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Smithville, TX, USA
  • Chateau / Country House2600 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps15
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Roomy 2400 sq. ft. home; sleeps 13 (double occupancy).

General Description of property:

THIS PROPERTY IS A LARGE DUPLEX with two full homes under one roof separated by a spacious utility/laundry room with 1/2 bath. A large utility with W/D, sink, and half-bath separates the homes and is for tenants' private use. The 'Lone Star' rental home is a two-story structure and offers maximum privacy to guests. Owner occupies an office/apt. in the second, smaller home. Guests have private use of pool area, fire pit, BBQ, laundry room. Guests have private parking and entrance, large front porch and back screen porch. Property is ideal for a weekend getaway, family reunions, club events, or small, rustic weddings. Check out our second VRBO property #1126248 located 8 minutes away that sleeps 6 guests (up to 20 overnight guests total if renting both properties). Take your boots off, set a spell, and enjoy country life at its best. Enjoy breakfast on the back screen porch with coffee or sit by the pool with the peaceful sound of the pool's waterfall. At night, a million stars and s'mores await at the fire pit. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or hosting a special event the Rocking M Ranch is the perfect location.

The structure shown in the photos is the Lone Star rental. DOWNSTAIRS: Features a master suite with queen and twin bed, office workstation, large bath with two sinks and walk-in shower; spacious great room/dining for large groups, wood-burning fireplace, flat-screen TV, DVD player. The leather Lazy Boy sofa has a comfy, inflatable, queen mattress. A large enclosed screen porch is off the great room and overlooks the pool. The front porch has a wood swing and rockers. The kitchen features all stainless appliances, refrigerator with ice maker, two sinks, and is well stocked with cooking pots, blender, toaster, coffeemaker, serving trays and crock pot . The home is on a public water system and water is also filtered throughout eliminating the need to bring bottled water. UPSTAIRS: A game room and galley kitchen divides the two upstairs bedrooms. Bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower. One upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and twin trundle bed. The second upstairs bedroom has a double and two single 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 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 RMR property 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. The pool area features festive party lights strung across the pool, a large fire pit, and shade structure. Hot tub is automated. Pool is not heated.

While visiting Smithville, who knows who you will run into with film and music stars such as Ryan Bingham hanging out at the ranch while visiting Smithville. Regardless, we're sure you'll be glad you visited our area and the Rocking M Ranch.

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2017: Check out our second VRBO property #1126248 located 8 minutes away that sleeps 6 guests. Contact Cathy via email for further information or to schedule your special event.


Cathy Meek

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 05, 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 Chateau / Country House in 2010

Why Cathy Meek chose Bastrop County

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 in conjunction with hosting a special wedding or event.

What makes this Chateau / Country 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 in spring and summer. 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 13 overnight guests, the property is perfect for hosting on-site events.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, Twin bed with twin trundle underneath
      • Convertible bed(s)
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Comfy, inflatable queen sleeper sofa
      • Portable crib/playpen available; great room sofa has comfy, inflatable queen mattress with pump.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Utility half-bath
        toilet, Half bath in large utility has toilet sink/extra towels
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Large, walk-in shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Two and 1/2 bath. The half-bath is located in the large utility area which also has an outside door to the back yard and pool area. A convenience for extra guests sleeping in the great room.

      Location Type

        • Water View
          Stock tank


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


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Fireplace
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      Parking spaces for tenants' use in front of home; additional parking area available
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Fully furnished items
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Two stainless sinks, fully furnished with cookware, utensils, barware. The home is on a public water system with additional filtering through a commercial chlorine filter system for clean, pure water.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Crockpot, blender, toaster, large cooking pots, serving trays, pitchers, firestarters; large catering bowls, folding table and cloths also available upon request
                        • Refrigerator
                          Ice maker. Second refrigerator available in utility room.
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Pool Table
                                  Pool table/ping pong
                                • Books
                                  Assortment of paperbacks and coffee table books available
                                • Game Room
                                  Game room with wet bar, mini-fridge
                                • Games
                                  Puzzles, board games, playing cards
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  All bedrooms have televisions/several DVD players;
                                • Stereo
                                  IPhone docking station provided for outdoor music
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen television
                                • Toys
                                  Pool floats and noodles available in warm season
                                • Video Library
                                  Upstairs bedroom has a VHS player and movie library of Disney and adult VHS movies


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Private screen porch overlooking pool
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Screen porch
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Grill has both gas/charcoal options with heating area for side dish. Propane provided but not charcoal/lighter fluid


                                        • limited accessibility

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Pool is not heated


                                                • 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
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • Consider RMR 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

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  25 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  We always have a great time here

                                                                  Paul L.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Beautiful property, excellent hosts

                                                                  Randy S.

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Beautiful home, gracious property manager=perfect stay!

                                                                  Jodie H.Deer Park, TX

                                                                  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!

                                                                  girls weekend at its best !

                                                                  StarFireConroe Texas

                                                                  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 !

                                                                  Great place for rest and relaxation

                                                                  Brett B.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Perfect getaway for friends and family

                                                                  Ellen S.

                                                                  This is simply the perfect property! Beautiful surroundings, every comfort of home, and swimming pool and hot tub to boot! It would be unnecessary to ever leave this wonderful property to have the perfect vacation! We did venture out to go in to Bastrop to do standup paddle boarding one day but other than that we enjoyed the outside and inside entertainment options in the house. Late night marshmallow roast on the fire pit and star gazing, for our final night, capped a perfect getaway~ We were a party of 4 adults and 8 teenagers. We will be coming back to enjoy this property for a more extended stay next time! Great communication with property owner, as one of our kids said we only had one problem - we are all of the delicious homemade brownies she left for us and wanted more! That pretty much sums up our stay, simply perfect and left us wanting to come back for more! ❤️


                                                                  Smithville, TX, USA

                                                                  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

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                                                                  Minimum 2-night stay for rental only. If rental is in conjunction with an event, 1-night minimum stay required. Check-in 3:00 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 13 guests for overnight stay. Additional $10.00 per person, per night, for parties of 10 or more.

                                                                  25 Reviews
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