Experience the history of a Victorian mansion with over 100 years of history. Feel the power of time wash over you as you make the Helmly house your home. Also known as “The Barnwell house”, the building was built in 1913 by Dr. James Franklin Barnwell who established it as Blanco County’s first hospital. The hospital was equipped with the county’s first X-Ray machine and a Delco Plant to furnish electricity for better lighting. Come inside and enjoy tall open ceilings warm hardwood floors plus all the conveniences of modern living. This four-bedroom, three bath house has all the creature comforts of modern day life. Super comfortable beds, and a modern fully stocked kitchen fit for Chef, 2160 ft.² of comfortable living area plus a beautiful dining room and living room to relax in after a wonderful day of exploring the Texas Hill country sites.
The dining room features a fireplace with a gas burning fire, antique tile and a beautiful built in wooden mantle. Relax by the fire with the warm meal or a cool drink in reflect upon your day. The ceilings on the first floor are all 12 feet high. Marvel at the early 18th century craftsmanship with bead board walls and tongue and groove ceilings. All the rooms also feature beautiful ceiling fans for your comfort.
Enjoy the living room with a view of the Blanco County Courthouse. This view is especially magical from Thanksgiving through the New Year’s holidays because the downtown area is lit with over 2 million Christmas lights. Enjoy a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and the view of the courthouse across the street as lighted horse drawn carriages and antique tractor pulled hay rides parade by in front of the home.
Enter the dream kitchen. Whether you are preparing a four-course meal or just chilling the wine that you have gathered from region, this kitchen will pamper you.
• Gas cook top with stainless steel lighted vent hood
• Stainless steel wall oven and microwave
• Stainless side by side fridge
• Small appliances: drip style coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, blender, citrus juicer, crock pot
• Pots, pans, cookware, baking ware, Tupperware, cookie sheets…
• Dishes, bowls, glasses of all types…
• Measuring cups, cutting boards…
• Silverware, cooking utensils and pretty much anything you can think of
The master bedroom is downstairs with a super comfortable king bed and a very spacious master bathroom. Currently this bathroom has a walk in shower with dual showerheads. There are two separate vanities and enough room to put in a clawfoot tub is soon as I find the right one.
Walk up the beautifully refinished staircase to the story above you. The largest upstairs bedroom boasts another comfortable king bed that you will most certainly want to take home with you.
The bedroom on the front of the house has a cottage like decor with a queen bed and a beautiful view of The town square and the Blanco county courthouse.
The last bedroom is equipped with a beautiful Trundle Bed. The upstairs bathroom will take you back in time with the delightfully refinished original floors with and all the comforts of home.
Helmly House is ideally situated on a 1/3 of an acre lot. Enjoy the patio furniture and choose either charcoal or gas with the dual fuel barbecue grill on the patio. Enjoy your time outside underneath beautiful, ancient live oak trees that are over hundreds of years old and provide delightful shade as you sip, saver and enjoy the view of the beautiful grounds and the Blanco county courthouse.
After your time in the house has recharged you. Visit the courthouse for a feeling of the history of this region. The shops and restaurants and bars are just steps away. Within a three block walk. you can visit two wineries, one brewery, two bars, art galleries, clothes boutiques and countless shops full of hill country treasures like art, antiques and gifts.
The Helmly House is ideally suited for hosting events. For more information about that please contact me.
We hope to see you soon at the Helmly House. You’re gonna love it! -Reed