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Maetze von-Dohlen House (l) and Hummingbird House (r)

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Last updated: 03/09/2015

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Relax, restore, explore 706 acre working ranch while staying in one or all of our 3 private country homes. The Maetze House: Our flagship 1877 restored home consists of 3 bedrooms each w/private bath.
You set the pace. From meditation to exhilarating mountain biking through the many trails on the ranch. Rock on the large porch catching SE breezes, be amused by miniature donkeys grazing and playing in the pastures, reflect on the rising or setting sun and moon. Read, play games, dine - or just commune by the fireplace in the comfortable living room under the light of our 18th century chandelier. Family time could not be better with modern kitchen and comfortable living room. The kitchen is stocked with coffees, teas, spices, cookware and utensils, dishes and napkins. Three or more couples or a couple of families can comfortably share the communal space. Romance in the privacy of the large Jane Long suite while bathing in the double bathtub under the reflective prism lights of chandelier and cozy up to the private en-suite fireplace. Unwind under the stars by the firepit at night.

The Historic Maetze-von Dohlen home was built in 1877 in Goliad Texas and in 2005 was moved to its new home at the Barnhart Q5 Ranch, just north of Berclair TX, halfway between Goliad and Beeville. Lovingly restored, pine walls, 12 foot ceilings, fireplaces and 6 foot windows with panoramic views make this an ideal setting for a romantic weekend or family vacation.

The Barnhart Q5 Ranch was awarded Texas Parks & Wildlife's Lone Star Land Steward Award in 2004 and has over 18 miles of hike and bike trails through its rolling hills of South Texas brush country. Our native grasses provide wildlife feed year-round and wildlife viewing and photography blinds are provided at each of our 8 ponds. Located within the migratory path, birdwatchers can see large numbers of green jay, bunting, raptors, heron, ibis, hummingbird, and more. Deer, Bobwhite quail, dove, turkey, and the occasional bobcat can be sighted. The night sky is free of light pollution and loaded with stars. Grab your pillows and head for our new, raised, STARGAZING PLATFORM on the ranch's high point for fabulous stargazing while coyote serenade you. Bring your own horses - stabling fees at $25./night per.

Plan your trip around one of Goliad's special events - monthly Market Days, Missions Tour de Goliad bike ride, Texas Mile, the Living History programs, and Christmas in Goliad to name a few. Goliad is a premier Texas historic destination, with its Presidio La Bahia, the oldest Spanish fort in existence today, it is the birthplace of General Ignacio Zaragoza, and home to Goliad State Park built around the Mission Espiritu Santo. Downtown Goliad features the Market House Museum and Courthouse Square with fabulous shopping and award winning restaurants, as well as beautiful architecture dating back to the early 1800's. The Goliad Golf Club is open to you, as is the 'family friendly' Coleto Creek Park & Reservoir where trophy bass are being caught regularly.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Barnhart Q5 Ranch Retreat is located on a working South Texas ranch. For the uninitiated, those few words have a lot of meaning. First, we are not offering our guests 'Hilton-esque' accomodations. We are a natural facility. Guests here could have unique encounters with our rural residents: field mice, honey bees, yellow jackets, skunks, snakes and other natural residents call the ranch home and help us maintain a balanced natural ecosystem. Next, someone once said that everything which bites, sticks or scratches must live in South Texas! Our ecosystem does consist of a variety of thorny bushes, trees, and cactus that have been sculpted to provide habitat for the thousands of birds, hundreds of mammals and reptiles that live here. We make every effort to keep our trails mowed and roads cleared for your comfort and safety.

Keywords: Ranch, casita, lodge, bungalo, cabin, cottage


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Events Allowed
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  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outside only, on covered porches, ashtrays provided....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    $25. fee per pet, per visit; 2 dog max...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Once in house...moreless

Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, Beds for 9-14

  • Bedroom 4


  • Bedroom 5


  • Bedroom 6


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Jane Long Suite: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    This room is 42' x 18' with small sofa in seating area...moreless

  • General Zaragoza Suite: 2 twin/ single

    A third single bed can be added to this room - sleeps 3 max...moreless

  • Francisca Alavez Suite: 2 double, 1 twin/ single

    This room sleeps 3 max...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)...moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Stargazing platform with 360 degree view of the fabulous unpolluted night sky! Telescope available....moreless


  • Books:

    Paperbacks available on a take a book and leave one arrangement...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Birdwatching, bike trails (bring your own), horse trails (bring your own), fishing in stocked pond, miniature donkeys, ...moreless

  • Games:

    Outdoor games: horseshoes, volleyball...moreless

  • Toys:

    We keep a basket of children's games, coloring books, various story books and odd toys......moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Working 706-acre ranch in South Texas ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central air...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Living room includes wood burning fireplace (we provide wood); large sofa, comfortable chairs; dining table...moreless

  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    at office only...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    one in living room; another in Jane Long Suite...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Outdoor firepit for great gatherings around a good night fire!...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Talk with owner about specific catering needs....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need for 16...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Modern kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, stove & oven, with dishes for 16, pots & pans...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    teas, coffee, some basic herbs & spices...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    full-sized with lower drawer freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric stove with 4 burners and oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    Goliad Golf Course - 22 miles from us...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We can arrange for a float down the San Antonio River on kayaks from Goliad Kayak Rental...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Houses are situated in a private 30 acre compound covered in oak trees...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Firepits & outdoor grills - We provide mesquite and oak wood...moreless



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  • Golf cart rental $25
  • Pet Fee $25
  • Taxes Not included


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Claire Barnhart and W. Lee O'Daniel visit the Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, TX.

Why the Owner Chose Goliad:
Our family ranch, located in historic Goliad County, Texas near the small town of Berclair, is a place of natural beauty. The South Texas sunrises, sunsets and dark night skies are breathtaking. My husband and I live on the ranch and wanted to share this place with guests so they could have the opportunity to experience these things, and see how a South Texas ranch operates. We purchased the 1877 Maetze von Dohlen home, originally located in Goliad, and moved it to the ranch property in 2005, restored it, and make it available to guests to enjoy the ranch.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We are within the migratory path of the hummingbirds, wood stork, bunting, sandhill crane and other wonderful bird and butterfly species. While here visitors are encouraged to relax and explore the 706-acres of the ranch - hike and bike 18 miles of trails, or bring your own horses and ride the trails, participate in ranching operations, set up in our photographic blinds at the various water sources around the property. We raise Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys and cattle. Our donkeys are social animals who love attention!

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Speaks: english, spanish, mi espanol no es perfecto, pero mejorando diariame

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  • Maetze von-Dohlen House (l) and Hummingbird House (r)

    Maetze von-Dohlen House (l) and Hummingbird House (r)

  • Maetze House Living Room fireplace and view into kitchen

    Maetze House Living Room fireplace and view into kitchen

  • View of Jane Long twin bed and bath area

    View of Jane Long twin bed and bath area

  • Photo blind at Indian Creek Pond

    Photo blind at Indian Creek Pond

  • Maetze porch and outside patio

    Maetze porch and outside patio

  • Jane Long suite - queen plus twin beds, oversized tub in private bath

    Jane Long suite - queen plus twin beds, oversized tub in private bath

  • Francesca Alavez suite - double plus twin, private bath with shower

    Francesca Alavez suite - double plus twin, private bath with shower

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Monday, November 02, 2015

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