Historic Hill Country Ranch with Pool

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Whether you are craving an escape from the city and reconnecting with nature or a great place to explore all theTexas Hill Country has to offer, you'll find it here at Rancho de Vida. The relaxing starts when you turn your car into the gate. This 100-year-old plus house has been lovingly restored and burnished into a wonderful gathering place for friends & family. Texas Hill Country meets shabby chic in the shadow of a 400-year-old oak in the backyard.

Dine under the canopy of the lighted oak, enjoy a campfire and gazing at the stars. Hike the property's bluffs and creek beds, float in the limestone bottom seasonal creek, take in the sunshine from the hammock, tree swings and treehouse. In 2015, we added a 24-foot round "stock tank" swimming pool, to cool off and swim in. Beautiful hill top area with an arbor and hay bale couch. Take in the views across the valley and toast each sunset. There's even a stage for kids to do skits or hone their chops for the big time and a dance floor for boot scootin' to music under trees light up with patio lights.

Rancho de Vida is located right in the middle of the New Napa---at least a dozen wineries are in a 20 minute drive. Historic Fredericksburg is a short drive, as is Luckenbach if you want to do some boot scootin'. Two state parks, both with water for swimming, and the LBJ National Park and the Western White House are within 15 minutes. Explore the parklike setting of bluffs and creek beds on our 67-acres and bike the quiet backroads that surround the property.

Main house 1st floor kitchen-dining room, living room, master bedroom and bath. Second floor has two bedrooms and 1/2 bath. One bedroom has one full-size bed and one queen bed, and second bedroom one full-size bed .

Air conditioned bunkhouse is optional (additional cost) & sleeps 9---perfect for kids. Great new bath house adjoins with two showers, two toilets, a sink and plenty of getting ready for a hill country night out room.

Ranch location & local attractions: Austin- 1 hour away
San Antonio-1 hour away
Johnson City--10 minutes
Luckenbach-15 minutes
Marble Falls -boating & golf-- 20 minutes
Enchanted Rock & Pedernales State Park-hiking 15 to 20 minutes
Fredericksburg festivals & shopping--20 minutes
Texas Hill Country Wine Trail---10 minutes
LBJ National Historical Park--10 minutes
Benini Studio and Sculpture Ranch--3 minutes (2 miles)

There are now 30 plus wineries within 20 minutes of Rancho de Vida. Let us assist you in scheduling your wine country tour---limo services are available for you and your group.

The new Hill Country Science Mill is a great outing for kids and students of all ages. Taking an old mill in Johnson City in 2015, the Hill Country Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students' understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Property Type

  • Farmhouse
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    minimum 25 years of age for person renting...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Please let me know you have a pet before you book your stay. We love pets but do have some guidelines. ...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    smoking allowed only outside...moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18

  • Master: 1 queen


  • Cowgirl Room: 1 queen, 1 double


  • Sunroom Day Bed: 1 twin/ single


  • Red Bedroom: 1 double


  • Optional Bunkhouse: 9 twin/ single

    Across the yard from the farmhouse with bath house....moreless

  • Two booking options ! Rent the main house only that sleeps up to 9 in beds. Larger Group or need more room ? Add the bunkhouse that sleeps 9+ for $250 per night. Bunkhouse is air conditioned and has heating, with a refrigerator, 4 XL bunk beds, sleeping 8, and a swing couch/bed. Cute bath house adjoins the bunkhouse and has two showers, two toilets and a sink. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Farmhouse bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Shower attachment on antique claw foot tub...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Upstairs bathroom in farmhouse has toilet and sink...moreless

  • Bunkhouse Bath house

    Brand new cute addition has two showers and two toilets ...moreless

  • Outdoor shower: outdoor shower

    Enjoy a shower under the stars....moreless

  • Bunkhouse Bathhouse: toilet, shower

    2 showers & 2 toilets in the bunkhouse bath house...moreless

  • Claw foot tub in downstairs full bathroom with shower attachment. Upstairs half bath has sink and toilet. Bunkhouse has bath house with two showers and two toilets. New bath house adjacent to bunkhouse features two roomy showers, two toilets and a sink. Lots of room for changing and getting ready for a night out. Rustic outdoor shower behind pump house. Shower under the stars is a great experience. Bunk house also has 2 seater outhouse. Great for pictures!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Small well-behaved dogs allowed on 1st floor of main house and bunk house only. We keep our upstairs pet free for our guests with allergies or asthma. There is a pet fee for pets....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo:

    Bluetooth enabled speaker in house and bunkhouse....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Lots of DVDs to chose from....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Beautiful many mile Texas Hill Country views from a landscaped hill stop with a path from the farmhouse and paved steps leading up the hill. A perfect place for watching the sunset and wedding ceremonies....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Big round table for meals. Five additional picnic tables outside in yard and one on breezeway patio of bunkhouse....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    We get 4G cellular service out there so if you have the option on your smart phone to toggle your computer off of, you can access the Internet. Otherwise, we do not provide wi-fi. Unplug time....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    TV with Direct TV cable service provided and lots of family friendly DVDs to choose from. ...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    If you need to park and RV or boat here, please let us know. We do not have hookups for however. ...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available:

    For special occasions, we can arrange for catering on the property....moreless

  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Bring your own coffee. We provide the filters...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full kitchen dishes and utensils provided...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Stocked kitchen with dishes, utensils, cookware and spices. ...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    There is one in the farmhouse kitchen and one in the bunkhouse....moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas stove and oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices and more...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) There is a large one in the farmhouse and another in the bunkhouse....moreless

  • Stove:

    New gas stove and oven....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    Great outdoor dining and gathering areas with a 350 year old oak tree, patio lights, a stage and dance floor for boot scootin' under the stars....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a lovely gazebo and giant hay bale sectional "sofa" at the top of the hill to watch sunsets. Twenty-mile views. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots of room to run around. A stage for kids to play or playing music, a 22.5" x 22.5" dance floor (cement slab), five picnic tables, hammock, playhouse for kids and swing....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal grill. Please bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    We have a 24-ft. diameter "stock tank" style pool with bench seating for our guests to enjoy. It overlooks a hayfield with our two long horns, Waylon and Willie. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 27 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $175 + tax
  • Pet Fee $25 + tax
  • Bunkhouse per night $300 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 6%


The bunk house that sleeps 9---4 XL bunk beds and one swing sofa/bed. Pricing is based on what housing is reserved and number of people in your group.

Please note to rent the air conditioned/heated bunkhouse is $300+ additional PER NIGHT. The auto quote HomeAway or VRBO generates only estimates for one night and HomeAway and VRBO don't offer a way to fix that---apologies for any confusion.

Bath house adjacent to bunkhouse---two toilets, two showers and a sink. An outdoor shower, too, for enjoying the stars while bathing.

Inquire for weekly or monthly rates.

A refundable $250 security deposit is collected at time of booking for property damages.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
San Antonio Airport & Austin Bergstrom

Car: Necessary

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, world class golf, antiques, biking, hiking, shopping, festivals, lakes, rivers, Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Blanco and Luckenbach, Texas within 20 minute drive, wine tasting, star gazing, Hill Country views, art & music.

Other Activities: Museums, festivals, live music, golf, water sports 20 minutes away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: I took an aptitude test at the age of 20 and it said I'd be good in advertising or agriculture. I have checked the advertising box as the owner of an Austin ad agency for 20 years and have loved getting in touch with my agriculture roots more recently with the purchase of Rancho de Vida. It's been a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, enjoy the therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature.

Why the Owner Chose Johnson City, TX, USA:
About 10 years ago I went to a retreat where we talked about getting back on track with goals and pursuing your dreams. One of the exercises was to write your obituary. I'd been thinking about it a bit as I had just finished chemo for breast cancer when I was 44. I wrote this obit almost joyfully, describing how I had a special place in the country where friends and family could gather, listen to music, eat great meals and enjoy being out in nature and dancing under the Texas stars. Later, I shared with a couple of friends and forgot about it. Several years went by and then one of my friends, a real estate broker, said 'I found your place.' I'd forgotten about the obit and the description of my ranch-a-rita. Well, fell in love with the place at first site. Friends and family have gathered there and created some great memories. Just coming over the rise to the entrance of the ranch, my blood pressure lowers and the connection to nature takes over. Life becomes simpler and more beautiful. The giant oak tree right outside the house, is a place where people gather under for meals and draw strength from that big, wise oak. It's estimated to be 300 to 400 years old. There are lights in the tree and a bird cage 'chandelier' over the table. Life is good. And it brings me happiness to share with others.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
History of House Under the sprawling old oak (now 350-years + old), the Weirich family built this house in 1910 of shiplap construction. Shingle siding was put over this in the 1950s. The house was originally a dogtrot-style house, with a breezeway running down the middle of the house. There was no front door to the home then. The stairs leading to the upstairs bedrooms were on the outside of the house, in the style of a Fredericksburg Sunday house. The original wagon road came right by this house (now the driveway) and was rerouted in 1980. This was the same year improvements were done to update the house with modern conveniences, but still maintain the integrity of the original. Indoor plumbing was established; as was the enclosure of the back porch at the foot of the stairs and the breezeway in order to add a bath. Original wainscoting is evident throughout the house, as is the original window glass, doors and hardware. Nine-foot ceilings and transoms above the doors are special features of this pioneer home. The house had two wood-burning stoves, one in the front bedroom and one in the kitchen. Single-drop light fixtures were in each room. The parlor (the room on the south side of the home) was off limits to children, except on Christmas morning when the cedar tree was lit with candles in the German tradition. Part of the cement hitching post can still be seen next to the road at the front gate and a part of the old lightening rod is still attached to the home in one corner. The land is very varied over it's 67 acres. There's a hill top with forever views looking north west, a rocky ravine, seasonal creek that has a great limestone bottom swimming hole and waterfalls when it's running, beautiful hayfields, oaks and wildflowers. Rancho de Vida is a great place to get away from it all, bring people together, realize the surprising therapy of manual labor and the restorative power of Momma Nature. Hope you have enjoyed your stay here!

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Speaks: english, spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front of 105-year old farmhouse.

    Front of 105-year old farmhouse.

  • New pool.  Cool off and swim while enjoying the ranch vistas.

    New pool. Cool off and swim while enjoying the ranch vistas.

  • farmhouse & bunkhouse across the yard on left. Majestic oak between

    farmhouse & bunkhouse across the yard on left. Majestic oak between

  • Kitchen


  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Farmhouse living room

    Farmhouse living room

  • Chicken coop 'bar' and stage at night. It now has a dance floor, 22.5 x 22.5 ft.

    Chicken coop 'bar' and stage at night. It now has a dance floor, 22.5 x 22.5 ft.

  • Bunkhouse bath house

    Bunkhouse bath house

  • Upstairs bedroom in farmhouse (full bed)

    Upstairs bedroom in farmhouse (full bed)

  •  View from the top of the hill.

    View from the top of the hill.

  • Available for magical weddings, too!

    Available for magical weddings, too!

  • New 24 ft. pool is a great place to swim in day and take in the stars at night.

    New 24 ft. pool is a great place to swim in day and take in the stars at night.

  • Bunkhouse/bath house porch with swing couch.

    Bunkhouse/bath house porch with swing couch.

  • Hay bale sectional couch at the top of hill--perfect happy hour & sunset site.

    Hay bale sectional couch at the top of hill--perfect happy hour & sunset site.

  • Bunkhouse swing bed

    Bunkhouse swing bed

  • The Living Room

    The Living Room

  • Dining under the oak tree, stage and chicken coop converted to bar in background

    Dining under the oak tree, stage and chicken coop converted to bar in background

  • Twin daybed in sunroom

    Twin daybed in sunroom

  • Downstairs queen bedroom in farmhouse

    Downstairs queen bedroom in farmhouse

  • Cowgirl Room with full and queen beds

    Cowgirl Room with full and queen beds

  • Bunkhouse has 8 XL beds (4 bunk beds) an XL swing bed and twin bed

    Bunkhouse has 8 XL beds (4 bunk beds) an XL swing bed and twin bed

  • Seasonal creek with limestone bottom is about a 15-minute walk from house.

    Seasonal creek with limestone bottom is about a 15-minute walk from house.

  • Sunsets are beautiful from the hilltop.

    Sunsets are beautiful from the hilltop.

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Historic Hill Country Ranch with Pool

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