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Spectacular River Ranch Resort (Sleeps 12-30) Private Tennis/Pool

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Last updated: 09/12/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Mason estate description

Imagine your own private ranch resort with charming native-stone cabins, poolside cabana, 140' 4-story waterslide, lighted tennis court, fitness center, full-court basketball, game room, hot tub, river rapids, fishing, abundant wildlife, miles of trails, and plenty of other activities for all ages.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an exclusive private rental (no other guests will be there) and is EXPENSIVE in peak season and only available to a select number of families each summer. Do not inquire until you carefully check the full Rates listed below -- including the notes at the bottom of the section. The new HomeAway Quote system is broken -- DO NOT RELY ON IT. Use the rate quote example at the bottom of this description (press More Details) for an accurate estimate of the price, based on the number of cabins and persons in your group.

Red Sands Ranch is located on the crystal clear Llano River between the towns of Mason and Fredericksburg and is the perfect spot for family or friends reunions, corporate gatherings, or even tennis team retreats. There are four self-contained rock cabins plus a separate bunkhouse, a Party Shed with flatscreen TV, billiards and ping-pong, and a tennis court, all surrounding a massive 53' pool with spa, grotto, and luxury Cabana with full stainless kitchen, WIFI, and 55in flatscreen. The nearly 1/2 mile of fast-flowing, rock-bottom river runs from the deep pools and spectacular 200' red sandstone cliffs (featured on the cover of Texas Monthly Magazine) at the west end of the ranch, to more deep water and limestone bluffs to the east. A meandering path leads down to the perfect spot in the river to set a few lounge chairs and relax under an umbrella while the kids shoot the rapids in a tube or one of the available kayaks. For fisherman or paddlers, there is an amazing 2-3 hr trip that terminates at the ranch which is the highlight of one of the top twenty paddling trips in the state of Texas. The ranch foreman lives on the property about a mile away and is usually available to assist with whatever arises. For horse owners, there is a corral, tack room, covered stall, and miles of trails. And of course there are plenty of lounge chairs around the solar heated pool with separate hot tub and a secret 'mine shaft' cave with a little surprise inside the kids will enjoy. Whether you stay for the weekend or the entire week, Red Sands Ranch is a special place you'll want to come back to year after year.

Accommodations: Total of six (6) separate units -- three (3) are included in the base price. All air-conditioned with additional space heating, and hot water (plus spa heat) provided by one of the largest solar heating installations in the Hill Country.
- A bunkhouse with four twin beds plus four self contained rustic cabins that sleep from 6 to 8 (plus additional cots and sleeping pads for kids), each with a wood fireplace*, full bath, stained concrete floors, covered porch, bedroom or sleeping loft, WIFI, satellite TV, and kitchenette (sink, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster oven and one-burner cooktop). *Sunday House sleeps two in a king bed and does not have fireplace.

Included in the Base Price (these 3 units and up to 12 guests):
(1) 'The Fish Camp' - a native sandstone cabin with local river-rock fireplace, chimney, and other accents. The covered back porch includes a hammock and overlooks the river and huge pecan trees below. There is a full size pull-out futon downstairs and two full size beds in a sleeping loft -- accessible via ladder, plus an extra rollaway bed downstairs. The bath features an antique clawfoot tub and an outdoor shower.

(2) 'Lorenz House' - the largest of the 5 cabins, named after the pioneer family that settled this section of the ranch in the mid-1800's. There is a queen futon sofa down and stairs lead to an upper loft with an antique full size bed and a trundle with two twin beds. This cabin is also built with local materials and sandstone walls inside and out from the century old rock fences found throughout the ranch, and includes a covered porch swing with views of the bluffs and mountains across the river.

(3) 'The Bunkhouse' - 4 twin beds and a sink/vanity with beautiful views from a balcony cantilevered out over the pool. Note that access to the detached full bathroom is via lighted gravel pathway.

Optional Units:
(4) 'Riverside Cottage' ($150/night) - This Fredericksburg limestone cabin has the best views of the river from inside the cabin or on the covered back deck from the hammock, rocking chairs, or cedar porch swing. There is a huge masonry fireplace and the unit sleeps 6-8 with a queen bed and futon sofa downstairs and a full bed in the upstairs bedroom, along with a twin bed and twin trundle bed.

(5) 'Sunday House' ($150/night adults only) - an updated historic representation of the quaint Fredericksburg homes built by the German pioneer ranchers for weekends when they came to town for church and supplies. This luxury unit features a king bed with full ADA compliant (wheelchair accessible) bathroom and covered porch with swing and easy access to the pool area and Cabana.

(6) 'Sunday Loft' ($100/night) - this bunk-style unit is located on the upper level of the Sunday House (with a separate entrance) and sleeps up to eight with four double beds and a half bath. Access to an additional full bath via lighted pathway.

The cabins are situated around a poolside cabana and a beautifully landscaped grilling area which includes a large charcoal grill, huge picnic table, smoker, firepit, and covered 'cantina' with four cushioned lounge chairs.

'Simons House' - built in 1860 by Conrad Simons and currently occupied by the ranch foreman, is a classic German story-and-a-half structure with 2ft thick sandstone walls and hand-hewn oak headers supporting the doors and windows. The home is beautifully restored to much of its original character and is visible at the Ranch entrance.

Common Area:
- Striking poolside open-air cabana with full kitchen constructed of old barnwood ceilings supported by huge hand-made wooden trusses. There is an oversized gas grill, small oven, dishwasher, two refrigerator/freezers, built-in microwave, two sinks, soapstone countertops, marine-grade mahogany cabinetry, WIFI, 55in LCD satellite television with theater sound, BluRayDVD, and iPod inputs with speakers located throughout the pool complex. The curved 11' cast concrete bar has eight rustic barstools plus a sectional sofa that seats 4-5. In the wintertime or during inclement weather, the unique steel and glass doors can be lowered to fully enclose the room.

- 'The Shack' Party Shed. A favorite hangout area for the kids, features a flatscreen TV with Wii game console, dartboard, billiards with a competition-grade, removable top for table tennis, and lots of eclectic neon lighting and funky decor.

- Swimming Pool. A free-form 53' gunite pool in a natural setting that blends seamlessly into the fabled Simonsville Topaz Mine where the abandoned mineshaft, old Mill, 140ft flume, and many of the relics of 'old mining days' can still be seen.

- Fitness Center with treadmill, recumbent bicycle, universal weight machine, dumbells, situp bench, and pullup/dip bars. Also has a sink, satellite TV, and workout towels provided.

- The fully lighted tennis court includes a practice wall, and full-court basketball across one end with NCAA-rated glass backboards and an ice-cold drinking fountain.

Property:
- Rolling hill country terrain (nearly cedar-free) with large stands of Live Oaks hundreds of years old and mountain views in all directions. In addition to horses and livestock, wildlife is abundant and includes whitetail and axis deer, antelope, turkey, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, quail, dove, roadrunners, ducks/geese, eagles and more, The breath-taking stretch of river on the ranch includes everything from fast-moving rapids over a solid rock bottom for most of the length (where hard-fighting Guadalupe Bass are common) to slow, deep water at either end (where catfish as large as 35 lbs have been caught). Note that in order to preserve the quality of fishing at Red Sands, trot lines are not allowed and most of the fishing is catch/release with a maximum of one 'keeper' allowed per fisherman. Note: river activities may be affected by current drought.

Disclaimer: Red Sands is a working Texas cattle ranch with inherent risks or hazards including, but not limited to, rough terrain, heavy equipment, deep and/or fast-moving water, wild animals, livestock, etc. and is not recommended for vegetarians or families with very young children without adequate supervision.

Summer Rate Structure (less for other seasons):
For the first 12 guests, the summer rate is $1250 for each weeknight and $1750 for Fri or Sat nights. Add $50/night for each add'l guest beyond the first 12, up to 18 more, for a maximum of 30 total guests (no charge for infants). This is your Base Rental Rate and includes the Lorenz House, FishCamp, and the Bunkhouse.

You may add add'l units (Riverside Cottage ($150), Sunday Hs ($150), or Sunday Loft ($100) nightly ($350 for all 3), and a pair of golf carts for $300 for the weekend (or $450 for up to a week).

Finally, add the cleaning/linen fee of $300 and then 8% for occupancy tax and transaction fees.

Example: Group of 4 families (16 guests) for a May 3-night rental, Thu-Sun. $1250 + (2)1750 + $600 for the extra guests for a Base Rate of $5350. Add $450 for an add'l cabin (Sunday House), $300 cleaning and 8% tax ($488) for a total rental of $6588.

Note: Privately owned family-oriented resort. No 'Youth groups' or keg parties . Minimum age of 30 required to register your group.

Keywords: Waterfront, Ranch, Resort, River, Tennis, Pool, water slide, Cabins, Cottages, Fredericksburg, Texas Hill Country, family reunion, Estate, waterslide, Riverfront, Fishing, Kayaking, biking, tubing

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

          • Catering Available
          • Breakfast - Booking Possible
          • Lunch - Booking Possible
          • Dinner - Booking Possible

          Onsite Services

          • Staff
          • Concierge
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            The Cabana and pool area can be easily accessed without any steps from the 'Sunday House' cabin which is fully ADA compliant. The Lorenz Cottage has no steps downstairs but does not have special facilities such as extra wide doors, roll-in shower, etc. ...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Children Welcome:

            Young toddlers not recommended because of pool, river, cliffs and numerous other dangers....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Not allowed in any structures. Cigarette butts are considered litter and extra cleaning fee will apply....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Must be minimum of 30 yrs old to sign rental agreement for group....moreless

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30, Beds for 30

          • Riverside Downstairs: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            New pillow-top Queen bed plus a full futon sofa Downstairs...moreless

          • Lorenz Downstairs: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Comfortable Queen Futon...moreless

          • Riverside Upstairs: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

            This upstairs is more private than the other cabin lofts....moreless

          • Lorenz Upstairs: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

            This is Bedroom/Loft but not fully enclosed....moreless

          • BunkHouse: 4 twin/ single

            Includes sink/vanity; detached bath access via pathway....moreless

          • Sunday House (Optional): 1 king

            Luxury suite with full wheelchair accessible bath. ...moreless

          • Sunday Loft (Optional): 4 double

            Separate entrance above Sunday Hs with half bath. Sleeps 8....moreless

          • FishCamp: 2 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon, 1 twin/ single

            Full size futon dn plus loft with ladder to 2 full size beds...moreless

          • Total of (8) sleeping areas which sleep up to (30) guests in (22) separate beds consisting of a main level and upstairs bedroom/sleeping loft in each cabin plus two separate bunkhouses. Note: Some cabins are optional. There are (5) additional cots and pads available for kids but you'll have to bring your own sleeping bags/pillows....moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Lorenz Bath: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Riverside: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • FishCamp: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, outdoor shower

            Antique Clawfoot tub with hand-shower....moreless

          • BunkHouse Bath: toilet, shower

            DETACHED 'campground style'. Access via gravel pathway....moreless

          • Sunday House: toilet, shower

            Shower is wheelchair accessible w bench and handrails....moreless

          • Sunday Loft: toilet

            ...moreless

          • Note: Total of (5) full baths (one per cabin plus detached campground-style restroom for the Bunkhouse accessed by lighted gravel pathway). Note: the Sunday Loft only has a 1/2 bath but is near the detached restroom. There is a Clawfoot tub and an outdoor shower at FishCamp cabin....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Fitness Center with treadmill, recumbent bicycle, universal weight machine, dumbells, situp bench, and pullup/dip bars. Also has a sink with hot/cold water, granite countertop, satellite TV, and workout towels provided. Washer/Dryer available for stays of 4-nights or more. Pair of Golf carts available for rent. Great for wildlife viewing and getting all the gear and coolers to the river. Ice-cold drinking fountain by the tennis court. Lighted tennis court with large practice wall and full-court basketball across one end with adjustable, real glass backboards (2) bicycles, (3) tandem kayaks plus (6) Children's kayaks, inner-tubes, and shuttle service available. Don't forget your lifejackets and beach towels!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Video Games:

                Wii available in the game shed. Bring your own games or play the basic games included....moreless

              • Music Library:

                iPod hookups in cabana and most cabins plus numerous Satellite music stations....moreless

              • Game Room:

                See photo....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Most cabins plus Cabana with outdoor speakers and iPod input....moreless

              • CD Player
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Pool Table
              • Television:

                (7) Satellite TV in each cabin, Fitness Center, Game Room. 55' LCD in Cabana. Note no TV in BunkHouse or Sunday Loft....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                (7) DISH Network 200 channel package each cabin plus DVR in Cabana...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Available in cabana (BlueRay) and some cabins....moreless

              • Games:

                Wii, Electronic dart board, poker chips/cards...moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Sports & Activities
              • Historic

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Recreation Center

              Leisure Activities

              • Horseshoes
              • Shopping
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Scenic Drives
              • Antiquing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Eco Tourism
              • Boating

              local services and businesses

              • Massage Therapist
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Medical Services

              Location Type

              • Waterfront:

                Nearly 1/2 mile Llano River frontage...moreless

              • Resort:

                Private Pool, Tennis, Kayaking, Fishing, Basketball, Tubing, Game Room, Fitness Center, more......moreless

              • Waterfront:

                Nearly 1/2 mile of crystal clear Llano River frontage with breathtaking views of the river in both directions, the 200' red sandstone bluffs, and the mountains beyond....moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Golf
              • Mountain Biking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Kayaking
              • Rock Climbing
              • Basketball Court
              • Snorkeling
              • Water Tubing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Hunting Big Game
              • Rafting

              breakfast meal type

                  • Booking Possible

                  catering options

                      • Catering Available

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Dining:

                        Informal seating: Bar seating for 8 in Cabana, 8+ around pool, 12+ in grilling area, 4 each cabin. ...moreless

                      • Seating for 16 people

                      dinner meal type

                          • Booking Possible

                          forms of payment

                              • Accept Credit Card

                              General

                              • Safe
                              • Telephone:

                                (3) Free local and domestic long distance calling....moreless

                              • Washing Machine:

                                Available for stays of 4 nights or more....moreless

                              • Sofa Bed
                              • Free Local Calls
                              • Mobile Phone:

                                Fair to Good reception with AT&T. Poor with the other carriers. Best reception in Cabana which has a large antenna and a repeater cell....moreless

                              • Ceiling Fans
                              • Water Cooler
                              • Filtered Water
                              • Shampoo
                              • Basic Soaps
                              • Toilet Paper
                              • Internet:

                                Satellite Broadband fair use policy -- do not download or stream movies or music!...moreless

                              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                                See photo and description....moreless

                              • Wireless Internet:

                                Booster antenna on Riverside Cabin rooftop and in Cabana provides good coverage outside, in most cabins, and around Common Area. Spotty coverage inside Lorenz House and FishCamp....moreless

                              • Living Room:

                                Six separate living areas....moreless

                              • Wood Fireplace:

                                Available in each cabin. Fireplace wood bundles available at local grocery store....moreless

                              • Air Conditioning:

                                One or Two Window units available in each cabin plus bunkhouse and also Fitness Center. ...moreless

                              • Clothes Dryer:

                                Available for stays of 4 nights or more....moreless

                              • Heating:

                                Window Units or Electric space heaters in each cabin....moreless

                              • Fireplace:

                                Outdoor firepit and fireplace in most cabins. Some wood available at firepit. ...moreless

                              • Towels Provided:

                                Bath and workout towels provided. Bring your own pool/river towels....moreless

                              • Free Long Distance:

                                Free Domestic Long Distance with calling card provided....moreless

                              • Broadband Access:

                                Exede Satellite Broadband metered use policy -- 2 Gigabytes included. Additional bandwidth billed automatically @ $10/G...moreless

                              • Linens Provided:

                                Provided for all beds. Bring your own sleeping bags/pillows for kids' cots and sleeping pads....moreless

                              Kitchen

                              • Ice Maker
                              • Mini Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Dishwasher:

                                Located in the Cabana. ...moreless

                              • Kitchenette
                              • Cooking Utensils:

                                Full set in Cabana. Basic set in each cabin except bunkhouse....moreless

                              • Coffee Maker:

                                20-cup commercial in Cabana, also 10-cup in each cabin. ...moreless

                              • Kitchen:

                                Full stainless kitchen in Cabana. Kitchenette in most cabins....moreless

                              • Pantry Items:

                                Basic spices, oil, sugar, flour, etc....moreless

                              • Dishes & Utensils:

                                Full sets in each cabin plus 16 place settings in cabana. Bring paper plates/cups recommended....moreless

                              • Refrigerator:

                                (6 total) 2 full size and 4 minis....moreless

                              • Stove:

                                2 side-burner full size grill with warming drawer. Countertop oven, Large Green Egg grill/smoker often used as full-size oven for turkeys etc....moreless

                              • Microwave:

                                (5 total)...moreless

                              • Freezer:

                                (2) bottom drawer freezers, chest freezer plus small freezer space in some mini fridges. 50-80 lbs ice provided in chest freezer....moreless

                              • Oven:

                                Toaster oven in most cabins and larger unit in Cabana....moreless

                              • Toaster:

                                Cabana and most cabins....moreless

                              lunch meal type

                                  • Booking Possible

                                  Outside

                                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                                    Three (3) kids kayaks (120lb max), (3) tandem adult kayaks and paddles, (5) innertubes, plus (2) mtn bikes available for $300. Bring your own life jackets....moreless

                                  • Bicycles:

                                    (2) mountain bikes available as part of the Recreations Package (Kayaks/tubes/bikes) for $300...moreless

                                  • Balcony:

                                    Bunk house: Cantilevered over the pool. 2nd and 3rd levels of water tower offer excellent views and breezes....moreless

                                  • Beach Chairs
                                  • Patio
                                  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                  • Walkway To Water
                                  • Barbecue
                                  • Tennis Court
                                  • Gazebo:

                                    Located in the grilling area along with 11' umbrella available for the picnic table....moreless

                                  • Outdoor Furniture
                                  • Porch Furniture
                                  • Beach Umbrellas
                                  • Deck / Patio:

                                    (5) Covered porch with river and mountain views at each cabin....moreless

                                  • Water Sports Gear:

                                    Inflatable inner-tubes and shuttle service available for nominal fee....moreless

                                  • Golf:

                                    9 hole municipal course in Mason....moreless

                                  • Outdoor Grill:

                                    Smoker plus Charcoal and gas grills, Extra Large Ceramic 'Green Egg'...moreless

                                  • Porch / Veranda:

                                    Covered porch with chairs and swing or hammock at each cabin....moreless

                                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                                    Poolside Cabana with full kitchen....moreless

                                  • Tennis:

                                    On-site, private court with lights and backboard....moreless

                                  Payment Type

                                  • Amex
                                  • Visa
                                  • Mastercard
                                  • Discover

                                  Pool / Spa

                                  • Outdoor Pool
                                  • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                  • Private Pool:

                                    Oversize pool with solar-assisted heat (Spring/Fall only), large tanning deck, grotto, and (10) ten lounge chairs....moreless

                                  • Hot Tub:

                                    Oversized 8' hot tub heated year-round....moreless

                                   

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Late Summer 2014
                                  Aug 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $1,250 $1,750
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                                  Fall 2014
                                  Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,250
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                                  Thanksgiving
                                  Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2014
                                  5 night min stay

                                  $7,900
                                  flat fee
                                  Christmas Break
                                  Dec 19 - Jan 4, 2015
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $1,250 $1,500
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                                  Typical Summer Rate 30 Guests
                                  Feb 1 - Feb 2, 2015
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $2,450 $2,850
                                  Fri, Sat
                                  Spring Break
                                  Mar 13 - Mar 22, 2015
                                  4 night min stay
                                  $1,250 $1,500
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                                  Spring 2015
                                  Mar 23 - Apr 30, 2015
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,250
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                                  Early Summer 2015
                                  May 1 - May 31, 2015
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,750
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

                                  Memorial Day
                                  May 22 - May 24, 2015
                                  3 night min stay

                                  $5,950
                                  flat fee
                                  Peak Summer 2015
                                  Jun 1 - Aug 3, 2015
                                  4 night min stay
                                  $1,450 $1,950
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                                  Jul 4 2015
                                  Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2015
                                  5 night min stay

                                  $8,950
                                  flat fee
                                  Late Summer 2015
                                  Aug 4 - Sep 30, 2015
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $1,250 $1,750
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

                                  Labor Day 2015
                                  Sep 4 - Sep 6, 2015
                                  3 night min stay

                                  $5,750
                                  flat fee
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,750
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest


                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees:

                                  • Cleaning/Linen Fee $300 + tax
                                  • Tax Rate 8%

                                  Notes:

                                  NOTE: ERRORS IN QUOTE SYSTEM -- SEND INQUIRY FOR ACTUAL QUOTE

                                  Rate includes Fish Camp, Lorenz Cabin, and Bunkhouse

                                  Add $150/night for extra cabins: Riverside or Sunday House, $100 for Sunday Loft

                                  No fees for infants. 30 guest limit - add'l fees beyond limit

                                  Pair of golf carts or Kayaks/tubes/bikes avail $300 wkend / $450 up to wk

                                  $1250 security deposit req'd -- may be higher for large groups


                                  Cancellation policy:

                                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                                  Location

                                  100 Miles
                                  Nearest Airport
                                  Austin or San Antonio
                                  8 Miles
                                  Nearest Golf
                                  Mason City Park

                                  Although guests rarely leave the property during their stay, the quaint town of Mason is just 9 miles away with gas, groceries, and lots of shops around the historic courthouse square, while Fredericksburg with all of its shopping and attractions is about 35 miles to the south down winding country roads or about a 50 min drive. One favorite nearby attraction is the Eckert Bat Cave where millions of Mexican Free-tail bats can be seen emerging from the cave on summer evenings -- about 10 mi away.

                                  Austin and San Antonio Airports are each 2hrs away. Mason Country Airport is about 15 mi.

                                   

                                  Owner info

                                  Year Purchased: 2003

                                  About the owner: I grew up outside of Houston and then received a Petroleum Engr/MBA degree from Louisiana State University (LSU). After spending a few years in California and Australia with various software companies, I moved to Austin, TX in 1991 and started my own business. After selling the company and retiring in my late 30's I quickly learned that I needed more activities than just playing sports all day, and wound up with 250 acres of raw land on the Llano River. Originally conceived as a few head of cattle and a couple of rustic, riverfront cabins around a firepit to spend time with friends, and my wife and three kids, it's since grown in scale, scope, and maintenance to the operation that exists today. Although years later, as a 5th generation engineer and wanna-be architect, I'll probably always be designing or building another 'project' at Red Sands but it has finally evolved to the stage where I can (almost) call it complete.

                                  The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
                                  Red Sands Ranch is a unique property specifically for guests that prefer an exclusive, private outdoor resort experience with a natural setting and amenities comparable to the large hotel chain resorts. Although expensive, the total rental for a large group is actually much less than a hotel resort stay even before you buy that first $8 beer -- and you won't have to share the pool with 150 kids in swim diapers. The elevation (1250-1400ft) and semi-arid climate of the area offers more comfortable summer breezes and cooler nights than most of the large metropolitan areas of the state. Other than the spectacular Texas Hill Country setting, the most unique feature of the property is the layout of the compound where the pool, cabana (kitchen/dining), firepit, tennis and all the other resort amenities, are part of the main gathering area (rather than some back parking lot) while the separate cabins offer peace and privacy just a few steps away. In addition to all the activities, kids are always captivated by the abundant wildlife, crystal clear river, and the sheer number of stars visible in the clear night sky. Come make some memories and experience the real Texas!


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                                  Photos

                                  • Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch

                                    Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch

                                  • City of Red Sands

                                    City of Red Sands

                                  • Golf cart shuttles to favorite swimming spot

                                    Golf cart shuttles to favorite swimming spot

                                  • Cabana Interior

                                    Cabana Interior

                                  • Your own 'Lazy River' and a lot less than a stay at the big hotel chain resorts.

                                    Your own 'Lazy River' and a lot less than a stay at the big hotel chain resorts.

                                  • Pool, Fitness Center, Bunkhouse (upstairs)

                                    Pool, Fitness Center, Bunkhouse (upstairs)

                                  • Deepwater downstream at east end of property.

                                    Deepwater downstream at east end of property.

                                  • Resident pony Oreo down at the river.

                                    Resident pony Oreo down at the river.

                                  • Sunday House King Unit w ADA bathroom

                                    Sunday House King Unit w ADA bathroom

                                  • Queen bed in the Riverside Cabin

                                    Queen bed in the Riverside Cabin

                                  • Bunkhouse

                                    Bunkhouse

                                  • Wildflowers at the horse corral

                                    Wildflowers at the horse corral

                                  • Magazine cover photo of the bluffs (June 2005).

                                    Magazine cover photo of the bluffs (June 2005).

                                  • Cabana from Grilling Area.

                                    Cabana from Grilling Area.

                                  • Abandoned RS topaz mine?

                                    Abandoned RS topaz mine?

                                  • Cabana at dusk with pool and water tower in background.

                                    Cabana at dusk with pool and water tower in background.

                                  • Fish Camp with Grilling Area and fire pit

                                    Fish Camp with Grilling Area and fire pit

                                  • Aerial view (during the 2011 drought).

                                    Aerial view (during the 2011 drought).

                                  • Lorenz Cottage

                                    Lorenz Cottage

                                  • Riverside Cabin

                                    Riverside Cabin

                                  • The Shack game shed

                                    The Shack game shed

                                  • Fitness Center

                                    Fitness Center

                                  • Making memories...

                                    Making memories...

                                  VRBO #423176

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                                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                                  Date last modified - Sunday, September 07, 2014

                                  $950 - $2,850 per night (USD)
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                                  8 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 30

                                  View calendar: Updated 09/12/14
                                  Minimum stay: 2-4 nights
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                                  Spectacular River Ranch Resort (Sleeps 12-30) Private Tennis/Pool

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