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.
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
4 bedroom, 2 bath in a country setting. Built by German settlers in 1860.
Sherman and Joy Schlichting
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- english, german
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 20, 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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Comfortable beds, large kitchen and living room, 2 full bathrooms. Had everything we needed. We had 8 people the first night and 6 the second and it was just fine. Would highly recommend if you need, or want, a place to stay in that area!!
Beautiful Property and Conveniently Nestled off the Beaten Path
The property is beautiful and the home is everything it appears to be in the photos, it is picture perfect. The only negative part of the experience is the small fence and gate you have to walk through is lined with floral vines and they are infested with bees and wasps, I would caution anyone with an allergy.
We understand that some people have issues with bees. We like to use native Texas plants in our landscaping, and the bees like them too. And the bees provide us with valuable pollination plus a honey crop.
We loved Opa's Haus!! We'll definitely be back!
Us and two other families stayed here the weekend while we went to Schlitterbahn. The upstairs loft space was perfect for the kids and even with three families we had plenty of room. The house was originally built in the late 1800s and they did a great job redoing it. I would definitely recommend this house to any other friends looking in the area!
Great time at this place for our group!!! Great stay.
Great time and place! Quaint but not too small!
Had everything and was so peaceful and relaxing.
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.