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Home, Home on the Ranch:Lake, Wildlife, Serenity

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 BR, 2 Bath, Studio:1 BR, 1 Bath

2 story spacious home with fireplace and HDTV, under huge trees, surrounded by decks, and flagstone patio with outdoor fire pit. Lakeside beach with 2 story dock for swimming and fishing. Canoe, John boat, paddleboat and kayaks provided. Optional studio apartment with king bed (Additional charge applies.) Explore 2 miles of improved road and 200 acres of forest with golf cart and bikes (provided.)

Sandy Street
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Sandy Street

Retired professionals live across the lake on the property and offer on site assistance. Owners are enjoying a second career as ranchers and stewards of the land.

Sandy Street purchased this chateau / country house in 1999

Why Sandy Street chose Prairies & Lakes

If you want to get away from the city for a week, or weekend, this is the place. Cottage sits within 100+ acre ranch, surrounded by game fence, enclosing exotic deer and cattle. Beautiful skies and trees during the day. Unlimited stars at night.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Explore within 25 miles: RoundTop antiques, Historic Columbus, New Ulm, Cat Spring and LaGrange. Don't miss the Painted Churches tour near Schulenberg. Easy access to I-10 and Metropolitan KATY/Houston area. However, most guests prefer to stay home, home on the ranch, where the deer and the antelope play.


New Ulm Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Located on Second Floor
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower
    Studio Bath - toilet , shower , Rented Separately with Studio
    Deck Shower - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 3, Second Floor with French Doors to Balcony
    Guest Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Guest Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Studio - 1 king , In Detached Garage. Additional charge applies.
  • Master includes available twin mattress for additional flexible sleeping.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
The cottage is located in the middle of a ranch, surrounded by 8 foot game fence. Controlled access via coded electric gate. Although there are numerous tourist, sports attractions, and restaurants near by, most guests chose to never leave the property.


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(62 traveler reviews)

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Home, Home on the Ranch:Lake, Wildlife, Serenity
average rating of 4.887097 based on 62 reviews

Ultimate tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and was so appreciative of the hospitality from Lou and Sandy. Word of advise... be ready to relax. It has been a long time since we really just did nothing. Our 20 year old son fell in love with taking to golf cart and just touring the property. The mornings are a must see. Have camera ready. We hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Terri, Your family is a perfect fit for our ranch. Those who value peace, tranquility and nature will always be welcome here. We look forward to your return.
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Dripping Springs, TX

Can't beat your own private lake!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place and will be back. Have rented many places and you simply don't get this kind of privacy. So much fun—kayaks, paddleboat, canoe, jonboat, or just plain old swimming. Some deer (white-tailed and exotics), blackbuck antelope, and livestock around, plus egrets, hawks, and lots of other birds. Fish jumping. Just bring your stuff and never leave. Can't imagine anyone being anything but thrilled with this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Absolutely wonderful!!!

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying here and we will be back every year. You cannot find the serenity and seclusion this place has to offer anywhere else. Cant wait to come back year after year.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chad, Your comments were great! But it's repeat guests like you who are a real testament to stays at our ranch!
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Pearland, Texas

So peaceful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Our group of family/friends had a great time relaxing, cooking, fishing, playing cards, reading, sitting around the campfire, enjoying the peace and quiet, the ducks, donkeys, etc. We definitely plan on coming back.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bonnie, I'm so glad your family enjoyed their stay. As we live across the lake, we watched you folks have a ball. So this was not camping as you usually do, but we hope you come again. PS: We did find the wallet you lost. We mailed it today.
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Pure Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We had such a relaxing time. I would highly recommend this spot if you are wanting to get away from it all and full unwind. Everything you need is there and as said in other reviews there were 2 days that we did not leave the property. Each morning was a beautiful adventure and then rocking the day away in the hammock or just fishing and exploring. Sandy and Lu were so sweet and welcoming. I recommend also taking a couple trips to the surrounding towns as there are so many wonderful hidden gems. We will absolutely be back.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice compliment! There is no reason for us to rent our guest house except we enjoy sharing our ranch with others. We think we live in paradise and just want others to see what we see.
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Second time around, and seeking third!

  • 5 of 5

Second time at the Blue House and it never ceases to amaze how awesome this house is! Our family enjoyed themselves immensely, we spent a weekend and there's just so much to do within the property that the time just flew by, if you're looking for an AMAZING getaway stop looking, this is the place.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always Bryan, we love to have guests, who appreciate the joys of country living.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Austin/ Houston
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
wine bar New Ulm
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Texas Star-New Ulm
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Matagorda, Palacios, Galveston
Car: necessary

Rural ranching community 45 minutes from Katy, TX, within 12 miles of I-10. World class golf course within 5 miles, 'Painted Churches''Tour, RoundTop antiques, and 'Small Town TX,' Columbus on Colorado River. Enjoy beautiful scenery, birding, fishing, wildlife, while surrounded by working cattle and exotic game ranch. Tell tall tales around fire pit built into deck.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $15

Additional charge of $65 per night for use of studio apartment with King bed and private bath.
While we do not offer refunds, we will allow guests, who must unavoidably cancel, to reschedule within a year. Rescheduling is, of course, subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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