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Luxury Home on the Blanco River with Pool & Hot Tub

Wimberley, TX, USA
  • House3390 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14, Large Blanco Riverfront Property

The Wimberley Retreat on the Blanco (http://www.thewimberleyretreat.com) is a 5 bedroom/5 bath luxury home with beautiful pool and hot tub on 10 Blanco Riverfront acres. It is available to host your family reunion, girl's weekend, work retreat or getaway to the Texas Hill Country! The owners have extensive experience hosting a vacation rental and are utilizing that experience to ensure The Wimberley Retreat is extra special.

The Retreat offers a unique experience with an open floor plan house with luxurious pool and spa that sits on 10 private acres with access to 600 feet of deep river frontage on the Blanco River. The house is a custom built stone and stucco home designed by Chagnon Architecture with 3390 square feet of living space and an additional 1400 square feet of covered porch for extended living space. Five bedrooms (one of which is also a common room that can easily be closed off) and 5 full baths allow for ultimate flexibility to cater to large families, reunions, girls weekends or just folks trying to escape to the Texas Hill Country.

Opposite the house and across the river is a cliff that overlooks the property and allows for ideal privacy and quiet. Few other homes are in sight, allowing the stars to shine bright at night. Escape the city pace and traffic for relaxation on the river or by the pool, with family or friends or co-workers. Have coffee on wraparound covered porch in the morning while a flock of wild turkeys roam the yard or several deer drink from the river. Enjoy an evening drink under the stars or next to the stone fireplace on the porch.

The river itself has something for all ages with shallow areas perfect for small children as well as several deep swimming areas of 4-5 feet in depth. We are lucky to be located on a part of the Blanco that has deep water even in extended drought periods. The private grassy ten acres of The Wimberley Retreat provide more than enough room for everyone to run, play, throw a ball or frisbee, have a kickball game, or just explore the wonders of nature: birds, fish, turtles, frogs, lizards, butterflies, and wildflowers. Some fishing and butterfly nets are provided. Feel free to bring your fishing poles, river shoes, kayaks and canoes.

The pavilion area is situated about 50 yards from the house and provides additional gathering space and activities for the group. It has additional dining and seating space overlooking the Blanco River below, a fire pit for night time s'mores creations and an adjustable Goalrilla basketball goal for pick up basketball games.

The Wimberley Retreat house is perfect for large gatherings. The great room, with cypress wood accent wall and several huge windows facing the pool and bluff, has a 65" flat screen TV with Sonos sound system and is open to the kitchen and dining area seating 14. The outdoor covered porch has a dining table for 8, a breakfast table for 4 as well as several lounging areas. The kitchen is equipped with all appliances, extensive food and drink preparation and serving ware, and indoor/outdoor dishes to accommodate any large meal. Each of the 4 large private bedrooms have attached full bathrooms. The 5th bedroom is also what we call the Bonus Room and includes a cypress wood accent wall, 55" flat screen TV and cypress wood barn doors that can be locked for privacy. An additional full bath with walk in shower is just outside the Bonus Room. The Bonus Room also can provide additional gathering space and has toys and games for both kids and adults alike. Use the queen sized sleeper sofa in the Bonus Room for additional sleeping space. There are 3 king beds, 2 queen beds and 2 twin beds in total, along with the queen sleeper sofa in the Bonus Room/5th bedroom. Movies, books, coloring books, puzzles, and games for all ages are in the Bonus Room closet, along with a cable TV and music system. Whether you are planning a mini-reunion, ladies getaway trip, couples gathering, team-building session for a small group, multi-generation family gathering, shopping or winery tour, or celebrating a special birthday or milestone, the Wimberley Retreat provides all of the privacy, space, and amenities your group will need.

PLEASE NOTE: Please see the Shade Ranch website (http://www.shaderanch.com or HomeAway/VRBO listing #196206 and #196219) for our other property and reviews from guests that have stayed with us since 2008. Also, if your dates are not available on our calendar, please try Shade Ranch for an alternative property. Shade Ranch includes a 3 bedroom 2 bath home as well as a 1 bedroom 1 bath home. The houses can be rented separately or together for larger groups. But they are far enough apart from each other to provide plenty of privacy and don't share anything other than the land.

Wimberley has a wealth of activities to enjoy for couples and families alike while you're in the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country outdoors by visiting the local state parks and water holes such as Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool, the Blue Hole, Canyon Lake, Lake Travis, tubing at the Guadalupe River, Jacobs Well and of course our own Blanco River in our backyard. Rent a boat at Canyon Lake from the Canyon Lake Marina or do the same at Lake Travis.

Go on a wine tour at Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards and Wimberley Valley Winery with a stop at Bella Vista Olive Orchard to try olive oil and their own wine. Enjoy great restaurants like The Leaning Pear, The Salt Lick BBQ, Marco's Italian, Brewster's Pizza and Brewpub, Kate's Place, Linda's Fine Foods, Jobell Cafe & Bistro, The Back Porch, Hays City Grill and many others. Extend your drive and do some of the Texas BBQ Trail by visiting Luling, Lockhart and Llano where world famous BBQ can be enjoyed.

There are no shortage of shopping opportunities at the Wimberley Square where you can find plenty of Hill Country crafts, furniture, textiles, plenty of art and many other treasures. Drive 20 minutes to the San Marcos Premium outlets and, of course, during Wimberley Market Days March through December you can find lots of unique items 10 minutes away from Shade Ranch.

Or hit the Hill Country Trail on the road to travel along The Devil's Backbone to take in awesome views of the Texas Hill Country on your way to the town of Blanco. Try some brews at the Real Ale Brewery when you arrive and enjoy a free tour. Visit Gruene, Texas and the famous Gruene Hall to see the oldest dance hall in Texas. Enjoy concerts at Gruene Hall on weekend nights or enjoy a casual atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when free music can be enjoyed over a cold Texas beer. Lots of great towns can be visited using Wimberley as your home base; Blanco (19 miles away), Buda (17 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away), Austin (45 miles away), San Antonio (60 miles away), New Braunfels (27 miles away) and Fredericksburg (50 miles away).


Roby Norvell

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About Roby Norvell

The Norvell family hails from Houston, TX where we, like most Americans, lead over-booked lives full of schoolwork, school activities, sports, civic, and work responsibilities. We have owned another property in Wimberley since 2008 and have come to love the area. Our kids are young and our parents and family do not live nearby. We wanted a place for our extended family to get together to run, swim, climb, explore, spend time as a family, and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We wanted to add another property to enjoy with family and provide a vacation retreat for families or friends looking to escape to the Hill Country. We hope your family enjoys our Wimberley Retreat as much as we do.

Roby Norvell purchased this House in 2014

Why Roby Norvell chose Wimberley

We searched for 2 years+ to find an ideal home located on a deep and easily accessible section of the Blanco River. We decided on this retreat when we found the perfect combination of easily accessible deep and shallow water to provide river entertainment for all ages. The house is also ideal with huge windows facing the pool and river area beyond and the 4 bedrooms each with their own bathroom which provides everyone with the privacy they need.

What makes this House unique

Designing and building a new home allowed for us to build in a number of conveniences with guests in mind. Flexible common room to allow guests to mix and mingle as they see fit or to retreat into their own space for privacy. The great room and the wrap around porch provide stunning views of the pool and bluff along the river and allow a seamless tie with the outdoors.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Master Suite (downstairs)
        1 king, Private bathroom with tub, shower and large walk-in closet.
      • Bedroom 2 (upstairs)
        2 queen, 1 twin/ single, Two queens and one twin with private bath with shower
      • Bedroom 3 (upstairs)
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, King and twin bed with full bath with tub shower
      • Bedroom 4 (upstairs)
        1 king, King bed, closet and full bathroom with tub shower
      • Bedroom 5/Bonus Room
        1 queen, Queen sleeper sofa. Room can be closed off and has bathroom.


        • 5 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1 - Master (downstairs)
          toilet, shower, In master suite.
        • Bathroom 2 (upstairs)
          toilet, shower, Connected to Bedroom 2
        • Bathroom 3 (upstairs)
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Connected to Bedroom 3
        • Bathroom 4 (upstairs)
          toilet, combination tub/shower, Connected to Bedroom 4.
        • Bathroom 5 (downstairs)
          toilet, shower, Guest bathroom & connected to 5th Bedroom/"Bonus Room".

          Location Type

            • Rural
              Outside of the Wimberley, TX city limits with views of the Blanco River, Hill Country bluffs and plenty of native wildlife like deer, foxes and countless birds.
            • Water View
              Take in a beautiful view of the Blanco River and a Texas Hill Country bluff from our pavilion.
            • Waterfront
              Blanco Riverfront Home. 600 feet of private riverfront provides both deep and shallow areas to enjoy the Blanco River.


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Iron & Board
                        • Air Conditioning
                          One unit upstairs and one downstairs.
                        • Fireplace
                          Wood burning stone fireplace on covered porch along with fire pit located near river overlook next to our pavilion.
                        • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          We have an adjustable basketball goal and concrete court area next to our fire pit and extra patio by the river.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          One unit upstairs and one downstairs.
                        • Internet
                          Dish internet is available. We do not have the fastest service in our area due to our location. You will have cell phone coverage so we suggest using a hot spot just in case. We have a cell booster.
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Guests are allowed to use the dryer. Please bring your own supplies.
                        • Linens Provided
                          All sheets (300+ thread count) and pillows provided.
                        • Living Room
                          Large Great Room with den, dining and kitchen all together. Large windows look out over pool and bluff near the river as well as towards our outdoor fireplace.
                        • Parking
                          Plenty of parking at front of house.
                        • Telephone
                          Free local and long distance calls can be made.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Bath towels, hand towels and wash clothes provided. Bring any river towels you may want to use. Some pool towels are available for use.
                        • Washing Machine
                          Guests are allowed to use the washer and dryer. Please bring your own detergent.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Large pot coffee maker along with coffee, sugar and cream provided.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Fully stocked kitchen with all dishes including wine glasses, coffee mugs and plastic dishes for children.
                            • Dishwasher
                              Bosch dishwasher available for your use.
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully stocked kitchen with black granite counter tops, Viking fridge, full suite of dishes and glasses from Crate and Barrel, utensils, pots, pans and spices, ziplock bags, foil, etc.
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                              Electric KitchenAid range.
                            • Pantry Items
                              Ziploc bags, Pam spray, trash bags, salt & pepper, etc.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Viking fridge with filtered ice maker in the kitchen. Additional fridge in the laundry room with filtered water and ice dispensers.
                            • Stove
                              Gas stove on KitchenAid range.
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Large zinc topped dining table in "Great room" by kitchen and den with chairs for 14 along with 4 barstools at kitchen island. Outside is a dining table for 8 and a breakfast table for 4.
                                • Dining Room
                                • comfy seating for 14 people


                                    • Books
                                      Great collection of books for both adults and children are located in the Bonus Room.
                                    • DVD Player
                                      One for each TV. Players are in the bonus room closet and are connected to each TV.
                                    • Game Room
                                      Bonus Room doubles as a play or TV room for groups with kids. Board games also available.
                                    • Games
                                      A variety of board games provided for family and friend entertainment.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Dish TV with all key sports channels.
                                    • Stereo
                                      Sonos sound system available via wifi. Download and bring your favorite music on your device and stream during your stay.
                                    • Television
                                      65" TV in the great room and 55" in the bonus room.
                                    • Toys
                                      Collection of toys is provided for children in the Bonus Room.
                                    • Video Library
                                      DVD's for both adults and children are on hand for guest use.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Large wrap around covered porch with concrete floors. Dining table for 12 along with other sitting areas near stone fireplace and grill. Decking is also around the pool with chaise lounge chairs.
                                        • Golf
                                          Quick Sand golf course is located 20-25 minutes away.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Kayaking and canoeing allowed for guests that would like to bring one.
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          Pavilion and fire pit located away from the house overlooking the Blanco River and the hill country bluff. Table and chairs are available for you to dine overlooking the Blanco River.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          10 acres available for guest use. Large grassy area on riverfront for lots of area for throwing the football, frisbee or just to have your kids run around.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Propane Weber grill located on covered porch. Propane is provided.
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          Some pool toys and floats are provided.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              In ground hot tub connected to pool. Can be used year round and guests can heat the hot tub when desired.
                                            • Private Pool
                                              40 foot pool with hot tub. Pool is not heated, but is warm enough to swim in the fall, spring and summer.


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • marina
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

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

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • The Wimberley Retreat was truly designed with the intent of being a vacation house rental. Having done vacation rentals since 2008 at our other Wimberley Shade Ranch property, we included many features in the house that we would want if we were on vacation; Large windows in all the rooms including the bedrooms, a perfect view of the bluff that faces the river and the house, large pool with plenty of space for 14 swimmers if needed, high end plumbing and lighting fixtures, plenty of outdoor structures to keep adults and kids entertained (basketball goal, fire pit, pavilion, swimming pool and lots of land to run around on), stylish furniture, easy to use equipment in the house and an open and airy feeling that you can relax in. We hope that you can enjoy it as much as we do.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  28 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Wonderful property!

                                                                  Steve F.

                                                                  Stunning home inside and out. only complaint, no coffee. Bought some in town and left in pantry for next guest. With that said, would not hesitate to recommend this property.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for the nice review. Sometimes we do run out of things even though we make a best effort to provide what we would want if we were on vacation. We try to go above and beyond with what we provide guests including coffee, sugar, general cooking spices, ziplock bags, foil, paper towels, etc. If you're a coffee fiend it never hurts to bring your own as we know how picky coffee drinkers can be :)

                                                                  Wimberley Getaway

                                                                  Lindsay C.

                                                                  My girlfriends and I loved staying at the Wimberley Retreat. It was such a nice getaway and central location for our friends traveling from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. The open concept design makes for a great party house when you have large groups. We spent most of our time in the kitchen/living room space. We especially enjoyed drinking coffee in the mornings outside on the patio. Upon arriving, it was nice to see that trash bags, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc were already at the house - this made cleaning up throughout the weekened very easy. I would highly recommend staying here and can't wait to visit again.

                                                                  Amazing Home with FABULOUS Amenities!

                                                                  Dawn L.

                                                                  We spent 2 nights with 10 women at a business planning retreat. We had plenty of room to gather with the full group to work on group projects and many other spaces for smaller work groups or personal time.

                                                                  The kitchen is well stocked with everything you can think of for cooking and serving of food...the foodies in the group were quite pleased! The two refrigerators made it even better!!

                                                                  The beds were comfortable and the sleeping arrangements worked perfectly.

                                                                  The hot tub and pool provided the perfect ending to the days of hard work.

                                                                  Satellite Internet is well....satellite Internet. This did not take away from our productive time together and this was the perfect get away for us to do our planning and prepping for next year.

                                                                  Many of the guests are thinking of booking again later with their families because we enjoyed the home so much!!

                                                                  Perfect! Awesome house and property!

                                                                  Janette K.

                                                                  The Wimberley House was amazing! Such a great setting!! The house is very spacious and plenty of room to cook, sleep, hang out.We loved cooking in the beautiful kitchen! It was wonderful having all the bathrooms and nice laundry room. (There was soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion provided.) It was surrounded with porches and a breezeway with sliding doors to go out and big windows on the side and back! Truly a dream house!

                                                                  We all enjoyed the outdoors, going from pool to river and back to pool! The kids were ages 3-17. They never had a dull moment. It was so nice and relaxing on the back porch either having morning coffee or sitting out there in the evenings. We could always see the kids in the pool and hot tub. It was pleasant with a little breeze and no mosquitoes! We watched deer mornings and evenings.

                                                                  The river was perfect--very clear. We stayed at the river everyday. The kids swam around with goggles finding fish. There were big flat rocks that they climbed on too. There were rocky bluffs on one side of the Blanco River. Very scenic. Great for all of us!

                                                                  It was all better than we imagined it would be!! Our time there ended too quick! Everyone loved it and thought it was fun and relaxing.

                                                                  Roby was good about communicating with me.

                                                                  We would love to return to the Wimberley Retreat!

                                                                  Beautiful property!

                                                                  Mia S.

                                                                  We loved this property! The house was gorgeous, clean and fully equipped. The property was ideal -- pool, river access, and basketball court were all awesome. Our group consisted of 4 adult couples and there was more than enough space for all of us. Roby was super communicative which made it quick and easy to book our weekend. Hope to return again soon!

                                                                  Enjoyed the house, pool, hot tub and river.

                                                                  Donald B.Austin, Tx

                                                                  The house had plenty of space for our families totaling 11. 6 adults and kids ranging from 13 to 1. We hung out in the river everyday, fishing and swimming.


                                                                  Wimberley, TX, USA

                                                                  The Wimberley Retreat is located just south of the Wimberley, TX town center on 600 feet of Blanco River Frontage. Wimberley sits 45 minutes southwest of Austin, TX and 60 minutes northwest of San Antonio. Go boating and water skiing at Canyon Lake (20 mins) or at Lake Travis (40 mins). Shopping: Shop to your hearts delight at the Wimberley Square by wandering through the shops which is a favorite activity of visitors and locals like. Travel 20 minutes to the San Marcos outlet shops and visit almost 150 different shops. Or schedule your stay to coincide with the famous Wimberley Market Days (March thru December) to find unique Hill Country crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and more. Visit Key State and County Parks all within an hour of our home: Hamilton Pool, Pedernales Falls State Park, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Blanco State Park, Natural Bridge Caverns and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park. Do a Hill Country Wine Tour: Duchman Family Vineyards, Driftwood Estate Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Texas Hills Vineyards and many others near and around Fredericksburg. Finish it off with some tasty Hill Country BBQ at the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood. Enjoy the music scene by visiting Gruene Hall (20 mins away) or the famous Lukenbach, Texas on any weekend to catch live music. There are also special music events in Austin (Austin City Limits, etc.) or even in the town of Fischer. Hit the Road: Travel along the Devil's Backbone on Highway 32 to take in the incredible Texas Hill Country views. Visit the various towns in the area like Blanco (19 miles from our home), Buda (17 miles away), Canyon Lake (15 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away) and even New Braunfels (27 miles away), San Antonio (45 miles away) or Austin (45 miles away).

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                                                                  Cancellation Policy: Please note that VRBO/HomeAway system uses a boiler plate refund policy. Our policy is that you receive a full refund, less a $100 re-booking fee, if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. If you cancel less than 30 days before your arrival date, you will be refunded (less the $100 re-booking fee) if we are able to re-book the same dates as your stay. This policy overrides the HomeAway stated policy. Damage Deposit: Your damage deposit will be refunded one week after your departure if the following conditions are met: 1) no damages are made to the property, house or furniture; 2) the house is left in an orderly fashion and not in need of additional cleaning due to excessive trash or messes; and 3) neighbors were not disturbed during your stay. We will not hold your deposit hostage, we just want people to be considerate guests.

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