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Take your boots off, set a spell, and enjoy country life at its best. Enjoy breakfast on the back screen porch with coffee and organic eggs provided by the resident hens, then sit by the pool with the peaceful sound of the pool's waterfall. At night, a million stars and s'mores await at the fire pit. The structure shown in the photos is a 4400 square foot, two-story country ranch duplex with two full, separate homes. The property owner occupies one of the homes but has a separate entrance and parking so guests enjoy ample privacy while visiting. The 'Lone Star' is the rental home. Guests have sole use of the pool, hot tub, outdoor grills, fire pit, utility room when renting. The Lone Star Master suite downstairs features both a queen and double bed, and private bath with a Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower. The upstairs bedroom has two twin beds and private bath with a shower. The living area provides additional sleeping with a queen sleeper sofa with a comfy, inflatable mattress. The great room also has a double size futon, and twin bed. The home sleeps 10 in beds (double occupancy.) The kitchen has all-stainless appliances, two sinks, icemaker, filtered water, and is fully stocked with basic essentials, including barware. The living room has a wood-burning fireplace. A large utility with W/D, sink, and half-bath separates the homes, and is for tenants' use. It also has a separate door to the backyard pool. Rocking M Ranch is located outside Smithville, with an easy 25- minute drive to the world of antiquing in Warrenton and Round Top. Austin, 'Live Music Capital of the World' is less than an hour away. After an exciting day in the city, wind down at the Rocking M Ranch. Or better yet, just spend the day lying by the pool, or kayaking, canoeing, or fishing in the nearby Colorado River. Finish the day grilling a steak before unwinding in the hot tub or sitting by the campfire under star-lit skies. While visiting Smithville, who knows who you will run into with major film stars frequenting our quaint, little town? Regardless, we're sure you'll be glad you visited our area and the Rocking M Ranch.
Comfy Queen Sleeper Sofa and Double Futon in great room...moreless
The downstairs master suite has a queen bed and double bed. The upstairs has one bedroom with two twin beds and private bath.
Baby Cribs/Portable playpen with pad available.
The Queen Lazy Boy sleeper sofa in the great room has an inflatable mattress which is extremely comfortable. The great room also has a comfy double futon and twin bed for additional sleeping....moreless
Stand-up water boarding available in Bastrop...moreless
Pool / Spa
Printed instructions for hot tub use provided to tenant upon check-in....moreless
The pool is for your private use during your stay. Pool is not heated. Pool floats, beach towels provided. Property and house are fenced but pool does not have child-proof fencing. No lifeguard....moreless
Master bath downstairs has a jacuzzi tub and full shower...moreless
Special events, Christmas, Thanksgiving rates may be higher. Parties of six(6) or more are an add'l $15 per person, per night. (total maximum 10 persons). Check-in 3:00 p.m., check-out 12:00 noon. NOTE: (if back-to-back rentals are not indicated on the calendar, feel free to ask about early check-in or late check-out). Deposit refunded within 3 business days. No pets, please
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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The City of Smithville, less than a 10-minute drive away, is located in the heart of Central Texas. There you will enjoy unique shopping, dining, and art.
Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Community in Texas by the Texas Film Commission and is home to the movie 'Hope Floats' filmed 10 years ago and starring Sandra Bullock. Numerous other films, including “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt, and “Beneath the Darkness” starring Dennis Quaid were shot in and around the area.
In close proximity to Smithville are several public golf courses and the Rocky Hill Ranch bike trails. The Colorado River and Buescher State Park are just minutes away. The City of Bastrop is a short 15-minute drive.
Fabulous antique shopping in Warrenton and Round Top is less than 30 minutes away. There's always something fun going on in nearby Austin. The new Circuit of Americas Racetrack is a short 40-minute drive on back roads; other major Austin venues include SXSW and ACL, UT football games (go Horns!), and frequent bike/fun runs. After a frenzy day of fun in Austin, come home to the Rocking M and enjoy the quiet of the country. What a way to end the day!!!
VISIT CIRCUIT OF AMERICAS NEW STATE OF THE ART VENUE AND HOME TO FORMULA ONE RACING. BACKROADS TAKE YOU THERE IN A QUICK 40-MINUTES, AND WITH NO TRAFFIC!
Buescher State Park is approximately 5 miles away and has beautiful hike and bike trails, fishing, canoeing.
The Colorado River is less than 4 miles away and is great for kayaking or just floating down the river.
Bastrop has a movie theater, opera house, sports bars, bowling, skating rink, great eating places, and shopping as well.
Nearby Cities and Airport
Austin less than one hour away. Houston is approximately 1 1/2 hours away. San Antonio is approximately 1 3/4 hours away. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is 40 minutes away.
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: Growing up in Austin when it was just a small city, the countryside was just minutes away. Then came Austin sprawl, and crazy traffic! We purchased the land outside Smithville in 2006, and slowly our little slice of heaven evolved into the Rocking M Ranch. These days the property is shared with visitors from all over, along with 5 lazy cats, 2 dogs, and 3 hens. They let me hang around as long as the food bowls are full!
Why the Owner Chose Smithville: The Rocking M Ranch is located just outside the City of Smithville and is in the heart of Central Texas, and three major cities. It is less than 1 hour from Austin, 2 hours from Houston, and 1 1/2 hours from San Antonio.
The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House: Guests here enjoy a morning stroll on the property with coffee, or a glass of wine next to the pool while looking out over a backdrop of wildflowers in spring and summer. At night, roast s'mores and relax at the the large firepit adjacent to the screen porch, or grill under the quiet canvas of a million stars overhead.