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1896 Historical Retreat Ranch / Pool Tennis Party Barn

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

This is a quite, private, maintained Historical Ranch House. A place to relax & enjoy family, friends, and yes of course the Facilities...

As you drive up the property you will notice an historical school on your left, This is when you realize your about to experience something very special. The road takes you across the cattle guard with 20 plus Oak Trees towering over you from both sides of the road. You will notice cattle grazing on the left but your attention will keep you staring right...

The right side of the road sits the Historical Home with the Texas Flag welcoming you into the Gate. The home is surrounded by wooden fence to keep the cattle out. The Barn opens into a Large Party Barn with walk around decks, inside has Pool Table, ping pong table, neon signs, 3 flat screen TVs, frig, music, etc... 'kids really enjoy it and it allows the adults to relax back at the main house'.

The trees light up at night around the pool and the Covered Terrace. The Terrace has a large outdoor grill as well as a fire pit for the kids to sit around at night. The hot tub seems to be a nice touch at the end of the evening as well. The tennis court is a full size court so be sure to bring your racquets. Horse shoes and washers are a daily sport as well as biking and walking the property. Bring your bucket to fill with pecans also...

Keywords: Retreat Ranch Bed & Breakfast Corporate Retreat

More Details

Marc & Marta Chase
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Marc & Marta Chase

Marc Chase, grew up in Austin, TX and still lives there with Wife Marta and 3 kids. Love to Travel with Family and use VRBO as it allows us to enjoy the comfort of a true family home.

Marc & Marta Chase purchased this house in 2005

Why Marc & Marta Chase chose Fredericksburg

Fell in Love with Property from the moment we stepped in the Front Door. Above is two pictures of the home from the early 1900's. The home has a true sense of History and how life might have been before Cell Phones and Direct TV.

What makes this house unique

This property allows us the opportunity to escape the fast lifestyle of the City and Relax under the stars in the Country without the kids complaining their 'bored'!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Marc,

We had such a great time at the house. The house is beautiful. I'm hoping to rent again in the summer with my family. Thank you so much!

Feb 2014
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Fredericksburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Mst Suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Upstairs full bath...
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Hallway Bath with Antique Tub, very large with closet
  • 3
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Suite with full bath, baby crib, couch, sitting desk
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , off Dining Rm with views of pool
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , off hallway sleeps 2-4 kids
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs large room with 2 chairs and reading lamp
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , upstairs across hall from other bedroom. Sitting area also
  • King size beds (2) Two bedrooms have King Beds, Queen size Beds (2) Upstairs has 2 Queen Beds, Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1) In Mst. Suite, Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1) Kids room downstairs
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
2015 Gas Golf Cart available for Rent $75 per day + gas (must be Adult age 25 or older to drive) 2 Seat Go Cart available for Rent $50 per day + gas (must be 12 or older to drive and wear helmet) must sign waiver and be responsible....


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1896 Historical Retreat Ranch / Pool Tennis Party Barn
average rating of 4.682353 based on 98 reviews

Very much enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful setting. Weather could not have been more perfect. Every thing worked as it was supposed to. We knew the sleeping situation going into the stay, but the bunk beds were slightly difficult for a 60 year old couple to get into. We did it though, and once we were in bed, everything was great. Our family gathering was fun. It was only a short drive into Fredericksburg. We would stay there again. Wish we would have had more time there. Harrison the care taker was very friendly and helpful. Was prompt to help with any situation, which was only to help us understand the television remotes.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mrs. Jones, I’m so happy y’all enjoyed your stay but so sorry you got the bunk room! I can tell you have a big heart and always put your guests first. I do hope when you come back you enjoy one of the other king size bedrooms. Marc
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AMAZING historical landmark! Gorgeous property! aker

  • 5 of 5

Very attentive owner, caretaker, & housekeeper! Wonderful

For reunions & family get together, or just a peaceful weekend in the countryside 5 min from Fredericksberg

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, picturesque place that our family thoroughly enjoyed!

  • 5 of 5

Our family gathered here for our dad’s 70th Birthday weekend. The adults and kids had such a great time as there are numerous things for everyone to do. The house was perfect, and the caretaker was extremely kind and always helpful! We loved it and would like to come back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX

So much potential, so disappointing

  • 2 of 5

It is a beautiful property, but it seems that it is being allowed to deteorate. First of all, I expect cleanliness. Floors were dirty, refrigerators didn't appear to have been cleaned in recent history, something (rodent?) appeared to have bled out in silverware drawer, rugs were full of grassburrs...speaking of grassburrs, if you're not familiar with them, these stickery little seed pods stick to everything and are quiet painful when sticking to your flesh so, warning, no going barefoot either inside or outside. Also, in this day and age, people expect to have internet available. It is not, and you are out of luck if Verizon is your wireless provider. AT&T does work. This property, in pristine condition, might have been worth the price charged,, but not in its current condition. On the plus side, it does have a very nice tennis court and with some TLC it could be top notch. Just got the impression that Fredericksburg is becoming (or has become) a tourist trap and the locals are content to rip off the visitors for all they can get.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guests, I appreciate your honesty however regret Property didn’t meet your expectations? I wish you would have informed us DAY 1 of your visit if there were any issues as Sandy or Harrison would have addressed immediately especially any concerns with Floors, Rugs, Frig, Ect It is possible with 5 KIDS if you don’t have them take off their shoes they can track in spurs however I assure you these floors and rugs were Clean prior to arrival. As for WiFi I’m working on but in the country it’s rough coverage. I appreciate you recognizing it’s a Beautiful Property! Last year we replaced all original Windows to Wood Clad and Refinished all Wood Floors. This historical home is Clean and Air Tight, we even installed 2 New AC Units. This property gets plenty of TLC I assure you! But I will keep Sandy & Harrison in the loop to ensure Guests are completely satisfied during their stay instead of finding out 1 month later. Sincerely, Marc & Marta Chase
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at this property and it was wonderful once again. The grounds and house are beautiful and it was a perfect place to relax and unwind with friends. Wish there was wifi but other than that our stay was perfect! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Worth

Small old ranch house.

  • 4 of 5

Seemed small at first but then we all adjusted. We are tall people and the house was old and built by shorter standards. Loved sitting on porch in the morning watching humming birds, deer and listening to thecows and sheep. Has everything you need here. Easy drive to HEB if needed. Peaceful!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Gillespie County Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hill Top Cafe
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Boot Ranch
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hill Top Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Hill Tope Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Enchanted Rock State Park
Car: recommended

Other Activities: 290 Wine Tours, Museums, Enchanted Rock State Park, Main Street Shopping, Rodeo Grounds,


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $225
Refundable damage deposit $350

Once Guest have booked I will send a copy of the Rental Agreement to Review. I also send you a Welcome Letter explaining the location, keys, gate code, ect... 30 days prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.