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Henry Hasse and his wife, Fredericka, emigrated from Germany and purchased this ranch in 1860. They built a log structure on the property and replaced it in 1883 with this stone farm house. The house is built in the style of German farm houses of the 1850s and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places because it one of the very few authentic German farm houses with their original structure intact. It has been completely modernized inside to make it comfortable for modern visitors.
The house is on Highway 29, two hours from Austin and San Antonio, and 6.9 miles east of Mason. It is 27 miles from Llano and 48 miles from Fredericksburg.
Guests at the house typically enjoy walking through the ranch on the two mile nature trail. The ranch holds a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons, migratory birds, and all the other native species of the Hill Country. The old field has a grove of native pecan trees. In the north end of the property (along Hasse Creek) is one of the few remaining groves of post oak trees in the country. The rest were cut down to build the original houses.
The fully equipped, modern kitchen allows guests to prepare meals in the house. The proximity to Mason allows driving easily into town for lunch or dinner as well as to visit museums and shops around the picturesque Courthouse Square.
The house and the ranch offer a romantic, charming weekend or getaway only a few hours from Austin or San Antonio.
Keywords: Stone Farm House
The Hasse House has been in our family continuously since 1860. It was restored in 1978 by Laverne Lee, at a time when almost all of the old German farm houses had fallen into ruin or been substantially altered by adding rooms, garages, etc. In trips to Europe, Laverne had encountered the concept of bed and breakfast lodgings. The Hasse House was the first guest house offered to the public in Mason County, and one of the few in the Hill Country at that time. The house is rich in local and Texas history. The surrounding community was established by German settlers in 1859. The stone church across the road was built shortly thereafter. Sermons and hymns were performed in German here until the late 1930s. Laverne's mother was born and grew up in this house. She did not learn to speak English until she was fully grown. The current owner, Robin Lee, grew up in Mason and graduated from Mason High School. After receiving an undergraduate degree at Yale and an MBA from the Stanford Business School, he worked for 25 years for Apple Computer. He has two children, a son (27) and a daughter (24), who share his love for the Hill Country.
The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 1860
This property has been in our family since 1860. Our purpose is to preserve and maintain it while sharing it with our guests.
The Hasse House is a beautiful and charming retreat. From the front porch, you can see the land slope down to Willow Creek. The German settlers originally got water from the creek, but put the house far enough back to avoid any danger from floods. The eastern exposure means that guests can sit outside watching the gradual changes of the sunset without having the harsh Texas sun in their eyes. Being in the house allows modern visitors to have some understanding of the original experience of the German settlers in this area. The area around Art was a small but thriving German community, isolated for generations from the mainstream of American life. The ranch is composed of soft, rolling hills, suitable for walking. Because of the size of the acreage, visitors can enjoy the luxury of privacy on hundreds of acres during their visit. The house provides a beautiful, tranquil retreat for romantic getaways. It also provides a way to combine working weekends with a novel experience of living close to nature, without foregoing modern conveniences. Its proximity to Austin and San Antonio make it very convenient for weekend adventures. Within two hours of leaving work, guests can be relaxing and unwinding in a unique setting in the Hill Country.
Our family of six planned a relaxing weekend on the Llano River, and we arrived late Friday afternoon, to a beautiful Texas Hill Country setting... complete with a setting sun, and cows 'mooing' in the field!
The breathtaking views, the stunning 1800's stone farmhouse, and the incredible history, was more then we expected! We even found the engraved '1883' date on the original family cabinet in the living room, (after serious super-sleuthing!)
We had such a great family Labor Day weekend, exploring Castell, the Llano River and all areas in between. We only went into Mason twice, which wasn't enough! Once it was to pick up dinner, to bring back to the house (well, we HAD to watch our Texas Longhorns play Notre Dame!!)
The house was so comfortable, and each room made us all feel so much at home. The kitchen was perfect, having everything I needed, to make a big breakfast each day. (What a treat to arrive and already have milk and orange juice in the 'frig!) The added notes on the table of 'where to go and what to do' was especially nice.
I think the crowning touch was watching the neon sun rise above the hills, through a cloud of morning fog, while we sat and drank coffee on the front porch. (Would love to send you a photo!)
There is no doubt, we will be back!!!
Thank you Pat, and Robin!
The Mark Mladenka Family
Our vacation at Hasse Haus was much more than a "stay." It was a sojourn into Texas history enshrined in a lovingly preserved property set on a still "working" ranch in the storied Hill Country. Here we experienced the "stars at night," exquisite sunsets, sights and sounds of wildlife under the "Comanche" Moon, and the American experience of the Hasse family as they worked, endured, and ultimately triumphed in their quest to establish a good life in a new Nation. We arose each morning to view the sun come up over the ridge, open the wooden shutters, fill the stone walled house with the aromas of coffee and breakfast and hurry out the door to walk the nature trails. We were "adopted" by the generous and loving members of the Art Methodist Church across the road, and these precious neighbors will remain life-long friends. Hasse Haus and the people of Art and Mason are true gems deep in the real heart of the very big heart of Texas.
I stayed at the Hasse house during the spring of 2011. It was such a peaceful experience that brought back my youth growing up on a ranch. The house was quaint and gave you the feel of not only living on a ranch but also what it might have been like for the pioneers to the area over 100 years ago. The caretakers were very attentive and kind to any need or question that I had during my stay. The owner of the property was very kind and demonstrated wonderful Texas hospitality during my stay. In addition to seeing the working ranch's cattle, I also saw wild turkeys, wild boar, hummingbirds, and antelope. The location is a good distance from both Austin and San Antonio; which was an easy trip to make.