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Charming Riverfront Cottage on 25 Acres W/ Deep Swimming Hole

Wimberley, TX, USA
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights

House, 1 Bedroom + Extra Sleeping Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch (http://www.shaderanch.com) is a stone Hill Country Vacation house nestled along the Blanco River among the mighty oaks of the Hill Country. Drive down a tree-lined one-lane road and begin enjoying the beautiful, tree covered 25 acres offering tranquility and seclusion. Walk less than 100 yards from the house to take the stone steps to the river below. 513 feet of private river access awaits you with a deep swimming hole in both normal and drought years.

Gaze at a gorgeous sunset or sunrise on the river or from the picnic table on the bluff above. Grab your rod and discover what Flyfishing magazine called 'one of the best fly fishing spots in Texas, on the Blanco River.'

Take a swim in the clear blue waters of the Blanco River. Enjoy a picnic or a nap or a book along its banks. Dine in the covered porch watching the deer graze and maybe see the rare violet-ear hummingbirds that have been known to visit. Get cozy on those cold nights in front of a warm fire from the beautiful rock fireplace in the living room. You will find a wonderful, large outdoor hot tub right off the covered porch. It is a private place to unwind while admiring the brilliant stars above and the quiet solitude of Shade Ranch.

Little House on the Blanco @ Shade Ranch has so much to offer with its 25 peaceful acres, private river access, a fully equipped kitchen, open dining areas inside or on the covered porch (with Weber propane grill), and a large bedroom with a queen size comfortable bed. There is also a great stone fire pit with stone benches, perfect for roasting marshmallows or warming up on a cool Hill Country evening. 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. And with high-speed/wireless Internet and satellite TV, you won't sacrifice the conveniences of modern technology, either.

There is also a larger 3 bedroom house on the same property. The houses are completely separate and don't share anything other than the acreage. The houses sit approximately 100 yards apart and have a bank of cedar trees and a large cedar privacy fence that sit between the houses and create separate areas for privacy. The Texas Hill Country style vacation houses can be rented together or separately depending on the size of your group. We always stress to our guests that our home is mean to be enjoyed in a relaxed manner and we don't want a party atmosphere.

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).

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Roby Norvell

Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
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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. We love the Little House and speak regularly of leaving the kids in Houston and enjoying a weekend there ourselves. With sleeping room for five we have plenty of room for our 3 kids or it's perfectly intimate for just a couple. 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

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • Queen size Bed in Master Bedroom, Twin bed in Alcove area/small room off of Den, Twin air bed with frame as well as Queen sized air mattress available in closet. Sheets are provided for both air beds.


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Full bathroom with shower. Bathroom includes soap, body wash, shampoo and hair dryer.

          Location Type

            • River
              We are on the spring fed Texas Hill Country Blanco River. We own 513 feet of riverfront that only our guests can use. Bring kayaks, canoes, fishing poles and other water toys to enjoy your time.
            • Rural
              While we're in the Wimberley city limits, you feel that you're in the country with large acreage, deer, foxes, birds and our own cows.
            • Town
              We are 1.5 miles from the Wimberley town square along with its great shops, restaurants and parks to enjoy.
            • Waterfront
              513 ft of Private Blanco Riverfront with deep 4+ ft deep swimming hole. We have two stone patios with steps into the river as well as many easy access points.


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Regular leather sofa, leather love seat, coffee table, side tables and lamps and TV with DirecTV cable.
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Full air conditioning provided and guests can control the thermostat.
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Broadband Access
                        • Ceiling Fans
                        • Fireplace
                          Stone wood burning fireplace is located in the living room.
                        • Firewood
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Full healing is provided and guess can control the thermostat.
                        • Internet
                          Wifi and ethernet cable connections available.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          300+ thread count sheets are provided for both beds and air mattresses. Blankets and extra pillows are provided on the bed and/or in the closet.
                        • Alarm Clock
                        • Local Activities Guide
                        • Local Maps
                        • Local Restaurant Guide
                        • Paper Towels
                        • Parking
                          Space available for 2 cars if needed.
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Shampoo
                        • Telephone
                          Long distance calls can be made with calling card.
                        • Toilet Paper
                        • Towels Provided
                          Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided. Please bring along river towels for use at the river.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          Modem located on the desk next to the kitchen area.
                        • Wood Fireplace
                          Stone fireplace is available for your use.


                            • Microwave
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Coffee Maker
                              Large pot coffee maker provided as well as Folgers coffee, creamer and sugar.
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              Also includes coffee maker, coffee, creamer and sugar.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              All plates, bowls, glasses, utensils, pots, pans, cookie sheets, etc. provided.
                            • Freezer
                              Freezer provided as part of refrigerator.
                            • Kitchen
                              Fully stocked kitchen with dishes, glasses, utensils, etc. We also provide filtered water through a separate spout next to the kitchen sink.
                            • Blender
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Basic spices, ziploc bags, Pam spray, coffee, sugar, etc. provided so that all you need to bring your food and more specialized spices.
                            • Refrigerator
                              Full sized refrigerator and freezer.
                            • Stove
                              Electric stove.
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining
                                  Dining area next to kitchen and positioned to look out on patio and outdoor grounds. Large wooden table wish 6 chairs provided with plenty of space for a family of 5.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 5 people


                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      DirecTV with sports package.
                                    • Books
                                      Books for both adults and children are provided.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                      Some board games provided.
                                    • Radio
                                    • Books for Adults
                                    • Stereo
                                      Music player with CD and Bluetooth connection is available.
                                    • Television
                                      Flat screen TV with DirecTV.
                                    • Toys
                                      Basic stash of children's toys provided for their enjoyment.
                                    • VCR
                                    • Video Library
                                      Various DVD's of Box Office Hits provided in the cabinet underneath the TV.


                                        • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Covered patio with table and chairs and outdoor string lights.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Feel free to bring along a kayak or canoe to explore the river.
                                        • Lanai / Gazebo
                                          Covered patio next to grill area.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Weber propane grill and propane is provided.
                                        • Golf
                                          Quick Sand Golf Course is located within 15 minutes of the property.
                                        • Patio
                                        • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                        • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                        • Walkway to Water
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          We provide water toys such as tubes, noodles and rafts. Our supply comes and goes based on what guests leave behind or take with them.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Outdoor hot tub next to patio and house. Hot tub is treated twice/week.
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub


                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • library
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • House is well maintained and has a number of Latin American art pieces throughout the house. Located on private 25 acres with private riverfront. A picnic table located along the bluff overlooking river. A stone fire pit and stone benches are just outside of the house for guest use.. We provide sheets, towels, shampoo, liquid soap, paper products, hair dryer and all kitchen dishes and utensils.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  173 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Can't wait to go back!

                                                                  Gaylynne L.La Porte

                                                                  It was a perfect place to get away and relax. The cottage was clean, well taken care of and quiet. It is a little hike to the river, which was fine for us, but unless you are adept at climbing stone stairs, the trip may be a little difficult for you. The river is clean and peaceful. The kitchen is stocked with everything you may need: plates, cups, pots, pans, utinensils, paper towels, dish soap, etc. The fire pit and hot tub were a big hit too! We got up early one morning, sat on the porch and watched deer and gray foxes of all things! The bigger house on the property is fairly close to the little house, so I think a big family get together with both houses involved would be a hoot!

                                                                  Beautiful cottage with amazing views!

                                                                  Jessica M.Livingston, Louisiana

                                                                  This property is the perfect weekend getaway! It has everything you may need during your stay. The Blanco river is beautiful! Caught some fish during our stay and just relaxed on the river. Enjoyed the birds, nearby hiking trails and swimming holes. The owner was flexible, attentive, and provided us with all the information we needed for our stay. We definitely plan on returning to Wimberley in the future!

                                                                  Such a quiet and peaceful location!

                                                                  Kim I.

                                                                  Wonderful property and surrounding area. First visit to Wimberley and we will for sure be back!

                                                                  Great getaway

                                                                  Candace F.

                                                                  Exactly as advertised. Great, peaceful getaway.

                                                                  Complete relaxation!

                                                                  Rebecca P.

                                                                  We had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving! This little house had everything we needed. We spent most of our time outside, felt like camping but had the luxury of a home. The water was amazingly blue. We brought our kayak and my husband did some fly fishing. We will definitely be back!

                                                                  Wonderful relaxed environment

                                                                  Linda W.

                                                                  Great venue for all generations to gather. Plenty of space for all. We enjoyed our family get together with water activities and bar b que grill just outside the door. Very quiet and private. Will return.


                                                                  Wimberley, TX, USA

                                                                  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

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                                                                  All rates include maximum of 5 guests. Pets allowed upon permission from owner. $25/night pet fee. 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 $75 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. 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.

                                                                  173 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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