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

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Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch

Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch Aerial Layout of Facilities Magazine cover photo of the bluffs (June 2005). Golf cart shuttles to favorite swimming spot Cabana from Grilling Area. Cabana Interior Abandoned RS topaz mine? Your own 'Lazy River' and a lot less than a stay at the big hotel chain resorts. Cabana at dusk with pool and water tower in background. Pool, Fitness Center, Bunkhouse (upstairs) Fish Camp with Grilling Area and fire pit Deepwater downstream at east end of property. Aerial view (during the 2011 drought). Resident pony Oreo down at the river. Lorenz Cottage Lorenz Interior Riverside Cabin Queen bed in the Riverside Cabin The Shack game shed Bunkhouse Fitness Center Wildflowers at the horse corral Making memories...

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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 (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. 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 8 with a queen bed and futon sofa downstairs and a full bed in the upstairs bedroom, along with a twin bed and twin rollaway bed.

(5) 'Sunday House' ($150/night) - 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 easy access to the pool area and Cabana. AVAILABLE APRIL 2014.

(6) 'Courtside Loft' ($100/night) - this unit is located on the upper level of the Sunday House (with a separate entrance) and sleeps 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 with granite countertop, satellite TV, and workout towels provided.

- The fully lighted tennis court includes a practice wall, and full-court basketball across one end with NCAA-quality 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 Courtside Loft ($100) nightly ($350 for all 3), and a pair of golf carts for $225 for the weekend (or $350 for up to a week).

Finally, add the one-time 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 Rental Rate of $5350. Add $450 for an add'l cabin (Sunday House), $300 for 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, Retreat, waterslide, Riverfront, Fishing, Kayaking, wifi

Property Type

      • Estate

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

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

          Onsite Services

          • Concierge
          • Private Chef
          • Staff

          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

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

          • 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

          • Pets Not Allowed

          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

          • Courtside Loft (Optional): 4 double

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

          • FishCamp: 1 sleep sofa /futon, 2 double

            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 (21) 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 are available for kids....moreless

          Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

          • 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

          • Note: Total of (5) full baths (one per cabin) and detached bath near Bunkhouse accessed by lighted gravel pathway. 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

              • Games:

                Wii, Electronic dart board...moreless

              • DVD Player:

                Available in some cabins....moreless

              • Game Room:

                See photo....moreless

              • Television:

                (6) Satellite TV in each cabin, Fitness Center, Game Room. 55' LCD in Cabana...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

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

              • Stereo:

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

              • CD Player
              • Ping Pong Table
              • Pool Table

              Theme

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

              Attractions

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

              Leisure Activities

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

              local services and businesses

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

              Location Type

              • Resort:

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

              • Lakefront:

                Llano River Frontage. ...moreless

              • River:

                Nearly 1/2 mile Llano River frontage...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

              • Waterfront:

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

              sports and adventure activities

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

              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

                      dinner meal type

                          • Booking Possible

                          forms of payment

                              • Accept Credit Card

                              General

                              • Free Long Distance:

                                Free Domestic Long Distance...moreless

                              • 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

                              • Towels Provided:

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

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

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

                              • Linens Provided
                              • Washing Machine:

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

                              • Sofa Bed
                              • Free Local Calls
                              • 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

                              • Fireplace:

                                Outdoor firepit and fireplace in each cabin. Some wood available at firepit. ...moreless

                              • Internet:

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

                              • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                                See photo and description....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

                              • Broadband Access:

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

                              Kitchen

                              • Dishwasher:

                                Located in the Cabana. ...moreless

                              • Ice Maker
                              • Mini Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • 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

                              • Toaster:

                                One 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

                              • Freezer:

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

                              • Oven:

                                Toaster oven in each cabin and larger unit in Cabana....moreless

                              • Microwave:

                                (5 total)...moreless

                              lunch meal type

                                  • Booking Possible

                                  Outside

                                  • 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

                                  • Balcony:

                                    Bunk house: Cantilevered over the pool....moreless

                                  • 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
                                  • Beach Chairs
                                  • Patio
                                  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                  • Walkway To Water
                                  • 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

                                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                                    Six (6) kids kayaks (120lb max), (3) tandem adult kayaks and paddles available for nominal fee. Bring your own life jackets....moreless

                                  • Golf:

                                    9 hole municipal course in Mason....moreless

                                  Payment Type

                                  • Amex
                                  • Visa
                                  • Mastercard
                                  • Discover

                                  Pool / Spa

                                  • Hot Tub:

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

                                  • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                  • Outdoor Pool
                                  • Private Pool:

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

                                   

                                  Reviews

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                                  • Great Weekend

                                    Great Weekend

                                    • Guest Will S.
                                    • Date of stay 04/04/14
                                    • Review Submitted 04/10/14
                                    Great private like Hill Country Resort. Everything about the Red Sands Ranch will meet or exceed your expectations. Prior to arriving I could tell that a few in our group were skeptical of spending a weekend in Mason on the river but upon arrival they were blown away. Everything about the property is top notch, from the cleanliness of the facilities to the awesome view of the bluffs across the river. We had a great time and will definitely be coming back.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                                  • 4th of July - 2013

                                    4th of July - 2013

                                    • Guest Anonymous
                                    • Date of stay 07/03/13
                                    • Review Submitted 02/08/14
                                    This property is amazing! Disneyworld in the hill country! The attention to detail is impeccable. Hard to decide what we wanted to do each day. From the pool, tennis court, shooting range, ping pong, to the amazing Llano river there was something for everyone in our group of 22. The ceramic bbq pit and outdoor smoker were great for our rib competition. Loved the cabins. They were all very clean and comfortable (decor was a plus!) There were bunny rabbits hopping around the property which the little kids in our group just loved. The slide on the pool was a blast for those who like a little excitement! We couldn't keep the kids off the thing! Oh - and the platform off the top bunk above the pool kept the kids entertained for hours. Since we were there in July it was HOT so the cool pool during the day was great and the hot-tub at night allowed us to loosen up our sore muscles from playing tennis. The porch swings and hammocks were a great spot to read a book and enjoy the sounds of the river, very relaxing! We didn't leave the property to venture into Mason the 5 days we were there - didn't need to! The town itself looked really cute so hopefully on our next trip out we can check it out. We hope to visit this property again and we'd recommend it to others who are looking for a true hill country retreat! Thanks for the memories Red Sands!

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                                  • Beautiful & Truly Awesome!!!

                                    Beautiful & Truly Awesome!!!

                                    • Guest Anonymous
                                    • Date of stay 12/13/13
                                    • Review Submitted 12/18/13
                                    Facilities were spectacular , Pool and Huge slide unbelievable, tennis courts, ping pong , and then there is the ranch--Huge prehistoric bluffs -Llano River for tubing or sitting in rapids. It does not get any better than this!!! Dr Chuck Priess

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                                  • Heaven on Earth!

                                    Heaven on Earth!

                                    • Guest Anonymous
                                    • Date of stay 12/26/12
                                    • Review Submitted 12/08/13
                                    This was absolutely an amazing property. The owner was very nice and great to work with. He has someone close by to help with any questions you may have. We enjoyed a family vacation with 2 other families and kids. There was so much for the kids to do and see. The central area was the perfect place to gather and enjoy time together. It was quite cold out but that didn't stop us from going to the river for a picnic lunch. Once you are on this property there was no reason to leave. It is a wonderful getaway for many different occasions. The owner has done an amazing job with his creativity of the layout. I would highly recommend Red Sands and can not wait to go back again!

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

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                                  • A Thanksgiving to be remembered

                                    A Thanksgiving to be remembered

                                    • Guest Steve T.
                                    • Date of stay 11/27/13
                                    • Review Submitted 12/05/13
                                    We arrived with high expectations of enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday away from Houston while giving the children an experience to remember. Driving into the property we were overtaken by the natural beauty of the property and the abundant wildlife which freely roamed the property. The property is immaculately kept and we were fortunate to have the staff take the time to explain the history of the property and the details surrounding each feature which defines and compliments the surrounding landscape. For the children the electronics were set aside and from dawn to dusk they were consumed with the outdoor activities made available in this unique setting. With the tennis court, pool, fire pit, river, wildlife etc. there was never a moment when anyone talked about getting home. The experience will stay with us for a long time and the parents all agreed that the family time was special. If anyone is looking for a similar family experience I would highly recommend this property and the staff which make it a special get away. Thanks again to all who made this weekend possible and we look forward to returning.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 6/6

                                  • Awesome!

                                    Awesome!

                                    • Guest Gavin W.
                                    • Date of stay 10/04/13
                                    • Review Submitted 10/09/13
                                    Great resort like atmosphere. Beautiful hill country land and the river was great for fishing or kayaking.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

                                  • Incredible is an understatement!

                                    Incredible is an understatement!

                                    • Guest Drew J. (Dallas)
                                    • Date of stay 09/27/13
                                    • Review Submitted 10/02/13
                                    There's good, great, and the best. Red Sands Ranch is the latterest. From the cabins, poolside cabana (with a bar, big tv, and incredible grill with stainless steel appliances), tennis court (the thing is lit), fitness center (who works out on vacation?), adjustable basketball hoops, game room/shed (with both a ping-pong table and pool table), hot tub, and the enormous river - this place is a sure thing. It would have been awkward to parenthesize 'surround sound' after each of those activities, but have you ever played tennis while listening to the crew from College GameDay? You can do that at RS Ranch - sound surrounds you. The slide…if you dare ride it…is a blast (especially at night!). It is very clear that the owner of RS Ranch cares about the property, the facilities, and his guests. All of us fellas loved the place. You will too!

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                                  • WOW!!!!

                                    WOW!!!!

                                    • Guest Michael W.
                                    • Date of stay 09/12/13
                                    • Review Submitted 09/24/13
                                    This is an awesome place for anyone with a family, needs a place for a corporate gathering, pretty much anything else. The grounds are superb the views are breathtaking and the facilities are wonderful. There are tons of things to do such as swimming in the pool or river, hiking, bbqing, checking out wildlife, and too many more to list. The owner of the property met us on arrival and was very nice and took the time to show us around and explain how everything works. His staff was there ready to help whenever needed. If you have the chance to visit this place I would highly recommend it.

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                                  • Get Away from It All!

                                    Get Away from It All!

                                    • Guest Sally (Gardendale, TX)
                                    • Date of stay 05/28/13
                                    • Review Submitted 08/07/13
                                    We've stayed at numerous VRBO properties, and this one was top-notch. The owner and property manager were both helpful and attentive to details. Their customer service went above and beyond what we expected. The pool was beautiful. Our family enjoyed all the activities on the ranch: swimming, tennis, basketball, pool, Wii, kayaking, and fishing. We didn't catch any fish, but we all enjoyed hanging out at the river. Each cabin was nicely furnished and comfortable. My only suggestion for improvement would be some sort of central dining area with a large table, even a picnic table. There was no place for all of us to eat together. Overall, a really great place to stay if you want to "get away from it all." It is very remote. It would make a great place for a retreat, especially with the addition of the dining area.

                                    Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children.

                                    Owner response: Sally - Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the input. We've added a few more tables around the pool area to bring the seating to 16 (with the cabana barstools) and 24+ counting the picnic table at the grill area. Additionally, there are now 2 folding banquet tables/chairs with seating for 12 more guests if needed.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                                  • Best group vacation home/resort!

                                    Best group vacation home/resort!

                                    • Guest Anonymous
                                    • Date of stay 06/13/13
                                    • Review Submitted 08/05/13
                                    We flew from California to visit with old friends in Austin. We found this amazing properfy on VRBO that was only 1.5 drive from Austin airport. The property is massive and no detail has been left out. All the cabins look like they are right out of a Texas designer magazine. The tennis courts, workout room, black bottom pool & outdoor cabana make you feel like you are at your own private resort. All the kids loved the huge water slide and their private bunkhouse. There was something for everyone! We will definitely go back!!

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Spring 2014
                                  Mar 17 - Apr 30, 2014
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,350
                                  Fri, Sat

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

                                  Early Summer 2014
                                  May 1 - May 31, 2014
                                  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 23 - May 25, 2014
                                  3 night min stay

                                  $5,950
                                  flat fee
                                  Peak Summer 2014
                                  Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2014
                                  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 2014
                                  Jul 1 - Jul 5, 2014
                                  5 night min stay

                                  $8,950
                                  flat fee
                                  Late Summer 2014
                                  Aug 1 - Sep 30, 2014
                                  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
                                  Aug 29 - Aug 31, 2014
                                  3 night min stay

                                  $5,750
                                  flat fee
                                  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 $1,550
                                  Fri

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

                                  My Standard Rate
                                  2 night min stay
                                  $950 $1,250
                                  Fri, Sat

                                  Rates are based on 12 guests; add $30 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

                                  4 NIGHT MINIMUM JUN-JUL

                                  Rate includes Fish Camp, Lorenz Cabin, and Bunkhouse

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

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

                                  Pair of golf carts avail $225 wkend / $350 up to wk

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


                                  Cancellation policy:

                                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                                  Last updated: 04/20/2014
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                                  Location

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

                                  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

                                  • Aerial Layout of Facilities

                                    Aerial Layout of Facilities

                                  • 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.

                                  • Lorenz Interior

                                    Lorenz Interior

                                  • 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...

                                  $950 - $1,950 per night (USD)
                                  29

                                  8 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 30

                                  View calendar: Updated 04/20/14
                                  Minimum stay: 2-4 nights
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