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Peaceful setting 10 minutes to New Braunfels, San Marcos or Seguin

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 2 bath in a country setting. Built by German settlers in 1860.

Opa's Haus is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. Three bedrooms downstairs each have a queen bed. Upstairs is one large bedroom with 4 twin beds. So the house can easily sleep 10 people. The house was originally built in 1860 by German immigrants who used 'fachwerk' (half timber) construction with which they were familiar in Germany. Some of these original walls have been exposed to show the structural beams held together with hand-whittled pegs instead of nails. Between the beams you can also see the handmade bricks. Even though built before Abraham Lincoln was President, the house now has all the modern conveniences of central heat and air conditioning and kitchen appliances. In the living room is a large TV with satellite service. There is also a large outdoor charcoal grill. The spacious front porch is the perfect place to relax after a day of activities - a good place to reconnect with family and friends. If your group is larger than 10 we also have 3 other houses on the property which could accommodate a family reunion. The location is the perfect combination of peaceful country living and access to attractions in New Braunfels, Seguin or San Marcos. All 3 towns are just 10 minutes from Opa's Haus.

Sherman and Joy Schlichting
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

About Sherman and Joy Schlichting

We are life-long residents of this area. Joy was raised on this family farm and still has relatives nearby. We are both descended from the German immigrants who came to this area in the mid 1800's. We have always felt called to help restore architectural treasures of the past. Our two sons share our passion and helped to save this home.

Sherman and Joy Schlichting purchased this house in 2010

Why Sherman and Joy Schlichting chose Kingsbury

This house sat on property that was slated for future development and likely would have been destroyed. In 2010 we purchased the house and moved it to the family farm where we have 3 other vacation rentals. After 4 years of hard work the restoration was completed and the house was ready for guests. We have tried to preserve much of the original craftsmanship and charm. The house still has all the original handmade doors and windows. Reclaimed pine floors are throughout the house. The unique wood trim is a good example of the artistic abilities and the attention to detail of German artisans of the period. When you stay in this house you will have a real appreciation for the work that had to be done to build a home in this area in 1860.

What makes this house unique

When we first saw this house it was in an advanced state of disrepair. But even in this condition we could see the potential. The house had been untouched since about 1950. There was no electricity or plumbing in the house. But this afforded us the chance to 'start from scratch' to install modern amenities. All the original doors, windows, and pine flooring have been restored. We reconstructed the porch to give guests a good place to relax and visit. We have tried to furnish the house with 'old things', but at same time make it comfortable and useable - not like a museum.


Kingsbury House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Peaceful setting 10 minutes to New Braunfels, San Marcos or Seguin
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Better than going to Grandma’s

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for our trip to Wurstfest and other favorites in the area this weekend. This house had history and character that are rarely found in temporary vacation rentals. It was VERY comfortably furnished and a very convenient run to New Braunfels, San Marcos, Lockhart, and Seguin. We greatly enjoyed our visit and plan to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review and for appreciating the history and culture reflected in this house. We look forward to seeing you again. Autumn and early winter are good times to visit this area and enjoy the pleasant weather here in central Texas. There is much to see and do including sight seeing, shopping, fishing, museums, and many cultural events. Or just sit on the front porch with the breeze in your face and listen to the birds singing.
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Country Charm & City Convenience

  • 5 of 5

Our families loved Opa's Haus & Joy's Country Cabin and will reserve both again when we are back in the area. This lovely home & cabin has been restored and equipped with all modern conveniences to provide guests with the best of both worlds. We spent a day floating the Comal & 2 days at Schlitterbahn, and driving the short distance back to the property allowed us to enjoy the peace & quiet of the country. Kiddos loved sleeping in the loft & parents loved the comfy beds! Everyone enjoyed relaxing on the large shady porch each evening! We put the smaller kettle grill in the middle of the circle drive & enjoyed a marshmallow roast & charcoal "campfire" under the stars! Joy & Sherman are wonderful hosts & I highly recommend a stay in these unique homes!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Location with the best of old and new combined.

  • 5 of 5

We were here for a girls shopping weekend. Opa's House was beyond wonderful ! The location was could not have been better. Ten minutes from Gurene and ten minutes form the outlet malls with NO traffic. I was so impressed with how clean the house was. Joy and Sherman were great. Joy even left us a note to tell about a Christmas Market in New Braunfels. The house was so comfortable we hated to leave. We will be back again for sure. Thank you Joy and Sherman for sharing your amazing house.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Austin Bergstrom
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Grain Bin Restaurant
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Starke Park
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 123
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Car: necessary

Opa's Haus is located in the rolling hills on the edge of the Texas Hill Country. The setting is quiet and peaceful with pastoral views of the countryside, yet you are just 10- 15 minutes from local attractions in New Braunfels, San Marcos or Seguin. These communities offer a wide variety of activities for visitors. There are numerous historic sites and museums in the area in addition to many festivals that highlight our area's heritage and culture. Our part of Texas is also blessed with rivers and lakes. You can tube or raft the Guadalupe, Comal or San Marcos Rivers. Area lakes offer more water sports and fishing. And of course there is Schlitterbahn, the largest water park in the world! If you are a shopper the Outlet Mall on IH 35 between San Marcos and New Braunfels is the place for you. Every visitor to our area needs to visit Gruene, a community which is now part of New Braunfels. In this historic town you will find numerous shops and restaurants. Don't miss Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas where many well known musicians play nightly. There is also a once-a-month Market Days where local artisans sell their wares. After a busy day seeing the sights come back to Opa's Haus and sit on the porch and enjoy the country views and gentle breezes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.