House, 1 Bedroom + Extra Sleeping Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5; 3 adults max)
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About Roby Norvell
The Norvell family hails from Houston, TX where we, like most Americans, lead over-booked lives full of schoolwork, school activities, sports, civic, and work responsibilities. We enjoyed a most relaxing vacation at Shade Ranch in 2008. In fact, we loved it so much that we purchased it three months later. Our kids are young and our parents and family do not live nearby. We wanted a place for our extended family to get together to run, swim, climb, spend time as a family, and just enjoy the beauty of nature. We hope your family enjoys Shade Ranch as much as we do.
Roby Norvell purchased this House in 2008
Why Roby Norvell chose Wimberley
Shade Ranch in Wimberley Texas is a perfect location for us because it is 3 hours from Houston door to door and only 1 hour from the Austin or San Antonio airport. Our parents and extended family and friends often join us for vacations at Shade Ranch. We love the Little House and speak regularly of leaving the kids in Houston and enjoying a weekend there ourselves. With sleeping room for five we have plenty of room for our 3 kids or it's perfectly intimate for just a couple. We appreciate the seclusion of the 25 acres while making full use of the conveniences of the Village of Wimberley. We regularly utilize the nearby groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, wineries, hardware and other stores. We appreciate the many nearby state parks and towns that make up the Texas Hill Country!
What makes this House unique
The most obvious benefit of Shade Ranch is the beautiful, cold and clear Blanco River. One swim and you too will be sold as it is cool even in the dog days of August, and never crowded. The shallow area suits those wanting to wade or to sit and enjoy the flow of the river and also serves as entry to the adjacent deep swimming area. We think it is perfect and the kids do too. They and their cousins and friends can't get enough of the river when we are there. The river bank area is so spacious, and the sound of the river is so peaceful, it is our favorite place to picnic or enjoy a glass of wine. The kids also like to play games and sports in the grass along the river. They also enjoy fishing, climbing to the 'cave' by the river under the ledge, looking for arrowheads after a rain, having a family 'sleepover', and just exploring the 25 acres of 'forest'. We know you will find these wonders and more at Shade Ranch.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
$100 pet fee. Limit of one dog.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
We ask that dogs be house trained, kept off of furniture, clean them up before entering the house if they get wet and pick up messes outside.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
I loved staying here, only bad thing was I didn't have hot water. That's not the end of the world to me, but might bother some.
Thank you for the high rating. I didn't know about the hot water not working or I would have sent someone out immediately. Very sorry. It turns out the next guests told us and we were able to fix it the same day.
Our stay at the cabin was incredibly relaxing! The property is beautiful. The whole process from booking to leaving was seamless. The owner was excellent with communication and has obviously put a lot of care and attention to providing all essentials to ensure their guests have a nice stay. I definitely plan on staying at this little gem again!
Great for a short stay for two adults. Very quiet!
We loved having the property to ourselves. It was so nice. It's a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing with us.
Amazing New Year
Ringing in the New Year at the Little House on the Blanco was amazing! Our stay was just what we needed to start the new year off right! We enjoyed the hot tub, the fire pit, and the adirondack chairs on the river. The house is perfect and the location is everything. If you are looking for a place to rest, relax. And enjoy all the beauty of the Hill Country, this is your place. The owner couldn't have been more helpful. We are already looking at our calendar to plan our next getaway!
It is a great property situated in the country where one can get a little rest and relaxation.
Shade Ranch is located just south of the Wimberley, TX town center on 513 feet of Blanco River Frontage. Wimberley sits 45 minutes southwest of Austin, TX and 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio.
Go boating and water skiing at Canyon Lake (20 mins) or at Lake Travis (40 mins).
Shopping: Shop to your hearts delight at the Wimberley Square by wandering through the shops which is a favorite activity of visitors and locals like. Travel 20 minutes to the San Marcos outlet shops and visit almost 150 different shops. Or schedule your stay to coincide with the famous Wimberley Market Days (April thru December) to find unique Hill Country crafts, furniture, artwork, textiles and more.
Visit Key State and County Parks all within an hour of our home: Hamilton Pool, Pedernales Falls State Park, Jacobs Well Natural Area, Blanco State Park, Natural Bridge Caverns and the Natural Bridge Wildlife Park.
Do a Hill Country Wine Tour: Duchman Family Vineyards, Driftwood Estate Winery, Wimberley Valley Winery, Texas Hills Vineyards and many others near and around Fredericksburg. Finish it off with some tasty Hill Country BBQ at the Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood.
Enjoy the music scene by visiting Gruene Hall (20 mins away) or the famous Lukenbach, Texas on any weekend to catch live music. There are also special music events in Austin (Austin City Limits, etc.) or even in the town of Fischer.
Hit the Road: Travel along the Devil's Backbone on Highway 32 to take in the incredible Texas Hill Country views. Visit the various towns in the area like Blanco (19 miles from our home), Buda (17 miles away), Canyon Lake (15 miles away), Driftwood (17 miles away), Dripping Springs (16 miles away), Gruene (20 miles away), Kyle (22 miles away), San Marcos (15 miles away) and even New Braunfels (27 miles away), San Antonio (45 miles away) or Austin (45 miles away).