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Cozy Craftsman home in the heart of the city

Smithville, TX, USA
  • House1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Fully remodeled 1920's 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with fenced yard

The Gingerbread house calls on fond memories of wrapping up in grandma's quilt on a wide, front porch while enjoying a big bowl of chicken and dumplings or a tall glass of mint tea. Smithville is a small city of 4,500 but offers big charm, friendly people, historic places, and things to do and see. Smithville is an easy drive from major cities of Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Bryan/College Station making it a great central location for family reunions, special events, antiquing, or just a quiet evening away from big city hustle and bustle. Experience the Warrenton/Round Top "world of antiquing" 1/2 hour away, the local 'Bone Spirits' distillery, or enjoy a day of kayaking or fishing on the majestic Colorado River.

The 'Gingerbread House' is located in the heart of Smithville just minutes from Main Street's restaurants, antique shops, Beuscher State Park, and other attractions. The home, built in 1921, has been fully renovated with modern amenities such as wide screen TV, gas fireplace, all stainless appliances, laundry room with folding bar, and extra large stove with two ovens. Cable and Internet are provided. Though modernized, the homey feel of this vintage craftsman has been retained and offers a lovely, wide front porch with wood swing, and original long-leaf pine floors. The home is three bedrooms and two full baths. Two bedrooms have queen beds and the third two twin beds. There are two full baths - one large, new bath addition with walk-in shower and two sinks, a second original bathroom updated to include pedestal sink and shower/tub combination. Relax on the new partially covered backyard deck strung with party lights for a festive atmosphere. The large backyard has privacy fencing and charcoal BBQ pit.


Cathy Meek

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Cathy Meek

Relocating from Sugar Land after 22 years, I was looking to settle in a city close to my home roots of Austin but far enough away to avoid major traffic and a big-city lifestyle. The Bishop Street house caught my eye and warmed my heart. It was a bit of a "fixer-upper" but felt like home the minute I walked in the door. A partial renovation included gutting the kitchen, adding new cabinets, electrical and plumbing, and refinishing the original long-leaf pine floors in the living and dining area. Also restored was my inner peace with many a night spent rocking in the front porch swing enjoying the crickets, stars, and quiet of the quaint neighborhood. The little house was healing and magical. In 2009 we moved outside of town to the 'Rocking M Ranch' (RMR) where we built a home on 15 acres. (RMR is also a VRBO rental property - see listing 376956). The Gingerbread house became a VRBO rental property in 2017 and underwent extensive remodeling. The screened porch at the rear was enclosed to make a third bedroom, a new bath was added along with a laundry room, and the kitchen updated. The home has new paint throughout, a new backyard deck, new carpet in the bedrooms, an upgraded second bathroom, and other amenities. Enjoy the modern updates when visiting the Gingerbread house while capturing the magic and tranquility of this charming, historic home.

Cathy Meek purchased this House in 2008

Why Cathy Meek chose Smithville

The property is located in the heart of the city and in a neighborhood perfect for walking and biking. Main Street, which has restaurants, shopping, a wine and sports bar, and other attractions, is a six block walk or 5 minutes by car. Beuscher State Park, a beautiful place to spend the day hiking, biking or fishing, is a 5-minute drive as well. The City of Bastrop is 13 miles away and has a Walmart, Best Buy, Ross, TJ Maxx, movie theater with arcade/bowling/miniature golf, and many dining choices.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Bedrooms have soft, comfy sheets, pillows and linens. All bedrooms roughly 12 x 12 ft. Portable playpen/crib and double queen air mattress available upon request


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Large vanity and mirror with two sinks
      • Baths have fluffy, white towels, guest shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.


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


            • Catering available


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                • Fireplace
                  Manually operated gas fireplace for use October - March. Does not have a remote
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                • Internet
                  High speed Internet provided
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                • Parking
                  Covered single carport. Guests park in front of home. Please do not park in front of neighbors' homes across street or next door.
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Standard drip coffeemaker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Fully stocked with dinnerware, glassware, utensils, cooking pots, coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, double sink, disposal, refrigerator w/ice maker. Blender, miniature crock pot, toaster, stock pot
                    • Microwave
                      Freestanding microwave
                    • Oven
                      Double oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Coffee, creamer, sweetener, sugar provided
                    • Refrigerator
                      Ice maker
                    • Stove
                      5-burner stove with two ovens
                    • Toaster
                      Two slice toaster


                        • Dining
                          6 dining chairs
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • Books
                              Paperbacks and miscellaneous reading materials
                            • Games
                              Playing cards
                            • Ping Pong Table
                            • Pool Table
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Cable provided
                            • Television
                              One flat screen mounted above mantel in living area


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Fenced backyard has a multi-level deck, one covered, party lights strung across deck. Large covered front porch has double wooden swing and bistro table/4 chairs for outdoor dining and relaxing.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Fenced back yard.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Large charcoal grill


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Hot Tub
                                        • Private Pool


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • racquetball
                                                        • roller blading

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          3 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          This house is lovely. Everything you need is there. It is charming and very comfortable.

                                                          Cathy C.

                                                          My two girlfriends and I spent a weekend here - just wanting to relax and get caught up as we live in different parts of the country. The town is small and quiet but lots of nearby things to do if you enjoy hiking (state park nearby) and finding interesting "home town" shops and restaurants in small towns (Smithville, LaGrange and Bastrop). The owner could not have been easier to work with and the house is just lovely. We had everything we needed there and the price was very reasonable! I highly recommend this property!

                                                          Loved this charming house!

                                                          Lacey B.Houston, TX

                                                          We loved this house so much! It was the perfect getaway from the city for the weekend. We would happily stay again!

                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                          Lacey, so glad you enjoyed it. Really appreciate the review and hope you'll visit again.

                                                          We will be back..so wonderful!

                                                          Linda S.

                                                          A group of us went to the Round Top/Warrenton Antiques weekend and stayed in this home. Cathy had baked us pumpkin bread and wished us "happy shopping" and it was so thoughtful. The house is recently remodeled and two bathrooms were a plus for all us women. The kitchen was large and well-stocked and the beds were very comfortable and beautiful quilts made them even better! My friends wanted me to reserve it for the spring and we will certainly return. Best stay in the ten years we've been coming! Thank you, Cathy!

                                                          Owner's Response:


                                                          It was a pleasure having ya'll visit and so glad the house worked for you ladies. Hope to see you again and thanks so much for the review!



                                                          Smithville, TX, USA

                                                          City recreation center has raquetball, basketball, gym. Guests may pay fee to use facilities if not a member. Check City of Smithville website for festivals and events. Chamber of Commerce office provides maps, brochures, event guides.

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          Keyless front entry. Code will be provided to guests prior to check-in. Sleeps 6 in beds. Additional $25 per night for additional guests (8 total is maximum) will be added to the nightly rental rate. Queen air mattress and portable crib available upon request.

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                                                          For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                          Property # 1126248