3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 10
- english, spanish
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. With beds for 10 and two large indoor family gathering rooms at Casa Grande, we have room for many to reunite under one roof. 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
Casa Grande is unique in that it literally sits on a bluff overlooking the crystal clear Blanco River. Sitting in the River Room (our second den) you look out over an unobstructed view of the river and huge cypress trees just below and across the house. There are many beautiful stretches of the river, but it's hard to beat our stretch where you have a deep swimming area as well as a shallow rock shelf for lounging or for kids to play on. 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.
$150 pet fee. Limit of one dog.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
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.
A family favorite!
We have been visiting Wimberley for years and have stayed in various homes throughout the area. Though based on comfort, privacy, and location, NOTHNG beats Shade Ranch. Our family tries to stay here at least once a year; a tradition I hope to keep up for years to come!
This was a beautiful home, wonderful property, and great river frontage. We really enjoyed our time here and would definintley return. It would be great for any kind of gathering. Only issue would be if you have problems walking or climbing steps, but worth it! Was disappointed the fire places were not functional, It was one of the reasons I picked this property, but we made good use of the fire pit outside. From 2 yrs to 64, we all enjoyed our time there. Never used the little house, but it was cute. Look forward to going back in warmer weather. Thanks!
Thanks for the great review, we greatly appreciate it. So other guests know, we have two fireplaces in the house, one in the master bedroom and the other in the den. The one in the master bedroom is closed off so it can't be used. But the one in the den is fine to use. I'm sorry for any confusion in thinking that neither could be used.
Great River Hideaway
Amazing location overlooking the Blanco river. We stayed only for a couple of days in December with a teen and pre-teen. They both loved the location and asked if we could return when it's warmer so they could swim in the river.
This property was more than we expected. The location was perfect!
The house is even better in person and the water access is fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
This property was really Top Notch. Clean and well put together with all a family needs to have to entertain.
Great view of the Blanco River from patio area and sitting room. Plenty of beds and sitting area for large family.
Perfect swimming hole on river to float or just sit in river. We had the hole area to ourselves which was nice and peaceful
Will be back for a longer stay.
Thanks for having a well kept property
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).