr.

My parents bought this home as their dream retirement home in 1993. After I inherited it, I decided to turn it into the area's premier retreat and wedding venue. We do everything from family reunions, weddings, yoga retreats, corporate retreats, girls weekends, parties, concerts, you name it.

Dale Fortenberry Jr. purchased this Estate in 1993

Why Dale Fortenberry Jr. chose Smithwick

Heart of Texas Ranch is owned by an 8th generation Texan whose ancestor, Isaac Millsap, died at the Alamo. The vacation homes have been proudly named after Isaac and his wife Mary. The popular Heart of Texas Wine Tours is also operated from the same property taking visitors to tour a selection of the many Hill Country wineries. Ranch house guests enjoy a 10% discount on these wine tours. Located just minutes away from Hidden Falls Adventure Park, and a short drive from Marble Falls where you can visit historic sites, shop, dine or cool off and fish in Lake Marble Falls. There are public boat ramps to Lake Travis situated between the ranch and Marble Falls and as well as the location being a great spring-board for touring the Hill Country it is conveniently located for exploring all the delights Austin has to offer.

What makes this Estate unique

We are the ideal venue for your wedding, yoga retreat, corporate retreat, or reunion. We have hosted numerous weddings since we opened and are quickly becoming one of the top venues in central Texas. We have done weddings for as many as 300 people with ease.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
        • King size beds (5), Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This bed is the latest design of sleeper from IKEA. It is a queen size, and is VERY comfortable.


        • 4 Bathrooms
          • 4

          Location Type

            • Mountain View
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Parking
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet
                        • Wood Fireplace


                            • Kitchen
                              We have a huge kitchen with all the dishes and utensils you will need for your stay.
                            • Catering Available
                              I know dozens of caterers in the area. Call for a list.
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Ice Maker
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 18 people


                                    • Books
                                      We keep lots of books in the house.
                                    • DVD Player
                                      Sony Blu Ray.
                                    • Game Room
                                    • Games
                                    • Pool Table
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      We offer DirecTv with hundreds of channels to watch.
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                      Sony 55 inch flat screen
                                    • Video Library
                                      We have dozens to choose from.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Almost 6000 sq ft of deck overlooking the Colorado River valley. 20mile views in almost every direction you look.
                                        • Golf
                                          There are 3 public golf courses nearby.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          There is a local kayak rental in Marble Falls.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Weber, all stainless steel, gas grill.


                                            • wheelchair accessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • jetted tub

                                                  Onsite Services

                                                    • Chauffeur
                                                    • Concierge
                                                    • Massage
                                                    • Private Chef


                                                        • churches
                                                        • cinemas
                                                        • health/beauty spa
                                                        • library
                                                        • marina
                                                        • playground
                                                        • restaurants
                                                        • water parks
                                                        • winery tours

                                                          Leisure Activities

                                                            • paddle boating
                                                            • antiquing
                                                            • boating
                                                            • horseback riding
                                                            • horseshoes
                                                            • outlet shopping
                                                            • bird watching
                                                            • scenic drives
                                                            • shopping
                                                            • sight seeing
                                                            • walking
                                                            • wildlife viewing

                                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                                • ATM/bank
                                                                • Babysitter
                                                                • fitness center
                                                                • groceries
                                                                • hospital
                                                                • laundromat
                                                                • massage therapist
                                                                • medical services

                                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                    • golf privileges optional
                                                                    • cycling
                                                                    • fishing
                                                                    • fly fishing
                                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                                    • golf
                                                                    • equestrian events
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • jet skiing
                                                                    • mountain biking
                                                                    • swimming
                                                                    • tennis
                                                                    • water skiing

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                      33 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Amazing Wedding Venue!

                                                                      Liz L.Austin, TX

                                                                      I hosted my wedding ceremony and reception at Heart of Texas Ranch and couldn’t be happier! The location was gorgeous and had a great hill country vibe with beautiful oak trees and an amazing deck that easily accommodated 90+ people. So many guests commented on what a beautiful location it was! Dale was helpful every step of the way with answering questions and allowing us occasional access to the property for vendor meetings, etc.

                                                                      The main house was very comfortable and it meant so much to me that our wedding party was able to stay with us for the whole weekend at the ranch. By the end of our stay, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were already wanting to plan another trip! I have great memories of dancing the night away under the string lights and quiet moments with a morning tea out on the deck. Heart of Texas Ranch helped make my wedding weekend feel magical!

                                                                      STUNNING PROPERTY!

                                                                      Raven W.

                                                                      We had our wedding here in September and it was beyond beautiful! Everyone complimented us on the venue. It was less stressful since we had 3 days to prepare. The wedding was all we could have dreamed of. I HIGHLY recommend this property for any of your special occasions!


                                                                      Connie S.

                                                                      Perfect for our family vacation. View from the deck is beautiful. The bedrooms, kitchen, eating area and living room are all spacious and everyone felt like they had enough space. A very peaceful and relaxing stay. Close to 4-wheeling and zip lining.

                                                                      Wonderful venue for a yoga retreat or just hanging out!

                                                                      Lisa P.Brenham, TX

                                                                      I recently stayed at Dale's 7 bedroom house outside of Marble Falls for a yoga retreat. There were 8 of us. It was incredible! The house was large enough for people to have some privacy , the large kitchen was stocked with everything we needed, and the outside wrap around deck was perfect for having meals out there and for yoga. There were also plenty of bathrooms for all of us, one with a Jacuzzi tub. The view from the back deck overlooks the beautiful Hill Country. And the host Dale couldn't have been more kind or helpful. If you are looking for a place for your gathering that is more on the comfortable and cozy, almost luxurious side, this is the place for you!

                                                                      Couldn't have asked for a better more scenic wedding location

                                                                      Adriana O.

                                                                      Thank you so much for being so incredibly accommodating at Heart of Texas Ranch. We booked both houses, but had our wedding and reception outdoors on the huge deck. Everything was very clean and accommodating at the houses. No questions were left unanswered prior to our stay or during. Dale was very attentive to the property while we were there all while keeping a comfortable distance. We had our wedding party stay with us at the Isaac Milsaps house. Everything worked out beautifully. Our outdoor wedding was a dream. It was a beautiful clear and breezy comfortable evening in mid June for us. The beds in the house are extremely comfortable. (Way better than my temper-pedic at home) I can't say enough great things about this location. Sunrise and sunset are beautiful. I easily had 100 guests at our wedding and could have accommodated 200 more. I'm so pleased with our decision to use this house for our extended wedding weekend. I truly overpacked. Next time I will just come with clothes and food. Everything else is there! I can't wait to be able to book an anniversary trip to reminisce. Thank you Dale and Heart of Texas Ranch.

                                                                      Girls' Getaway

                                                                      Dawn E.

                                                                      This was great for our girls' weekend. It was plenty spacious, comfortable beds, comforts of home PLUS an amazing deck with gorgeous lights that's perfect for soaking up any time of day - especially the hill country sunrises and sunsets. The Ranch is a place I look forward to coming back to with several couples to enjoy a wine tour weekend, too!


                                                                      Marble Falls, TX, USA

                                                                      We are right down the street from Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, a great place for hiking and birdwatching. Also just around the corner is an off-road adventure park for for 4 wheelers, motorcycles, etc. Also a hunting ranch, fishing, golf, horseback riding, and much much more.

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      A three night minimum rental is required for all major holidays and during Spring Break. For wedding rates please discuss with owner.

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