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Secluded home on 15 acres for large groups and events

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spacious 2600 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

General Description of property:

The Rocking M Ranch home was built in 2010 as a getaway from Austin's increasing population and desire for quiet, country living. The home, dubbed the 'Lone Star' is situated on 15 wooded acres and is completely fenced for maximum privacy. The home became a VRBO rental property in 2013. The owner utilizes a small, separate space on site for a business office. Guests enjoy sole use of the pool, hot tub, BBQ, and grounds while staying at the Lone Star.

The Lone Star features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and is spacious enough for large groups.

Guests also enjoy a large screen porch overlooking the backyard pool area and wide front porch with a swing and rockers, The backyard features a fire pit, pool with waterfall, hot tub, propane and charcoal grill, and shade structure with ceiling fans. Festive party lights keep things fun for evening outdoor activities around the pool.

The Lone Star is ideal for a Round Top antiquing adventure (plenty of space to park your trailer of treasures), weekend getaway, family reunion, club event, or small, rustic wedding. Large catering bowls, folding tables, and ice chests are available for events.

For large groups and events, a second VRBO property #1126248 is located close by that sleeps 6 guests (for a total of up to 20 overnight guests if renting both properties).

Photos: DOWNSTAIRS. Enjoy a master suite with a queen and full size bed, office workstation, large bath with two sinks and walk-in shower. The great room is a spacious living area, combination dining with large farmhouse table that seats 10 (additional seating at kitchen bar area), wood-burning fireplace, flat-screen TV, and DVD player. The great room has a leather Lazy Boy sofa with a comfy, inflatable, queen mattress that sleeps two adults. A large enclosed screen porch is off the great room and overlooks the pool area. The kitchen features all stainless appliances, refrigerator with ice maker and two sinks, and well stocked with essentials including cooking pots, blender, toaster, coffeemaker, serving trays and crock pot . Coffee is provided. The home is on a public water system and commercial chlorine filter, eliminating the need to bring bottled water. Off the great room is a large laundry area with folding bar, large-capacity washer/dryer, second refrigerator, and half-bath. UPSTAIRS: A game room and galley kitchen divide the two upstairs bedrooms. Bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower. Upstairs studio bedroom has double french doors, a queen bed and two twin beds. The second upstairs bedroom has a double and two twin beds. The game room has a pool table/ping pong adaption, built-in wet bar with sink and mini-fridge.

Rocking M Ranch is located 5 miles outside Smithville, with an easy 25 minute drive to the world of antiquing in Warrenton and Round Top. Austin is less than an hour away and the Formula One Circuit of Americas is a short 40-minute drive on backroads, avoiding traffic at entry.

The Rocking M Ranch is currently available for hosting day or evening events for up to 50 people (additional rates apply). Events can be set up inside the spacious, fully-furnished home with additional seating around the pool area. Festive party lights strung across the pool is the perfect party setting, along with a large fire pit and shade structure with ceiling fans. The hot tub is automated. Pool has a waterfall from the hot tub into the pool. The pool is not heated.

While visiting Smithville, who knows who you will run into with film and music stars such as Shirley McLain, Jack Black, and Ryan Bingham (who stayed at the ranch while filming 'A Country Called Home').

Take your boots off, pull up a rocker, and enjoy country life at its best at the Rocking M Ranch. Whether it's breakfast on the back screen porch or sitting by the pool's waterfall enjoying a glass of wine, you're sure to relax and leave big city life behind. We are "real country, real close." Hope to see you soon.

More Details

Cathy Meek
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Cathy Meek

Growing up in Austin when it was just a small city, the countryside was just minutes away. Then came Austin sprawl, and crazy traffic! We purchased the land outside Smithville in 2006, and slowly our little slice of heaven evolved into the Rocking M Ranch (RMR). These days the property is shared with visitors from all over that come to enjoy 'Real Country, Real Close.'

Cathy Meek purchased this house in 2010

Why Cathy Meek chose Smithville

The Rocking M Ranch is located in Bastrop County outside the City of Smithville and is in the heart of Central Texas, and three major cities. It is less than 1 hour from Austin, 2 hours from Houston, and 1 1/2 hours from San Antonio. The RMR is perfect for an overnight stay or in conjunction with hosting a special wedding or event.

What makes this house unique

Guests here enjoy a morning stroll on the property with coffee or a glass of wine next to the pool while looking out over a backdrop of wildflowers or watching a flurry of cardinals or bluebirds at the feeders. At night, roast s'mores and relax at the large firepit or grill under the quiet canvas of a million stars overhead. In addition to providing a spacious rental space for up to 14 overnight guests, the property is perfect for hosting on-site events.


Smithville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Utility half-bath - toilet , Half bath in large utility has toilet, sink/extra towels
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large tiled walk in shower, private commode room, one sink
    Master bath - toilet , shower , Large, walk-in shower, private commode room, two sinks
  • Two and 1/2 baths. The half-bath is located in the large utility area downstairs and off the great room area. A convenience for extra guests sleeping on the sleeper sofa.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Downstairs Master - 1 queen , 1 double , Adjoining large private bath, built in workstation
    Upstairs Studio - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Flat screen TV and DVD player
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Bedroom has pass through closet to adjoining bath
    Inflatable sleeper sofa in downstairs great room - 1 queen , Sleeper sofa has comfy, inflatable queen mattress
  • Portable crib/playpen available, two sleeping bags
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Consider the Rocking M Ranch for your next corporate event, party, family reunion, wedding. RMR has a limited catering menu and can provide a list of area catering companies as well. Call for additional details


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Secluded home on 15 acres for large groups and events
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Could not have been better!

  • 5 of 5

Cathy did a great job accommodating our large group. Awesome property. The weekend was better than we could have imagined and owe that to her and her beautiful place.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We always have a great time here

  • 5 of 5

This property is perfect. It is always super clean with plenty of beds and things to do (pool, hottub, pool table/ping pong table, fire pit, tv, screened in back porch, front porch swing). Great mix of fun and relaxation. Cathy (the owner) is great to work with as well. We have stayed here several times now and plan to keep coming back.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property, excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, comfortable property with generous, welcoming, accommodating hosts. We had a group here for New Year's Eve, and there was just the right mix of common spaces for hanging out and bedrooms to get away. The hosts were around often to help with the hot tub and similar. We also really liked nearby Smithville and being out in the gorgeous Texas countryside. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deer Park, TX

Beautiful home, gracious property manager=perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property! Can't say enough about how accommodating the property manager was for our large group. It was my son's wedding weekend in Smithville/Kovar and we needed a place large enough to accommodate our very large family and the rehearsal dinner. It literally was perfect! Beautiful, well kept property that had everything we needed and more! We were able to host the dinner, have the bridal party MUAH, the day after breakfast as well as sleeping our large family along with family friends. They do a great job maintaining the property, it's beautiful. I loved watching the butterflies on the porch each morning before our busy day began! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Conroe Texas

girls weekend at its best !

  • 5 of 5

We have been going here for several years now and I can honestly say it is one of the weekends of the year we look forward to the most. The house is wonderful, the pool is wonderful and the surroundings are very relaxing. We pull in the drive on Friday afternoon and never leave the property till time to go home. We LOVE this place. We love the owner as well, so accommodating to your every need. Can't wait till next year !

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for rest and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Just a great place to kick back and enjoy the Texas hill country. The pool was perfect and Cathy was just great to deal with. Would go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Huebel's Ice House
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
TX 95
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Pocket's Grill

The City of Smithville is less than a 10-minute drive, the City of Bastrop 15 minutes, and the City of Austin a short 45 minutes away. The property is located in the heart of Central Texas.

Smithville was named the first Film Friendly Community in Texas by the Texas Film Commission and is home to the movie 'Hope Floats' filmed 10 years ago and starring Sandra Bullock. Numerous other films, including “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt, and “Beneath the Darkness” starring Dennis Quaid were shot in and around the area.

In close proximity to Smithville are several public golf courses and the Rocky Hill Ranch bike trails. The Colorado River and Buescher State Park are just minutes away. The City of Bastrop is a short 15-minute drive.

Fabulous antique shopping in Warrenton and Round Top is less than 30 minutes away or visit some of the area's newest wineries and vineyards just a short 30-minute drive. There's always something fun going on in nearby Austin. Major Austin venues include SXSW, ACL, UT football games (go Horns!), and frequent bike/fun runs.

Buescher State Park is approximately 6 miles away and has beautiful hike and bike trails, fishing, canoeing.

The Colorado River is less than 4 miles away and is great for kayaking or just floating down the river.

Bastrop has a movie theater, opera house, sports bars, bowling, skating rink, great eating places, and shopping as well.

Nearby Cities and Airport

Austin less than one hour away. Houston is approximately 1 1/2 hours away. San Antonio is approximately 1 3/4 hours away. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is 40 minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night

Minimum 2-night stay unless in conjunction with special event. If rental is in conjunction with an event, 1-night minimum stay required. Check-in 2:00 p.m., check-out 12:00 noon (ask about early/late check-in at no additional cost). Optional event times vary. Call for event fees and special rental/event bundle pricing. No pets, please. Maximum of 14 guests for overnight stay. Additional $10.00 per person, per night, for parties of 10 or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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