Spectacular River Ranch Resort (Sleeps 12-35) Private Tennis/Pool, Airstrip New!

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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Imagine your own private ranch resort with charming native-stone cabins, poolside cabana, 140' 4-story waterslide, lighted tennis court, 2700' airstrip, fitness center, full-court basketball, game room, hot tub, river rapids, fishing, abundant wildlife, miles of trails, and plenty of other activities for all ages.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an exclusive private rental (no other guests will be there) and is EXPENSIVE in peak season and only available to a select number of families each summer. Do not inquire until you carefully check the full Rates listed below -- including the notes at the bottom of the section. The HomeAway Quote system will give the base rental rate for the selected number of guests. For extra cabins or options (golf carts, kayaks, etc) use the rate quote example at the bottom of this description (press More Details) for an accurate estimate of the price.

Red Sands Ranch is located on the crystal clear Llano River between the towns of Mason and Fredericksburg and is the perfect spot for family or friends reunions, corporate gatherings, or even tennis team retreats. There are four self-contained rock cabins plus 2 separate bunk-type units, a Party Shed with LED TV, billiards and ping-pong, and a tennis court, all surrounding a massive 53ft pool with spa, grotto, and luxury Cabana with full stainless kitchen, WIFI, and 55in flatscreen. The nearly 1/2 mile of fast-flowing, rock-bottom river runs from the deep pools and spectacular 200ft red sandstone cliffs (featured on the cover of Texas Monthly Magazine) at the west end of the ranch, to more deep water and limestone bluffs to the east. A meandering path leads down to the perfect spot in the river to set a few lounge chairs and relax under an umbrella while the kids shoot the rapids in a tube or one of the available kayaks. For fisherman or paddlers, there is an amazing 2-3 hr trip that terminates at the ranch which is the highlight of one of the top twenty paddling trips in the state of Texas. The ranch foreman lives on the property about a mile away and is usually available to assist with whatever arises. For horse owners, there is a corral, tack room, covered stall, and miles of trails. And of course there are plenty of lounge chairs around the solar heated pool with separate hot tub and a secret 'mine shaft' cave with a little surprise inside the kids will enjoy. Red Sands Ranch is a special place you'll want to come back to year after year.

Accommodations: Total of six (6) separate units -- three (3) are included in the base price. All air-conditioned with additional space heating, and hot water (plus spa heat) provided by one of the largest solar heating installations in the Hill Country.
- A Bunkhouse with 4 twin beds, Loft with 4 full beds plus 4 self contained rustic cabins that sleep from 6 to 8 (plus add'l cots and sleeping pads for kids), each with a wood fireplace*, full bath, stained concrete floors, covered porch, bedroom or sleeping loft, WIFI, satellite TV, and kitchenette (sink, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster oven and one-burner cooktop). *Sunday House sleeps two (adults only) in a king bed and does not have fireplace.

Included in the Base Price (the following 3 units and up to 12 guests):
(1) The Fish Camp - a native sandstone cabin with local river-rock fireplace and chimney. The covered back porch includes a hammock and overlooks the river and huge pecan trees below. There is a full size pull-out futon downstairs and two full size beds in a sleeping loft -- accessible via ladder, plus an extra rollaway bed downstairs. The bath features an antique clawfoot tub and an outdoor hot shower.

(2) Lorenz House - the largest of the 5 cabins, named after the pioneer family that settled this section of the ranch in the mid-1800's. There is a queen futon sofa down and stairs lead to an upper loft with a queen bed and a trundle with two twin beds. This cabin is also built with local materials and sandstone walls inside and out from the century old rock fences found throughout the ranch, and includes a covered porch swing with views of the bluffs and mountains across the river.

(3) The Bunkhouse - 4 twin beds and a sink/vanity with beautiful views from a balcony cantilevered out over the pool. Note that access to the detached full bathroom is via lighted gravel pathway.

Optional Units:
(4) Riverside Cottage ($150/night) - This Fredericksburg limestone cabin has the best views of the river from inside the cabin or on the covered back deck from the hammock, rocking chairs, or cedar porch swing. There is a huge masonry fireplace and the unit sleeps 6-8 with a queen bed and futon sofa down and a full bed in the upstairs bedroom, along with two twin beds.

(5) Sunday House ($150/night adults only) - an updated historic representation of the quaint Fredericksburg homes built by the German pioneer ranchers for weekends when they came to town for church and supplies. This luxury unit features a king bed with full ADA compliant (wheelchair accessible) bathroom and covered porch with swing and easy access to the pool area and Cabana.

(6) Sunday Loft ($100/night) - this bunk-style unit is located on the upper level of the Sunday House (with a separate entrance) and sleeps up to eight with four double beds and a half bath. Access to an additional full bath via lighted pathway.

The cabins are situated around a poolside cabana and a beautifully landscaped grilling area which includes a large charcoal grill, huge picnic table, smoker, firepit, and covered 'cantina' with four lounge chairs.

Simons House - built in 1860 by Conrad Simons and currently occupied by the ranch foreman, is a classic German story-and-a-half structure with 2ft thick sandstone walls and hand-hewn oak headers supporting the doors and windows. The home is beautifully restored to much of its original character and is visible at the Ranch entrance.

Common Area:
- Striking poolside open-air cabana with full kitchen constructed of old barnwood ceilings supported by huge hand-made wooden trusses. There is an oversized gas grill, small oven, dishwasher, two refrigerator/freezers, built-in microwave, two sinks, soapstone countertops, marine-grade mahogany cabinetry, WIFI, 55in LCD satellite television with theater sound, BluRayDVD, and iPod inputs with speakers located throughout the pool complex. The curved 11ft cast concrete bar has eight rustic barstools plus a sectional sofa that seats 4-5. In the wintertime or during inclement weather, the unique steel and glass doors can be lowered to fully enclose the room.

- The Shack Party Shed. A favorite hangout area for the kids, features a flatscreen TV with Wii game console, dartboard, billiards with a competition-grade, removable top for table tennis, and lots of eclectic neon lighting and funky decor.

- Swimming Pool. A free-form 53ft gunite pool in a natural setting that blends seamlessly into the fabled Simonsville Topaz Mine where the abandoned mineshaft, old Mill, 140ft flume, and many of the relics of 'old mining days' can still be seen.

- Fitness Center with treadmill, recumbent bicycle, universal weight machine, dumbells, situp bench, and pullup/dip bars, satellite TV, and workout towels provided.

- The fully lighted tennis court includes a practice wall, and full-court basketball.

- Rolling hill country terrain (nearly cedar-free) with large stands of Live Oaks hundreds of years old and mountain views in all directions. In addition to horses and angus cattle, wildlife is abundant and includes whitetail and axis deer, antelope, turkey, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, quail, dove, roadrunners, ducks/geese, eagles and more. The breath-taking stretch of river on the ranch includes everything from fast-moving rapids over a solid rock bottom for most of the length (where hard-fighting Guadalupe Bass are common) to slow, deep water at either end (where catfish as large as 35 lbs have been caught). Note that in order to preserve the quality of fishing at Red Sands, trot lines are not allowed. Note: river activities may be affected by current drought.

Disclaimer: Red Sands is a working Texas cattle ranch with inherent risks and hazards including, but not limited to, rough terrain, heavy equipment, deep and/or fast-moving water, wild animals, livestock, etc. and may not be ideal for vegetarians or families with very young children without adequate supervision.

Summer Rate Example (less for other seasons):
For the first 12 guests, a Late Summer rate is $1250 for each weeknight and $1750 for Fri or Sat nights. Add $50/night for each add'l guest beyond the first 12, up to 23 more, for a maximum of 35 total guests (no charge for infants). This is your Base Rental Rate and includes the Lorenz House, FishCamp, and the Bunkhouse.

You may add extra units (Riverside Cottage ($150), Sunday House ($150), or Sunday Loft ($100) nightly ($350 for all 3), and a pair of golf carts for $350 for the weekend (or $450 for up to a week).

Finally, add the cleaning/linen fee of $350 and then 8% for occupancy tax and transaction fees.

Example: Group of 4 families (16 guests) for a 3-night rental, Thu-Sun with the golf carts. $950 wkday + (2)1750 wkend + $600 for the extra guests for a Base Rate of $5050. Add $450 for an add'l cabin (Sunday House), $350 golf carts, $350 cleaning and 8% tax ($492) for a total rental of $6692.

Note: Privately owned family-oriented resort. No Youth groups or keg parties. Minimum age of 30 required to register your group.

Keywords: Waterfront, Ranch, Resort, River, Tennis, Pool, runway, airport, water slide, Cabins, Fredericksburg, Texas Hill Country, family reunion, Estate, waterslide, Riverfront, Fishing, Kayaking, biking

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Property Type

  • Estate

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be minimum of 30 yrs old to sign rental agreement for group. All male groups allowed with 2X security deposit. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Young toddlers not recommended without adequate supervision because of pool, river, cliffs and numerous other dangers....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Not allowed in any structures except The Shack. Cigarette butts is not included in the base cleaning fee and extra cleaning fee WILL apply....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Considered but discouraged. Pet fee is $95 plus any additional cleaning or damages....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The Cabana and pool area can be easily accessed without any steps from the 'Sunday House' cabin which is fully ADA compliant. The Lorenz Cottage has no steps downstairs but does not have special facilities such as extra wide doors, roll-in shower, etc. ...moreless

Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35, Beds for 35

  • Riverside Downstairs: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    New pillow-top Queen bed plus a full futon sofa Downstairs...moreless

  • Lorenz Downstairs: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Comfortable Queen Futon...moreless

  • Riverside Upstairs: 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    This upstairs is more private than the other cabin lofts....moreless

  • BunkHouse: 4 twin/ single

    Includes sink/vanity; detached bath access via pathway....moreless

  • Sunday House (Optional): 1 king

    Luxury suite with full wheelchair accessible bath. ...moreless

  • Sunday Loft (Optional): 4 double

    Separate entrance above Sunday Hs with half bath. Sleeps 8....moreless

  • FishCamp: 2 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Full size futon dn plus loft with ladder to 2 full size beds...moreless

  • Lorenz Upstairs: 1 queen, 2 twin/ single

    This is a Bedroom/Loft but not fully enclosed upstairs....moreless

  • Total of 8 sleeping areas which sleep up to 35 guests in 22 separate beds consisting of a main level and upstairs bedroom/sleeping loft in each cabin plus two separate bunkhouses. Note: Some cabins are optional. There are (5) additional cots and pads available for kids but you'll have to bring your own sleeping bags/pillows. RV hookups are available but additional guests beyond the 30 guest limit are $75/day....moreless

Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Lorenz Bath: toilet, shower


  • Riverside: toilet, shower


  • FishCamp: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, outdoor shower

    Antique Clawfoot tub with hand-shower....moreless

  • BunkHouse Bath: toilet, shower

    DETACHED 'campground style'. Access via gravel pathway....moreless

  • Sunday House: toilet, shower

    Shower is wheelchair accessible w bench and handrails....moreless

  • Sunday Loft: toilet


  • Note: Total of (5) full baths (one per cabin plus detached campground-style restroom for the Bunkhouse accessed by lighted gravel pathway). Note: the Sunday Loft only has a 1/2 bath but is near the detached restroom. There is a Clawfoot tub and an outdoor shower at FishCamp cabin....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Fitness Center with treadmill, recumbent bicycle, universal weight machine, dumbells, situp bench, and pullup/dip bars. Also has a sink with hot/cold water, granite countertop, satellite TV, and workout towels provided. Washer/Dryer available for stays of 3-nights or more. Airstrip (ID: 1XS4): 2700'x60' turf runway (35/17) @1360' elevation with tie-downs, courtesy golf cart, and enclosed hangar. AvGas available at Mason County Airport 9 mi away. Pair of Golf carts available for rent. Great for wildlife viewing and getting all the gear and coolers to the river. Ice-cold drinking fountain by the tennis court. Lighted tennis court with large practice wall and full-court basketball across one end with adjustable, real glass backboards Mountain bicycles, kayaks/paddles, inner-tubes, available for rental in advance, and shuttle service available. Don't forget your lifejackets and beach towels!...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Available in cabana (BluRay) and some cabins....moreless

  • Game Room:

    'The Shack' -- See photo....moreless

  • Games:

    Wii, Electronic dart board, poker chips/cards, some board games....moreless

  • Music Library:

    iPod hookups in cabana plus numerous Satellite music stations....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    (7) DISH Network 200 channel (Plus SEC Network!) package each cabin plus DVR in Cabana....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Some cabins plus Cabana with outdoor speakers and iPod input....moreless

  • Television:

    (7) Satellite TV in each cabin, Fitness Center, Game Room. 55' LCD in Cabana. Note no TV in BunkHouse or Sunday Loft....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Wii available in the game shed. Bring your own games or play the basic games included....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lakefront:

    Llano River Frontage. ...moreless

  • Resort:

    Private Pool, Tennis, Kayaking, Fishing, Basketball, Tubing, Game Room, Fitness Center, more......moreless

  • River:

    Nearly 1/2 mile Llano River frontage...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Nearly 1/2 mile Llano River frontage...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Nearly 1/2 mile of crystal clear Llano River frontage with breathtaking views of the river in both directions, the 200' red sandstone bluffs, and the mountains beyond....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Informal seating: Bar seating for 8 in Cabana, 12+ around pool, 12+ in grilling area, 4 each cabin. Two banquet tables and 12 chairs available upon advance request....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 20 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    One or Two Window units available in each cabin plus bunk units and also Fitness Center. ...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Microwave Internet Access at DSL speeds....moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Available for stays of 3 nights or more....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Outdoor firepit and fireplace in most cabins. Some firewood can be made available at firepit with advance request. ...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    See photo and description....moreless

  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance:

    Free Domestic Long Distance....moreless

  • Heating:

    Window Units or Electric space heaters in each cabin and propane patio heater in Cabana with full 20lb bottle of propane provided....moreless

  • Internet:

    Unlimited Data...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Provided for all beds. Bring your own sleeping bags/pillows for kids' cots /sleeping pads if you plan to use them....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Six separate living areas....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Fair to Good reception with AT&T. Poor with the other carriers. Best reception in Cabana which has a large antenna and a repeater cell. Verizon coverage often available at Ranch main entrance....moreless

  • Parking:

    Vehicles must be parked in the Guest Parking Area indicated by sign....moreless

  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Free local and domestic long distance calling....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and workout towels provided. Bring your own pool/river towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Available for stays of 3 nights or more....moreless

  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    Booster antenna on Cabana rooftop provides good coverage outside, in most cabins, and around Common Area. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    12cup, 20-cup commercial, plus Kuerig in Cabana, also 10-cup in each cabin. Kuerig in Sunday House. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set in Cabana. Basic set in each cabin except Bunk units....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full sets in each cabin plus 16 place settings in cabana. Bring paper plates/cups recommended....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Located in the Cabana. ...moreless

  • Freezer:

    (5) bottom drawer freezers, chest freezer plus small freezer space in some mini fridges. 50-80 lbs ice provided in chest freezer....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Full stainless kitchen in Cabana. Kitchenette in most cabins....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    (5 total)...moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Toaster oven in most cabins and 2 midsize units in Cabana....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices, oil, sugar, flour, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (6 total) 2 full size and 4 minis....moreless

  • Stove:

    2 side-burner full size grill with warming drawer. 2-burner electric cooktop. Countertop oven, Large Green Egg grill/smoker often used as full-size oven for turkeys etc....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Cabana and most cabins....moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles:

    (2) mountain bikes available as part of the Recreation Package (5 Kayaks/5+ Tubes/2 Bikes) for $350....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (5) Covered porch with river and mountain views at each cabin....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Located in the grilling area along with 11' umbrella available for the picnic table....moreless

  • Golf:

    9 hole municipal course in Mason....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Three (3) kids kayaks (100lb max), (2) tandem adult kayaks and paddles, (5+) innertubes, and (2) mtn bikes available for $350 up to a week. Bring your own life jackets and helmets....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Poolside Cabana with full kitchen....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Large smoker plus Charcoal and gas grills, Extra Large Ceramic 'Green Egg'. Bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid....moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Covered porch with chairs and swing or hammock at each cabin....moreless

  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis:

    On-site, private court with lights and backboard....moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Inflatable inner-tubes and shuttle service available for extra fee....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Oversized 8' in-ground hot tub heated year-round....moreless

  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Oversize pool with solar-assisted heat (Spring/Fall only), large tanning deck, grotto, and numerous lounge chairs....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Sep 5 - Nov 17, 2016
2 night min stay
$1,050 $1,850
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Nov 18 - Nov 27, 2016
4 night min stay
$1,450 $1,850
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Christmas Break
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,350 $1,750
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Example Summer Rate @30 Guests
Feb 1 - Feb 2, 2017
2 night min stay
$2,450 $2,950
Fri, Sat
Spring Break
Mar 10 - Mar 18, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,150 $1,750
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Spring 2017
Mar 19 - Apr 12, 2017
2 night min stay
$950 $1,550
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Easter and Early Summer 2017
Apr 13 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,150 $1,750
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Mem'l Day - 12 incl then $50ea
May 26 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay

flat fee
Peak Summer 2017
May 26 - Aug 13, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,750 $2,250
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Jul 4 2017 (12 guests incl)
Jun 30 - Jul 4, 2017
5 night min stay

flat fee
Late Summer 2017
Aug 14 - Aug 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,450 $2,150
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Fall 2017
Sep 4 - Nov 17, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,050 $1,850
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Peak Summer 2018
Jun 1 - Aug 5, 2018
4 night min stay
$1,750 $2,250
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer 2018
Aug 6 - Aug 30, 2018
3 night min stay
$1,350 $1,950
Thu, Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,150 $1,450
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 12 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Cleaning/Linen Fee $350 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,250
  • Tax Rate 8%


NOTE: Please read this section carefully before inquiring! The base rate includes 3 cabins and up to 12 guests. Rate does not include extra guests (beyond the first 12), add'l cabins or golf carts, etc.

Base Rate includes 3 Cabins: Fish Camp, Lorenz Cabin, and Bunkhouse (sleeps up to 16)

Add $150/night for extra Units: Riverside or Sunday House, $100/nt for Sunday Loft

Upgrade BunkHouse to Riverside Cabin for $75/nt

No fees for infants (not yet walking). 35 guest limit; Wkend rate applies to Federal Holidays.

Pair of Golf Carts or Recreation Pkg (5 Kayaks/5+ Tubes/2 Mtn Bikes) available for $350 wkend / $475 up to wk

$1250 security deposit req'd -- may be higher for large or all-male groups

Cleaning/Linen fee $350 -- $450 for groups of 20+.

Extra guest fees apply to the maximum number for the rental period, including day guests.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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120 Miles
Nearest Airport
On the property or commercial: Austin or SA
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mason City Park

Although guests rarely leave the property during their stay, the quaint town of Mason is just 9 miles away with gas, groceries, and lots of shops around the historic courthouse square, while Fredericksburg with all of its shopping and attractions is about 35 miles to the south down winding country roads or about a 50 min drive. One favorite nearby attraction is the Eckert Bat Cave where millions of Mexican Free-tail bats can be seen emerging from the cave on summer evenings -- about 10 mi away.

Austin and San Antonio Airports are each 2hrs away. Mason Country Airport is about 15 mi.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: I grew up in Baytown, TX and then received Petroleum Engineering and MBA degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU). After spending a few years in California and Australia with various software companies, I moved to Austin, TX in 1991 and started my own business. After selling the company and retiring in my late 30's I quickly learned that I needed more activities than just playing sports all day, and wound up with 250 acres of raw land on the Llano River. Originally conceived as a few head of cattle and a couple of rustic, riverfront cabins around a firepit to spend time with friends, and my wife and three kids, it's since grown in scale and maintenance to the operation that exists today. Although years later, as a 5th generation engineer and wanna-be architect, I'll probably always be designing or building another 'project' at Red Sands but it has finally evolved to the stage where I can (almost) call it complete.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Red Sands Ranch is a unique property specifically for guests that prefer an exclusive, private outdoor resort experience in a rustic, natural setting unlike anything available at the large hotel chain resorts. Although expensive, the total rental for a large group is actually much less than a hotel resort stay even before you buy that first $8 beer -- and you won't have to share the pool with 150 kids in swim diapers. The ranch elevation (1250-1400ft) and semi-arid climate of the area offers more comfortable summer breezes and cooler nights than most of the large metropolitan areas of the state. Other than the spectacular Texas Hill Country setting, the most unique feature of the property is the layout of the compound where the pool, cabana (kitchen/dining), firepit, tennis and all the other resort amenities, are part of the main gathering area (rather than some back parking lot) while the separate cabins offer peace and privacy just a few steps away. In addition to all the activities, kids are always captivated by the abundant wildlife, crystal clear river, and the sheer number of stars visible in the clear night sky. Come make some memories and experience the real Texas!

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  • Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch.

    Resort setting at Red Sands Ranch.

  • Poolside cabana/kitchen with a few of the guest cabins in background.

    Poolside cabana/kitchen with a few of the guest cabins in background.

  • Golf cart shuttles (optional) to favorite swimming spot

    Golf cart shuttles (optional) to favorite swimming spot

  • Poolside Cabana with full kitchen

    Poolside Cabana with full kitchen

  • Your own 'Lazy River' and a lot less than a stay at the big hotel chain resorts.

    Your own 'Lazy River' and a lot less than a stay at the big hotel chain resorts.

  • Fish Camp with Grilling Area and fire pit

    Fish Camp with Grilling Area and fire pit

  • Deepwater downstream at east end of property.

    Deepwater downstream at east end of property.

  • Poolside Evening

    Poolside Evening

  • Riverside Cabin

    Riverside Cabin

  • Lorenz Cottage

    Lorenz Cottage

  • Bunkhouse


  • Wildflowers at the horse corral

    Wildflowers at the horse corral

  • Entry to the nearly 1/2 mile of riverfont on the ranch

    Entry to the nearly 1/2 mile of riverfont on the ranch

  • Magazine cover photo of the bluffs (June 2005).

    Magazine cover photo of the bluffs (June 2005).

  • Cabana from Grill Area

    Cabana from Grill Area

  • Abandoned RS topaz mine?

    Abandoned RS topaz mine?

  • Pool, Fitness Center, Bunkhouse (upstairs)

    Pool, Fitness Center, Bunkhouse (upstairs)

  • City of Red Sands (owner's cabin on far left not included)

    City of Red Sands (owner's cabin on far left not included)

  • Resident pony Oreo down at the river.

    Resident pony Oreo down at the river.

  • Sunday House King Unit w ADA bathroom

    Sunday House King Unit w ADA bathroom

  • Queen bed in the Riverside Cabin

    Queen bed in the Riverside Cabin

  • The Shack game shed

    The Shack game shed

  • Fitness Center

    Fitness Center

  • Making memories...

    Making memories...

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Spectacular River Ranch Resort (Sleeps 12-35) Private Tennis/Pool, Airstrip New!

Mason, TX, USA #3009358ha

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