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Large Blanco Riverfront home on 25 private acres w/ Deep Swimming Hole

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 10

Casa Grande on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch ( sits on a bluff overlooking the Blanco River on an historic, tree-covered, 25-acre property offering tranquility and seclusion and 513 feet of private river access–all within the Wimberley city limits! The riverfront offers a deep swimming hole (4+ feet) that is great during both normal and drought times. Casa Grande offers over 2,800 square feet of space for family entertainment. The house was upgraded in 2013 with new granite counters, flooring, paint, bathroom fixtures, tile, etc. With two large living areas and three dining areas (2 indoor and 1 outdoor), Casa Grande is perfect for family or large group gatherings. One living area is the extraordinary 'River Room.' Stunning views of the Blanco River below beckon from three walls of windows. Open the windows and enjoy the sounds of the river rapids. The second living area is a club-like setting wrought from the original cabin.The spacious master suite includes a king size bed, a comfortable sitting area, television, and a private bath.

(PLEASE NOTE: If your dates aren't available on our calendar, please try The Wimberley Retreat, our other large home on a separate 10 acre property at listing #594553.)

Relax and Enjoy the Property: Located just off the River Room, you will find a wonderful, large outdoor hot tub. It is a private place to unwind while admiring the brilliant stars above and the murmuring headwaters of the Upper Blanco River below. Follow the limestone steps near the hot tub down to the 513 feet of private river access below. The river will invite you to swim or wade in its cool waters and leave all worries behind. Or grab your fishing rod! Fly Fishing magazine identifies the Upper Blanco River areas as '. . . one of the best fly fishing spots in Texas.' Bring your kayak or canoe, and don't forget the floats and water shoes for tubing down the rapids. There’s plenty of room along the river to enjoy a picnic lunch, an afternoon nap or book, or a gorgeous sunrise or sunset on the banks of the Blanco River. Located only 5 minutes from Wimberley Square, this home completes the perfect hill-country getaway without sacrificing any of the charm (or shopping opportunities) that Wimberley has to offer.

Enjoy the grounds: The twenty-five acres of grass and woods provide ample space to run, throw a ball or frisbee, play kickball or softball, hike in the woods, or chase lizards, frogs and fish. Sit out on the flagstone patio overlooking the river and grill out burgers on the Weber grill. Grab a cool drink and play a game of bocce Ball or horseshoes on the court with the family. After the sun goes down you can also enjoy the fire pit to cook marshmallows or warm up on a cool fall or winter Hill Country evening. Watch for the many deer who live on the property, especially in the early morning. Friendly ducks from the river often visit at the house as well.

Casa Grande at Shade Ranch is perfect for groups of all kinds. The kitchen is equipped with all appliances, extensive food and drink preparation and serving ware, and indoor/outdoor dishes to accommodate any large meal. The children’s nook area provides age appropriate movies, books, videos, puzzles, games and toys for hours of entertainment and an opportunity for the adults to visit in the other common areas. Movies and books and games for adults are also provided, as is a cable TV/DVD player and music system. Whether you are planning a ladies getaway trip, couples gathering, team-building session for a small group, multi-generation family get together, a mini-reunion, a crafts or outlet shopping or winery tour, or celebrating a special birthday or milestone, Shade Ranch will provide all of the privacy, space, and amenities your group will need.

We also have a one bedroom/one bathroom house on the same 25 acres that is available for rent if you have a larger group that would like additional room. The two houses are completely separate and don't share anything other than the acreage. They sit approximately 100 yards apart and each have their own patios, hot tubs, grills, fire pits, etc.

Wimberley has a wealth of activities to enjoy for couples and families alike while you're in the Texas Hill Country. Enjoy the Texas Hill Country outdoors by visiting the local state parks and water holes such as Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool, the Blue Hole, Canyon Lake, Lake Travis, tubing at the Guadalupe River, Jacobs Well and of course our own Blanco River in our backyard. Rent a boat at Canyon Lake from the Canyon Lake Marina or do the same at Lake Travis.

Go on a wine tour at Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyards and Wimberley Valley Winery with a stop at Bella Vista Olive Orchard to try olive oil and their own wine. Enjoy great restaurants like The Leaning Pear, The Salt Lick BBQ, Marco's Italian, Brewster's Pizza and Brewpub, Kate's Place, Linda's Fine Foods, Jobell Cafe & Bistro, The Back Porch, Hays City Grill and many others. Extend your drive and do some of the Texas BBQ Trail by visiting Luling, Lockhart and Llano where world famous BBQ can be enjoyed.

There are no shortage of shopping opportunities at the Wimberley Square where you can find plenty of Hill Country crafts, furniture, textiles, plenty of art and many other treasures. Drive 20 minutes to the San Marcos Premium outlets and, of course, during Wimberley Market Days March through December you can find lots of unique items 10 minutes away from Shade Ranch.

Or hit the Hill Country Trail on the road to travel along The Devil's Backbone to take in awesome views of the Texas Hill Country on your way to the town of Blanco. Try some brews at the Real Ale Brewery when you arrive and enjoy a free tour. Visit Gruene, Texas and the famous Gruene Hall to see the oldest dance hall in Texas. Enjoy concerts at Gruene Hall on weekend nights or enjoy a casual atmosphere on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when free music can be enjoyed over a cold Texas beer. Lots of great towns can be visited using Wimberley as your home base; Blanco (19 miles away), Buda (17 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away), Austin (45 miles away), San Antonio (60 miles away), New Braunfels (27 miles away) and Fredericksburg (50 miles away).

We also own another Blanco riverfront property, The Wimberley Retreat, that is available for vacation rentals. It is a 5 bedroom/5 bathroom property with a pool on 10 private acres. You can find it's listing on HomeAway/VRBO as #594553.

More Details

Roby Norvell
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Roby Norvell

The Norvell family hails from Houston, TX where we, like most Americans, lead over-booked lives full of schoolwork, school activities, sports, civic, and work responsibilities. We enjoyed a most relaxing vacation at Shade Ranch in 2008. In fact, we loved it so much that we purchased it three months later. Our kids are young and our parents and family do not live nearby. We wanted a place for our extended family to get together to run, swim, climb, spend time as a family, and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We hope your family enjoys Shade Ranch as much as we do.

Roby Norvell purchased this house in 2008

Why Roby Norvell chose Wimberley

Shade Ranch in Wimberley Texas is a perfect location for us because it is 3 hours from Houston door to door and only 1 hour from the Austin or San Antonio airport. Our parents and extended family and friends often join us for vacations at Shade Ranch. With beds for 10 and two large indoor family gathering rooms at Casa Grande, we have room for many to reunite under one roof. We appreciate the seclusion of the 25 acres while making full use of the conveniences of the Village of Wimberley. We regularly utilize the nearby groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, wineries, hardware and other stores. We appreciate the many nearby state parks and towns that make up the Texas Hill Country!

What makes this house unique

Casa Grande is unique in that it literally sits on a bluff overlooking the crystal clear Blanco River. Sitting in the River Room (our second den) you look out over an unobstructed view of the river and huge cypress trees just below and across the house. There are many beautiful stretches of the river, but it's hard to beat our stretch where you have a deep swimming area as well as a shallow rock shelf for lounging or for kids to play on.

The most obvious benefit of Shade Ranch is the beautiful, cold and clear Blanco River. One swim and you too will be sold as it is cool even in the dog days of August, and never crowded. The shallow area suits those wanting to wade or to sit and enjoy the flow of the river and also serves as entry to the adjacent deep swimming area. We think it is perfect and the kids do too. They and their cousins and friends can't get enough of the river when we are there. The river bank area is so spacious, and the sound of the river is so peaceful, it is our favorite place to picnic or enjoy a glass of wine. The kids also like to play games and sports in the grass along the river. They also enjoy fishing, climbing to the 'cave' by the river under the ledge, looking for arrowheads after a rain, having a family 'sleepover', and just exploring the 25 acres of 'forest'. We know you will find these wonders and more at Shade Ranch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival to the property. The house surpassed our expectations. It is very large, open, and well equipped. We were traveling with young children ages 1 to 10, as well as adults 70+ with handicap limitations. The property accomodated both. The children had plenty of area to play outside and the river provided a natural "children's pool" that had 1 to 2 ft. of water. The one-story layout made it comfortable for the adults 70+.

We fished, played in the river which had a maximim depth of about 4 ft., sat in the hot tub in the evenings, shopped, and enjoyed eating and playing outside near the house.

Pros: Large home and property, River, Hottub, Good seating, Shopping and grocery close, Kitchen well-equipped

Cons: The path with steps leading down to the river was difficult for adults 70+.

We would definitely return in the future and recommend this property to others."
Jul 2009
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Wimberley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Hall Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Granite counters and Kohler fixtures.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Single rollaway bed stored in closet is available for use.
    River Room - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , New full sized bunk bunk bed up and full futon below.
  • River Room is the second living area that is great for family gatherings but can also easily sleep additional guests. There is a daybed with trundle and a set of full sized bunk beds. The bunk bed is a full mattress above and a full sized futon below that can be laid flat (we provide sheets for the futon as well). We also have a single rollaway bed and there is an air mattress for use by guests if needed.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • DVR
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
• Granite countertops, stainless appliances, concrete flooring, leather furniture, etc. o 2 large dens (one with primary TV and other is the large “River Room” with wrap around windows and views of river) o Wood burning fireplace in den o 3 Bedrooms: Master suite with king bed, guest rooms with queen bed, and 2 twin beds o River Room has sleeping area with bunk beds and day bed with trundle. o Pack'n Play available upon request o 2 full baths with hair dryer, toiletries, shampoo & liquid soap provided o Ample supply of towels & linens o Breakfast area table with 4 chairs o Dining area table with 8 chairs o High chair o Kitchen fully equipped with dishes and cookware o Full size refrigerator w/ freezer, microwave, electric stove & oven, dishwasher o Coffee maker (with coffee, creamer and sugar), electric blender, filtered water o Wood burning fireplace o 2 TV's with HD DirecTV DVD and DVR o iPod player with AM/FM; Telephone w/ US long dist.


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Large Blanco Riverfront home on 25 private acres w/ Deep Swimming Hole
average rating of 4.968 based on 127 reviews

Breathtaking and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Home is spacious and comfortable, the views are breathtaking. Our children not only loved the home, but outdoors was amazing. The open space and river made you feel like you were away from it all! Will definitely visit again!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical New Year at Shade Ranch in Wimberley, TX

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a house on a river to spend a quiet New Year with family and close friends. We stumbled upon Shade Ranch in Wimberley, TX and it was exactly what we were looking for. We stayed in Casa Grande. The owner really has thought of everything that you will need during your stay. He was responsive with our questions, before, during and after our stay. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. Can't wait to come back during the summer.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Many warm memories were made over this past Thanksgiving holiday! Shade ranch was so cozy and comfortable! The house had so many amenities that you walk in and instantly feel at home! We plan to return without question! The owner is first class and we felt like we were well taken care of. I can’t say enough about this must experience home!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great late summer getaway for our family

  • 5 of 5

We had both houses on this property. The larger one was the gathering place and was well furnished for a family vacation with toys, water toys, books, movies, and all the kitchen necessities. It also had great river access for the 4 children and 5 adults in our group.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for family weekend

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly perched above the Blanco River. Enjoyed the river during the day and dining al fresco in the evenings. Secluded setting but quick trip into Wimberley if necessary. Would rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place and great area.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. Our time there flew by. Love that the deer and turkey are so close.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.8 Miles
Inoz's Brew & Chew
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Quicksand Golf Course
Nearest Train
61 Miles
Amtrak San Antonio Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Leaning Pear
Nearest Beach
183 Miles
Port Aransas, Texas
Car: recommended

Shade Ranch is located just south of the Wimberley, TX town center on 513 feet of Blanco River Frontage. Wimberley sits 45 minutes southwest of Austin, TX and 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio.

Go boating and water skiing at Canyon Lake (20 mins) or at Lake Travis (40 mins).

Shopping: Shop to your hearts delight at the Wimberley Square by wandering through the shops which is a favorite activity of visitors and locals like. Travel 20 minutes to the San Marcos outlet shops and visit almost 150 different shops. Or schedule your stay to coincide with the famous Wimberley Market Days (April thru December) to find unique Hill Country crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and more.

Visit Key State and County Parks all within an hour of our home: Hamilton Pool, Pedernales Falls State Park, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Blanco State Park, Natural Bridge Caverns and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park.

Do a Hill Country Wine Tour: Duchman Family Vineyards, Driftwood Estate Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Texas Hills Vineyards and many others near and around Fredericksburg. Finish it off with some tasty Hill Country BBQ at the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood.

Enjoy the music scene by visiting Gruene Hall (20 mins away) or the famous Lukenbach, Texas on any weekend to catch live music. There are also special music events in Austin (Austin City Limits, etc.) or even in the town of Fischer.

Hit the Road: Travel along the Devil's Backbone on Highway 32 to take in the incredible Texas Hill Country views. Visit the various towns in the area like Blanco (19 miles from our home), Buda (17 miles away), Canyon Lake (15 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away) and even New Braunfels (27 miles away), San Antonio (45 miles away) or Austin (45 miles away).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $165 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Cancellation Policy: Please note that VRBO/HomeAway system uses a boiler plate refund policy. Our policy is that you receive a full refund, less a $100 re-booking fee, if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. If you cancel less than 30 days before your arrival date, you will be refunded (less the $100 re-booking fee) if we are able to re-book the same dates as your stay. This policy overrides the HomeAway stated policy.

Pet Fee: Any pets must be pre-approved by the owner. Pet fee is $150 for a stay.

Damage Deposit: Your damage deposit will be refunded one week after your departure if the following conditions are met: 1) no damages are made to the property, house or furniture; 2) the house is left in an orderly fashion and not in need of additional cleaning due to excessive trash or messes; and 3) neighbors or guests at the other house were not disturbed during your stay where complaints were made. We will not hold your deposit hostage, we just want people to be considerate guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.