11 Bedrooms And 6 Baths To Accommodate Even the Largest Families in Comfort.
Dale Fortenberry Jr.
About Dale Fortenberry Jr.
I traveled the world 100 nights per year for 25 years in my previous sales position. I have stayed in every type of hotel and bed and breakfast you can imagine during that time. I have taken the best of my experiences and tried to replicate them into these homes. We used only the finest things when furnishing the ranch. 400 thread count sheets, luxuriously thick terry towels, makeup remover wipes, pillow top or memory foam mattresses, the list goes on and on.
Dale Fortenberry Jr. purchased this Estate in 1993
Why Dale Fortenberry Jr. chose Marble Falls
This is my family ranch. 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 venue. We do everything from family reunions, weddings, yoga retreats, corporate retreats, girls weekends, parties, you name it. The larger home on the hill was my parents and the other home belonged to my grandmother. I have remodeled them extensively with all the latest amenities. They sit on 55 acres so it is peaceful and secluded. My nearest neighbor is my cousin. We have incredible 25 mile hilltop views in every direction from the main house. The 6000 square foot deck is perfect for weddings, dances, reunions, etc. We are 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. I am an 8th generation Texan whose ancestor, Isaac Millsap, one of the famed Gonzales Rangers who died at the Alamo. The vacation homes have been proudly named after Isaac and his wife Mary. I also own Heart of Texas Wine Tours, the top rated wine tour company in Texas. We enjoy taking visitors to tour a selection of the many Hill Country wineries, breweries and distilleries. You probably didn't know it, but the Texas Hill Country is the 2nd most popular wine destination in America. Ranch house guests enjoy a 10% discount on these tours.
What makes this Estate unique
We are the ideal venue for your wedding, yoga retreat, corporate retreat, or reunion. We have hosted numerous events 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. Please note that events that have more than 30 people on the property at any time will be subject to a $3500 event fee.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We review small parties on a case by case basis.
Outside and only in designated areas
Small pets allowed on a case by case basis
Minimum age of primary renter:30
I require photo ID from the primary renter/contact and in some cases from each adult staying at the property.
I require a phone conversation 24 hours after booking is made.
I require a signed copy of the rental agreement and house rules within 48 hours of booking or your booking will be canceled.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Beautiful Home, Perfect Family Reunion Spot
We were looking for a place where we could be comfortable living, sleeping, and gathering the family together. This place was perfect. We filled the house and we were all comfortable. There was plenty of space for various activities going on at the same time. The kids played freely on and loved the huge deck. The parents could relax on the porch or in the house and not worry about the little ones straying away while they ran around chasing each other with water guns and chasing bubbles. The rain storm was a bonus for the young ones. The kids had a blast and the adults enjoyed games, puzzles, and porch rocking. The house is centrally located well enough, yet also out of town enough for peace and quiet. Excursions to nearby attractions and shopping were easily accomplished. The kitchens are large and well equipped and suited our purposes just fine. We parked a dozen vehicles without any traffic jams. Also, the weather was great. Coming from east Texas, we are well acquainted with heat and humidity. At Heart of Texas it was a pleasant surprise to be able to spend time outdoors without feeling muggy and sweaty even during the 4th of July holiday week. All in all it was a great trip and we are very happy that we found this house for our family reunion.
ANNUAL FAMILY HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER
Our family enjoyed our stay at the Heart of Texas Ranch. We rented both houses for our
family. Both house were very clean, well maintained, and nicely arranged. The Beds were
all comfortable, the liens and towels were all fluffy and nice. The owner Dale Fortenberry
was very helpful, and easy to communicate with. We were all very satisfied and had a good
family time. We will definitely plan on coming back.
Dale and Bess Curb
Outstanding wedding venue
My husband and I and all of our families a group of 30 got to stay at the Beautiful Heart of Texas ranch we rented out both of homes from September 1st - 4th everything was amazing our wedding was perfect with the help of Dale and his staff couldn't have ask for a better experience me my husband friends and family cannot wait to go back.
Very lovely place, we had plenty of room for everyone and had a wonderful retreat, thanks Dale!
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!
Perfect place to unplug
We absolutely loved our stay here! It was the perfect relaxing getaway I needed and I really look forward to bringing my entire family here to stay a weekend in the coming months. I didn't want to leave!
Heart of Texas Ranch is the perfect Hill Country venue for a Texas wedding, family vacation, or corporate retreat. With enough room to accommodate multiple families or large groups and all the amenities you need, Heart of Texas Ranch will be your home away from home.
The ranch, guest houses and other event facilities are on 55 acres of Texas Hill Country, just minutes from Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ, the City of Marble Falls, and close to all the recreation, shopping and sightseeing for which the Hill Country is famous. Check our reviews to see that we’re one of the best vacation rentals in Central Texas.