3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 10
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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. 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.
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Perfect family vacation spot!
This property has everything for a great family vacation. Lots of room, beautiful view and the best private river access ever with a big grassy area for relaxing by the water AND a great patio area for grilling and playing games. We will be back for sure!
We took a company retreat here and it was absolutely perfect. The house was great, very roomy with an incredible view of the river, and truly had everything we needed. Also, it was a very short drive to town which was a nice bonus. We have rented many houses in the area and this was right up there with the best of them!
Quiet and Restful
This is a great place for family fun! There is something wonderful for all ages. The town has plenty to offer for restaurants and fun shops and art.
Great place great time
Great place to get away from the noise, hustle, and bustle of the city and enjoy God’s creation.
We greatly enjoyed the inside and the outside living spaces - fire pit, grill, hot tub, bocce ball, walking on the road to the house and in the woods, and of course, the river. We went up and down river on our kayaks. We’ll have to come back to swim, as the weather was a little cool.
Wonderful family vacation spot.
Our stay here has been wonderful. You have had everything we needed for the 3 families to come together. Ages ranging from 5 to 75. Our children who live here enjoyed the opportunity to get away, but still be close to jobs and schools. Those visiting from out of state loved the hill country experience. We were lucky to have great weather most days, but the one day it was bad, there was plenty to do inside. Thank you so much for providing this for us.
Your entertainment sources, books, games, etc were phenomenal. The kitchen had everything we needed to prepare our meals. Outside amenities were great. We cooked meals and enjoyed our s’mores on the fire pit.
We will be recommending Casa Grande and hope to return.
Great house, view, & location
The house has an amazing location next to a beautiful part of the river. It’s very secluded as well.
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).