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Whether you are craving an escape from the city and reconnecting with nature or a great place to explore all theTexas Hill Country has to offer, you'll find it here at Rancho de Vida. The relaxing starts when you turn your car into the gate. This 100-year-old house has been lovingly restored and burnished into a wonderful gathering place for friends & family. Texas Hill Country meets shabby chic in the shadow of a 400-year-old oak in the backyard. Dine under the canopy of the lighted oak, enjoy a campfire and gazing at the stars. Hike the property's bluffs and creek beds, float in the limestone bottom seasonal creek, take in the sunshine from the hammock, tree swings and treehouse. Beautiful hill top area with an arbor and hay bale couchn. Take in the views across the valley and toast each sunset. There's even a stage for kids to do skits or hone their chops for the big time.
Rancho de Vida is located right in the middle of the New Napa---at least a dozen wineries are in a 20 minute drive. Historic Fredericksburg is a short drive, as is Luckenbach if you want to do some boot scootin'. Two state parks, both with water for swimming, and the LBJ National Park and the Western White House are within 15 minutes. Explore the parklike setting of bluffs and creek beds on our 67-acres and bike the quiet backroads that surround the property.
Main house 1st floor kitchen-dining room, living room, master bedroom and bath. Second floor has two bedrooms and 1/2 bath. One bedroom has one full-size bed and one queen bed, and second bedroom one full-size bed .
Air conditioned bunkhouse is optional (additional $150-$175) & sleeps 9---perfect for kids. Great new bath house adjoins with two showers, two toilets, a sink and plenty of getting ready for a hill country night out room.
Ranch location & local attractions: Austin- 1 hour away San Antonio-1 hour away Johnson City--10 minutes Luckenbach-15 minutes Marble Falls -boating & golf-- 20 minutes Enchanted Rock & Pedernales State Park-hiking 15 to 20 minutes Fredericksburg festivals & shopping--20 minutes Texas Hill Country Wine Trail---10 minutes LBJ National Historical Park--10 minutes Benini Studio and Sculpture Ranch--3 minutes (2 miles)
Wine Tasting Tours: We are smack dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. https://www.texaswinetrail.com
There are almost 20 wineries within 30 minutes of Rancho de Vida. Let us assist you in scheduling your wine country tour---limo services are available for you and your group.
Recommend Heart of Texas Wine Tours for guided tours of the wineries: http://heartoftexaswinetours.com/ Great for groups and girlfriend weekends!
The new Hill Country Science Mill is a great outing for kids and students of all ages. Taking an old mill in Johnson City in 2015, the Hill Country Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). http://www.sciencemill.org/
Across the yard from the farmhouse with bath house....moreless
Two booking options !
Rent the main house only that sleeps up to 9 in beds.
Larger Group or need more room ? Add the bunkhouse that sleeps 9+.
Bunkhouse is air conditioned and has heating, with a refrigerator, 4 XL bunk beds, sleeping 8, and a swing couch/bed. Cute bath house adjoins the bunkhouse and has two showers, two toilets and a sink. ...moreless
2 showers & 2 toilets in the bunkhouse bath house...moreless
Claw foot tub in downstairs full bathroom with shower attachment.
Upstairs half bath has sink and toilet. Bunkhouse has bath house with two showers and two toilets.
New bath house adjacent to bunkhouse features two roomy showers, two toilets and a sink. Lots of room for changing and getting ready for a night out.
Rustic outdoor shower behind pump house. Shower under the stars is a great experience.
Bunk house also has 2 seater outhouse. Great for pictures!...moreless
Small well behaved dogs allowed on 1st floor of main house and bunk house only. We keep our upstairs pet free for our guests with allergies or asthma....moreless
Beautiful many mile Texas Hill Country views from a landscaped hill stop with a path from the farmhouse and paved steps leading up the hill. A perfect place for watching the sunset and wedding ceremonies....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Hunting Small Game
Big round table for meals. Additional picnic tables outside in yard....moreless
Seating for 8 people
We get 3 or 4G cellular service out there so if you have the option on your smart phone to toggle your computer off of, you can access the Internet. Otherwise, we do not provide wi-fi. Unplug time....moreless
Iron & Board
TV with Direct TV cable service provided and lots of family friendly DVDs to choose from. ...moreless
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
4 Ring Stove
For special occasions, we can arrange for catering on the property....moreless
Add the air conditioned/heated bunk house that sleeps 9---4 XL bunk beds and one swing sofa/bed for $200 per night.
Bath house adjacent to bunkhouse---two toilets, two showers and a sink. An outdoor shower, too, for enjoying the stars while bathing.
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Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, world class golf, antiques, biking, hiking, shopping, festivals, lakes, rivers, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Blanco and Luckenbach, Texas within20 minute drive, wine tasting, star gazing, Hill Country views, art & music.
Other Activities: Museums, festivals, live music, golf, water sports 20 minutes away
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: I took an aptitude test at the age of 20 and it said I'd be good in advertising or agriculture. I have checked the advertising box as the owner of an Austin ad agency for almost 20 years now and have loved getting in touch with my agriculture roots more recently with the purchase of Rancho de Vida. It's been a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, enjoy the therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature.
Why the Owner Chose Johnson City: About 10 years ago I went to a retreat where we talked about getting back on track with goals and pursuing your dreams. One of the exercises was to write your obituary. I'd been thinking about it a bit as I had just finished chemo for breast cancer when I was 44. I wrote this obit almost joyfully, describing how I had a special place in the country where friends and family could gather, listen to music, eat great meals and enjoy being out in nature and dancing under the Texas stars. Later, I shared with a couple of friends and forgot about it. Several years went by and then one of my friends, a real estate broker, said 'I found your place.' I'd forgotten about the obit and the description of my ranch-a-rita. Well, fell in love with the place at first site. Friends and family have gathered there and created some great memories. Just coming over the rise to the entrance of the ranch, my blood pressure lowers and the connection to nature takes over. Life becomes simpler and more beautiful. The giant oak tree right outside the house, is a place where people gather under for meals and draw strength from that big, wise oak. It's estimated to be 300 to 400 years old. There are lights in the tree and a bird cage 'chandelier' over the table. Life is good. And it brings me happiness to share with others.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse: History of House
Under the sprawling old oak (now 350-years + old), the Weirich family built this house in 1910 of shiplap construction. Shingle siding was put over this in the 1950s. The house was originally a dogtrot-style house, with a breezeway running down the middle of the house. There was no front door to the home then. The stairs leading to the upstairs bedrooms were on the outside of the house, in the style of a Fredericksburg Sunday house.
The original wagon road came right by this house (now the driveway) and was rerouted in 1980. This was the same year improvements were done to update the house with modern conveniences, but still maintain the integrity of the original. Indoor plumbing was established; as was the enclosure of the back porch at the foot of the stairs and the breezeway in order to add a bath.
Original wainscoting is evident throughout the house, as is the original window glass, doors and hardware. Nine-foot ceilings and transoms above the doors are special features of this pioneer home.
The house had two wood-burning stoves, one in the front bedroom and one in the kitchen. Single-drop light fixtures were in each room. The parlor (the room on the south side of the home) was off limits to children, except on Christmas morning when the cedar tree was lit with candles in the German tradition.
Part of the cement hitching post can still be seen next to the road at the front gate and a part of the old lightening rod is still attached to the home in one corner.
The land is very varied over it's 67 acres. There's a hill top with forever views looking north west, a rocky ravine, seasonal creek that has a great limestone bottom swimming hole and waterfalls when it's running, beautiful hayfields, oaks and wildflowers.
Rancho de Vida is a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, realize the surprising therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature. Hope you have enjoyed your stay here!