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1000 Acre Family Reunion Ranch (Selah Springs Ranch) Spring Break available!

Bedrooms 15
Half Baths1
Space 15,500 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This property was designed for large family reunions and events

Welcome to Selah Springs Ranch, in the Heart of the Texas Hill Country, and your very own private ranch resort, complete with luxurious log cabins, game rooms, shooting range, 1.5 miles of private river access, fishing, abundant wildlife, miles of trails, and countless other activities for all of our guests.

This property is a private and exclusive rental, meaning that you will have the entire 1000 acres to yourselves. The ranch is available for only a set number of large family reunions/groups each year. The base price is listed below.

For spillover cabins and other activities (shooting range, cave tour, pony rides etc.) contact us for a price quote.

The Ranch is positioned on the banks of the San Saba River and is located between the towns of Mason and Brady, making it an ideal location for large family reunions and weddings.

There are 6 self-contained cabins plus a large event center for corporate gatherings, reunions, meals etc.

There are 2 game rooms with billiards, ping pong tables, shuffleboard, darts plus a man cave with two, 55 inch televisions, poker table, and wet bar. Each of our cabins are equipped with Wifi.

The 1.5 miles of fast-flowing, rock-bottom river runs year round and provides our guests with great opportunities for swimming, fishing, intertubing and fireside chats.

There are 1000 acres to explore including a manicured 5 acre greenway, the perfect spot on the river to have an old fashioned picnic, play a game of football or frisbee, roast marshmallow in the firepit, or just go for a swim.

Our ranch staff lives on the property 1.5 miles from our guests and is available to assist if any problems occur during your stay.

For horse owners, there is a corral, and miles of trails to explore.

And for all of you naturalists out there we have set up a bird watching station in one of our canyons with over 150 bird species recorded on the ranch so far!

Accommodations on the Ranch: there are a total of 8 separate facilities on the property -- 4 of which are included in the base price. All cabins are air-conditioned with WiFi. (barn excluded)

Facilities included in the Base Price: (These 4 units and up to 28 guests):

Main Lodge - the largest of the cabins on the ranch. This 5000 sq. ft luxury log cabin is the crown jewel of the property - overlooking the San Saba River Valley with a 360 degree covered porch and outdoor tabled seating for up to 100 guests. There is a groomed 5 acre greenway along the river under huge pecans trees for large outdoor picnics, games, weddings etc. Inside the lodge are 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 4 wood-burning fireplaces, 2 full kitchens with granite countertops, 30 ft ceilings, a game room and several living areas. Other amenities include swimming pool, a huge outdoor firepit, family-style swing on the river, parking lot for up to 100 guests, charcoal grill and manicured grounds. Sleeps 12.

The Bunkhouse - Built in the 1920‘s, this quaint two bedroom cottage was created by the grandson of the first man to settle in the valley. Complete with original stone fireplace, hitching post, ranch-style cedar post fences, full kitchen and living area, satellite television, large outdoor firepit, fish pond, hilltop panorama and a covered dining area with views of 30 acres of groomed pastureland. Great for wildlife viewing. This cabin sleeps 8.

The Bullpen - this newly renovated bunk-style facility includes 8 twin beds, 2 double bathrooms, television, outdoor firepit and shooting range and horse corral. With nearby access to trailhead and map station. Pony rides are also available upon request. Sleeps 8.

Red Cedar Barn and Event Center - This is the main indoor gathering area for all family reunions and corporate meetings on the ranch. What once served as a working barn and feed pen almost a century ago is now a newly renovated event center used for receptions, parties, and small weddings. Inside there is tabled seating for up to 75 guests, fully stocked kitchen, antigue western style serving bar, air-conditioning, western decor including leather saddles, stained concrete floors, wagon-wheel chandoliers, century-old ranch photos, and reclaimed barn wood from floor to ceiling. A lighted outdoor reception area is included as well as parking for up to 75 guests.

Optional Units: (These 4 units and up to 15 guests. Units 5,6,7, & 8 must all be rented together)

Shatzie House - This luxury cabin, fashioned of limestone and red cedar, features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a high balcony with excellent sunset views, deluxe kitchen and dining area and an array of spectacular western art and antiques with exceptional custom features including an old west style outdoor shower. This cabin sleeps 8.

Jager Cabin - This luxury unit features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a full kitchen and living area, large porch and a huge covered deck with swing and easy access to the pool area and Cabana. This unit sleeps 6.

Speilstein House - This limestone cabin is located beside the Shatzie House and is a wonderful indoor gathering area for large groups. It comes equipped with antigue style kitchen, full bath, elegant rustic living room, large dining area, pool and shuffleboard tables, a huge masonry fireplace, television, serving bar, darts, and lots of eclectic neon lighting and decor.

Man Cave - A favorite hangout area for the guys. This brand new unit features 2, 55in flatscreen TV’s, professional grade poker table, serving bar and half kitchen, leather couches, as well as trophy mounts from all across the globe.

Patio Area:

Between the Shatzie House and the Jager House is an outdoor patio area suited for large groups. Some of the features include:

Open-air poolside cabana

Large swimming pool with wooden deck and hammocks

Covered smoke-house

Horseshoe pit

Limestone Firepit

Oversized gas grill

Large wood grill


The ranch consists of 1000 rolling acres with liveoak savannahs, open grasslands, high views and natural springs flowing down limestone canyons.

There are over one and half miles of private river frontage, 2 mile-long canyons on the ranch to explore on foot, over 8 miles of private trails for ATV’s or high clearance vehicles, as well as an old german homestead to explore from the 1870’s.

Guests can enjoy fishing on the banks of the San Saba for a variety of species including guadalupe bass, hiking on over 8 miles of private trails, or photo safari’s with any of our 6 species of exotic game on the ranch.

There is also a cave on the property where we have unearthed some amazing archaeological treasures over the years!

- In addition to horses, wildlife is abundant and includes whitetail and axis deer, blackbuck antelope, African Oryx, Aoudad, turkey, fox, coyotes, bobcats, quail, dove, roadrunners, and more. The spectacular stretch of the San Saba river runs year round and varies between quick-moving rapids to slow, open water fishing holes.

List of activities on the ranch:




*Hay rides

*Skeet shooting


*Rifle and pistol range

*Pony rides (for kids)

*Photo Safari


*Ping Pong


*Horse Shoes


*Horseback riding

*Wrangler work


Example of our Peak Summer rates -

For the first 28 guests, the Peak Summer rate is $1750 for each weeknight and $2500 for Fri or Sat nights. This is your Base price and includes the Main Lodge, Bunkhouse, Bullpen and the Red Cedar Barn and Event Center.

For our family reunion groups and wedding groups we do have tables and chairs on site available for rent for large group gatherings.

Lastly add the cleaning/linen fee of $500 and a 6% occupancy tax.

For groups OVER 28 guests you are required to rent the rest of the ranch which includes the Shatzie House, the Jager cabin the Spielstein House and the Man Cave. These cabins can hold 17 more guests for a total of 45 guests.

There is a flat fee per season to rent these 4 additional cabins. Please ask the owner how much for larger groups.

Please keep in mind this is an exclusive, family-oriented resort. We do not allow wild bachelor parties, youth group events, or keg parties. The minimum age required to register your group is 25 years old.

Keywords: Waterfront, Ranch, Resort, River, Pool, Cabins, Mason, Brady, Texas Hill Country, family reunion, Estate, Riverfront, Fishing, horseback riding, ATV’s

More Details

Phil Chavanne
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About Phil Chavanne

My family purchased Selah Springs Ranch in 1995 and I have been in love with it ever since. Other than writing fiction this place is my only true hobby. We have spent the last 20 years improving the property with cabins and new facilities, as well as extensive conservation efforts, restoring native grasses and habitat, removing hundreds of invasive tree species and replanting hundreds more native oaks across the ranch. My father passed away in 2010 and left my wife and I with the task of turning the ranch into a family business. Our love for the land and for people encouraged the direction the ranch has taken. My wife and I simply love hosting families and providing them with an atmosphere of genuine hospitality. We want everyone to love our Texas playground as much as we do.

Phil Chavanne purchased this estate in 1995


Brady Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 15500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 45
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Official Cancellation policy: Cancellations made prior to 120 days of arrival will receive back booking deposit minus a $500 admin fee
  • Within 90 days of arrival forfeits half of the booking deposit. Within 60 days of arrival forfeits the entire booking deposit.
  • Within 45 days of arrival will forfeit the entire amount of booking. This policy is for Lodging bookings only.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 14 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 9 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 10 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 11 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 12 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 13 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 14 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 15 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • There are 14.5 bathrooms on the property.
  • 15 Bedrooms, Sleeps 45
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , In Main Lodge
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , In Main Lodge
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , In Main Lodge
    Bedroom 4 - 4 twin/ single , In Main Lodge
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , In Main Lodge
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , In Bunkhouse
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , 1 double , 3 twin/ single , In Bunkhouse
    Bedroom 8 - 4 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , In Bullpen
    Bedroom 9 - 1 king , In Spillover cabin #1
    Bedroom 12 - 1 king , In Spillover cabin #1
    Bedroom 13 - 1 queen , In spillover cabin #2
    Bedroom 14 - 1 double , In Spillover cabin #2
    Bedroom 15 - 2 twin/ single , In Spillover cabin #2
    Bedroom 10 - 1 queen , In Spillover cabins #1
    Bedroom 11 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , In Spillover cabin #1
  • There are 15 bedrooms on the property.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • spelunking


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1000 Acre Family Reunion Ranch (Selah Springs Ranch) Spring Break available!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews

An overwhelming getaway.

  • 5 of 5

I don’t know that there’s much of anything they could do to make this place any better. The other reviews say it all. When you rent this property you’re renting an entire ranch. A top of the line place. There’s so much to do you won’t see the whole place in one trip. I dare you to try.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. We really appreciate it!
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6 stars

  • 5 of 5

I'd love to give a shout out to Andrea and Phil for making our stay spectacular. You were so accommodating and went above and beyond in so many ways. The place is perfect - the people were beyond hospitable. We were blessed!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored to serve you guys. Come back anytime!
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4 0
Fort Worth, Texas

An old fashioned Texas Hill Country Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Our family is spread out across the country and only gets together every 2 years but this year we traveled to the Texas Hill Country to stay at Selah Springs Ranch and we had a wonderful vacation. The river was flowing very well and everything was immaculate. The facilities are perfect for a reunion. The ranch is full of surprises. Around every corner is a canyon or a pond or a herd of horses running and I couldn't make a list of all the fun things are kids got up to. An old fashioned american reunion. Could not have gone better. thx

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Glad you got a chance to explore the place and discover all of the surprises.
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4 0

A really nice time

  • 4 of 5

If you like the country then this is a neat place. Our family had a reunion here and everything was set up as advertised and we certainly had everything we needed. I didn't like that the fishing was only catch and release but oh well. The river was still beautiful.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. We appreciate it!
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-Wichita Falls, Tx.

First Class Corporate Retreat destination

  • 5 of 5

For years I've sought to lead my employees in a vision-casting retreat every spring, a time where we can map out our year and develop a plan going forward. In the past we had simply traveled out of town, stayed in a hotel, and used the conference room to facilitate our corporate meetings. This year my assistant convinced me to hold our annual retreat at a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It was similar to a hotel in that everything was convenient but that's where the similarities stopped. We spent three days at the ranch and the entire time it as if our creativity and focus were in overdrive. There was not a single interruption in 3 days - we had 1000 acres to ourselves. Our staff got up in the morning, hiked and fished, while some read on the porch, and two went to the lookout and watched the sunrise. Our breakfasts and lunches were catered and delivered and were wonderful. Our dinners were cooked by us and that was a great addition to our team-building exercise. Each night we sat around the outdoor fire pit and watched the stars. By the end of our stay we felt like a family. Twice on our horseback ride members of my staff stated that they had never felt so relaxed as they had during that trip. There is simply no way that this experience could have been created in a city. The skyline is wild and natural, the stars are bright every night. The best I've ever seen. If you are looking for a 5 star location where you can get back to basics and recharge your corporate creativity - this is the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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-London, England

They rolled out the red carpet for our huge family!

  • 5 of 5

Everyone can see how splendid this place is just by the pictures. That's why we came and there's no debating the natural beauty. But here's what you can't see: when three of my children jumped up and down on their bed at 11pm one of the mattress supports was broken. Completely their fault. I was upset with the kids so we texted the manager to apologize. And within 7 minutes of the text (I paid attention to the clock) the ranch handyman showed up with a new bed support freshly cut in his workshop. He installed it immediately and the kids went straight to sleep. As far as I was concerned if my kids were going to break the bed they could sleep on the floor. During our stay the staff took time to teach one of my children how to saddle a horse and another how to play chess. On the hayride they taught us about the native american and natural history of the land, took us on a cave tour, talked about water conservation. They brought us fresh vegetables from their garden. I was immersed in Texas. We've been to some beautiful places - but never have we been greeted with such warm, authentic hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for making our staff feel so appreciated with this review. It meant a great deal to them. We enjoyed being with your family and would love to have you back again!
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Brady, Tx.
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Brady, Tx
Car: necessary

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




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $495
Tax Rate 6.0%

These rates are based on 28 guests in the 4 standard units. The ranch can sleep as many as 42 guests. If you have a larger group please inquire about total cost.

Additional Fees:

1. Rifle and Pistol Range - $100 a day
2. Skeet Range - $100 a day
3. Hayride - $100 flat fee
4. Cave Tour - $10 per person (5 person minimum)
5. Cleaning/Linen Fee - $450 plus tax
6. Tax rate - 6%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund