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.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
$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.
This was our third time staying and we absolutely love this place. Cabin is comfortable, has everything you need and the property is absolutely gorgeous!
Everything was good except the steps to the river are in need of repair, especially the top ones. another tv in house would be very nice too. We enjoyed the wildlife!!
Thanks you for your review. So other potential guests can understand, our upper steps to the river are cut into the limestone so they aren't perfectly smooth so they can be more difficult for older guests. But there is no damage to them, they are safe and we have handrails as well. My 78 year old mom regularly goes up and down them. Regarding the TV's, we have a primary TV in the den for DirecTV and movies and we also have another one in the bedroom in case you want to watch a dvd in bed. We feel that is sufficient for the Little House especially since the beauty is right outside the front door! Thanks!
This is an amazing house on a beautiful piece of property. The owners have thought of everything. Close to the city yet quiet and peaceful. The deer come right up to the porch and the hummingbirds were fueling up for their winter migration. We highly recommend this property. Can't wait to come back.
Great Short Stay
Wonderful property, clean and as advertised. Be aware there is a larger house next door (~200 ft away or so) so you might not be totally private if its fully occupied. The river trail runs right next to the larger house. But that aside, property is great and the Blanco was in wonderful condition, our dog loved it. Overall, will stay again. Thanks Roby!
Thanks for your great review, we're glad y'all enjoyed your time. For other guests' information, we do include information on the other home on our listing for the Little House. The houses sit about 100 yards apart and don't share anything other than the land. You have your own patio, hot tub, grill and fire pit and the patio and hot tub are on the opposite side of the house facing our wooded area. There is a single path to our private riverfront that passes next to the larger house, but there is 500+ feet of riverfront for you to spread out and enjoy. Thanks!
House on blanco river
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A wonderful getaway from it all...
First of all, I want to thank Roby for his hospitality and super quick communication. You know he cares greatly about this property from the first time you communicate, to arriving to the property and finding it in pristine condition. The property is private and so pretty, we really had a hard time leaving the house! The house has everything you need. Just bring your beach towels and water shoes! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (just my husband and I) and we got the must needed R&R we needed. We hope to return in the fall when we can enjoy the firepit and hot tub. Thank you again.
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).