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Private ranch on the San Saba River

Bedrooms 7
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

3 houses, 7 bedrooms, Sleeps 17

This is a private guest ranch located in the Texas Hill Country's San Saba River Valley. There are 3 houses on the property with 4 kitchens and tons of great activities including a shooting range, fishing, shuffleboard, poker table, fire pit, hiking and ATV trails.  Named for the owner's beloved mother who was called 'Shatzie' (German for sweetheart) by his father, the name is the driving force behind the ranch's registered brand. Combined with the fact that Brady is the closest town to the geographical epicenter and heart of the great State of Texas, the heart design represents a natural blend of two Texas treasures.

The main house was build in 2005 and boasts upscale cowboy chic décor. For those with a discerning eye, there are many one of a kind features found throughout the house. As you enter the house, you'll find boot prints and horse show prints along the cement floor, a red stag horn chandelier made from sheds found on the ranch, whitetail deer horns serving as curtain rods, bovine leather curtains in the master,  original Indian blankets decorating the walls, all custom cut cedar wood accents and molding, custom made cedar beds, horse bridal and bit toilet paper holders, and much more. Many a pair of cowboy boots have scooted across the 117 year old wood floor that once graced the dance hall in Sherry Springs, Texas and now serves as the floor in the main room of the Game Room. A 1903 porcelain stove still works and proudly bakes the Thanksgiving turkey and dressing each year. The Game Room sports a shuffleboard table, pool table, darts, and a variety of signs that create an ambiance and experience that is sure to make you smile - and maybe even laugh out loud.

The ranch is a wonderful place to vacation for a large family or even multiple families. With so many activities available it really is a vacation unto itself.

More Details

Property Manager
Phil Chavanne
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

Why Phil Chavanne chose Hill Country

This Ranch is a special place where old world decor and values meet with modern amenities. Hike, shoot, fish on the river, or play a game of shuffleboard and watch a movie on the big screen. Here there really is something for everyone.

What makes this lodge unique

This property is unique because it sits atop the bluffs along the San Saba river and because everything you'd ever want to do in the hill country is right at your fingertips. Swim, fish, hike, shop, shoot at the ranch or even go hunting. It's all right here.

The ranch is only 8 miles from the town of Brady, the true heart of Texas and right down the road from Mason and Fredericksburg. Staying here is a true Texas experience!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Private ranch on the San Saba River
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Leander, Tx.

Loved Everything - especially the great fishing!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great ranch - and the fishing pond was fantastic! They have a huge amount of bass and crappie that they feed year round and we spent the whole day reeling them in. My kids won't stop talking about it. A great, great time.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed it and so happy that the fishing went well. I know how important that was to your grandson. It was fun sharing this place with you!
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Bratislava, Slovakia

Made our trip

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to the Texas Hill Country all the way from Slovakia for a wedding and the highlight of our entire trip was sitting around the fire, watching the stars of Texas. Ranches are so foreign to us. We loved it. Thank you of very much!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved meeting you and your family. It was a great education. Glad you had fun!
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Lansing Pennsylvania

Well Above Par

  • 5 of 5

I appreciate a well-thought out house. This is well thought out ranch. Everything was where is should have been. It was perfectly clean. They made no rookie mistakes and our whole group was totally at peace during our stay. One of the better VRBO experiences we have had.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! We appreciate a good review - this makes our day!
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Love me some Texas!!!

  • 5 of 5

This place was off the Charts. Traditions and service - so much to offer. What great hospitality and amenities - exactly what we we paid for!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review!
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-Trussville Alabama

Just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Everyone has already said it - but I'll repeat - a great place, unlike any rental you can get in the big city, but particularly suited for big city guests because what a ranch offers is what we need. And their prices are very reasonable for up to 17 guests.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. It was a pleasure to serve you guys.
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-Alexandria, Virginia

Top Notch

  • 5 of 5

Privacy is lost in our world - but not here. In this place you get what you pay for - a ranch all to yourselves. These Texans have the right idea.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree. The chance for some rest and solitude is priceless. Glad you got what you needed!
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Brady, Tx.
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Hwy 87
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles

The ranch is located 9 miles from the town of Brady where guests have access to groceries, gas, and shopping/tourist attractions. Guests can also head south to the charming towns of mason (15 minutes away) and Fredericksburg (50 minutes away) where there are countless Hill countries treasures to explore. Some day trip favorites are: Kayaking the llano river, exploring the shops in Fredericksburg, visiting Luckenbach, seeing the Eckert Bat Cave or hiking up Enchanted Rock

If you are flying in the Airports in San Antonio and Austin are both just over 2 hours from here and San Angelo is 1:15 minutes.

African wild game viewing, photo safaris, fishing, target range, skeet range


Rates & Availability

Brady Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Spring Break 2017
Mar 2 2017 - Mar 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Summer Season 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 15 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
cleaning fee $300 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Small dogs are allowed on the property for a charge of $35 a day.
The Polaris Ranger is available to rent for $50 a day.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Brady Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower , Small bathroom off the man cave w single shower and toilet
  • Main Lodge Bedroom #1 Full Bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • There are also 2 rollaway beds available in the man cave
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming

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