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
Pets allowed - $100 pet fee. Limit of one dog.$100 pet fee. Limit of one dog.
Max guests: 5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Great location and great property. Loved spending our vacation here. Located next to the Blanco river with a great swimming hole. Family enjoyed seeing all of the wildlife as well. Deers, birds, and lots of butterflies and fireflies. We highly recommend this place.
Nice cozy place with great Blanco River access
Great spot on the river, with limestone shelf for wading and a deeper spot for swimming. Lots of frontage with two points for easy access and separation from group from the other house on property. The river is wide enough at this point to give good separation from folks on the other side. The cabin was adequate and well stocked. However, for the price, I would have expected a washer/dryer and dishwasher. I would stay here again.
Fantastic Outdoor Retreat
We had a such a great time at this peaceful property on the Blanco River. We especially enjoyed getting outdoors on the 25 wooded acres and the excellent river frontage. The cabin had everything that we needed, and Roby is an outstanding host. We’ll definitely visit again.
Weekend Respite on the Blanco
The weekend was too short. The house was wonderful and the river was beautiful. The house was clean and I had everything I needed. Thank you.
Great property, great time!
We stayed for two days in the smaller house. We actually expected it to be much smaller than it was. We were four, so one had to sleep on the couch but only because we didn't want to bother with the air mattress. The house was super clean and had everything we needed, it was extraordinarily well stocked. The outdoor area was equally good, with a nice hot tub, large fire pit, BBQ pit, and very nice outdoor sitting area. It's surrounded by woods, so very private. The short trek to the river (not for the mobility impaired) was fine, and the river area was very nice with plenty of sitting areas. It's also perfectly situated between a deeper part of the river and a very shallow part, so you can easily take tubes/rafts in and out of the river and back to the bank. The Wimberly area is very pleasant with some nice places to eat, although we were a little unimpressed with the Wimberly shops. This is a great place for a nice quiet getaway!
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).